I have been busy building a massively heavy table and two benches over the last couple of days, and I have the sore muscles to prove it! It is beginning to all come together…today I just need to go buy some wood for the bench tops, and then I’ll be ready to sand, sand, sand…and start the finishing process.
So this morning I’m pulling up a couple of pieces that I sold at the October Market. My crummy cell phone photos are the best I could do—the weather never was nice enough in the days before the Market to get decent pictures!
I found these two matching chests at Goodwill. I do have a little weakness for mid-century furniture…I love the clean lines of it, although I don’t imagine its something I will ever use in my own home. But that’s why I refinish furniture, so I have an excuse to PLAY with pieces I would never keep for myself!
My idea for what to do with these dressers evolved over time. Originally I was going to do an ombre paint treatment in shades of gray, but after I sanded off the old finish, I decided to try stain.
Then my first try of staining was a bust. Although I used three different colors of stain, they all came out looking the same!
Some flaws in the finish led to me trying again, and the next time I chose three REALY different colors of stain!
The bottom is Ebony, the middle is English Chestnut, and the top is Natural (all Minwax brand).
I love how the pattern of the wood grain is consistent down the front of the drawers. It makes it easy to know which drawers go together!
They make a nice pair, don’t you think? I sold them to a lady who was going to use them in an attic bedroom space where the walls are short…a perfect fit!
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