After a week or two of teasing you on Facebook and Instagram, I have finally finished my kitchen dresser! My choice of colour was solely based on what I had on hand. I wanted free and durable. So the olive green Behr Paint + Primer met those criteria nicely. I had previously used this colour on my coffee table and loved the result. Now after abotu 2 years, it is still mostly scratch-free.
I debated with myself long and hard over whether or not to distress this piece. In the end, I decided to go for it because I couldn't get the previously crackle-finished drawers as smooth as I wanted. The dresser is not good enough to warrant the work involved in stripping down all nine drawers to bare MDF. I'm so glad I did decide to distress. The effect is subtle, but brings out the details.
The hardware was covered in some thick gold paint, so I boiled all of it in the crock pot with a little dish soap, as recommended by This Old House. The remaining aqua/white paint/faux verdegris wouldn't budge, so I left it. Yet another reason to distress the dresser.
The "wood" detail that was on the top drawers turned out to be just painted plastic, so there was no way I was leaving those on! Luckily the crackle finish had been applied before those details, so I didn't end up with a smooth part in the middle of each drawer.
This is what the dresser looked like before:
I was out of the Antiquax I've used on wooden furniture (both painted and unpainted), but I've been keeping a brick of natural beeswax handy for just this situation. Combined with some olive oil, I had a great furniture finish that worked exactly the same as the store-bought stuff, but smelled way nicer. I love the smell of beeswax. The Antiquax was pungent!
Recipe for Homemade Furniture Wax
- Melt natural beeswax either in the microwave (30-second intervals, and stir to prevent fire) or on the stove in a double boiler (I used a glass measuring cup in a pot of water).
- When the wax is melted, add olive oil. Approximately 1 part melted wax to 2 or 3 parts olive oil. (I used 1/2 cup wax and about 1 cup olive oil) Some of the wax will solidify, so melt it again and mix.
- Allow the mix to cool before use or you risk applying way more than you need (speaking from experience here).
- Apply a thin layer of wax to furniture (with your fingers, a wax brush, or a cloth), let it set for about an hour, and then buff with a clean lint-free cloth or paper towels.