Sad Sammie was a freebie from a family member and at first glance, this poor old hope chest looked pretty hopeless! I love the carved detailed border around the lid but I’m not so fond of the “evil eye” applique on the front.
There was a huge gash on the right corner of the lid. It looked like someone had used this chest as a workbench and maybe ran a circular saw into the wood on that corner. There were numerous stains and knicks on the top, two of the legs were loose and one of them looked like maybe a dog had chewed on it. The varnish had worn off in places and looked crackled and peeling in others.
It sat in the garage for a couple years until I pulled it out the other day to decide if I could revive it or not. Imagine my surprise when I opened it up to find this pristine interior!
Even the “Honor-Bilt badge” is still intact on the upper left corner.
I started by removing the applique and patching the gash and other little scratches with wood putty and tightening the legs. After a good sanding and cleaning, I applied a coat of shellac to keep any tannins from bleeding through the paint.
I put one coat of Waverly chalk paint in Plaster on the body of the chest. Next, I used a stencil and some spackle to apply a raised design to the front of the chest to replace the evil eye. I followed that with two more coats of Waverly chalk paint in Plaster. To add a little vintage character to the body, I used a woodblock technique to add the look of chipped paint and worn edges using Waverly’s Truffle. I used Polycrylic for the topcoat.
For the legs and wood trim pieces, I used Glidden latex paint in Raw Wood. When that dried, I applied a gel stain in Walnut over it to give the appearance of stained wood without having to sand off the old stain which would have been a lot of work on all the legs and trim. I love how that turned out and it saved me a lot of time!
- Wood putty
- Zinsser Shellac clear
- Kilz white primer
- DAP spackle
- Vine stencil
- Waverly Chalk Paint in Plaster
- Glidden latex paint in Raw Wood (eggshell finish)
- Rustoleum Gel Stain in Dark Walnut
- Minwax Polycrilic
With all the closures taking place due to the COVID 19 outbreak I’ve been really glad to have my furniture painting hobby to keep me busy at home! I hope all of you stay healthy during this stressful time. Thanks for stopping by!