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Restoration

Pinky...A Story of a Table Remade

This darling dresser has a rich history adorned in various paint colors over the years. It has gracefully worn the coats of green, blue, and white, each reflecting a distinct chapter in its life. Yet, it yearned for another transformation to truly reveal its character.

Those enchanting green flower knobs and the elegantly curved drawer seemed to whisper a passionate desire for a radiant PINK makeover. Could it be an homage to the iconic Barbie of 2023? I dare say, yes!

This piece seemed to be beckoning to a little girl’s room, where it would lovingly cradle crafting supplies, delicate doll clothes, cherished books, and treasured papers. Picture the dreams and creativity it could nurture in the heart of a young artist.

In Pinky’s story, we discover the magic of thrifting: history, transformation, and the promise of new beginnings. A testament to the enduring charm of vintage pieces, each with its own unique tale..

She looked like this when we first got her….

Preperation Time!

  • Knobs Cleaning: The knobs were cleaned using Dawn Soap® and water. They were soaked and shaken in a container before rinsing and drying.
  • Inside Treatment: The inside was sprayed with chalk paint for easier reach, especially on the backside, which wouldn’t be visible due to the drawers.
  • Interior Cabinet: The cabinet’s inside, which would be seen, received a spray of chalk paint as a primer coat before painting with chalk paint.
  • Exterior Touch-up: Minor wood filler was used on the exterior, followed by a light sanding to prepare it for painting.
  • Painting: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette was applied for a sweet pink finish, requiring two coats with light sanding in between. Fusion Mineral Paint in Inglenook was used inside the drawers to complement the green knobs.

Blank

  • Wax Application: Clear wax was used to protect the exterior paint. It was applied with a round brush and buffed after 24 hours using a crumpled paper bag.
  • Shellac Protection: Given the expected wear and tear inside the drawers and cabinet, they were sprayed with shellac for added protection instead of wax.
  • Drawer Lining: A charming wrapping paper was used to line the drawers, adding a delightful touch that tied the color scheme together. It was also sprayed with shellac for protection.
  • Completion: The piece was reassembled, creating a versatile bedside table or a lovely addition to a craft room.

Read how I line drawers here -->

Read how I line drawers here

Here She Is All Put Together!

She’d be a great bedside table or addition to a craft room!
Supplies:
  • TSP Cleaner
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • 60 grit sandpaper
  • Wood filler/putty
  • Dawn Soap® and a closable container
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette®
  • Fusion Mineral Paint in Inglenook®
  • Chalk Spray Paint matching the desired color
  • Clear finishing wax
  • Wallpaper/Drawer Liner (optional)
  • Shellac Spray
  • Paper bag (like a lunch bag)
Tools:
  • Putty knife
  • Desired paint and wax brushes
  • Screwdriver (for removing knobs)

Process:

  • Remove hardware and clean it in a Dawn Soap® and water solution.
  • Clean the furniture piece with TSP or another cleaner and let it dry.
  • Fill any imperfections with wood filler and sand with 120 grit if necessary.
  • Spray the interior of the cabinet as a primer.
  • Paint the exterior of the drawers and the interior of the cabinet first to allow them to dry.
  • Paint the exterior of the cabinet.
  • Paint the interior of the drawers.
  • Sand with 400 grit before applying a second coat of paint. No sanding on the interior behind the drawers, but sand the interior sides of the cabinet.
  • After complete drying, sand the exterior with 400 grit, clean away dust.
  • Apply clear wax to the exterior of the piece and exterior of the drawers.
  • Wait 24 hours and buff the waxed areas with a paper bag.
  • Inspect for any areas that appear “dirty” after buffing. Sand these spots with 60 grit to remove the wax, repaint, and wax again.
  • Line the drawers and the bottom of the cabinet.
  • Spray shellac on the paper liners, as well as the interior sides of the drawers and the cabinet.