but Mom, we’re not British….
Get comfy…this is a long post.
My latest furniture project was inspired by the incredibly talented Miss Mustard Seed. She is a total trend setter in blogland. From the moment that she revealed her Union Jack dresser, I knew it was something I had to try to replicate.
So when she shared the paint colors that she used, it was GO time.
I looked out in my
warehouse garage and chose a beautiful little antique oak chest. I bought it last summer at a garage sale. It’s been sitting untouched for months.
The reason I hadn’t done anything with it was because the drawers were wonky. They slid all the way to the back of the chest.
To paint the Union Jack design on the front of the chest, the drawers needed to be perfectly even. I had absolutely no idea how to do that. So I did what I do when I don’t know what to do. 🙂 I improvised.
I pushed the drawer in as far as it would go. Then I took a scrap piece of 2×2 board and laid it from the front of the drawer to the front of the dresser. Then I marked the board where it met the edge of the chest.
It’s a little chewed up because my four-legged assistant Riley took off with it. 🙂
Next, I sawed off the excess with my jigsaw. I can’t believe I didn’t lop off a digit!
Then I held the wood block at the back of the drawer and secured it with a wood screw.
I repeated this process for the bottom drawer as well and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how my makeshift drawer stoppers worked!
Now that the drawers were even, it was time to stain and paint. I used my go-to stain color MinWax Dark Walnut on the top of the chest. I love the richness it gives the wood.
Next I primed and painted the body of the chest with Sherwin Williams Naval. Boy, did Miss Mustard Seed nail the navy blue color. It’s perfect. It took about 5 coats.
Miss Mustard Seed used a projector to trace the image onto her dresser. I don’t have a projector so I just taped it off like I did on my shabby union jack.
Starting with the white areas first.
Then adding the red. (Sherwin Williams Stolen Kiss)
At this point my kids saw what I was painting and said to me, “But Mom….we’re not BRITISH!”
Is there a rule that says you have to be British to think the Union Jack makes an uber-cool decorating statement? I think not. My heart belongs to the stars and stripes but hand painting 50 stars is not in my future.
I let it rest overnight. Looking at it this morning, I felt like it looked too stark.
Riley, my nosey assistant totally agreed. 😉
So I sanded all the way around each drawer and then lightly glazed the whole chest front using Valspar’s Antiquing Glaze. I love this stuff…it is so workable. Much better than the many other glazes I’ve tried. Glazing can be tricky. If you get too heavy-handed it can make the piece look dirty.
I finished it off with MinWax paste finishing wax.
For the hardware, my first thought was to go with nickel or pewter. But I LOVED the way the brass looked on MMS’s version so I found some very simple antique brass pulls at Lee Valley.
One more look at the before…
And here is the after…
I heart ❤ this dresser. It was well worth the bazillion coats of paint and the trillion hours it took to finish it.
If you are local and love this as much as I do, I’m taking orders. You’re gonna need to make a couple of trips to the ATM though. 😉
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Have a wonderful Wednesday!