I am back with more on this beautiful yet funky colored piece I acquired from a friend. Looking at it I knew that I could give it that farmhouse look on a budget. Free furniture is hard for me to pass up anytime. So here again is a picture of what it looked like before. The color was a very mustard like yellow and had sort of a dirty look to it, that I tried more than once to wipe away.
This piece has been in the master bathroom for a few years.I do not even remember how long I lived with it looking like this. Finally,I decided that it was either time to get rid of it or do something to it to make it work in our home. Not wanting to spend any money I headed out to the garage to see what I had on hand that could give this baby a much needed new look. There was plenty Annie Sloan “linen white” chalk paint (anniesloan.com) and Minwax wood finish in “classic gray” #271 (minwax.com), so that is what i used.
Prep work is so easy when using chalk paint,all i had to do was wipe it down with a lint free cloth and made sure it was dry. After applying two coats of the chalk paint I realized that it was not going to cover the parts of the shelf that had a pattern of flowers and seashells.I lightly sanded those areas and wiped it down again. After that I applied two coats of the minwax stain and it totally covered the pattern. The final step was to go over the entire piece with Annie Sloan clear wax and it was completely done within two hours. Here is a picture so you can see how it looked after all the steps were completed.
Originally I had wanted to find some new drawer pulls but have yet to find those so for now the original pulls will have to do. Now this piece totally goes with the farmhouse look of the house and will work in any room, since I enjoy moving things around frequently it is important that it be able to move it any where.
In the above picture it looks a little yellow due to poor lighting in the bathroom but the color is a creamy white with gray on the top and the front of the drawer. Now this piece fits perfectly into the farmhouse theme of our home. Just goes to show that you can never underestimate that free or cheap piece of furniture, as it may become your new favorite piece with a little chalk paint.
Till next time