My friend Cathy and I had a yard sale. Cathy had this dresser at the sale, it didn't sell. While we were cleaning up, I asked her "garage or shed". Which means where were we going to store it. She said "curb". I was like "huh". She said I'm tired of messing with it. I told her I would take it, you know I love a good curb find! This was a huge curb find! I loved the legs. It had really nice bones, and was a very sturdy piece. It was painted a really pretty brown, however the top was not in the best shape due to it's age, and being in the weather.
I brought it home, painted it with some oops black! Can you believe I got a one gallon can of Behr oops (black) for $5.00? Talk about the right place at the right time! Okay, back to the story. I painted it black, and did the brown paper bag technique on the top, sides and drawer fronts.
After doing the brown paper bag technique on it, I diluted some of the black paint and did a "wash" over the brown paper. I then sealed it with a couple of coats of polyurethane.
From another post:
My friend Cathy and I also curbed these nightstands. Actually if you look closely you can tell that they were once a vanity. As usual, the veneer was in really bad shape. Cathy painted them a delicious espresso, and put them in a yard sale. Unfortunately, they didn't sell. At the end of the day, I asked her where we were going to store them. "shed or garage" I said. She said "curb", meaning she wanted to place them at the curb so they could find a new home. I said "I'll take them". So I brought them home and did the brown paper bag technique on them. I did not do a black glaze on them like I did on the dresser above. I think they look okay, but looking at them after looking at the dresser, I like the black glaze over the brown paper better.
This post explains how I did the brown paper bag technique.