A challenge is always invigorating, right? This chic should be bubbling over then!
My client texted me after picking up this 4 piece bedroom set from a family estate. She wanted to have it painted and pass it down to her daughter. The problem…they hit a detour on the way to the shop. A mud pit! Top to bottom, side to side, the furniture was covered in mud!
Now…I decided to share the dirty part of this story just in case you ever find yourself in the same position! In an attempt to quickly remove the mud, my clients sprayed if off with water. That’s what you never wannna do! While it did remove some of the mud, it saturated the wood which took a week to dry out. The proper fix would have been to remove any wet mud with a dry cloth then vaccum the dry mud off before the normal prep cleaning.
First things first, I removed all the drawers and peeled the paneling on the backside off to allow the wood to dry.
After the wood dried out, I repaired the veneer damage, which was minimal considering the amount of water it received. Once all the repairs were made, I cleaned thoroughly with T.S.P…THREE times!
The cosmetic damage quickly became evident…
Once my cloth returned clean, I moved on to painting! Well, step back…
Knowing the moisture had unleashed tannins, I applied a coat of shellac to all surfaces. This was my attempt to prevent any ugly bleed through and for the most part, it worked! I did have to reapply shellac and repaint the side of the chest and the vanity. All in all, a win!
I accented all the recessed areas with Debi’s Design Diary’s Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina. I used it a few weeks back on this project and fell in love! It’s so easy to use! As you can see, I simply buried it in all the nooks and crannies…
Then wiped away the high points.
See what a difference it makes!
The hardware was caked with mud too.
By the way, this perfect neutral color is Benjamin Moore’s Weimaraner. I’ve been singing it’s praises for years and still love it with my whole heart! I mixed it with Websters Chalk Paint Powder for the lustrous finish!
Proof that even the dirtiest of things can shine again! It’s all in “The Finishing Touch“!