Methuselah part deux
Remember Methuselah from yesterday’s post?
Well, I’m happy to report that he came through his hip surgery with flying colors…he’s one tough old dude.
Now onto the beautification phase of this makeover!
I usually envision a color for a piece the minute I buy it. I knew this one had to be pale gray. I had visions of staining the top and painting the bottom. That would have been so purdy! But the top was not in the best shape.
Sure, I could have sanded for hours on end to fix it up but I didn’t. It is colder than a well-digger’s backside out in my garage and I just wasn’t that motivated.
So I settled on Ben Moore’s Gull Wing Gray. I used an oil-based Melamine paint, so there was no sanding or priming needed. Oh, happy day. It only took two coats to get beautiful coverage.
The hardest part of this makeover was choosing the hardware. Oh, how I wish the original hardware would have been left on by whoever donated it. It left me perplexed and bumfuzzled.
I had my heart set on glass knobs and I had just enough left over from Hobby Lobby but they were missing nuts. Don’t laugh.
So off to Home Depot I went and was using their little gauge to see what size I needed and dropped the glass knob and broke it. Then I did my best Yosemite Sam impersonation “Rattin Smattin varmint….” and scared all the men off the hardware aisle. 🙂
Back to the drawing board. I needed 8 knobs. The glass knobs at Home Depot are around 7 bucks apiece. That’s $56 plus tax. The dresser was only $9.99. Not gonna do it…wouldn’t be prudent.
The cheapest and most delicate antique reproduction knobs they had were $1.29 each but were kinda brassy. So I brought them home and spray painted them Heirloom White.
I wanted a very crisp, clean look for this dresser. No distressing or glazing, no siree . I wanted that beautiful applique to take center stage and blend in with the freshly painted hardware. So I highlighted the details with some acrylic paint in Parchment and a tiny brush.
So without any further yammering…here is the after…
I like him. Uh-lot.
Just one more quickie before and after:
Have a fantastic weekend!