I received the perfect finishing touch for the Empire Chest in Rembrandt Red – gorgeous Diamond Cut Acrylic Knobs from D.Lawless Hardware! They set the piece off perfectly and I am ready to share the Empire Chest Before and After!
Remember the before?
The veneer was peeling and chipped off in places. I used wood putty to fill in the gaps and sanded and smoothed it out. The process is simple – fill with putty, sand and repeat until you get a smooth finish to paint. The veneer on the top of the piece was peeling back and for that, I used a strong carpenters glue and a vice to stick it back down. I then added wood putty into any gaps and smoothed it out with sandpaper prior to painting. After the piece was prepped, I applied this gorgeous red!
Here is the after!
I used General Finishes new chalk style paint in Rembrandt Red and their Flat Out Flat Topcoat to seal the piece. It was lightly distressed to give it charm and interest. Not too much distressing on this one – just the edges.
I am in love with this one! That red is such a gorgeous, deep hue!
Yesterday began a new series on the blog, A Brooklyn Carriage House where we follow along as my sister and her family take on the major renovations of a nineteenth century carriage house in Brooklyn. All of your comments yesterday were so wonderful! I am glad we are all looking forward to watching this huge transformation!
Linking To: Seeking Lavender Lane, The Interior Frugalista, The Crowned Goat, French Country Cottage, Finding Silver Pennies, Savvy Southern Style, Remodelaholic
Love that red Susan! I am not one for painting antiques or any kind but in this case, the paint look great!
I am in awe with this piece and the color choice. Absolutely beautiful and unique. Bravo!!
Thanks for sharing,
I love this piece, How do you like general finishes chalk paint? I see home depot sales Annie Sloan chalk paint but I’m not sure if it’s the same quality as buying from Annie Sloan?
Wow! It looks fantastic Suzanne! Thank You!
Cynthia Chilson Finger
That is a gorgeous red! Thanks for sharing! Cynthia
Marie, The Interior Frugalista
Oh my goodness Suzanne, what a beautiful makeover! Adore the color and perfect for the style of dresser. My GF supplier is a bit of trek but worth the trip to get my hands on that color!