This chest has been sitting in my garage for a while. (We’re not going to talk about what my garage looks like) . I decided it was time to get her fixed up and ready to sell. So I pulled her out and gave her a good scrub down with TSP. She didn’t look dirty, but it took quite a while to get her clean!
I couldn’t decide what to do with her. My first thought was chippy white with a farmhouse transfer on the front. I think this piece dates to the 1940s, but there was something about her that spoke Mid Century Modern to me. So I decided to give her a MCM remake. I started with two coats of Homestead Blue on the box and the light yellow part of the drawers. I used the Oval Staalmeester brush because I thought it would be great both for the flat portions of the chest as well as the small trim.
I’ve never used Homestead Blue before. Every time I think about using it, I choose Seaside instead. Not this time! See this?? This is ONE COAT of Homestead Blue! ONE COAT, people! What great coverage!
I thought I could hemp oil the wood and refreshen it but I didn’t get the results that I wanted. So I lightly sanded the wood panels with 220 grit and carefully applied a coat of Cappuccino Stain and Finishing Oil. After a few minutes I wiped off the excess stain. I should have worked with the wood panels before painting the doors but sometimes I don’t think that far ahead!
I cleaned the hardware with TSP and then sprayed them gold with Rustoleum Gold spray paint. Then I put it all together. Such satisfaction when you see it all together! The top got a Hemp Oil polish: a little bit of Hemp Oil and a very light sand with 600 grit. Makes the paint feel like buttah!
So here she is! Do you see the Mid Century look in her? That was my goal! I suspect she won’t last long in the booth! Time to find a new project!