Well, here’s the before picture. What a sad little chest. There were actually four drawers, but only three really nice ones. It was time to experiment. I decided to move the top drawer, (the decorative one) down one level. Now I had a very nice top cubby hole. Hmmm, I see potential here.
With solid wood construction and dove-tailed drawers, it would be worth the work needed to make it extraordinary. I envisioned something whimsical.
I was itching to get started, BUT, before I could do anything creative, I had to make a couple of repairs.
The sides of the chest near the bottom had some wood damage. With glue, new trim and clamps it was as good a new.
Next I prepared my cubby to receive a shelf. Existing side-drawer-guides were already in place, but I still needed a support at the back of the chest. This piece of wood was measured, cut, and screwed into place. I then used half inch plywood cut to size for my new shelf. I used an iron to apply real wood veneer to finish the raw outside edge of the shelf before painting and installing (see my Turquoise Wardrobe post for further details)
I gave the entire chest 2 coats of Gliddens, Satin, Sea Spray paint. Woo Hoo! NOW for the fun part.
With a ruler I marked the center of the drawer as well as the center of my polka dot stencil. I aligned these two marks and taped the stencil to keep it from shifting. Shifty dots are not nice dots. I used a mixture of my sea spray paint and some pale yellow paint to stencil the dots. It is best to keep the brush on the dry side when stenciling. When the center section was completed, I moved the stencil over, aligning with the existing dots and continued stenciling until I ran out of drawers. (I like stenciling)
Next came the gentle art of distressing. I took my trusty 100 grit sandpaper and defined each and every edge on the chest to give it that time-worn look.
The final step involved brushing a coat of Ralph Lauren’s Tea Glaze all over the chest. I love how it transforms the piece, giving it depth and character.
My finished Shabby Chic Polka Dot Chest. I really like it a lot.