Happy Thursday! Today we’re participating in Themed Furniture Makeover Day. Here’s a quick recap if you’re new here. TFMD is a monthly furniture makeover challenge. Each month, we’re given a new theme and tasked with making over a piece of furniture based on that theme. This month the theme is “Coastal”.
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I have to admit, I really hated this piece when we picked it up at the thrift store. It only has three full sized drawers, but it had tons of lines and hardware to make it look like more. It just felt super heavy and clunky to me.
After a little measuring, we realized we could purchase wood moulding the exact depth and width as the ridges in the drawers. We cut the moulding to size, then glued and nailed it in place. We used wood filler to fill in the gaps and give it a smooth finish.
Once we finished filling in all the holes and lines we sanded the top down to raw wood. The rest of the piece got a base coat of Annie Sloan’s Old White chalk paint.
We really wanted the top to look like weathered driftwood, and I kind of wanted the whole piece to look like it could have washed up on a beach somewhere.
For the top we used General Finishes “Gray” Gel Stain. Here’s a quick rundown of the process I used to get the weathered look.
First, I used a spray bottle to dampen the entire top with water. Next, I put a latex glove on my hand, then a sock over top of the glove. I dipped the sock in the stain, then wiped in onto the damp wood surface. I worked in sections, making sure to go from one side all the way to the other. Then I immediately used a wet rag to wipe off most of the stain. This let the wood grain show through and made the wood look like it was simply weathered and worn. It was super hot outside while I was working on it, so I resprayed each section with water as I went.
1.) Spray 2.) Stain 3.) Wipe 4.) Done
The rest of the piece got a couple coats of Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. When that was dry, I used my favorite sander to distress it. I wanted to let both the white paint and some of the wood underneath show through. You can see in this quick picture I took with my phone what the drawers looked like before distressing (left) and how they started to look like after.
The new hardware is from Hobby Lobby, and I decided to decoupage the sides of the drawers. It’s one of my favorite things to do to give furniture a little extra something special.
I thought this scrapbook paper was reminiscent of the scales on a mermaid’s tail. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the drawer. One layer under the paper, then another layer over. The paper was black and white and it felt a little too clean to me, so after the Mod Podge was dry I lightly went over it with the same GF gray stain I used for the top. After it dried for just a few seconds I used a damp cloth to wipe some of it away.
I haven’t sealed the piece yet. Mostly because I haven’t decided what I want to seal the top with. I don’t want it to have any sheen at all because I think it’ll take away from the weathered, driftwood look. The rest of the piece will probably be sealed with my go-to sealer, GF top coat.
Ready to see the rest of the Coastal Themed makeovers? Check out the pictures below, and if you see one you like, click it to see the full tutorial.
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