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Project

Bordered Chest of Drawers How-To

Introduction

A glaze was rubbed with steel wool to enhance the overall patina of the piece.

Materials

  • Damp cloth
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Primer
  • Light-gray paint
  • T-square
  • Plastic container
  • Blue latex paint
  • Liner brush
  • Paint brushes, including a natural bristle brush
  • Light-gray alkyd paint
  • Alkyd glaze
  • Mineral spirits
  • Cotton rag
  • Steel wool

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Clean previously painted pieces with a damp cloth. Fill nail holes with wood filler, and lightly sand the entire surface. Clean again with cloth. Apply 2 coats of primer; let dry. Apply 2 coats of light-gray paint; let dry. For best results, remove drawers and paint them on a separate work surface. Also, paint the surfaces of the bureau frame one at a time, allowing ample drying time between each.

  2. Step 2

    Make marks for a 1/4-inch-wide border that's set in 1/2 inch from each edge. Using a T-square, connect the layout lines with a colored pencil. In a plastic container, thin blue latex paint with water until it flows off the brush easily but is not too watery. Using liner brush, fill in border with paint; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    In a plastic container, combine 4 ounces each of light-gray alkyd paint, alkyd glaze, and mineral spirits; mix well. Apply with a natural-bristle brush. Work in the glaze with a cotton rag.

  4. Step 4

    While glaze is still wet, run steel wool over bureau's surface in the same direction as the brush strokes. Let dry overnight.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2006