Chest of Drawers with Dolled-up Details

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A couple of months ago, I had told you about a treasure box of rusty goodness that I was blessed with by a man who had generously delivered a stash of furniture I had purchased from a garage sale around the corner.  The only reason he thought to bless me with them was because of this lovely highboy chest of drawers below.

Rusty Antique Tackle Box Full of Antique Casters by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Okay, yes this is completely gorgeous in its original form.  I mean, just look at the inlays, the design, and the craftsmanship.  Stunning.

Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, one of its wooden wheels on the front caster had been broken, leaving the caster empty.  He knew how hard it was to find one to replace it. That tackle box of casters was a major SCORE!!  God is good.
As much as I would have loved to refinish this chest of drawers back to its original glory, there was some irreparable damage. Something had spilled and stained the top, and the side veneer was missing large pieces. So in order to give this lovely lady the true makeover she deserved, I want to go all out to give her a show-stopping, dolled up, look-at-me-now face-lift.
After applying wood filler to the sides, and sanding down wear, I used Kilz as a base coat to hide that top stain, and then finished with a coat of antique white paint using Webster’s chalk paint powder. That gave the dresser a fresh new look.
All I kept thinking was that she needed some jewelry. See those pearl looking details?
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Now for the fun part. Because I didn’t really want to hide that fantastic inlaid work with paint, I wanted to draw it out in “jewelry” style.  A girl needs to be glamorous every once in a while, right?  To create the bejeweled effect I used Modern Masters Champagne Metallic paint and Folk Art Pearl White Metallic paint.
I just love to hand paint, almost find therapy in it, and adding that texture to the piece made painting it worthwhile.
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I am so pleased with how it came out.  After finishing the process with a hand-rubbed topcoat of natural wax, I just stepped back and sighed.
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Isn’t she lovely?  swoon….
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Yet again, I really debated on keeping this one for my little princesses.  They already have furniture, but nothing as glamorous as this gal.
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
The dresser didn’t last long in my shop, as you can imagine.  Another happy ending for a dresser that was hiding in a garage, for me having the pleasure to glam it up, and for the new owner getting to enjoy it to the full.
Worn out Art Deco carved chest of drawers gets a French makeover complete with jewels by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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17 Comments

  • Marie Blackburn

    Oh my that is a gorgeous makeover, no surprise it went quickily. Love how you brought out the details with a pearl finish. I’m with you re: handpainting details is like therapy!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    November 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • Breanna Bertolini

    This is stunning! Those metallic accents are the perfect touch!!

    November 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm Reply
  • Andrea Bates

    This looks really pretty. I love the change. I’m so not crafty or talented in this way!!

    November 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm Reply
  • Jeannie

    The metallics are breath taking. Wish I had been in your shop when you put it up for sale!

    November 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Stacy&Eric Anastasia Vintage

    This is lovely, Larissa! I especially like the way you took inspiration from the light and dark details of original woodwork in your painting choices. It’s always when beautiful wood is damaged, but your makeover really did it justice 🙂

    Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

    November 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm Reply
  • Rapunzel

    That’s absolutely incredible. You’re amazing! And your hand painting is gasp-worthy! I wish I could hand paint, but it’s ended in disaster when I try!
    Fantastic color choices too!

    November 14, 2014 at 2:39 am Reply
  • motherhen

    Another “Wow” piece!

    November 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • Darrielle Tennenbaum

    Wow is right-stunner!

    November 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • nanwil

    I love the detailed effects. Can you explain how you applied Modern Masters Champagne Metallic paint and Folk Art Pearl White Metallic paint: was it before you waxed the paint? Also did you use a brush? Lovely and thanks for sharing!

    November 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa Prodigal Pieces

      Thank you! I used a artists’ brush before waxing. Just a steady hand and a bit of time is all you need. :o)

      November 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Fabulous! Your talent screams in this piece!

    September 7, 2015 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Vivian Monroe

    LOVE IT! You are amazing the work you do to restoring these peices. 🙂

    September 7, 2015 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Vivian! I feel as though each one I work on is a member of my family because of all the time I spend with them and know their faults and history. What a blessing to be able to do what I do!

      September 9, 2015 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Debbie Sell

    Wow, you have done an amazing job. …once again. I love getting to know old pieces of furniture. I was wondering, what is your favorite color of white and what color of paint powder did you use? It looks so pretty and fresh.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I used Antique White by Behr with Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder for this piece. 😉 Thank you!

      February 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Brenda Van Riper

    I love it! but, why didn’t you keep it for your girls? that would look awesome in a girl’s bedroom

    May 5, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Believe me, they have plenty. 🙂 Plus, I did this a few years ago.

      May 8, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply

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