What’s in Your Drawers?

Drawers in the Studio

Drawers in the Studio

Ok, that’s sort of a goofy question and conjures up all sorts of silly responses.  🙂 Avoiding any of them I will just say, I have a thing for cabinets of all sizes loaded with drawers.  It could be considered an obsession (is there drawer therapy?).  My family is aware of this obsession of mine and on occasion they will enable me/it.  On one such occasion my daughter and her boyfriend were on a road trip and she texted me pics of something she thought might be of interest.  Are you kidding?  It’s full of drawers!  Of course I want it!

Before

Crusty but Good Bones

This thing had been in a fire and someone had rebuilt some of the drawers.  The antique porcelain apothecary pulls are sweet (but not enough good ones for this)!  So I took everything apart to prep for paint and grungification.

Shell Ready for Paint

Shell Ready for Paint

Drawers sans Pulls

Drawers sans Pulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I painted a coat of eggshell cream (plain old interior house paint).  I had applied a bit of the old Vaseline  trick prior to the cream and added a bit more now.  Then I painted a sage green chalk-based paint.  After that dried I wiped off all the Vaseline.  At this point I needed to take care of the drawers.  I had the good fortune to come across some antique ledgers while on a trip to Maine.  These had some beautiful writing in them (showing the pittance factory workers made at the end of the 19th century).  Anyhoo, I sacrificed some pages from one of these and cut them to size.

Layers of Paper, wax, and grunge powder

Layers of Paper, wax, and grunge powder

Ledger Paper on Drawers

Ledger Paper on Drawers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Camera Shot...

Cool Camera Shot…

Clear Coat over Paper

Clear Coat over Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I glued the pages down and then soft waxed the entire thing, shell and drawers. Leaving the wax tacky, I added grunge powder and let sit overnight.  After that I wiped gently until the patina I wanted was left.  Then I painted a coat of Minwax clear coat in satin.

So now I had to do something about the pulls.  There weren’t enough of the cool porcelain ones for all the drawers and I wanted the consistency of all matching.  I ordered some vintage pulls off of the inter-webs but they were shiny so I painted and grunged ’em all up and screwed them on.  While I was at it I fixed up some stick on label holders (they were shiny before) and added those under the pulls. I also bought some heavy duty castor wheels (Home Despot) and spray-painted them to look old and rusty.

 

Drawer Detail

Drawer Detail

Drawer Detail

Drawer Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fini!

Fini!

Et voila! An extra groovy addition to my growing hoard curated collection of drawers!  I got this whole idea from a great post by savvycityfarmer only I kept mine and have no regrets!

Thanks for visiting and thanks to my best little helper, Angus. 🙂

Heather

Angus

Angus

Sharing with Knick of Time for Vintage Inspiration Party 184 and Share Your Cup Thursday 143 over at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

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2 Responses to What’s in Your Drawers?

  1. Jann Olson says:

    Oh my gosh, how fabulous is this? If there is drawer therapy I would need it as well! Love anything with drawers and numbers. I have two pieces in my craft room. One is a reproduction piece, but I love it! I thought the piece was fabulous in the beginning, but you kicked it up a notch. I have used the Vaseline method, but have never heard of the grunge powder. I’ll have to look for it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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