Some of my favorite makeovers are the ones that are in terrible shape when we first get our hands on them. It’s always fun to give furniture a new look, but there’s something special about taking a piece of furniture that no one wants and breathing new life back into it.
This was definitely one of those pieces. The pictures just don’t fully express how beat up this chest was. It sat in our local thrift shop for almost 2 months before we finally picked it up. It’s practically unheard of for furniture to sit in the thrift shop we frequent for that long.
There was significant veneer damage over the entire piece. We rebuilt portions of the top and sides using this method for repairing veneer.
It must’ve been stored in some sort of garage or barn because the inside was full of cobwebs, dirt and grass clippings. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to scrub the inside frame of a dresser more thoroughly than just a wipe down.
We also had to do repairs to the frame and rebuild some of the drawer guides. When I was finally finished with all the repairs, we got to work on the paint.
We gave it a few coats of Annie Sloan’s “Old White”. I found this graphic at The Graphics Fairy, and used our favorite method for adding graphics to furniture.
We painted the graphic using Annie Sloan’s “Paris Grey”, and painted the insides of the drawers in the same color.
We replaced the knobs with these pretty clear knobs from Hobby Lobby.
Then gave the whole piece a light distressing with a fine grit sanding block and sealed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
It’s currently sitting in our booth waiting for it’s new owner to discover it.
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What in incredible transformation!!! LOVE it!
Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod says
Oh my gosh..your hard work definitely paid off on this gorgeous piece! The makeover is stunning…great job!
What a stunning piece. I love love love it.
Canary Street Crafts (Amy) says
Thank you so much, Freda :).
Erin @ the-organized-life says
That is an amazing transformation! Beautiful job!
Canary Street Crafts (Amy) says
Thank you, Erin!
Emily, Our house now a home says
This is beautiful! I love the soft colors you used for this one. Those drawer knobs are perfect for it!
bonbon @ farmhouse 40 says
Wow! Absolutely gorgeous…….I imagine this will not be in your booth long. Fantastic job! Enjoy your week!
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says
So gorgeous, Amy! I just love that graphic, and I can’t believe the transformation!
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says
Wow, Amy, I can’t believe the damage it had an it looks good as new! Love the graphic.. you always choose the perfect one!
Cat @ Pocketful of Posies says
This dresser is so beautiful Amy! You and Vicki did a wonderful job giving it a new life!
All that's Jas says
WOW, that’s amazing. You’re so creative! Thank you so much for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things this week!
Bethany @ The Southern Couture says
What a beautiful makeover. Who would have ever thought that it could look this gorgeous? Most people would have thrown it out immediately but you didn’t. I love it.
Thank you for sharing at Motivational Monday Link Party! Hope to see what you have been up to again this week.
Bethany from The Southern Couture
I love the graphic you added to the front – so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday!