This was my grandmother’s chest of drawers that needed some new life put into it. Some of the old wooden knobs were barely hanging on, the color had faded, and it was scratched to hell and back. I didn’t take any before pictures, this was one of my first pieces, but it’s also one of my favorites so I still wanted to share it.
I used Rustoleum chalk paint in country gray. I did not sand the chest before painting. I cleaned it and started painting. I painted one solid coat of gray and let it dry for a solid 24 hours. Then I distressed it with a hand sander so I could be more precise.
This is what I used, I’m lazy and ordered it from Amazon. It works great, excellent coverage, one 30 oz can let me paint all of my bedroom furniture with a little leftover. And the best part, it’s half the price of the famous chalk paints.
After everything was distressed, I covered the chest with a coat of antiquing wax. I used a light wax and applied it with one of Kent’s old t-shirts. I used Soft Southern Strokes brand which I also found on Amazon. A little goes a long way with wax so it will last you a while.
I let the wax dry for another 24 hours and then gave everything a double coating of clear coat. The final touch of the new hardware for the drawer pulls was my favorite, it made the piece. I used green agate slices i ordered off etsy. I have included a link to the vendor’s page, she has so many beautiful things.
Here is the finished product