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Second wind of an old piece of furniture with ornamental detail

by | Dec 28, 2020 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

One beautiful Saturday in May 2015, my husband and I were browsing garage sales to find the rare gem, and that’s when his eyes were drawn to an object hidden behind a table littered with items for sale. So he slipped behind it to find a beautiful little chest of drawers.

Happy with his discovery and knowing my very great passion for the revaluation of furniture and various objects, he therefore hastened to make me discover his find.

Despite her great lack of love, when I saw her I fell in love with her, I was won over by her unique curves and details. Very disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, my husband finally managed to negotiate it for the modest sum of $ 20, you can guess my enthusiasm.

Being the owners of a century-old house, we have a particular attachment to old furniture, and some of them need upgrading to come back to life again, such was the case with our little chest of drawers.

furniture before

The products used

 cabinet with stencil

Phase 1 – Preparation of the furniture

  •  Remove drawers and handles;
  • Lay the piece of furniture flat on a large canvas to strip the head;
  • Sand the furniture starting with 80 grit paper and finish with 120 grit paper;
  • Spray the furniture with cleanser and makeup remover, spread it with a cloth and leave to act for a few minutes;
  • Be sure to rinse well with water to remove all residue;
  • Apply the oil primer and respect the drying time.


Phase 2 – Painting

 You are now ready to apply the first coat of paint. If necessary, sand very lightly between coats with 220 grit sandpaper.



Phase 3 – Surface protection

  • Allow the paint to dry very well before waxing;
  • With the large round XL brush and a small part at a time, apply a layer of natural beeswax all over the furniture including the head;
  • Wipe well with the paper towel.



Phase 4 – Finishing touch

  • With the white cloth, with your fingertip, apply the white flake wax to the desired places on the ornaments;
  • Strip the handles and paint them with gold paint;
  • Fill the old handle holes with the wood filler and sand lightly;
  • Drill new holes to reposition the handles.


furniture after

After five years of waiting and some great ideas in mind, I decided to paint her with ease and bring out the richness of her magnificent curves. In all its glory, it beautifully adorns a corner of our guest room.

Diane Lavoie





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