Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Transforming a chest with a little paint…….


I have been looking for a French chest for the upstairs hallway for a couple of years. I have found many goodies on Craig’s List during the search but never a chest. Soooooo……my DH bought me this one at an antique shop for our anniversary.


It was a solid piece and cost $86 with tax. It did come with drawers but I was so excited to get to work on it that I had already removed the drawers and started working on them by the time I remembered to take a pic.


The piece had been refinished poorly and had reproduction hardware so I didn’t feel bad about giving her a little face lift.


I used a dark blue-ish grey color as the base coat and a light grey color on top of that. The whole piece was finished off with dark wax.

grey chest 001

I bought some vintage handles on eBay and gave them a coat of paint in hammered bronze.


I re-used the lock covers and gave them a coat of paint too.


The total cost for the project including the chest was around $100…..not bad huh?


I’m still working on accessorizing the top……. I just can’t decide on what I like yet?!?!

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Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, your new chest looks great, Deserae. I really like the color you chose, and it looks charming in your hallway. You had something ordinary and turned it into something stylish and wonderful!

love, ~Sheri

Junkchiccottage said...

Very pretty Des. Love this re love of this chest. Gorgeous color.

Kelly said...

I love your new chest of drawers! It looks very similar to the one I have in my master bedroom. Mine was oak originally and I painted it white. I love chests and have several around my house. Good find! I love the color you chose for yours. It really does look like an authentic French piece!

Ivy Lane said...

Looks GREAT! Is that in an entry hall? I like that you changed it up and put it somewhere other than a bedroom. That would make a great linen chest too!

Have a great day!


Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love it!!! What a great deal too! The handles are so pretty and the color is lovely. I've been wanting to put a chest of drawers in my foyer in place of the sofa table. It would be so nice to have the extra storage. Good job!

Mari said...

Awesome job Des, your chest turned out amazing....I'm sure you will dress her up just beautifully my friend......


Sally Somervill said...

So pretty! I love the color and texture you achieved with the wax finish. I have never tried using wax, but I'm thinking of adding a coat to my painted dining table.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE the way that turned out Des!!

Judy said...

Well, first of all Happy Anniversary! You did a fabulous job on that dresser, I love the color. I have an old dresser I painted black years ago and it really needs a facelift but waiting for the mood (and energy) to hit me!

Hope you are doing well.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Des, What a beautiful transformation! I love the new paint finish.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Des, I think you did a beautiful job on the chest. It really looks french. Love the color and your distressing..Happy Thursday..Judy