A Tale of Two Tallboys – Part One

A lady contacted me via my Facebook page and asked if I was interested in buying a set of drawers from her. I asked for some more details and a picture, and then found out she had not one, but two tallboys! Here they are pictured below after bringing them back to my workshop to begin their transformation.
Bergere Tall boy before-1437 smallerToday I’ll be sharing what I did with the first set. I have yet to finish the second set. This first tall boy is slightly darker stained than the other one, but both are identical in make, with wooden knobs that seem to be screwed or glued in with no bolt on the back at all, so I just left them in. Even if they were screwed in, I didn’t want to mess with them getting them out as they were too tight to move when I tried “unscrewing them”.Bergere Tall boy before-1440There was a deeply scratched pen drawing etched into the top. You can see I tried sanding it a tiny bit in this pic before taking my “before” photos. I intended sanding the entire top back to raw wood anyway.Bergere Tall boy before-1442Side profile ‘before’ – such a  lovely solid piece of furniture!Bergere Tall boy before-1444
Side profile after one coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the European colour, Bergere – a greyish blue. See how nice the top sanded back? I started with a heavy grit to get rid of the varnish, then moved to a finer grade to smooth out the finish.Bergere Tall boy before-1446Bergere Tall boy before-1450

I mixed a stain wash using the MMSMP European colour, Schloss in 1 part Milk Paint powder to 3 parts water and brushed it over the surface along the grain in sections, wiping off the excess with a rag as I went.Bergere Tall boy before-1470Bergere Tall boy before-1472Then I waxed the entire top using Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax, which gave the colour such a lovely richness as the dark wax took to the grain of the timber.Bergere Tall Boy-1484I was super happy with the buffed result – so silky smooth with tinsy flecks of dark wax in the fine grains of the timber.Bergere Tall Boy-1487After a gentle sanding down with a 400 grit pad on my Sandi Hands Sanding glove, I gave the rest of the unit a coat of MMSMP Furniture Wax, which is the ordinary clear wax.Bergere Tall Boy-1506 Bergere Tall Boy-1507Bergere Tall Boy-1504Bergere Tall Boy-1498If you are wondering about the beautiful artwork print in the white frame on the tallboy (below), this is another lovely painting by my friend, Dana Jensen. You can see more of her art and purchase prints HERE. This print is called “Beyond The Shore” and as the artist describes, it is about “Faith…have the courage to step out into unknown waters. Be brave, courageous and do the things we are scared of. [God] calls us out beyond the shore into the waves. He will be right there with us.”Bergere Tall Boy-1500 Bergere Tall Boy-1485 Bergere Tall Boy-1483 Bergere Tall Boy-1476 Bergere Tall Boy-1474Bergere Tall Boy-1498


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    November 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Regarding the pine tall boy, how many coats of milk paint did it take to cover the piece? There was no flaking so I presume you used a bonding agent in the milk paint? I find there is a lot of bleed through from the red and orange or yellow woods even coming through days or weeks after the piece is completed.

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      November 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Mia, I did use bonding agent and two coats of milk paint. If you have a problem with bleed through, I find the best thing to use is Zinsser Shellac primer.

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    Marty Hankins
    November 4, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I so love your work, you are so so talented!

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    A Tale of Two Tall Boys - Part Two - I Restore Stuff
    February 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    […] Remember I had these two tall boys in my workshop last year, and I finished off the first one in blue (MMSMP Bergere to be exact) which you can read about HERE. […]

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