Character building traits included a few stains on the stop, some small nibbles into the edges of the veneer and several nail holes (?), A perfect candidate for a chalk painted finish. I've developed my own technique for this finish, after taking a class using Annie Sloan products at The Attic Door Vintiques in Centralia WA. I have tried a few other products but have stuck with the Annie Sloan lines. Minimal prep, minimal drying time - my kind of furniture revival!
To create the "beachy" look I wanted, I used "Cream" for the base, "Provence" for the wash on top of that and a "Dark" wax wash for the final finish.
Other than a quick wipe down for dust there is no other prep! One coat of "Cream" done with a moist but not dripping brush. Go over it with a bit more water until you are happy with the look. It is worth investing in the brushes both for paint and wax, it takes a lot less time and you will be happier with the results.
The second wash, using the same moist brush technique, in "Provence" has been done on top of the "Cream" wash. I waited 30 minutes between the first two washes. For the "Dark" wax wash I dip a wax brush into a bit of paint thinner, tamp most of that out with a soft cloth and pick up some of the wax. Brush onto the surface and wipe back with a dry soft cloth. I could have "Clear" waxed over the first two steps and that would have been fine but I wanted a more beach worn look. The paint thinner creates a bit more texture in the layers, not a crackle exactly but more like fine wrinkles. As with all of the washes it is easy to repeat the steps until the result is as light, dark or grainy as you want.
A peek at the drawers, which I am in love with! I nourished the cedar with "Feed-N-Wax" by Howard. Love that stuff and use it on everything :)