Hand Carved Bombay Chest

By Talya at Wild Cotton Design in CO.

Winning Category

The "mean girl" chest turned into the "beauty" chest   It seems like every item of furniture I acquire comes with a story and I end up naming the furniture.  Can you believe this chest was called the “mean girl”?  Here is how it received the  mean girl name.  My amazing sister and I were trying to figure out how to carry this heavy chest down two stories of very narrow stairs when a little girl came up to my sister punched and then kicked her, ouch!  I guess this little girl was not happy to see this chest go, lol. 

How I transformed this beauty…

The top of the Bombay chest was cleaned, stripped and then sanded.  I then used GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain let the top dry for several days.  I then applied GF whitewash wood stain, wiped the stain off then applied weathered gray stain.  I then repeated the process again… GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain, GF whitewash wood stain, and GF weathered gray stain.  I sealed the top with 4 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat.

The body of the chest was cleaned and sanded with 180 sand paper.  I applied a custom mix of DIY paint.  I then applied texture powder randomly.  I sealed the chest with 3 coats of HPTC.  For the finishing touches I used Country Chic Antiquing Wax.


Products Used

  • DIY Custom mix paint
  • Country Chic Texture Powder
  • GF High Performance Polyurethane Water Based Topcoat in Semi- Gloss
  • Country Chic Antiquing Wax
  • GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain
  • GF Water Based, Whitewash Wood Stain
  • GF Water Based Weathered Gray Wood Stain

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