The text I always love to receive…”I found this on the side of the road, do you want it?” Why yes, yes I do please and thank you! This curbside find was an old entertainment center, pretty plain, but in good condition. I was hoping it would fit in my laundry room for storage, but it was too wide. No worries, I could use some storage in the living room too. I have a bunch of stuff. Also, I’m thinking of displaying the dollhouse here when it is finished…that is until I have little ones around that want to play with it!
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The first thing I did to this old entertainment center was take off the lattice work. I knew I wanted to add antiqued mirror to the doors the moment I saw this piece! After I cleaned up the entertainment center I gave it a once over with Chalkworthy Antiquing Paint in White Linen. This was my first experience with Chalkworthy and I have to say I really liked it. The paint was silky smooth and thick, with great coverage. I did give it two coats of paint, but I wanted a solid finish with no distressing. If I’m going to distress I can sometimes get way with one coat. (I will have a resource link for all the products down below in case you want to give any of them a spin.) To add some age and texture to the soon to be French chest I heavily accented the woodwork with Chalkworthy black wax. I have always used a brown or dark wax, never black. It gave the piece a gray hue, which I welcomed! I love how the wax sits down in the cracks and crevices, it really shows off the dimension. Dark wax is always great to highlight the details! Always cover your piece in clear wax and then go back over the highlight spots with dark wax for best results. (wax tips here) You can learn more about Giani Granite – the company that makes Chalkworthy on FacebookFor the doors I ordered two custom cut glass pieces and used Amy Howard Antique Mirror solutions to age the mirror. It’ s hard to see in the pictures and I wish I would have aged them a bit more. (You can see the process here) For this mirror I painted the back gold to bring out the gold in the hardware.
And the hardware. I love the hardware. I’m having a love affair with gold for the moment and these knobs did not disappoint. The old holes got filled with wood filler and sanded smooth. (BTW this process take two to three coats of filler to get it right, at least it does for me!) I moved the handles up and got larger ones so they would be a more prominent aspect of the French chest. The hinges got painted with metallic gold for a fresh update. Hardware is the jewelry of furniture flipping! (did you see how it made the Round Top list this year?) In case you want to try any parts or pieces of this makeover here is what I used.
Antiqued Mirror French Chest Product List
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