I found a set of these gold chests at Salvation Army. I loved the details on them, so I snatched them up. These suckers are HEAVY!
I didn't snap a picture of the small one, but it looks exactly like this one just a little smaller.
I figured that these would easy peasy since they were solid wood, or so I thought...
The small one had some damage on the top veneer. No problem. After tackling my antique secretary this was not gonna be a challenge. I peeled back the veneer only to find that top was framed in wood, but the center was particle board. Big problem. You can't paint that. Trust me, I tried! It looked awful. So, I did the only thing I knew would work. I used Modge Podge and my trusty dollar store paper.
Here is the after.
I wanted to paint all of the details in white, but do you see the detail on the front? I couldn't help but laugh when I painted it. I looked just like teeth.
Here is a close up of the teeth, I mean detail:) See what I mean?
I decided that instead of painting it white, I would just try to use a white glaze on it. It was not the look that I wanted, so I ended up using a dark grey glaze over it.
I almost took this back to donate it a couple of times. I ended up leaving it in my garage for a couple of weeks. Sometimes I just need to step back and take a break. It always seems to make it easier to tackle my challenges.
I still have the large one to paint. What do you think? Should I paint it to match or should I do something different?