Chest Of Drawers Turned Into A Bench And Toybox

Chest Of Drawers Turned Into A Bench And Toybox

Well friends here is our latest furniture distressing project.  This was a little different from some of our previous work as we had to do some re-purposing for this one.

We had an old chest of drawers that was sitting around in storage and was starting to feel the strain of the years.

This was actually the dresser Chris had as a child in his bedroom, and we had used it for a few years after getting married but we ran out of room and use for it so it got stored away.

After doing some brainstorming we decided to repurpose the old chest into something a little more amazing.

It was Angie’s idea and we LOVE how it turned out.  It is going to make some little girl very happy.

We took the Skil Saw to it and after MANY tedious but extremely fun hours of work we turned it into a toybox/bench

This is perfect for a little girl’s room for sitting and storing.

Please let us know what you think!   Leave a comment, Pin it and Share it.  Thanks for stopping by

Angie and Chris

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Chest Turned Into Bench/Toybox

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Bedroom Night Stand

Bedroom Night Stand

Well, here is the last piece that we have so far.  Much more to come!  If you missed the previous two posts on the gray bedroom furniture here is what we’re doing:

Angie and I have just started working on a little distressed furniture project in our bedroom.  We’re taking our time and just doing one piece here and there as time permits.

The walls of the room are a rich cranberry red so after looking through a bunch of colors we decided on (what I call) a Confederate gray.

These were all done using the dry brush method.  Click here to see our tutorial on how we do this:  Dry Brush Method Tutorial

Angie has already completed the first three pieces and we’re going to be sharing them in 3 posts now and in subsequent posts as we complete them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to leave a comment and Share and PIN any pictures you like!

 

night stand before

night stand

 

night stand before and after

Oval Bedroom Mirror

Oval Bedroom Mirror

Well, Angie and I have just started working on a little distressed furniture project in our bedroom.  We’re taking our time and just doing one piece here and there as time permits.

The walls of the room are a rich cranberry red so after looking through a bunch of colors we decided on (what I call) a Confederate gray.

These were all done using the dry brush method.  Click here to see our tutorial on how we do this:  Dry Brush Method Tutorial

Angie has already completed the first three pieces and we’re going to be sharing them in 3 posts now and in subsequent posts as we complete them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to leave a comment and Share and PIN any pictures you like!

oval mirror

 

oval mirror

 

Here is the vanity and mirror together

 

bedroom vanity

 

…And The Before And Afters!

 

Mirror Before and After

Bedroom Vanity

Bedroom Vanity

Well, Angie and I have just started working on a little distressed furniture project in our bedroom.  We’re taking our time and just doing one piece here and there as time permits.

The walls of the room are a rich cranberry red so after looking through a bunch of colors we decided on (what I call) a Confederate gray.

These were all done using the dry brush method.  Click here to see our tutorial on how we do this:  Dry Brush Method Tutorial

Angie has already completed the first three pieces and we’re going to be sharing them in 3 posts now and in subsequent posts as we complete them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to leave a comment and Share and PIN any pictures you like!

 

Before we start, a little attribution is in order!

This vanity was a wonderful gift from our sister-in-law and brother Angela and Chad Newsom.  So in order to give due credit for their amazing gift here is where you can find them.

Angela is the brains behind The Coupon Makeover Class and website which you can find at http://www.couponmakeover.com/

She is also the author of The Coupon Quick Start Guide which you can get at Amazon here:  GET THE BOOK

She does amazing work and can save you tons of money so check her site out.

Chad is the author of two amazing books: Polycarp: The Crown Of Fire and Talking Of Dragons:  The Children’s Books Of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, and The Nicholas Book:  A Legend of Santa Claus.   All 3 are excellent reads and available though Amazon and other book sellers.

He is also the Lore Master at Family Lore Publishing.   Make sure you check out that site here:  http://www.familylorepublishing.com/

 

Now, down to business.  Here she is!!

vanity before

bedroom vanity

 

bedroom vanity

 

 

bedroom vanity

 

Vanity before and after

An Old Blue Chair ;)

An Old Blue Chair ;)

 

Alright, you Kenny Chesney fans will understand the wink in the title.  Everyone else will have to look it up 🙂

We found this old chair abandoned in an old barn and in need of some distressed furniture love.

We wanted to try the “dry brush” technique on this and share with you how to do it.  We also just made our own dark wax and used it on this chair.  It worked amazingly (in our humble opinion) and in the future we are going to be sharing exactly how we did it so you can make your own on the cheap!

Make sure you subscribe to the blog (via the link on the right) AND sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the post so you won’t miss out when we share the secret recipe!

Here on the gallery page we will just show you the before and after pictures, but we are going to be doing a whole tutorial on how to dry brush a piece.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think! 

Angie and Chris

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Chair tall 1

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Chair tall 2

 

 

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Red Dresser

Red Dresser

In this tutorial we are going to show you how we distressed a tall dresser we had in our house with chalk paint and vaseline.  The dresser is about 55 years old, had some deep gouges in the side but was in still pretty good shape.

We had an idea that this would make a good distressed furniture piece.

We decided to go with a barn-type red that we already had around the house that would work well in the room we were going to use it in.   I apologize that I can’t tell you the exact color on this one.  We had it a while and just aren’t sure of the exact color.

Anyway here we go!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

distressing supplies

  • Chalk Paint – You can buy this from Annie Sloan or you can make your own with our VERY simple recipe here:  How To Make Chalk Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Steel Wool Pads and/or medium grade sandpaper
  • Finishing Wax – On this piece we used MinWax Paste Finishing Wax but you can also use Annie Sloan’s waxes made especially for chalk paint or you can finish it with a fast drying polyurethane or some other similar finish
  • Rags
  • Vaseline or Candle Wax – on this piece we used vaseline

 

Prep/Painting

Here is the dresser before we began.  Very simple with a light stain.

dresser before

 

You don’t normally need to do any sanding prep with chalk paint but this piece had some deep gouges on the side that we needed to sand out.  You can see them on the side in the below picture. 

Of course we could have left the gouges in tact to keep a little character on the dresser but they were accidental deep scratches and not very appealing to us so we got rid of them, but you decide what you want on your piece.

dresser before

 

PAINTING

We went with a two color distressing technique where we have a different color than the color of the wood stain to show under the top coat so we used a Williamsburg blue on the bottom coat to cover any areas that would become exposed by the distressing.

We did not use chalk paint on this bottom coat, just a standard latex interior flat.

adding blue undercoat  blue undercoat

 

After the blue had dried we began applying vaseline anywhere on the piece that we wanted to show under the topcoat later on.

The vaseline makes the top coat of paint practically fall off with ease so apply it wherever you want to distress the piece later.  You can almost wipe it off with a rag so you have to be careful where you put it.

Don’t overdo it though.  The vaseline smears easliy and can leave you with larger exposed areas after distressing that you may not want.   If you want larger areas exposed then apply the vaseline accordingly.

Focus on corners, edges, raised areas and around high traffic areas such as handles and knobs.

adding vaseline  vaseline on the edges

Again, always feel free to make the piece you are working with your own.  Wherever you want the piece to show signs of distressing is where you should put them.

 

Next we began painting the dresser with the top coat of red chalk paint.  It took two coats to cover but that’s pretty typical with reds.

applying the red  top piece painted red

 

DISTRESSING

After your paint has dried you are ready to begin distressing.  We used a medium grade sandpaper and #3 steel wool.   You can use what works for you.  You can use sanding blocks, etc.   We focused on the top of the dresser for a heavier distressing than we did on the bottom piece.  We applied lots of simulated paint peeling, scratches and scrapes.

Begin on the places you applied vaseline.  The paint in these areas will easily peel off.  Add other distress marks as desired.  Remember to focus on corners, edges, high ridges, raised areas and high traffic areas such as knobs and handles.

Just use your eyes and your instinct.  When you see something that looks good you will know it.  Just trust your instinct but always go slow.  You can always distress more if need be.

WAXING

Use a cheese cloth or damp cloth to clean the sand and dust caused by the distressing off of the piece.  Now you are ready to finish.   We used natural color MinWax Furniture Finishing Paste on this piece.  Apply with a clean, soft rag in circular motions.  Use a wax brush to get in between any small crevices or design work if needed.

After 10-15 minutes of drying buff the piece with a clean, soft rag.  The more you buff the more shine you get.

Applying Wax

 

 

FINAL PRODUCT

Well, here it is.  This piece looks amazing and much better in person than in the pictures.  We hope they do the piece a little justice.

Finished Red Dresser

Finished Top

Final Bottom

 

Well, thanks for stopping by.  We are always available to answer any questions you may have.  Just leave a comment.

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