Old Story, New Life- A Family Heirloom reFreshed

If you’ve followed me for long, you know I am kinda passionate about my work! It’s not just about painting furniture for me. The real joy comes from the friends I make in the process. I’m always honored when people afford me the opportunity to become part of their home’s story. This piece brought me a few tears and a whole lotta joy!

It looked like this when it made it’s way into the shop.

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Broken, scarred and in need of love. It’s condition had it held up in a garage but Michelle knew it still had life in it! The piece was hand crafted by her great, great, great grandfather and had been passed down to the men in the family for years. It became hers when her father passed and she was determined to put it to use! I knew from the moment she walked into the shop we would be friends!

Old Story, New Life- A Family Heirloom reFreshed

She brought items from home for the color consult and with zero hesitation, she went with my first choice…Salsa Dancing! This is her first piece of orange furniture but I have a feeling she’ll own more!

I spent a whole day sanding and cleaning.

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

T.S.P.- It is your friend!!! Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Another day was spent on repairs.

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Then came the fun part! I used General Finishes Java Gel to refinish the top. The body was brought to life with a mixture of Websters Chalk Paint Powder and Benjamin Moore’s “Salsa Dancing”. I I kissed every imperfection with natural distressing, bringing each story to life! I used my Custom Clear to seal and protect.

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations


Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

I refreshed the inside of the drawers with Daddy Van’s All Natural Orange Oil Wax…that stuff amazes me every time!!

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Check those results!
Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Notice the difference in these two pulls?

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Orange Chest Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Michelle’s GGGGrandfather passed before he got the bottom one carved. Some would call that unfinished. I call it absolutely perfect!

Rescue something today! Find the beauty in the flawed and create some beauty of your own!

Smooches!

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Comments

  1. Love the story! The pc is beautiful!!!

  2. Micheline Mulaire says:

    what an awesome job you did re-finishing this piece! Way to go! It ‘s beautiful!

  3. wow, what a beautiful project and wonderful story. I was hanging tough until you got down to the unfinished pull…tears are hard to read through. Congratulations on a terrific restoration and many, many more years of history for this lovely dresser and the family.

    • Awe! I would apologize for the tears but it makes me happy that you felt what I felt! It was an incredible piece to work on! Thank you for sharing, Carla!

  4. Dennise Dekle says:

    I love the idea of refreshing the inside of the drawers. It’ll be done on my next piece! Thanks for sharing that tip.

  5. Charisse says:

    Love it! Wish I didn’t live so many states away!

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