I work well with a deadline. I like to think I'm the get it done right away type but I'm more of the burn the midnight oil kind of girl.
So this furniture rehab was perfect for me because I had a deadline. You see my client contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I could refinish some dressers for him & his wife as they just bought a new home and are in the let's work with what we got stage (I'm still there 4 years later!). So of course I said sure thing.
Then he threw in the kicker his wife was going to be traveling to London for work and he planned on meeting her a few days later and he wanted them back to surprise her when they got home. So that left me with 6 days to get this thing done. Enter my deadline.
Here are the dresser before. Nice lines, solid quality pieces. Just in need of some TLC. (The C stands for Courtney! Yes I'm a dork!)
You'll notice in the above photo I had only taken 3 knobs off before I remembered I needed a before shot!
My helper & her baby just passing through!
So back to my story. He told me that she wanted grey and she like old things. Okay, the grey part...check! I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in "French Linen". How fitting since they are in London right now! Instead of a poly clear coat I tried out the clear wax. It gives it more of a matte finish rather than a shine but I like it and I'm excited to use it on some other pieces. I then asked if she would like distressing...typical guy had no idea what I meant. So after a quick rundown we settled on grey dressers, light distressing and vintage hardware.
Here is her dresser.
Lightly distressed to show the natural wood on the edges and a mix of glass knobs and antique metal pulls with scroll work.
Next up the small dresser.
Same techniques, same hardware. The top drawer is slightly smaller in size to the bottom two so I decided to use the glass pulls there as well to mimic the tall chest.
We delivered them back today and they get home tomorrow night! It was fun being in on such a fun surprise. I can't wait to hear what she thinks. I'll be sure to report back.
Hope you enjoy Amy!