When I picked up this chest I didn't realized it was in as bad shape as it was until I got it home. Once I assessed its damage it left me scratching my head. It was missing the top 2 drawers the second drawer down was missed the bottom and one of the sides, and the bottom drawer also needed a new bottom. It was missing a caster wheel and the top...well it was just plain nasty. But this chest’s frame was in great shape, not to mention it is made out of Oak.
First I pulled off the top. Once the top was off I pulled out the top drawer divider and guide and removed the 2nd drawer. Leave the 2nd drawers guide, the bench seat will go there.
After I had the dresser stripped down to the last drawer I flipped the old top over cut it down to size and used it for the bench seat. Once your seat is in, use wood filler, I like Elmers Wood Fill, and fill in all those holes and cracks. Once your wood fill is dry use a 150-grit sand paper, and sand the entire dresser until it is smooth.
This chest didn't have much of isn't own character so I added some molding around the drawer to spice it up a bit.
Once everything is all sanded it is time to paint.
This bench could easily be painted by hand but I do use a Graco airless paint sprayer for all my furniture.
I always prime my pieces first, I like to use kilz or zinsser primer in latex.
Once the primer is dry it is time to add color! I used Quarry by Pratt and lambert for this bench.
After it is all painted and dried I added a brown oil based glaze to all the details to really make them pop! After the glaze dried I added a clear top coat to help protect this bench.
And this is what you get, a beautiful repurposed bench. With a working drawer!!
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