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Behind The Scenes: Finishing Touches!

When I finish a piece of furniture and reveal it on my blog you see the outside of the piece and its transformation but not the inside. I usually do this part after I post my blog and am getting ready to sell it. I always try and make the inside of my furniture pieces look their best too. If the piece is in pristine condition on the inside and reflects what I did on the outside, I just give it a good cleaning. But let’s face it, the pieces I purchase are usually not in pristine condition and need a lot of work.

For instance, the dresser I did on my blog post last week. The inside was not in great shape. It took a lot of TLC to get it looking like I wanted it. I will take you through the step by step process.

The drawers were rough to the touch and needed sanding. I covered the front with plastic to protect my decoupage work.

At one time, the dresser must have gotten wet. There was a distinct musty odor coming from the drawers after I sanded.

I learned a trick to eliminate odor from furniture. Just spray shellac inside the drawers and the cavity of the base and it will seal in the odor. It has worked every time!

I started by painting the bottom of the drawers in a color similar to the outside of the dresser.

I liked that, but now the yellow orange color of the sides really stood out.

I have seen You Tube videos where people used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to stain furniture. I decided to try it using Honfleur.

I just painted it on.

Then wiped it off with a cloth. It came out great! Love the deep rich color! I repeated the process on the all the sides of the drawers inside and outside.

Really loved the combination of the pale green and the deep rich brown!

When it was dry, I sealed it with Polycrylic.

Now when someone opens the drawers, they will not be disappointed!

And now you know the complete transformation story!

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