Monday, June 3, 2019

a dresser secretary with a completely different look

As a furniture refinisher, sometimes I pull pieces out of storage and wonder what on earth I was ever thinking buying it in the first place.  This was one of those pieces.  

It's state was unfortunate to say the very least.  I pulled it out and decided to get rid of it because I really didn't like it and had no ideas at all for it.  It sat outside my shop for a couple days until I decided to try and get some Pinterest inspiration.  I found a few pictures of secretary pieces that were open instead of having the drop down door and so I decided to give it a whirl.  

I filled the hinge holes with Bondo and sanded smooth.

I also banged off the ugly trim piece at the bottom and the entire piece instantly had a new look.  I added some new trim in a few places, sanded the entire piece lightly, and gave it two coats of Amulent Paint from The Chippy Barn in the colour Balsam.  

It doesn't even look like the same piece! It's so sleek and fresh and has a stately new look.  I knew I wanted to give it a catalogue/library type look, so I played around with hardware placement.  When I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, I usually draw a few things out on the photo of the piece.

A few tweaks later on the hardware, and the piece was finished.

It's such a drastic change! A few pieces removed, a little bit of trim added on, and a fresh coat of amazing paint! 

If you haven't tried Amulent Paint yet, it's a definite must! It's a ceramic paint that completely self levels to an incredibly smooth finish.  It distresses beautifully too! 

I love it so much i might have to find a place in my home for it!