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For this month’s The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest® the sponsor is O‘verlays®. Mentally going over my inventory in my garage I decided on this chest. Knowing O‘verlays® could perk up furniture with cut and paste overlay this chest is the perfect candidate. After placing the order and I got to work on perking up the chest. In my mind, I pictured this as a seafaring chest and got to work giving it a beachy vibe.
The first order of business was to lightly sand it. Sand it just enough to take the gloss down.
Keeping with the beach theme, a mixture of Saltwash was mixed with a custom color. It was created from a color I used for another project and adding another color. The additive was only used in the corners and the edges in the middle. I was saving space for the overlay.
Mixing up my DIY chalk paint recipe which is 1 part Plaster of Paris with a small amount of water and 3 parts of the beach color paint straight from the can, I painted the entire chest. The color was so close to the custom color I painted the second coat of paint in a deeper hue.
After a few days I got back to work on it, I started sanding it down. The lighter color appeared giving this piece of furniture some character.
The entire chest was waxed with clear wax, inside and out. Notice the interior of the chest was left in its natural state? I like the character and wanted the natural element to remain. This chest which by the way I found yes you got it on the curb. It looks handcrafted so leaving the interior in the original state shows the workmanship off.
To give the chest a worn look apply dark wax on the corners and a little beyond. After a good buffing, the chest was ready to be perked up with the overlay.