Not all of my finds are rare or even gems, but then again, they are generally found at flea markets, consignment shops, and yes, I confess to some dumpster diving as well. But, these ugly runts with great bones make the very best 'Before & After' projects. A little stripper, sandpaper and a can of paint can transform trash to treasure (like this little chest I bought for a song.)
|With a bit of elbow grease, this darling little chest took on a striking new life. After stripping, she was given a new coat of bronze paint, then, I applied silver leaf and finished with a subtle sanding to create a distressed look.|
Even when refinishing an old piece, I often like to leave a bit of distress to encourage the story it tells through wear. What makes a piece interesting to me is its history (real or imagined). So, allowing furniture to show some of its age makes it all the more appealing.
|Whoever painted this tragic green paint on this lovely little chest (Before, left) did not simply stop at the wood. It took a great deal of work (After, right) to remove the paint from the handsome, bronze decoration on the leg tops and bottoms.|
Just remember to refinish the inside of drawers as well. Chances are some guest will want to ooh and ahh over your little find (and simultaneously sneak in a quality-check of your work), so give the hidden surfaces a good update, too.
|Don't forget the 'unseen' surfaces, like drawers and backsides.|