Pink and White Chest of Drawers
Yuk! That is what I said when I first saw this chest of drawers. And "yuk" was an understatement actually. The base itself wasn't too bad except it needed a good cleaning, but the hardware was horrible! So of course I snatched it up and bought it. :-)
Dirt and grime I can deal with fairly easily, but the hardware was corroded and had crusty stuff all over it. I didn't even want to touch it. Also, the drawer slides were missing on three of the four drawers. My initial plan was to replace the hardware, purchase replacement drawer slides, and paint it black. Turns out I changed my mind on all three counts.
|Soaking in vinegar.|
|The scrubbing process.|
|Fresh and clean! Not perfect, but good enough for paint.|
|Here's another comparison of the |
"Before/During/After" of the hardware.
|The bottom drawer runners were all intact.|
|This was the only drawer with the original slide.|
|Newly constructed drawer slide. Brilliant!|
As I mentioned earlier, I initially planned to paint the chest black. However, I didn't have enough black paint to finish the job, so I decided on something lighter. I still had a good amount of pink leftover from a previous project, so that decided the color scheme.
AfterThe base is painted in Antoinette Pink and the top and drawer fronts are painted in Old White. I applied light distressing to highlight the details and finished with a soft wax. I initially painted the handles in pink as well, but my family voted it was too "sweet", so I repainted the hardware in Old White and then distressed it so some of the pink would still show through.
It measures 44" high x 34" wide x 17.5" deep. We took the dresser to the Lebanon Peddler's Mall yesterday (row 5, booth #139). I think it will make a lovely addition to a little girl's room by adding a touch of vintage charm.