I posted about some of the delicious redos around the place, and I mentioned some things I had my eye on at a local second hand place. Well, I couldn't resist any longer! This is one of the results (with another one to show you soon!)
We discovered this under piles of old clothes and got it a ridiculously cheap price (including delivery...those poor guys didn't know there was 5 flights of stairs to carry it up...eeek!)
I took a let's do this quickly as possible and see if it works out approach. And I'm wrapped with how it turned out. It definitely turned me into a second hand furniture addict ...umm, ok I think my Mum might know that I was pretty in to it already...and my poor husband sure does - he is usually the one sanding and staining and polishing :) Here is the before shot:
This is what I did:
I gave it a good wipe, took the drawers out (the before photo already has the drawers out) and then I took off all the handles. I didn't sand it at all. I just couldn't be bothered and in the end it didn't seem to make any difference! Yay!
Then I painted it with white 'yagli boya' (which directly translated means paint with oil/oil paint - so I'm guessing this means enamel paint?) It was shiny, thick and smelt pretty strong!
When painting over the detailed pattern parts I made sure that I didn't leave any pools or drips of paint. Ummm, I wasn't so careful when I was painting the bottom edges near the sheet I had put it on. It totally stuck and the paint went through all over the place on to the wooden floors. Ahhhhh! It literally took me hours to clean off.
Anywaaay...I gave it three coats, letting it dry over night each time and I also painted the handles.
Once it was dry I put the handles back on. Finito!