This elegant but rather simple dresser, whose hollow sculpture was the only decoration, displays much more originality and relief after having undergone this ceruse patina. The intaglio motifs, discreetly underlined with white lead, dress the drawers whose nuanced patina harmonizes subtly with the ambient decor, quite the opposite of the styles of the past when this chest of drawers, tinged with oak or mahogany, would have drowned its decor in the mass of its dye without relief.
- Household gloves
- Protective gloves (fine)
- Cotton to draw
- Steel wool n° 2; 000
- Small screwdriver or gouge
- Brush for whitewash
- Ceramic brush
- Flat brush
- Small brush for crafted pieces
- Furniture brush
- Stripper gel
- Wax &
- Wormwood hardener
- Wood dough
- Old-fashioned painting
- Tinted wax to skate
- Ceramic wax
- Colorless antique wax
- Deoxidizer for copper
- Cream of embellishment bronze and copper
- Strip the dresser
- Ceruse the dresser
- Finishes of the ceruse
Strip the dresser
1. The wood of this chest of drawers (oak and walnut), which originally had to be waxed or varnished, has undergone a poorly defined painting which has mostly filled its hollow sculptures and standardized its mass without sparing the bronze of its locks.
2. Start by removing the locks and decorative plates from the drawers. Check the mechanisms and lubricate if necessary but with moderation. Treat all traces of rust.
3. Scrape old paint. Wear resistant gloves (household gloves) to spread the paint remover with a brush and then scrape off the softened paint with # 2 steel wool pads, soaked in a scourer so as not to scratch the wood when the product has had its effect.
4. Uncover the reliefs from the remaining paint with the blade of a small screwdriver or better, if you have, gouges of appropriate sizes. Always take care not to attack the wood. Rinse with the ripper and allow to dry then sand to find a surface of uniform aspect.
5. Using a waxing brush to open the pores, brush the wood in the direction of the thread, except for the parts that will be painted.
Ceruse the dresser
1. Some surfaces (grafted feet, worm-eaten parts) will be treated differently and appropriately. The worm-eaten or weakened parts will be reinforced by injections of hardener to stop their crumbling. The graft connections will be filled with paste or wood putty according to the importance of the gaps and then all sanded and dusted before applying two layers of old-fashioned paint (very matt to serve as patina base) to at least four hours apart. Reserve the same treatment on the sides if the wood, once pickled, proves to be too ordinary.
2. Then apply, with an energetic brush on the old-fashioned paint, the tinted wax to make the patina which will have to agree with all the color of the dresser.
3. On the brushed wood from the front of the drawers and the tray, brush the wax with a brush and then, with a cotton swab, be sure to penetrate and fill all the carved parts. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
Finishes of the ceruse
1. Finally, apply the wax to wax and remove the surplus, antique wax paste but colorless. Work with impregnating cloths (or # 000 steel wool if you want to keep only white lead shading). Depending on your taste, you will remove more or less white lead, leaving more or less appear the wood. Let it dry for at least two hours then polish before resting the locks and plates.
2. Always wear gloves, pass on the partly oxidized plates and very dirty a special product to suppress this oxidation. Rinse and let dry then rub the metal with a wick of cotton soaked in the special beautifying cream copper and bronzes. Shine with a soft cloth. All you have to do is put together locks and plates to complete the restoration of this dresser.
(photos / visuals: © Libéron, except special mention)
On the same topic
- Questions answers
- Ceruse furniture and decorative elements in 5 questions
- How to fight the darkening of the woods?
- How to paint a piece of furniture?
- How to paint varnished kitchen furniture?
- DIY tips
- Renovate marble: the right techniques
- How to strip and treat a piece of furniture?
- Repair a piece of furniture with putty or wood paste
- Apply a stain on a piece of furniture before finishing
- Use wax to maintain a piece of furniture
- Apply polish on wood indoors and outdoors
- Restoration of an antique furniture
This may interest you