I don’t know about y’all but I’m ready for SPRING! Sunshine, spring flowers, and GARAGE SALES! Going to garage sales is one of my absolute favorite things to do on a sunny Saturday morning. As a child, I remember my mother waking me up early each Saturday morning just to see what kind of cheap treasures we would come across. I see so many AMAZING deals and I just want to buy them all. BUY THEM ALL!
My mother and I were just at the end of our rummaging one Saturday morning last summer when we saw a tiny yard sale sign nailed to a tree on our way home. This beauty was visible from the road as we were driving up to the house. “Please let it be for sale. Please let it be for sale.” I was literally chanting. Five minutes later…this gorgeous antique chifferette WAS MINE ALL MINE! The nice lady I bought it from said the piece had been in her family for quite a while and she used it store extra towels and bedding.
I’ve wanted to work on a piece like this for some time now. I’ve seen so many beautiful pieces pinned on Pinterest and I just had to get my hands on one. And this one was in almost perfect condition. I almost couldn’t bring myself to paint it. I let it sit in the corner of my garage for a good 5 months before I was brave enough to give this piece the happiness it deserves. Nobody puts baby in a corner, right?
Fast forward to January. I needed to paint this piece. I wanted to paint this piece. But what color? I paint for resale so I have to choose my colors wisely and mostly stick to neutrals like blues, whites, and grays. This piece deserved a color that would accentuate all of the charming little details. And when I received Driftwood Grey from Poets Paint Waterglass Paint, I knew it was THE ONE. Driftwood Grey is a beautiful light gray with blue undertones that resembles the shades of aged driftwood. I previously used Poets Paint Waterglass Paint in Vintage White on a beautiful buffet I painted and knew this paint had the rock-hard finish I was looking for so this piece would last a lifetime.
Even in Charleston, the winter temperatures wouldn’t cooperate so I had to bring this piece into my kitchen to paint it. My first step was to give the piece a thorough cleaning with a solution of TSP and water. I use this solution or vinegar/water to clean all my pieces before painting to ensure it is completely clean and free of any dirt, dust, oils, and fingerprints.
Once I was certain the piece was completely clean and degreased, I filled in 2 small spots where the veneer had broken off. I used simple wood filler that’s available at most stores. Just fill the gap, let it dry, and then sand it smooth. Then it was ready for paint! No priming or sanding required! I used 3 coats of paint on this piece for 100% coverage. The drawers were painted with a mix of the Driftwood Gray and a beautiful leftover blue chalk paint I had on hand.
After very lightly distressing, I clear waxed the entire piece but also applied a beautiful white wax to give the piece a white wash effect. There are many brands of white wax available and Poet’s Paint has a sister company, DIYDriftwood.com that makes an all natural Liming Wax. I also used a little white wax in all the details along the sides and the appliques on the top and doors. Next, I applied VERY LITTLE dark wax to all of those little details. Just enough to highlight and make those details really POP! And here’s the final result as displayed in a booth at Mt. Pleasant Mall in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
This piece sold quickly and is now in the bedroom of a lucky little girl. A quote from it’s new owner:
“Its new home is in my two year old daughter’s room . . . a piece she can grow with and then leave at home when she moves out. I love it too much to let her eventually take it with her!”
Poets Paint Waterglass Paint is available on Amazon in six gorgeous colors. You can see more of my work and follow me at www.facebook.com/plantationchic. I have several more projects that I’ll be working on soon using Poets Paint Waterglass Paint!