For the makeover, first I cleaned it with Gloss Off, then I painted it with Benjamin Moore Rocky Beach. This piece didn't have any detailing or carving, so I added some interest to it with a stencil. I used Benjamin Moore French Canvas on the stencilled areas.
I also painted the top a couple of shades darker, Benjamin Moore Texas Leather (also known as Stampede) to add some more personality to it.
Here's the piece before I painted it. Not bad at all, just not very interesting and maybe a little masculine. It's a very solid piece, made from rock maple, and has nice, sturdy, dove-tailed drawers.
I also had the companion piece to it, purchased from the same place, but painted it black to emphasize the masculinity of it. I refinished the top of this one. More pictures of this piece can be seen here.
After I painted it, I distressed it slightly and then added a coat of Zar driftwood stain to age it a little.
After the stain dried, I coated it with clear wax, buffed it, and called it done.
I chose the neutral colors hoping it would work with anyone's decor.
The stencil design somehow makes me think of angels wings. And it also has a little hint of a Scandinavian flavor to it, don't you think?
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I've got another piece that I finished this week and will show you how it turned out very soon. It's a corner cabinet and I really like the dark gray color I used on it. And I love the new wax I used for the first time on it.
Here's a peek at the piece before I painted it. There are glass doors and shelves that go on the top, but I removed them before I thought to take a picture.
UPDATE: The corner cabinet is now finished and can be seen here.
What do you think? Do you like the transformation?
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