Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Before and After: Antique Lowboy Chest of Drawers Makeover in English Yellow

This is a huge transformation! The piece was previously painted in a milk paint, which was peeling and chipping. The client had a vision of a gorgeous sunny yellow accent piece instead, and gave me some inspiration photos that led me to Annie Sloan's English Yellow Chalk Paint. What a difference between the Before and Afters here!
How did we get there? Read on for the details!

With the underlying paint peeling/chipping already, we decided the best avenue was to entirely strip the paint and start from the beginning. Thanks to Mr. For Love of the Paint for that labor of love! Here is the dresser in its bare wood state.

I used a wood conditioner, then a dark, cool colored stain. Once that dried, we decided the color didn't need to go much darker, so I followed it with a stain-with-poly in a light neutral Pecan shade for some subtle dimensionality. I typically go over the poly with 1,000 grit sandpaper before doing another coat of the stain-with-poly and/or a wipe-on finishing poly (with the wipe-on, you have a greatly reduced number of bubbles, and no brush marks, so it's a great topcoat!)

I painted the body yellow and then tackled the trim with some Old White. This took a while, but definitely gave great detail and polish to the carvings! And there's nothing quite like the moment when you get to pull back the painter's tape..

 For just the slightest hint of antiquing, after the clear wax was applied I went over the corners, edges, and legs with a bit of dark wax to soften the look.

What do you think? The client's own antique knobs with a brass base and glass pulls really bring the whole look together for me. I just adore English Yellow; so glad I got to bring it out to add a bold splash of color to this entryway!

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