It's since been sanded by W and has been sitting dormant until after Christmas. I finally had it moved inside, into the family room so I could paint it in the aircon. We've been having 30C+ days here for the past month - not good painting weather!
There really wasn't much more to be done to it, just 3 coats of paint, so here it is all painted with no handles yet, and pristine white....
I think I might attempt to remove them now though and visit Paddington Hardware again (which has a large and well priced range of handles in Brisbane) to find some new ones, if we can get them off without too much drama - yes I know could have, should have, didn't :-)
Because one of the original drawer handles was broken (top pic), we went hunting rather naively, to try to find an exact match rofl. Silly us lol, but I eventually settled for a set of 4 new ones.
There were sooo many to choose from, and I did come home wanting to put new handles on everything, and especially find somewhere for the delightful ceramic blue & white knobs I spotted there!
These ones have a nice Tulip design. They will compliment the flowery detail carved into the back boards above each trinket box, and they'll fit over the holes left by the old handles.
I want to now apply a coat of wax, so it doesn't have that chalky white paint finish. I've put a coat of Beeswax over both my treadles, but this time I'm using this, it's lighter, it will mellow the white a little, but will leave a lovely sheen on it.
At the same time as painting the Dresser, I painted this small cabinet, it's approx 40cms tall.
An ex-spice rack, it will soon be protector of tiny blue things (probably) on our Bedroom wall. At least on this smaller piece, I could experiment with the wax finish before even touching the Dresser. I've waxed both doors and the difference in colour is quite minimal.
I'm not a fan of heavily distressed furniture, so I haven't roughed it up at all, but I know life in our house will eventually distress the Dresser naturally lol.
I couldn't resist "tarting" it up with some china for a photo shoot, so here it is in the dining room - minus the handles.
I think it needs a lovely blue floral fabric heart, hanging or placed somewhere in among the china .....a new project!
ETA on 17/2/2013 - here's a pics of it completely finished with the new handles. I'm leaving the handles on the trinket boxes as they are. I kind of like them white, they don't detract from the blue china.
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