No structural issues, but it was painted with a textured paint that needed to be sanded off. I thought it was going to be one of those makeovers that I could do by just distressing the paint that was already on the piece. No luck. I used 60 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander and was only able to get the texture off--the paint didn't budge.
I painted it with two coats of SW Green Sprout color mixed into homemade chalk paint, lightly distressed it with a sanding sponge and waxed it with Minwax Finishing Paste.
I thought about changing the hardware, but I would need so many and I didn't have enough in my stash. So I soaked them in ammonia to remove the ugly paint that was on them.
Here are some pictures of the hardware after it is soaked in ammonia so you can see how the paint just melts right off. You can also see how it buffs to a shine with a green scrubby sponge.
After the hardware was clean I sprayed it with oil rubbed bronze because I didn't want them to be that brass look.
I haven't painted hardware in oil rubbed bronze in a very long time...I forgot how awesome it looks. It made those ugly pulls on the bottom drawers look so much better!
I thought about adding some stripes to the sides and top, but left it alone. I think the green paired with the hardware look so great together that adding more details was unnecessary.
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