I purchased the chest because I loved the lines. The drawers were serpentine and it had a little door area for hats, I presume. I loved it and it was a steal at $50! BUT....the finish was AWFUL!! It had been painted a multitude of colors but the icing on top was a crackle finish of two hideous browns! This was really a crime against real wood. See Example 1:
The crime continued with the paint slopped on all the hardware and even inside some of the drawers! I started stripping everything down. I scraped and stripped, sanded and stripped. I scraped and stripped some more and then sanded again. See example 2:
Don't let this pictures fool you. There were many layers of paint and the under this awful brown I believe I found, white, red, and green!
I finally got it all stripped down only to find the top and the front of several drawers were stained or damaged too much to be restored to show off the natural beauty of the wood. That left me with one choice....PAINT! I had really worked hard to get all the old paint off because the dresser had such beautiful lines and I really wasn't sure how old any of the paint was. Once I was stripping it I figured I'd better just go all the way. However, when all that hard work was done....it almost broke my heart to put paint back on it!
By this time, I was so into this chest of drawers, I couldn't imagine parting with it. I really didn't need another piece of bedroom furniture but, it was LOVE!!! I couldn't part with it!
I decided I was so in love, I started painting it to match my Sugar Bug's room. When I was finished I was more in love than ever...and Sugar Bug loves it too! BONUS!
The moral of the story, at least on this one, is ....no matter how frustrating stripping may be, the payoff really can be worth it!
I am going to share this with my new friends at Primitive and Proper. Cassie was so nice last week with her party and I can't wait to see all the other entries too.