This project was a learning lesson for me. Not so much in the refinishing department, but rather in identifying the style and history of these unique nightstands.
It wasn't until I stripped away layers of paint was I able to appreciate the lovely lines and details. At some point, someone had painted the details and top in red and gold-speckled paint, and not very well, either!
This style of furniture originated in France during the reign of Louis XIV. The classic bombe chest is known for its curved lines on the sides and a concave base. These nightstands were designed in a French Provincial style, which is known for its intricate details, pulls, and cabriole legs. Bombe chests are sometimes referred to Bombay chests as well.
My client decided on a two-toned gray and white finish. I used General Finishes Snow White and Seagull Gray to complete this transformation.
The insides of the drawers were originally spray-painted (!) red and were repainted for a fresh, clean look.
The original hardware was painted in a lovely silver paint (Rustoleum Metallic Finishes) and clear-coated with polyurethane spray for protection and durability.
Many, many hours of hand-painting was involved in this process! And every time I walked by them, I saw a spot that I needed to touch up! The final step was to seal these pieces in General Finishes Top Coat in Satin.
But the best part was seeing how happy my clients were when they arrived to pick up these tables!
I would love to find something similar for myself. The hunt is on! Have a great week and Happy Spring!
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