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Revive Tired Furniture with a Nautical Look!

As an Interior Designer, one of the most common problems clients face is what to do with outdated furniture that are simply too good to part with.  The finishes are often dulled and dirty from years of use, but the quality of wood and workmanship make it a valuable piece….One such client was Barbara.  Her Henredon dresser had been an big investment 25 years ago and she hated to part with it, but it didn’t match her new Florida home.

The original Henredon dresser.
The original Henredon dresser.

Her bedroom had been painted a deep royal blue.  She loved Nautical decor and “beachy” looking accessories since she had lived up north most of her life…

My suggestion was to ‘paint’ the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Barbara was extremely nervous at the prospects of the dresser never being the same again…Would she like the finished piece?  Would it look good in the room?

I supplied Barbara with a small example of the finish to take home and ‘live with’…After a few days of looking at the sample board, she agreed to have the piece painted…

A sample board of the proposed finish to the dresser.
A sample board of the proposed finish to the dresser.

First, I painted the  whole piece Napoleonic Blue.  After it dried, I painted over the whole dresser with Pure White.  I then waxed it with clear wax, and distressed it  with sandpaper.

A closeup of the distressed corner, with the Napoleonic Blue shown under the Pure White.
A closeup of the distressed corner, with the Napoleonic Blue shown under the Pure White.

I diluted some of the white to do a ‘white-wash’ effect on the very unique hardware on the piece. This allows the ‘metal’ finish to show through but freshens up the oxidized bronze hardware. I always try to use the existing hardware as not  all knobs, handles are with created equal and the right size can be hard to find.

Tape off the hardware to for the first pass of Pure White Chalk Paint.
Tape off the hardware to for the first pass of Pure White Chalk Paint.
The freshened up hardware.
The freshened up hardware.
Hardware that has been ‘white-washed’.

I re-waxed the piece with clear after distressing and buffed it with clean t-shirt cloths.

The finished product, complete with Nautical-themed accessories!

The end result was a Nautical themed dresser that looked amazing against her blue walls…Now, she can enjoy the piece for another 25 years!

If you’re interested in having a piece of furniture you own revived with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you can reach me at 321-368-5138 or visit our website: http://www.designdrapesanddecor.com/

– Cindy