Rustic Charm

Hello all!  I have a sweet makeover to share with you.

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But its beginnings were not so sweet.  Like most of the pieces I choose, this one needed work!  As you can see from the before photo, there was quite a bit of veneer missing on the bottom drawer front.  There were also numerous scratches, marks, and even paper stuck to the top.  But, I loved the details, turned legs, castors, and brass hardware.  I had to make this work!

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After I made sure all the loose veneer was off, I lightly sanded the drawer front and weighed my options.  I could painstakingly remove the rest of the veneer but I really didn’t want to go down that path.  If you’ve ever removed veneer you’ll understand why I didn’t want to go with that option, it’s tedious to say the least.  I had just received a package from Country Chic Paint which happened to include their Embossing Plaster.  The product is intended to be used to add texture to furniture or with a stencil to add decorative details to pieces.  And that is what I initially had planned for the product.  But as I looked at all that missing veneer I thought, “Why not try to fill the gaps with the Embossing Plaster?”  The texture seemed perfect for such a project and it is already tinted brown, so I decided to give it a try.  It’s offered in three colors with the Praline being a medium brown.

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Here’s what the drawer front looked like after I spread the Embossing Plaster on.  You can use a brush or a putty knife and because I wanted to avoid brush strokes, I hoped to use a putty knife.  But I couldn’t find mine and was so eager to get going I used a small piece of cardboard instead.  It worked fine!

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Since I applied it rather thickly, I let it dry overnight and then sanded it down with my orbital sander.  The instructions state that you may have some cracking if the plaster is applied heavily and I did have a little.  But most of the unevenness was a direct result of how I applied the plaster.  I could have applied it more smoothly, but I thought that given the rustic nature of the entire piece, the texture would add even more charm to the bureau once painted.

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I wiped off the dust and was ready to paint! I had also just received the color Rustic Charm from Country Chic and given the condition of this piece I thought it was the perfect fit.  I did mix in just a tiny amount of  their color Vanilla Frosting to soften the shade a bit and added a little water.  Country Chic paint covers very well but I wanted less opaque coverage, allowing the wood to show though in places.  I finished the dresser with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

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I think the Embossing Plaster worked great!  Yes, the drawer front is not perfect.  But neither is the rest of the dresser and all the imperfections contribute to its charm.  Rustic Charm, that is!

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The Blue One

 

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Hi all!  I’m finally getting around to writing a post about this dresser.  I don’t know why I dragged my feet on this, this bureau ended up being one of my favorites.  The piece was a craigslist find and of course, I forgot to take a before photo!  It did need a bit of work including repairing a drawer, fixing drawer glides, and adding drawer stops.  However, once all that was done, the rest was pretty straight forward. Here is what the dresser looked like with the drawers out and two coats of Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue, probably my favorite shade of blue.

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Once the paint was dry, I used 220 grit sand paper to distress the edges and details of the dresser.  I also lightly sanded the entire piece to ensure the overall finish was super smooth.  Next, I turned my attention to the original brass hardware.  I prefer to use original hardware when possible, and I especially loved these round brass pulls.  Here is what they looked like before I cleaned them up.

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Using natural cleaning products is a priority in my home so I first attempted to clean the hardware with lemon juice and baking soda.  Unfortunately, it just didn’t take much of the tarnish off.  So I broke down and bought some Brasso, that stuff is smelly!  But it works, as you can see below.  I’ve since been given a crockpot and next time will plan to clean hardware in that.

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The insides of the bottom three drawers were in perfect condition.  However, since the top one had some staining, I opted to cover it with some coordinating paper that adds just a bit of farmhouse glam.

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I applied two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax to the base of the dresser and three coats to the top and buffed it to a high sheen.  I of course wanted to make the bureau look pretty for pictures but find with having two young boys that I seldom buy decorative items.  I found this globe curbside and the watercolors were painted by my now 8 year old son, Jack, when he was just two.  I love those and when a plan comes together!

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