I realized I forgot to take a lot of before shots of a lot of these pieces, which is a bummer. I get so excited about starting a project that I forget! I am trying to become better at that, because I know all of us love before and after photos for inspiration!
I absolutely LOVE turquoise. It’s my favorite color, but I don’t have a way of working it into my home at the moment, so when I needed to fill my booth with new pieces, I was so excited to finally try out Annie Sloan’s Florence! It has this vibrant, bold vibe to it which I really dig.
It’s such a gorgeous color, isn’t it?
A few months ago I found a cheap dresser that I knew would be perfect for this repurposing project. It was in perfect condition. I didn’t have to sand anything down or fill in any holes or scratches – which is always rare plus!
Here is a quick cell phone shot of the BEFORE:
& this is the AFTER:
I wanted something that looked a little aged and worn, but I still wanted that glossy sheen as well. I really love how it came out!
How to Do it Yourself:
1) I decided to change the hardware, so after removing the original handles, I filled in the holes with wood filler. The next day, I sanded the wood fill out smoothly and then drilled a new hole on each side of the drawer.
2) Then I painted the entire piece with about 1.5 coats of Annie Sloan in Florence.
3) After allowing the piece to completely dry (this only takes an hour or so with ASCP), I sanded it smooth starting with 220 grit sandpaper and working my way up to an 800 grit. You can find this type of sandpaper at your local auto store. I have a hard time finding it at home improvement stores.
4) After I sanded it, it was really soft and smooth to the touch. At this point I waxed it with clear Annie Sloan wax, rubbing off the excess wax as I went along. I waited an hour or so for it to dry and gave it a quick buff.
5) I then followed this with Annie Sloan dark wax to give it an aged look. You really want to make sure you wipe off the excess as you go along with dark wax. It’s actually better to use the dark wax in small sections as you go along, because it does tend to dry quickly. Sometimes I will even use the dark wax right over slightly tacky clear wax, because it gives me more control over it. It just takes practice to find what method works best for you.
6) I really wanted to high gloss sheen to the piece, so after it had thoroughly dried, I took a lint free rag and really buffed it.
When it was all done I screwed in these awesome glass knobs I found on Ebay. I will definitely be using more of Florence from now on!