Sunday, June 22, 2014

Waterfall Style Antique Chifferobe Wardrobe

Recently I stopped by at the last hour of a church sale and spotted this sad lonely dresser. 


Everyone was passing it up because it was in a despicable shape. 
I kind of felt bad for the person who donated it might have to take it back or even worse send it to the burn pile.




More like despicable me!
This blue price tag screamed out at me and right away I thought "Game on!"


I could tell the two boys were snickering at me while they were loading it up into the back of  my two day old new SUV.   

MyLove wasn't too thrilled either when I got home, maybe because of this...


or this...


My goodness, what did I get myself into?

I've got it home and now I'm committed to it. 
Challenge Accepted! 

I spent lots of time kicking out the ugly tattered boards.
Lots of time vacuuming and cleaning each piece of the wood, top to bottom, side to side. 
E v e r y    I n c h
-thank goodness it was trash day-



 Lots of stripping out torn and peeled veneer. 
Lots of pressing and glueing tattered edges. 


And tons of frustration to go along with it that it almost ended up on the curb!
There were times when I wanted to rip every since ounce of ugly veneer and paint the entire piece with chalk paint but throughout the process I didn't have the heart!


I love the look of woodgrain too much so I  tried to salvage as much of it as I could, veneer or not!
Then finally
 the potential started to unfold
 and I was seeing the beauty in this piece.


Do you see it too? 


It's a beauty, isn't it? 
Lots of room for storage, folded and hanging clothes.
You could even put a little mirror in it and put your makeup on right there!
To me it looks perfect for a gentleman so I can imagine him looking in the mirror to fix his tie!


It's not perfect, in fact it shows a lot of imperfections, but like I previously mentioned I tried to save as much of the original look as I could.

I painted the top, sides and insides with Annie Sloan Graphite and heavy Dark Wax.

Here is a closer look at the color.
The further away you stand, the darker it looks.


I stained entire inside with Minwax Sedona Red and Poly to seal it up!
The saved woodgrain veneer was renewed with Minwax Dark Walnut and Poly.
It really brought out the richness of this piece!

And of course my favorite is a little surprise on the inside...
-in a cute grey chevron pattern- 



After I was reviewing his Glamour Shots I thought something was missing so  I decided to add a little trim today.





But no Glamour Shots today because it's raining so these garage pics will have to suffice.

Just what it needed (I think)
The curves reminded me of a waterfall!

Let's rewind a bit to his
Before,
Sad,
Despicable Shape:


And now...


It was a tough job but now in hindsight I am super pleased with it! 
I am going to try to sell it in my Renewal Shop so wish me luck!

I would love to hear from you :)
Maybe I could use a Basket full of Sunshine with all of this rain!











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