People leave the most remarkable things at the street for trash pick-up!
I was following PAM (Painter Artist Mom) along a street a couple of months ago. She stopped suddenly, got out of her car, and came to my car window.
I wondered what was going on…
PAM asked if I wanted the chest that was placed at the end of a driveway we’d just passed. It was set out for trash pick-up. I hadn’t even noticed it! (I’ve been away from civilization far too long!)
Spunky Daughter was thrilled to get this chest! It’s in very good shape. While waiting for her to pick it up, it sat on the front porch during Christmas.
Yep! Just like people in the country who act uncivilized…people with furniture sitting on their porch…who don’t know any better…and don’t care. We’re truly living the life now!
After Fun Son moved the drop-leaf table that had been in this spot to his new apartment, this chest finally came in from the front porch. OK, now we’re civilized again. Ha!
SD had big ideas for the piece. She saw a video on-line about gluing octagon tiles over a tabletop painted black. But when I told her the finish on top was easily salvageable, she decided to keep the stain but to darken it. Brown stain took the red tint right out.
The decorative gems were stick-ons and removed easily.
As for the paint color, SD wanted a soft charcoal. The picture of the chest looks navy, but it’s grey. Granted, the soft charcoal has a bluish cast, but it definitely looks grey when you see it in a room.
I’ve heard from two separate sources that for 2017, navy is the new black. This chest appears to be “IN”, right? It does take on a navy cast in pictures.
In reality, the color looks like Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2017 called Shadow. (Click image for details.)
SD mixed two Valspar Super Flat Paint with Primer colors that Lowe’s color-matched for me a few years back. Annie Sloan Charcoal (which looks very much like black) and Annie Sloan French Linen (as I used for this vintage coffee table redo and this medicine cabinet transformation) were mixed together to SD’s liking.
Since the paint is a chalk paint substitute, I sanded and wiped clean the surfaces before painting. One coat was sufficient, and SD didn’t plan to rough the edges at all.
The next day, she added the knobs she’d found at T. J. Maxx.
The screw was too short to fit through the drawer fronts, so I removed the gold cup from behind each knob.
They fit just fine without the cups.
Excited, SD loved the new look, and we moved it that day to her apartment. We took a few pictures before loading it into the truck.
When we returned, I had a hole to fill. So, I placed the piece that HH’s grandfather hand-crafted, the very thing that was in this spot a few years ago.
It left an empty wall in the kitchen under the plate shelf.
With the arm chairs moved around the breakfast room table, the extra space is handy.
It’s interesting how moving one piece out of your home can cause revolving furniture pieces. Do you like to change things? Or, do you prefer things to stay the same indefinitely?