It had 2 broken handles, and I looked online for replacements. The closest I found to this size was from a salvage site, and they wanted about $30 a pop. I decided to go ahead and get started working on it and worry about handles later.
I sanded with my orbital, being careful not to go too deep into the veneer. I just did this to the top and the drawers. For the body, I just gave it a once over with some 120 grit, to rough up the surface. And then I stained the drawers and top, using espresso, ebony, anything dark I had. I got to the bottom of one espresso can and used the sludge down there, as well. That's where the richest color is. I used a Q-Tip to get into the lines. This is after 1 coat...
Now, I normally don't purchase Annie Sloan paint. The $40 a quart price tag is a little ridiculous. But this thing is so big, and the surface so slick, that I wanted to use something I knew would be durable and would stick to it. I purchased a can of Old Ochre and went to town. I figured out that on the second coat, if you wet your brush a little bit, the paint will stretch a little further.
I purchased tear drop pulls from Hobby Lobby, (what's up with them only having them half off every other week now?!) and I used the back plates that came with the original handles. I also don't normally distress pieces, but the AS paint is so chalky when it dries that it needs a little sanding. So this piece got a slight distress.
After all was done, there was no way I was waxing this monster. I used some water based spray on poly. Worked great.
And here's the instant replay:
I think this is going to be a beautiful addition to someone's home.
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