25 Feb Bow Front Dresser painted in Shabby Chic® Chalk & Clay Paint by Rachel Ashwell
I found this antique bow front dresser two years ago during a trip to one of my favorite places, Traverse City, Michigan. I usually bi-pass pieces that need a lot of work and this one was definitely in need of some TLC, but I knew there was a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Sad part is, every time I looked at it, I bi-passed it for another piece that didn’t need any repairs. It sat in our workshop for so long, I actually listed it for $45 and when it didn’t sell for that I thought forget it. The pulls are worth more than that alone. I had just returned to work after my surgery and I was on a mission.
Don’t fight the Character, Embrace it!
Typically it would drive me bonkers not to fix all the missing pieces of missing veneer. The problem is, in this business, painters never recap the time and money lost by spending a week making repairs just to get a piece ready for painting.
For this charmer, I decided to just go with it. I pulled off the loose veneer but wasn’t able to remove the everything on the sides because I didn’t have my heat gun and my new arm is still killing me. I remembered something I had stashed in my basement and dug it out.
After sanding down the edges, I applied Rachel Ashwell’s Clear Primer to the entire piece. This is my new go to instead of Clear Shellac. I LOVE this primer and highly recommend it for blocking bleed through prior to painting.
I applied textured wall paper to the sides of the dresser then added upholstery tacks, sealing everything with several different layers of paint, glaze, Clear Coat, Dark Wax and several metallic mica powders.
Custom Mix of Black Glaze and Water along with Bronze & Smoke Metallic Mica Dusts
It was so adorable in person but these are the only photos I have because it went home with someone before I had a chance to take more.
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A hui hou ~ Shelly