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Here are some photos of a chest of drawers that I bought as a part of a job lot of furniture from a recently closed care home.
All the residents had been re-homed into the community and other institutions.

Walking around the large collection of buildings was a surreal experience as it was as if the occupants had just left the building in the clothes they stood up in. Everything else was still there waiting to be cleared. This particular set of drawers had been caked in the sort of powder paint that you mix with water that I used at primary school and was a vivid green colour. It was also covered with stickers which were a pain to remove. In spite of its initial appearance I liked the proportions and detailing and decided it was worth the effort to save it.

After removing umpteen stickers and sanding off the terribly lumpy green paint and washing it with sugar soap I applied two coats of Frenchic “Anguilla” See our Paint Range Here

The mouldings I highlighted using a mix of Frenchic “Flamenco” mixed with a little “Panther” to replicate the rich dark red often found under gold leaf and then instead of gold leaf I applied “Gorgeous Gold” and “Sexy Silver” Frensheen   Our Frensheen Range together with Finishing Coat to make a paler gold and painted over the red and over the handles.
The whole thing was then coated with dark wax and rubbed back with fine sandpaper to create a wonderfully smooth surface with a beautiful patina. More wax was applied for added protection. Our Waxes here

I hope that the original owner of the piece would be happy that it’s had a makeover and that it will be around for many years to come.  See it on our Shop Page Here

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