Chalk paint revives furniture to make a boring chest of drawers and bedside table into
French Provincial elegance.
I purchased this chest of drawers and bedside table on Craigslist. The pieces are covered in wood veneer with plastic decorations. They are good quality and all the joints are solid. Here is the original color. Not unattractive but the tops are pretty beaten up. So…..
The first drawer painted, waxed then patina wax worked in.
I used Fat Paint Parchment, clear wax then patina wax. Patina wax is a dark wax and should be used with caution. I used a brush to put on the patina then worked it back off with a clean brush and a rag.
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Once the pieces were painted and waxed the drawer pulls looked amazing.
You hardly noticed them on the original pieces but now they pop. This is not a process you can rush if you want elegant results. Working the layers and gently sanding for a distressed look then working the wax on to give the piece dimension all takes patience and a light hand.
Finished! Chalk Paint revives furniture, indeed!
The lighting is poor (sorry) but you can see the variations in the dark wax which gives a bit of the French provincial style color variation. The drawer pulls are so much prettier now they aren’t lost against a dark finish. It took a lot of elbow grease to get the patina wax blended but it was worth the hard work!
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