People often ask me about redo’s of old projects. I made this t.v. stand out of an old nightstand years ago for my daughter Jamie. She used it here and there, but after she and Andy moved into their new home, she didn’t have a use for it and brought it back to me.
This is the photo I took before she got it. She used it in her bedroom, to hold her t.v.
And now it’s back home, looking a little worse for wear.
The first thing I did was to remove the legs I put on EIGHT years ago. They were attached pretty well.
Then it was time to paint it. Since It’s pretty old, and it wasn’t going to look the best, I decided to do a chippy finish with vaseline.
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After applying the vaseline in a random fashion, the old chest got a new paint job with my beloved Homeright Finish Max. It's looking rather old and tattered, don't you think? No worries, there's a new kid in town. More later about that.
This is my trick for using a paint sprayer to paint a drawer. Placing it upside down on a surface will cut down on over spray inside the drawer. Because the Finish Max already has minimal overspray, there’s no need to worry about too much paint getting on the drawer sides.
After the paint dried, but before it set up too much I used a rag to wipe away the paint that had covered the vaseline. Granted, this probably wasn’t my best chippy paint job—I used a fork for the vaseline. I should have used a cheap chip brush like I did for the 2x4 farmhouse bench.
This small chest would be perfect in a guest room.
It would also make the perfect coffee station for a small kitchen.
Remember when I said there's a new kid in town? Whoa! I'm so excited to tell you about the brand new Finish Max Extra, available soon on Amazon! I’m actually on the Homeright DIY Blog today sharing a project using the the new sprayer in a post about my porch swing makeover.
Are you a fan of chippy paint jobs? How would you use this small chest in your home?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.