Cleaning Up Antique Chest of Drawers

I’ve talked about this before on my blog but not ever piece of furniture needs a new coat of paint.

Sometimes just a little sand paper, soap, & elbow grease is all you need bring a piece back to life.

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I found this cutie on Facebook Market Place and eagerly message the sellers to see if piece was still available.

I felt so lucky when they said that she was and I had her home just a few hours later.

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The simple lines and brass hardware sealed the deal for me but there was at least 20 years of built up grim on all the surfaces.

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First step was to remove the beautiful hardware.

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A simple cleaning wasn’t going to get this dirt off but some 80 grit sandpaper did the trick.

After the sander did most of the heavy lifting I was able to breakout the scrub brush & soap to scrub areas that the sander couldn’t reach.

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I make it a habit to seal in all of my projects, old paint or not, with a protective finish.

I gave the entire piece a coat of, everyone say it with me…

Minwax’s Water Base Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Matte.

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Last step before adding the hardware back on was to wax the drawer edges so they could more smoothly pull in & out.

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I use leftover candle wax for this step.

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Even the hardware needed a little scrub before being re-attached.

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Some people might disagree with me and would have preferred that I give the whole piece a fresh coat of paint but I liked the color it was just hiding under all of that yuckiness.

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If you like this color too and would like to recreate the look it is very similar to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color, Marzipan.

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Its not a dramatic makeover but here is the before & after so you can see how bad it really was.

What do you think? Would you have just given the piece a fresh coat of paint? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

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