from pillpat at flickr
this home designed for a ‘malaysian power family’ has nine bedrooms, two family rooms, a family kitchen and a private dining area, a family library, a game room, a study, a public reception area, a formal dining room, a ballroom, chapel, 21 bathrooms, a swimming pool, two guest suites plus indoor private and guest parking. the ballroom has a round chandelier of 13,000 custom-designed undulating petals of unglazed cast porcelain biscuit. top notch – via coolhunter
a work colleague recently returned from a trip to ethiopia. i want to go to there (is that ever going to get old?)
now i know some of you might think it’s sacrilege to paint over a wooden piece, but the fact of the matter is that this particular chest of drawers only cost me R300 (that’s like, US $40) – and it basically just had a shoddy veneer that was chipping in places.
i also took major shortcuts in it’s ‘resoration’ as i had to do everything in my tiny flat in an afternoon. i would have preferred to sand the entire thing down and give it a lighter oak finish, but that would have involved way more admin than i was prepared to go through for my wee chest right now.
so this is what i did step by step:
- unscrewed all the door knobs
- i washed this baby down with sugar soap – it was pretty gross (i imagine it stood in some kids room since it was built, it even had old eighties stickers on it)
- gave the drawers 1 coat of plain old water based acrylic (in white, obviously) – applied with a roller
- when that dried, i gave it another coat of plascon velvaglo (also white)
- i gave the frame one quick coat of nova dye woodstain in mahogany (leftover from another project) – applied with a roller sponge. this stuff is amazing, is dries in seconds & you don’t need to varnish afterwards.
- i took the doorknobs apart, painted the outside black and the inside gold
aaaand… that’s it! it came out pretty okay in the end, no?
inspired by this particular before & after over at penny people designs (which is a far better execution, but probably easier to do if you start with an untreated base)