Antique Chest of Drawers in Fusion Mineral Paint - Bedford
This week, I drove up to Lakewood to nab this beauty who just needed a little loving.
It's rare that I find a piece this pretty so I always stress a little when it comes to choosing the color. I reviewed my Fusion Mineral Paints project board and fell in love with pieces painted in Bedford and decided to try that color.
I sanded down the top and decided to apply Hemp Oil. This was my first time using Hemp Oil and it was magical. Seriously.
The dry wood just soaked it up and left a beautiful, natural patina! I'm going for the farmhouse look so this was perfect.
I painted on one coat of Fusion Mineral Paint's Bedford color on the bottom of the dresser. I was a bit wary of this color because to me it looked tan in the bottle and I do NOT like tan (especially after growing up in the desert ; )Here is a little video I did showing the process about half way through.
I love that the Bedford color came out looking like an oyster gray which is exactly what I wanted! I sanded the edges a bit for a distressed look using 320 grit sand paper. I touched up a few blotchy areas with some more Bedford paint, let it dry and then rubbed in a coat of Hemp Oil over the paint.
Please note that you do not need a topcoat when working with Fusion Mineral Paints. This paint is water and stain resistant without a topcoat. I just wanted a more rich, oiled look to match my oiled wood top.
I checked the piece in the morning and decided I wanted a bit of a richer look to my wood top. I applied some Espresso Wax with my Wax Brush, let the wax sit for about five minutes and then buffed it out with my wax drill brush.
You can see in the above picture that I used the dark wax on the right hand side of the top of the dresser and not on the left. It adds some richness and depth that I love.
Finally, I applied some Gilding Paste in white across the entire bottom of the dresser to lighten it up and to give it some depth and shimmer. The gilding paste is like a metallic wax - super malleable and easy to work with.
In the end, I am super happy with this chest of drawers and just dropped it off yesterday for sale at Lighthouse Antiques Mall in Olympia.
The top turned out rich and in the farmhouse style.
I distressed the mirrors just a tad.
With or without the mirror, this piece will be lovely in its new home!
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