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True to promise, it’s been all systems go today. Two chests of drawers to be refurbished. One is being painted to order, the other (below) is for me to sell. Here it is in the raw:

Chest of drawers

And here it is part way through sanding:

Sanding down chest of drawers

Top fully sanded back, base sanded in preparation for painting:

Sanding complete – just about to remove the handles

The pic below is after the first coat of Autentico Vintage ‘Dune’, which I watered down a lot before using. I wanted an ultra thin coat to go on because I haven’t primed this item (I plan on distressing the drawers and didn’t want white primer showing through), so the first coat of ‘Dune’ was the primer:

A very thin coat of ‘Dune’ to prime

We found a newspaper cutting and some slides in one of the chests of drawers. The newspaper article spoke of a gentleman, who refurbished old tools and sent them off to underdeveloped countries. The slides showed pictures of the tools. I somehow think the gentleman would approve of the refurbishing of his old chest of drawers.

By this evening, I’d made good progress, but had to move the drawers under Jasper’s canopy to make use of his lights (horse has 3 lights, I have none!):

The plinth to the back of the drawers was flat brushed to bring out the carved detail:

plinth to back of chest of drawers

Tomorrow, the drawers will be waxed (and probably distressed) and the handles put back on.


Here is the chest of drawers:

Vintage oak chest of drawers, painted Autentico Vintage ‘Dune’

I did decide to distress the paintwork a little – just to add some contrast and texture:

The paintwork has been lightly distressed

Finally, the weather was good enough to grab some decent pics of the bureau:

Vintage oak bureau, painted Annie Sloan ‘Paris Grey’

Here’s the tracing on the top:

Lithographic tracing to the bureau top

Here’s the inside of it:

A pop of Annie Sloan ‘Florence’, with some French linen fabric and vintage French postal prints