Friday, October 14, 2011

#398...amanda's bedside chest

I bought this chest of drawers resale for my client Amanda's master bedroom to serve as a nightstand. It is Ethan Allen from the Baumritter line, which was made in Vermont. My grandparent's had a bookcase wall of this line of cabinet that I think dates back to the 1960's. The cabinet was in good shape, but it actually had a ton of scratches that you can't see in the picture above.
I prefer to paint furniture with oil (alkyd) paint, as it gives a more even and harder finish once completely dried. Usually, I go with a higher end brand paint, however recently Home Depot started carrying this line of oil paints by Rustoleum. I don't usually do a glossy finish, but decided to try my hand at the lacquered look.
The cost of this quart of Rustoleum was about a third of what an alkyd paint quart costs from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. There is not a wide color selection and they can not mix colors for you in the store, but for this chest, the smoke gray seemed the perfect choice.
I used a 4" smooth foam roller to apply, and between coats ran a 320 grit fine sanding block over the piece. The paint was a tiny bit thinner than what I am used to with oils, but after 5 coats I was please with the finish.
We changed the pulls to this cup pull, and added glass knobs from anthropologie.


the dowiaks said...

christie, that's the same exact dresser i have in my bedroom one side of my bed (the other side is a coordinating cabinet), but they are currently painted white with wood top. they are waiting to get painted that grayish-green that's on my walls. did you happen to recognize them as the same thing i have?

is the top of that dresser wood or laminate?

Christie Chase said...

Hi Hilary,
I did not recognize this piece as the same as yours, but I remember them now. The top of this piece is wood, unlike yours. I still think you could paint it, you'd just need to prime the top really well with XIM

Rust-Oleum Scott said...

Christie, what an inspirational project. Your transformation is so cool. Great work and than you so much for using Rust-Oleum.