I know you must be just as shocked as I am to hear that America throws away over 11 million tons of forgotten furniture every single year! That is a lot of rescuing to be done folks! During my “curbside shopping” excursions, I have found some of my favorite dressers and chairs along with quite a few misplaced drawers without a home to rest or a purpose to mention. Today I would like to reveal how these previously useless drawers can be given a brand new lease on life!
Most of you know I have 3 Cavalier King Charles spaniels. My fur babies are considered 4-legged children in the Howard household. What better way to show my babies just how much we love them than with a brand new bed! Enter those dresser drawers!
Select your dresser drawer according to your pet’s size. The drawer I am using is medium sized and carved from solid mahogany. I chose this drawer because of the bow front lines and delicate details. Keep in mind to choose a drawer that not only fits your furry friend’s size, but your room’s design scheme!
I removed all hardware, then thoroughly cleaned the entire surface using a lint free rag and gentle degreaser.
I applied a base coat of One Step Paint in Linen to give the Toscana Milk Paint we will be using a matte surface to adhere to. Remember, no sanding or priming is required for this step! I prefer to use a nylon or synthetic brush with the One Step Paint to achieve a smooth finish. I allowed at least 30 minutes drying time.
I mixed 4 parts Cote de Azur Toscana Milk Powder Paint with .5 part of Noir Black Toscana Milk Powder Paint. I prefer mixing the powder pigments while they are still powder. This allows me to see exactly what the color will look like when dry.
Once mixed, I added 50 % water to the milk paint powder. The water and powder should be an equal parts solution at this point. Mix together extremely well. Sometimes I shake my Toscana Milk Paint in a mason jar or sealable container. I have even been known to mix it the night before, as it thickens up over time!
Using a flat natural bristle brush, I applied a nice even coat of the Toscana Milk Paint to the entire surface of the drawer. I always aim for one very precise coat to be enough to cover the One Step Paint base coat. I allowed the Toscana milk paint to dry at least 30 minutes. The color will lighten as it dries.
I found some small bun feet that I thought would give my adorable drawer a little lift and drama. If you choose to add feet, apply the same painting techniques and steps to them as you used on your drawer.
Before I began to “antique” my drawer, I first took a china bristle brush, dipped it into the antiquing glaze and splattered the surface like so:
After a short 5 minute drying time, I saturated a sea wool sponge with our water based Antiquing Glaze. As I set my sponge down on the drawer, I was careful to gently press down, lift up and gently press down again. Be certain to never drag or move it around without lifting first as it will pull up your finish in an undesirable pattern.
Using a clean lint free rag, I carefully dabbed up any excess glaze. The glaze actually adds a bit of color to the finish, so you want to make sure there aren’t any dark spots.
Since you can easily paint metal with the One Step Paint, I covered my hardware with a base coat of Linen and then a light top coat of French Blue.
As always, be sure to seal your Toscana Milk Paint finish with our Light Antique Wax or Clear Wax. I used a flat natural bristle brush to apply a very light even layer of wax. I then buffed the entire surface with a soft lint-free rag to achieve an alluring sheen.
Once all surfaces had cured, it was time to screw in my decorative feet and hardware. To finish my project, I added a cushion made of complimenting colors to ensure I had a very happy puppy!
I cannot wait to see what you accomplish with the drawers you rescue!