(although the back was actually so water damaged that it sort of crumbled in my hands) I rebuilt the unit.
Have a look at the photos.
This was the fun part and the best learning curve..
I used homemade chalk paint (plaster of Paris mixed with left over wall paint) on the entire unit. I think I will become addicted to this paint, it is a delight to use. The texture after sanding is just gorgeous. It is... well.... so smooth..
And then the graphics-
For anyone who is not yet acquainted with The Graphics fairy, go and have a look at this fabulous web site. Karen and her team have put together an endless resource of useable graphics to suit any occasion. I played around with transfer methods and ended up borrowing an overhead projector from the local school and tracing the letters on. I have to admit that I did the lettering twice. The first time I used paint pens and the lettering was wobbly and not fine enough... I sanded the whole lot off, repainted the background, re- traced the lettering and painted with a brush.. Much better!!!!
The only thing left to do is handles on the drawers... It is not done because I cannot decide on what to use. Feel free to give any suggestions and comments... All ideas greatly appreciated.
So there you have it.. my finished.. well, nearly finished... piece.