I've been busy, busy, busy. But, when I saw this chest I just couldn't resist. Even though it was seriously dated and in desperate need of a makeover, I really could see the potential. I love chests and dressers this size. They can be anything! Media center, Entryway table, Buffet for a smaller dining room, and of course, a great place to store clothes, ha! Here it is all dated and sad:
And, I would be remiss if I left out the grungy top:
I can't even begin to imagine what this is, but these spots were all over the top. Needless to say, the first thing I did was give this chest a good cleanin'! Then, I got out the ole orbital sander and sanded away all the orangey brown stain from the top.
That top looks much better, huh?
I have to admit, when it comes to staining, I'm learning as I go. My first try wasn't that great, but I got better. I always used the stain/poly mixture and was happy with it, but that has all changed. A few weeks ago while doing my pallet wall project, I sent my husband to Lowe's to buy stain. I just told him dark walnut, but forgot about the whole Polyshades brand. He came home with this:
Luckily, I also had some poly on hand. I couldn't really tell with the pallets because they just soaked up the stain, but I really liked the color, so figured I'd use it on this chest. I LOVE this color and the best part? ONE COAT. Yup, you heard me, no waiting 6-8 hours in between coats of stain, this covered evenly and dark in one coat. I then put 2 coats of poly on top and it really is my best staining job yet. The wood is so pretty!
I also decided this whole dresser needed a redo, right down to the drawer pulls. I could have painted them, they probably would have looked fine, but I wanted this chest to be updated, made to look like it was just made. I found some great drawer pulls at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. So, after 2 coats of ASCP Old White, some sanding and waxing, it's done! I really like the way it turned out. It looks like something you would find in a store today and notsomuch like an old washed up piece repainted.
Just look at the great dark wood top in contrast to the Old White:
Doesn't even look like the same chest, huh?