Refinishing and hand painting chest of drawers
Adam Bermingham, Traditional Painter in Roscommon, Ireland fills us in on the process of refinishing & hand painting a chest of drawers…
Hand painted Chest of drawers – Before After
I bought this piece at an outdoor market in Longford town last year from a man in the house clearance business – a goldmine for high quality retro furniture like this.
It’s taken such a long time to complete this project, because I had to find the right handles to replace the broken ones. I wanted a modern twist & the ones I found, I think work well.
First job was to take all the drawers out & remove all the handles (these holes were filled ready to fit new handles). Next, the piece got a good clean & a light sanding. The top & the drawers got more attention at this stage because of the stain, oil & wax finish I was planning for them.
Prime & fill en route to an eggshell finish
First, 2 coats of the oil based primer sealer, Zinsser Coverstain.
Then, I completed any filling that was required.
When this dried & I sanded it
The piece was ready for 2 coats of white Dulux Eggshell using my new (at the time) Wooster FTP.
For the top & the drawers of the piece, I wanted a natural timber finish. The sanding & filling was already done so it was onto wood-stain, I used Sadolin Walnut. I then gave it 2 coats of boiled linseed oil, it gives timber that little something extra, take a look at the difference…
Just a coat or 2 of wax, & the new handles to fit & I am super pleased with the results. What do you think?
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