Pure luck is what brought this vintage lowboy and I together. My hubby asked if I wanted it and I said (with an extremely confused look on my face because I can't believe after all this time he would even think he needed to ask), "Uh, yeah!" (Duh, honey.)
He said it was ugly and I almost kicked him out of my garage. Ugly? Pphttt!
I have a super soft spot for lowboys. It's bad. It doesn't really matter what they look like, I love em. This one was an empire AND curvy!! The lowboy of my dreams! I drooled all over it and then made myself finish up my custom work before I got my little hands on it.
And, I had another fabulous piece of luck. I love General Finishes products, but I can only get the Gel Stain close to me. And, if you haven't figured it out by now I'm kind of a cheapskate, so I shy away from ordering paint products online unless I just absolutely can't live without it.
I was in contact with Tara from GF about the recent dresser I refinished with the wood drawer fronts. She asked if I had ever used their milk paint(which is not a true milk paint, but an acrylic) line and I hung my head in shame as I told her, no, I hadn't. Well, guess what showed up in the mail a week later?! You guessed it! A box full of goodies. I was so thrilled and
ripped that sucker gently opened the box to see what was inside. There were three cans of paint and a topcoat. Oh boy! One of the colors was Tuscan Red and I knew immediately that fate had intervened for my little lowboy. A perfect combination!
I know, I know. You want to see the pics. Just hold your horses cuz I have to tell you about this paint. The consistency is perfect. Now, I've heard amazing things about GF paint, but I wanted to test it myself so I whipped out my brush and brushed the drawers of this lowboy. I still sanded between coats, but I'm not sure I even needed to. It levels beautifully and covers like a dream. If you have been on my FB page I posted a pic of the drawer fronts and ppl were asking me if I sprayed them. It's that good! I'm dead serious when I tell you I only did 2 coats on most of the dresser. Two coats! For red!! If you've ever painted with red you know two coats is unheard of.
Bottom line. I
love LOVE it! Big, huge, ginormous shout out to General Finishes and you can find them on FB here. If you haven't tried their products you are definitely missing out!!
That is one sexy piece of furniture I tell ya! (sorry mom)
I bought these knobs as a "just in case" for the white vanity I recently finished and was so glad I decided not to use them because they are so perfect against this deep red.
This is the finish I was talking about. AmAzInG, right?!! Like silk. They recommend to sand with 220 between coats, which is what I always do anyway. I promise you, you WILL notice a difference in your finish if you sand, sand, sand!! It's a dirty job but your furniture will thank you for it.
So many times I get pieces where the keyholes are there but the covers are missing. I was so happy to see they were all there! I simply popped them off (be careful doing this), painted, and then put them back on. I also loved these simple, flat black knobs for the smaller drawers.
The grain in this top is amazing and I definitely did not want to paint it. It's a hardwood so didn't take stain as well as a softer wood would, but Java Gel from General Finishes didn't let me down. It's a beautiful piece of wood.
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