I found this broken beauty for $12 at a thrift store while shopping with my niece. The top drawer had a major chunk missing from it. None the less, I loved it and I was so ecstatic that I forgot I was not the one driving. Cris had a smaller SUV than I realized, and there were 3 of us on the shopping adventure. Fortunately we only had a few miles to go and as long as I was okay squeezing my body in among our purchases and sprawling out in the back with the dresser, it was going to work out. But, I forgot that I too had gotten a new SUV and it was a bit smaller than my last, I just wasn't sure it would fit like I KNEW it would in my old one.
Luckily this story has a happy ending. I got it to my house 2 hours away without much trouble. I filled in the gouges as much as I thought necessary, then I painted and distressed it.
Is it perfect? Nope. Do I care? Not at all. I hate shiny new furniture.
I love the way the paint turned out. I have to admit I am not sure how I got this crackle finish. I do have a suspicion. Because I use chalk paint on most of my furniture (I mix it myself with un-sanded tile grout) I do not sand before painting. My basement where I work is only about 60 degrees so I use a heat gun to help the paint dry. I only waited about an hour after it dried before I applied the poly top coat. After returning to put on a second top coat I discovered the crackle. I must admit I love it!
Not bad for $12 :)
Keep on pickin'