This piece has rapidly made its way to one of my all time favorite transformations! And it's a keeper, so yay!
It was sanded bare to remove 3, sometimes 4, layers of paint. A base coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain was applied with a foam brush to the top, body and secretary sections. Then two coats of Lamp Black milk paint by GF were hand painted over all exterior surfaces. A light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper between coats allows for a smooth, butter like finish. (And no brush strokes!) The body was slightly distressed to allow the stain to peek through.
The drawers were given a base coat of GF Antique White milk paint. I used scalloped edge Frog Tape to lay out my pattern. One layer of Lamp Black was painted on and the tape immediately removed. A good sanding of the drawers was done to give a slightly aged look.
The final step was sealing this beauty up with two coats of HPTC in Satin by General Finishes.
I was undecided on hardware until the end of this project. I stumbled across these vintage copper pulls inside another piece I recently acquired from an estate sale. I knew they were the "ones" the second I laid eyes on them!
One of the most satisfying parts of my job is when a piece just evolves as I work on it. That's exactly what happened with this one, and probably why I love it so much!