I got this piece off of craigslist. It was not solid wood like I had hoped, and the hardware was not the true campaign brass hardware, but it had the style.
I decided on a bright color for this piece. I got the paint from Sherwin Williams. It was a $1 clearance because the color was discontinued (I actually got 6 different paints for $1 each!). The color turned out brighter than I expected, but it makes the piece fun!
I took off all the hardware, sanded and then started painting. The paint was a semi-gloss finish, which I hate using, but I thought I would give it another try. It work alright on the drawers, but not on the sides of the chest. The paint went on very thick, and was hard to spread. When I would go over a stripe with the brush, it would pull and leave little dots of excess paint everywhere. I smoothed it out as best I could, then let it dry. In different areas on both sides, the paint has large drip-ish spots. Not just one drip, but a bigger section. It looks bumpy/thick. That's is the best way to describe it. It is not too noticeable unless you go over to the side and look, but I am fed up with this piece so I decided not to fix it, and just sell it. I think the cold temperatures played a role in it not working out, but it was also because of the finish. When it is against a wall in a room, people probably won't be going up next to it, so it should be fine. The front and top look great! Here is what it looks like all finished.
I guess this made it clear that I will not use semi-gloss paint. I just don't like the stuff. Does anyone else have problems with semi-gloss?
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