Happy Monday Glamour Girls! Hope your weekend was grand. Of course yesterday was Mother’s Day which is always a treat. We don’t make a big deal, but they know Mommy loves to eat so breakfast and dinner were prepared. Someone must have also paid attention to my post on nude not being a trend because I received the cutest pair of sandals. I’ll be so glad when it warms up. It’s still raining here in Baltimore, so most of my time was spent in the house completing today’s Monday Makeover.
Instead of going straight home after work one evening I made a small detour and found myself at a Goodwill near my office. I had never been to this one before, didn’t know what to expect, but I love the excitement of the hunt. On that particular day, I lucked up. When I saw this piece initially, I thought it was particle board maybe, or some other flimsy material. Upon closer inspection however, I was pleasantly surprised. The piece was heavier than I imagined, always a good sign and I also noticed an insignia stamped in the top drawer.
A quick google search revealed that Sanford Furniture Company, located in Sanford, North Carolina is known for making high-end quality furniture. A more popular brand, Permacraft, was trademarked in 1948, so this piece predates that; not bad. Now, onto the fun stuff.
Of course, my first step was to strip the piece, well at least I tried. Not sure what the finish was, but trying to remove it was torturous. It melted into this ooey gooey sticky substance that wouldn’t actually come off, it just spread and stuck everywhere. After two applications, this was the result. All the white stuff is residual finish.
Unhappy with this, I decided my only option was to sand the finish off completely.
With that out the way, I was finally ready to paint. I decided on Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue.
Wanting a little contrast between the drawer trim and the drawers, I mixed Louis Blue with Old White to lighten it slightly. Now, for the details. Being as how it’s a lingerie chest, I wanted the drawers lined with velvet. I imagine the buyer having exquisite taste in underpinnings and as someone who once owned a lingerie boutique, I know the importance of handling such items delicately. Jewelry and watches can also go in the top two smaller drawers.
I selected a navy blue velvet to complement the sky blue tones. After making a template of the drawers, I cut pieces of velvet slightly larger so I’d have enough to trim. Using a spray adhesive I applied the velvet to the bottom of each drawer. The best way to do this was one side first, followed by the other.
After trimming the fabric with a utility knife, I was ready to add the trim. Navy and gold worked well, and using my glue gun, I finished the interior of each drawer.
My final step is always the knobs. Below, is the finished product.
So what do you think? Hope this inspires you to create something beautiful.