Vintage Chest Gets Modern Makeover

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Each month I have fun participating in our Themed Furniture Makeovers, and this time around I’m letting my oldest son step up to the plate with his latest project piece, a vintage chest of drawers. AND…I have an awesome giveaway for you!

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I totally encourage my six children to join me in my work and they are always chomping at the bit to have some fun with paint and learn a trade. When I went to pick up the primitive cupboard I just used to show you how to update old wood with stain, the lady also offered us this vintage chest. My furniture lovin’ self could have taken it as my own, but I offered it to my son and he chose to purchase it. (he knows to bring his wallet along when mama is on an adventure. hee hee)

Solid Wood Vintage Chest of Drawers Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It solid as a rock and it took us a great amount of effort to get it down her narrow, twisting flight of stairs. Oh, the stories we have!

It had some deep scratches to the drawer fronts that may have come out with sanding and the top had worn through spots as well.

Top of Vintage Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*Rustic Brands and Country Chic Paint provided product for this post and also includes affiliate links so you can find the products we love to use too! (see full disclosure)

You can see some of his past work on this industrial table and his vintage desk set. The theme for the month is NEUTRAL, and he debated on doing a paint stain combo to showcase the wood. But, since the gouges were deep and the theme is open to interpretation, he went with his gut and decided to paint.

First, he sanded down the finish with my orbital sander to give the paint tooth. When painting a piece of furniture that has either a mahogany or cherry stain, it is best to use a stain blocking primer like Kilz.

Teenage Boy Painting Vintage Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Poor guy is crammed in our living room trying to paint as our kitchen remodel has deemed our house a storage unit. tsk. Nonetheless, he’s used to it. When the primer is dry, he chose to use this gorgeous color by Country Chic Paint called Bliss. ooohhh…

Country Chic Paint Bliss for Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Two coats of the striking color, a topcoat of wax, and it’s time for some bling!

Adding Topcoat of Wax by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com My son chose these stunning gold glass knobs by Rustic Brands. He loved the look of my industrial dresser and his sister’s dresser that we used their product on. I wish you could see them in person because they have an awesome crackle design.

Gold Glass Drawer Pulls by Rustic Brands for Vintage Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Put it all together and what do you get? A gorgeous vintage chest with a modern look.

Vintage Chest Makeover with Country Chic Paint and Rustic Brands Knobs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Modern Look Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Didn’t my teenager do GOOD?! I love the color and those knobs made the piece.

Corner View of Teal Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Nothing like seeing your children learn from you and seeing the fruits of their labor. If you would love to own this vintage chest, you can find it available in my shop (SOLD) – we ship to your door!

Gold Glass Pulls on Teal Painted Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Sometimes your outdated furniture just needs a lift to help see them in a different way. This is totally a budget-friendly way to make your house your home.

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Vintage Chest Gets Modern Vibe with Paint and Knobs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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68 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    He is following in Mom’s footsteps. Excellent job, the dresser looks beautiful.

    April 21, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He does so well and I know he will go far if he wants too. I’m just happy to see him succeed! Thank you, Debra.

      April 21, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    I love the Custom Wedding Date print. Of course being the picker and junk diva that I am, WHY NOT! Now to find an old cash register to steal all of the numbers out of! 😉

    April 21, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…you go girl! That is a sweet piece.

      April 21, 2016 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl

    Bliss is such a pretty color. I have used it on a few projects. And, I love Rustic Brands!! They have so many great options. My daughter has started wanting to help me paint. I think it is so important for my kids to see the entire process. Love this makeover. That dresser is such a great piece!

    April 21, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is. Such a fun color that fits in almost any decor and YES, love Rustic Brands. Thanks, Lindsay!

      April 21, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply
  • Andrea

    If I won the gift card, I would order the kitchen mixer wall clock! That is so cute. Hard choice, they have some gorgeous fashion scarfs, love the “coffee before talkie” coffee mug, cute wall art. Did not have time to look through every single item, but they have a lot! The owl contact lens case is adorable too. But the mixer clock – that is awesome. Thanks for the link to the website, have never heard of that company.

    April 21, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a fun find for sure! My pleasure to share and I hope you enjoyed my son’s work too. 🙂

      April 21, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply
  • Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)

    You know how much I LOVE color! I just love this piece and those knobs made it pop even more! I learned from my momma, so I love to see kids learning from their parents!
    Great job.
    Hugs,
    Karin

    April 21, 2016 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I thought of you, Karin! What a wonderful heritage your mother has left you and you can pass it along. Awesome!

      April 21, 2016 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Lucy ~ Patina Paradise

    Oh why didn’t I check your blog before ordering my country chic paint! lol Ordered a similar aqua but this BLISS colour is just SO yummy! And the gold hardware are the perfect bling for the piece! Looks like your son inherited your painting skills. ;o)

    April 21, 2016 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…it is fantastic! I know I’ll be using it again and that you’ll love your choices too. Thanks so much, Lucy!

      April 21, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    This is gorgeous, girl! My son loves to help me too, but I think it’s time for him to tackle a couple of his own pieces now. Your son did an amazing job with this and the hardware is perfection! XO

    April 21, 2016 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    Your son did such a good job! My 3 year old is already my little painting helper buddy. He has his own table and paint brush that he “works” on while I’m painting my own pieces :). And this is such a fun giveaway. Catching Fireflies has the cutest gift ideas.

    April 21, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awww…enjoy those days, Amy, because the go too fast! Thanks for the love. 😉

      April 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • Sandra Jantzi

    Love the dresser! I love to see kids get creative. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card from Catching Fireflies. I think I’d like one of everything in their store! But the thing that caught my eye the most were the handwarmer mugs. I can just picture myself standing on my deck in the early morning hours with a hot cup of java!

    April 21, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for sending encouragement, Sandra! It’s so fun to watch him learn and grow. Those mugs would be utter bliss on a cool morning!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm Reply
      • Sandra Jantzi

        When painting dresser drawers, do you also paint the interior? Or do you only paint the face of the drawer? Seeing your projects makes me want to try tackling an ugly dresser we have in our guest room.

        April 22, 2016 at 9:51 am Reply
        • Larissa

          It depends on the piece. Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Typically it’s just the faces I do. I’m happy to hear you’re going to tackled that beast! 😀

          April 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply
  • Susie@TheChelseaProject

    I just LOVE this color. Before I was even finished writing this comment, my mind was wondering around ….looking for a piece to paint in this beautiful color. Kudos to your son. Well done. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    April 21, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t it addictive? The color is so fresh and clean. Thank you, Susie!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue

    What a beautiful makeover, tell your sweet son congratulations! I am in love with the gold hardware. 🙂 And…if I won the gift card I would buy some of those cool shower bombs and a scarf. 😉

    April 21, 2016 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kimm! You are a girl after my own heart…cozy gifts are the best. 🙂

      April 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Carol S

    Great job on the dresser! I think I get more joy out of seeing my son do projects than I do my own!
    I would use the gift card for either a baby gift or a wedding gift. So many cute choices.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    April 21, 2016 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I totally know what you mean, Carol! Thank you. A gift would be a great idea!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Emily Roberts

    Your son did an awesome job! I know you are so proud!

    For the contest, I would pick up a couple of fun frames for the grandmas and the “what I love about my home” sign for myself. Cute store!

    April 21, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I am and loving to share what I do. Thank you! Those prizes would be perfect for Mother’s Day.

      April 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Sandra Skeem

    He did an awesome job! Checked out their website, what a cute little place to shop! I would get some of the salt and pepper shakers, the cactus back scratcher, the grateful journal. Lots of things to choose from!

    April 21, 2016 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Sandra! He did a wonderful job which makes me happy to share. Those are great prize choices too!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Cindi Pippen

    Wow, what a great shio Fireflies is. Although there are several things that peaked my interest, If I won gift card I would buy:
    1. Giving plate. 2. Vintage sewing machine tote 3. Flower nesting bowl set. Hope I win!

    April 21, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is! So much to see and I love your choices. Fingers crossed!!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Cindi, you are the winner of the giveaway!! I’ve tried to email you, but it says email does not exist. Please contact me as soon as possible at larissa@prodigalpieces.com Thank you!!

      April 26, 2016 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! He did a beautiful job on this chest and his choice of color is perfect. I have those same knobs in silver, so I know how beautiful the crackle finish is. Kudos to your son – he did good…real good!

    April 21, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, he is much like me which makes us like to tango from time to time, but it’s all good in the furniture world. Thanks Marie! 🙂

      April 21, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Helen Holley

    Love the Color! You did a great job!
    Helen

    April 21, 2016 at 10:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much from the two of us, Helen!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    Beautiful job on that dresser! I love to see these vintage pieces reloved, and I love to see children gaining work ethic.
    Thanks for introducing this company. I see they have Baby Foot. I would probably order that since I’ve heard it’s amazing.

    April 21, 2016 at 11:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hard not to be proud of him and see him grow. Thank you! Yes, Catching Fireflies is full of goodness. 😀

      April 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Julie Johnston

    The sweet nesting birdhouse wall clock is adorable. Really cute things on her site!

    Your son did a great job on this!! I love the color!

    April 21, 2016 at 11:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am a proud mama for sure. Thank you for the love and I like your prize choice too!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Your son did an awesome job on this chest and I’ll be that it sells quickly.

    April 21, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    He did a great job Larissa. Pretty soon he will be better than you. Love that pretty color and you are right, those knobs make such a difference.

    April 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Fran

    You certainly have very talented kiddos!! 😀

    April 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are fun and I am definitely blessed. Thank you!

      April 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • DelightsOfTheHeart

    What a great giveaway! I most definitely purchase from their garden. We are in the midst of sprucing it up, and we all decided to go the whimsical way, so this is right up our alley. I also love the flour sack towel!

    Congratulations to the winner! Spend it wisely!

    Thank you my friend!

    Be blessed!

    April 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a plan, Yolanda! I wish everyone could win. 🙂

      April 21, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Oooh, I would’ve bought that piece in a heartbeat too. 🙂 The new color is gorgeous and those knobs are divine! Your son did a fantastic job!

    April 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t it classic? I love the style and lines and this piece is SOLID AS A ROCK. Super-heavy and functional too. They don’t make them like this anymore. Thanks, Jen!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply
  • Kim Jones - Hunt and Host

    Hi, Larissa

    I am soooo impressed with your son’s wonderful paint job! Painting sounds easy, simple but I know for a fact, not everyone can paint! Know you are very proud mama! Love the knobs, too!!

    April 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kim! He works hard and takes my advice (most of the time) and it is paying off. I’m a proud mama!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Lots of love today, to your talented son for his EXCELLENT project and the neat site, did order, Ty for the discount, Thinking the handwarmer mugs would be great for the daughter in Alaska!

    April 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! Yes, Catching Fireflies has so many choices that it’s hard to pick. I’m happy to hear you found something you love!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Breanna

    Gorgeous color and what an amazing little helper you have!! He’s got a future in the furniture biz for sure 😉

    April 21, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He’s not so little anymore as he’s nearly caught me! 😉 Yes, a wonderful helper indeed. Thanks, Bre!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm Reply
  • Patty

    He did a great job, I love it, it really is beautiful.
    I love that you are teaching your children a skill that they can use their whole lives, no matter what line of work they go into. this also teaches them self discipline and a work ethic, you go mom, keep doing what you are doing and your kids will grow up to be productive good citizens, most importantly they will be good human beings.

    April 22, 2016 at 2:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much. I want my kids to be kids and grown adults who contribute rather than take away from society. I can only pray that my efforts will be fruitful.

      April 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

    Your son did a brilliant job, and those knobs really take the piece over the top! Well done!

    April 22, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The did totally make a whole new look. Thank you, Stacy!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Vicki and Jennifer Fenton

    He should be so very proud of himself…he did a fabulous makeover and we love the new look!

    April 22, 2016 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He is pleased and loves getting the attention (don’t we all?). 🙂 Thank you so much for the love.

      April 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Alicia

    I love the Beagle beer print. We have a beagle who is all about following his nose. And or course the Dog Wisdom plaque is so true. Sometimes I believe the dogs know how to live life better than we humans do…

    April 22, 2016 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…it is cute! And I think you’re right. 😉

      April 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    Swoon, I want this chest of drawers SOOOO MUCH. but I have nowhere to put it 🙁 Beautiful job. How much does it cost to ship? Im in NC.

    April 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much for the love. I’m one proud mama for sure. If you email me your zip code I can get you a rate: larissa@prodigalpieces.com

      April 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • liz

    I love this piece. He did a really nice job. I really want it but have nowhere to put it. But then I realized I could repaint a desk in that color (sadly, I think the knobs are sold out). Ordered the bliss paint and just waiting for it to arrive. thank you for colorful idea 🙂

    April 25, 2016 at 11:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, thank you! He’s pretty pleased with himself. 🙂 Bummer on the knobs, though I know they restock frequently. I know you’ll love that paint!!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Patti

    That chest is perfect! Your son did an amazing job! And if I won the giveaway I would choose the cat salt and pepper shakers! So cute!

    April 25, 2016 at 8:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Patti. I’m certainly proud of him and love that he is willing to learn. Those shakers are cute!

      April 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm Reply

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