The antique store wanted $40 for it: a heavy, well-built oak telephone bench with turned legs and a small storage compartment. It had some nice detailed carving, too.
But the finish was pretty rough and scarred, so I haggled a little, and for $35 it was mine. That's a bit more than I like to spend on a makeover piece, but I had a good feeling about this one.
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To make the carved detail stand out, I applied a coat of Paris Grey. Then I used a bit of Duck Egg Blue to further bring out the carved medallions within the detail.
After the paint was thoroughly dry, I thinned down a dollop of Annie Sloan Dark Wax with some mineral spirits until it was the consistency of chocolate syrup, and I applied it to the piece using a natural-bristle paintbrush.
I brushed on wax in small sections and immediately buffed it off using an old cloth diaper. Finally I applied a thin coat of clear wax.
And here you have the finished piece in all its made-over glory: