I have the most amazing, weird little piece with green drawers. It came from my Nana, the original purveyor of quirky old things in our family. It’s not the most practical piece for storage, and it’s about ten inches wide so it’s hard to find places where it makes sense.
But it’s amazing, so it is always somewhere in the light. Look at this thing! It’s primitive and stout and just the right amount of grungy.
Some resourceful ol’ guy took old oil cans and made drawers out of them. That’s different kind of genius.
To top it off, he screwed in corks to act as handles.
There isn’t a single thing about this piece that I haven’t loved for the ten plus years that it’s been mine. The fact that it came from someone I miss every day makes it that much sweeter.
Even the messy green paint finish is great, but in all the time I’ve had it, it has never really fit in until now. It turns out this house likes green! I blame the dozen and a half plants that have followed me home, but it became my accent color without my noticing.
When my mom brought me a simple oak coat hanger that she found, I thought it would be fun to recreate the paint finish on my quirky little set of drawers. To start, I dug out my Country Chic Paint in Rustic Charm. It’s a rich kelly green that I have wanted to use for months but never had the right project.
I lightly brushed on the paint in a way that was somewhere between dry-brushing and pretty-painting. Just a light coat. It went on bright, but this was partly because of how lightly I coated it and the chalky finish. Chalk paint gets so much richer after a top coat (especially wax) is applied.
Since I wanted to mimic the finish of a piece that was most likely used in a man’s garage for car parts, I needed to dirty it up a bit. I used Country Chic Paint in Rocky Mountain, very lightly dry-brushing it on in the cracks, the corners, the edges, and along the piece in a very haphazard and lazy way.
Then, I sanded. I almost always sand after dry-brushing because it blends the colors together and knocks down any brush marks. The inspiration piece also had a lot of places where the paint was worn off.
The finishing touch was to give it some antique wax. It never would have looked right without this wax.
I like to use a black rag (a.k.a. a torn husband tee-shirt) to buff antique wax so that there is no white lint left behind.
I thought about painting the little pegs in Rocky Mountain, but in the end the antique wax was best.
This moody little plant normally lives on my desk, but I liked how the color in the leaves flirted with the warm wood peaking through the paint.
If anybody has any idea what this plant is, I’m fascinated by it and would love a little information! I got it for $1.50 on the dying plant rack at Home Depot. It is the most temperamental, bratty, but beautiful little plant! If it gets the slightest bit too much sun, or not quite enough water, the whole thing just collapses like a pitiful little damsel. But then she gets a drink and hides in the shade and perks right back up. Drama queen.
I’m so happy with how this little coat rack turned out. It lives near my little boy’s bedroom and is the landing zone for his back pack.