Just finished this little beauty. Came across this piece when a girlfriend took me to a vintage/antiques dealer that she was purchasing some things from. I loved the size and sweet details on the upper drawers. Sadly, the trim on the lower drawers was all but gone. So I had to chip and pry away at the rest of the trim to remove it and then sand good to smooth it out. Adding to the trim or duplicating it was not an option, given the age and the design.
I let that dry overnight (which I highly recommend) before elegantly distressing with sandpaper. Wiped it down good with a tack cloth and began glazing. I’ve used several different methods for this. Previously, my favorite glaze was Valspars antiquing glaze…..which I still love. I have also used different colors of Minwax wood stain to age and antique. This time I used my other ‘go to’ product which is Rustoleum’s Java Brown glaze. I brush it on with a cheap brush and then wipe it off with rags and some wipes. Yes, unscented baby wipes. You have to play a little bit with how much you wipe off and you made need additional coats. I ended up doing 2 coats of glaze.
Let that cure and dry well overnight………before waxing or applying Polycrylic. Repeat after me, “I will let my glazed furniture dry overnight prior to applying any finishing protective product.” Well done! After church, the next day, I applied a good coat of Minwax Finishing Paste. It’s my go to FAV! Wipe it on, let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wipe it off. The finish this produces is just the best vintage touch. Love, love, love it.
The original hardware was soooooo tarnished. So I busted out the Brasso and got busy. That product rocks!!!! This is not a quick process. In fact, I spent over an hour polishing. But look how pretty they cleaned up! So totally worth it.