It had a funny old-wood smell to it- not moldy or musty- but just old, and I'm happy to announce that I finally got rid of the smell. I tried everything- baking soda, coffee grounds, vinegar wash, mild bleach wash. None of these solutions worked. Finally I coated the entire interior with Bin primer ( this is a shellac based primer that seals in odours and stains). This got rid of the old-wood smell, but left a strong shellac odour which I really didn't want in my bedroom. I have left it airing for several weeks, and finally added two lavendar sachets-one in the bottom drawer and one hanging in the main compartment. Finally, it is suitable for putting into my room. I decided to use it as an accessory armoire, and put some really pretty details on the inside. So now , down to business, and here are the final steps I did to get it looking great. You can see Part 1 here.
This is the end result, and I will post all the steps on how I got this look, immediately following, for those of you who are interested.
Here's the front view before I added the glazing.
This is a view of the top side panel, before I added the final glaze.
I used Behr Faux Glazing Medium and Behr Ultra latex paint in a flat sheen, both from Home Depot. The color is called Bear Rug, and the code is S-G-790, for anyone that's interested. I bought a sample size, since you really need very little paint for the glaze. The ratio is about 3-4 parts glazing medium to 1 part paint.
First you brush on a layer of the glaze.
Then you wipe off most of it with a damp, soft cloth. The glaze stays in the cracks and crevices of the beadboard, as well as the areas the I distressed with a hammer. It also gives the piece an old worn look, which is the look I was going for.
Here's another close-up of the glaze before it's all wiped off.
I used a small foam brush to get the glaze right into the crevices.
I used a piece of the scrap dowel inside my damp cloth to get some more of the glaze out of the cracks, as I didn't want it to be too dark.
Keep wiping off the excess until you get the look you want.
Here are some more side views after I had wiped off most of the glaze.
Here's a close-up of the door with some good views of the distressing that I did with a palm sander and some glaze wiped over it. I bought the crystal knobs at Home Depot as well. I had originally intended to use some vintage crystal door knobs from my husbands old family home, but I couldn't find an economical way to convert them into pull knobs. These ones cost about $4.00 each and I like the added sparkle of a little "bling" on my new armoire.
Here's the bottom drawer, with close-ups of the wooden applique's that I added and the crystal pull knobs.
Here's a last look at the before and after: