Here is a curbside find that I couldn’t resist. Look! I painted it blue. I know you’re surprised. (Not.)
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This poor chest had definitely seen its better days. The word pitiful came to my mind immediately. Nevertheless, I thought it could be salvaged. I think the finished product is far more than ‘salvaged.’ I think it’s stunning and oh, so dignified in its blue uniform.
The prep for this piece was pretty demanding. I had hoped to save the veneer on the sides of the chest, but it was too far gone. I peeled it off, weeping bitterly as I did. I then sanded it thoroughly and painted the body of the cabinet with Valspar Signature interior latex in a color they call Naval. Valspar’s signature paints have primer built in. I thought that extra covering capability important to this piece since it was so badly neglected.
The stain on the top is Minwax Bombay Mahogany PolyShade. It’s a stain and polyurethane in one product so only one coat is needed. It’s very rich color and one of the my go-to stains that hides imperfections well and still letting the grain of the wood show through.
I sealed the paint on the cabinet’s interior with spray-on water-based poly. I used regular brush and poly on the rest of the body of the cabinet to seal and protected it. It wipes clean and won’t chip once it dries and cures. Finally, I added simple chrome drawer pulls to underline the military look suggested by the paint color. This now understated but beautiful cabinet won’t suffer from moisture damage again anytime soon.
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