Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Big Reveal!

Remember that taxi cab yellow dresser that has been hurting everyone's eyes who viewed my blog?

You can't imagine what you can make with these things along with hours of work.

Here it is my version of Restoration Hardware's Zinc Chest

It is absolutely gorgeous. I am in the process of redoing my son's bedroom, so with limited funds I turned a "free" dresser into the perfect chest for a room with a French Industrial feel. The technique was a rather simple one that I saw on Miss Mustard Seed's Blog

I crinkled large sheets of aluminum foil and smoothed the wrinkles out a bit. Next I applied the foil to the dresser with mod podge, making sure the sheets were tightly adhered. A wooden craft stick was very helpful in firmly pressing down the foil. I should have probably primed the chest with gray primer because if the first layer of foil tore, the taxi cab yellow paint showed. So I applied another layer of foil to the entire dresser. I then applied two coats of mod podge over the foil. To give the dresser a feeling of zinc, I applied asphaltum glaze and blotted it off with paper toweling. The final step was the application of two coats of wipe-on poly.
This was the result.

The foil, mod podge, glaze and wipe-on poly cost was about $18.00.

I found the perfect knobs at Lowe's. They were a bit pricey at $48 for 12 knobs but then the Restoration Hardware chest was$1895.

Mary's Zinc Chest Priceless!

We're off tomorrow to visit my daughter in Winona, Minnesota. this is the first time we will see her since she left for college. I can't wait. I miss her so much. I'll accessorize the dresser next week. Stop back to see the great vintage finds that I found to go with the dresser.


  1. WOW! You did a great job and it looks amazing. I hope your son appreciates all that hard work!

  2. holy crap - that is a lot of work - but it turned out SO cool!

  3. Wow, it really turned out great! Thanks for the link. :)

  4. WOW really is the first word that I thought too. This is gorgeous!