This antique chest was solid oak and had a lovely rustic feel, but It had been "modernized" in the 60s with added feet and new hardware. (Not the look I had in mind) The bottom drawers did not slide that great so I removed them. I had some old farmhouse wood trim pieces that fit great in the bottom of the shelves. I chose to darken the top and paint the body with milk paint in boxwood. Metal baskets fit on the shelves and give some extra storage. The piece measures 30wx18dx28h. Perfect size for so many things. It would be great in for an entryway, or for a coffee bar, or for a kids room...
I really enjoyed creating a variety of notecards using water color paints, distress markers and distress crayons. I used basic water color painting techniques and water color paper on all of the cards. Last week, I had just hosted a bible journaling and water color note card workshop and I still had everything out already so I had fun working away in my studio experimenting with some new supplies.
I love how a little work and paint gave some new life into this piece. I rescued this from the burn pile. It was given to me. "Do you want this or else my husband is going to burn it ?" I never say no.
It took a couple coats of chalk paint to cover along with a little distressing with fine grit sandpaper. I then finished the piece off with clear furniture wax and a little antique wax to highlight the details. I used Miss Mustard Seed's Wax.
This piece quickly found a new home to be used as a TV stand.