Antique Chest of Drawers ~ Hand-Painted Florals

It’s been a fun run or making over the stash of furniture I purchased from a storage unit. If you need to catch up, you can see the previous pieces here: (1) Mid Century Modern dresser (2) antique dresser (3) waterfall chest. Now it’s time for the last piece from that haul of goodies. Needless to say I also have more from other places, but…here is an antique chest of drawers that looks like a match to the dresser I have in my bedroom. Isn’t it a beauty?

Antique Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

These classic pieces were built solid and will stand the test of time. That is, except their veneer. I always get disheartened to see one flaking away, but this chest was seriously parched and so very brittle.

Damaged Antique Chest of Drawers Side with Peeling Veneer |

You can see how the previous owners had tried to tape the veneer down to keep it from lifting. Each side and drawer had damage, but that’s nothing that a little wood filler and glue can’t fix.

Taped Damaged Veneer on Antique Chest of Drawers |

I even love finding these unique markings on pieces like this that give you the history and show their craftsmanship.

Taylor Made Furniture Stamp |

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To get this redo started, I begin by repairing and gluing down every loose piece of veneer I can find. There were patches everywhere and I ran out of clamps so that I had to use my locking pliers too! Hot mess happening here, let me tell ya. Oh, and notice my energetic sidekick. He’s standing guard to that the kids don’t mess with my clamps. Good dog! haha.

Antique Chest of Drawers Being Repaired by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Next, I patch every spot I can find and let the wood filler cure. Once cured, I lightly sand it all down with my orbital sander and my Corner Cat sander. A whole lotta of sanding and gluing and more sanding. The entire piece had fluffy grain from being so dry.

Sanding Chest Top with Damaged Veneer |

Sanding Damaged Veneer |


After all the prep work was done, it was time to get my paint groove on with this antique chest of drawers. I had hope to save some wood somewhere, but it all left much to be desired. So…here we go! Here’s my color scheme for this piece. I’m using blue, beige, and soft white, along with 3 of my favorite Stubby Brushes. Yes, those brushes look like they’ve been around the block, but they last forever and keep on going.

For the sides of the cabinet, I used the blue base. No primer needed, just a good cleaning with to get rid of dirt and grime, plus promote awesome adhesion and we’re good to go.

Painting First Coat of Yankee Blue on Antique Chest of Drawers |

In addition to the drawer fronts, I decide to do the same technique as I did on my recent antique dresser and blend the 3 together. This adds dimension and drama to the piece. I love it!

Blending Dixie Belle Paint Colors Using My Favorite Zibra Paint Brushes |

After doing two coats of the blending, I add some of my artwork. Because…it’s fun and I love to paint. Then once I added some detailing I used my Square Brush to accent with Brown Wax. I love the way this little brush does such amazing things. I use my older brushes for wax. They handle the job beautifully.


Here she is all dressed up in blue and ready to go.

Striking Hand-Painted Antique Chest of Drawers in Yankee Blue by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Hand-Painted Florals on this Antique Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

It’s fun to add the unique touches to a piece that is begging to shine. Many ask why I don’t embellish like this more often. To be honest, it takes so much time. I need paid for my time since I have little to spare. However, these extra paintings are for fun, mainly. I am an artist in many facets and this is just one of them that brings me much enjoyment.

In the past people have accused me of just slapping paint on a piece, and I take offense – who wouldn’t? I am an artist, whether it’s my trashure creations, my crochet, my cooking, my woodworking, my sewing, my gardening…you get the idea. It’s no different than someone painting a blank canvas or a wall, creating with textiles, wood, etc. We can use them as we see fit. I’m here to inspire YOU.

Antique Chest of Drawers in Blue by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Blue Antique Chest of Drawers with Hand-Painted Details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I can’t say enough that this truly was a fun project and am excited to say this was my first contribution to my Finding Home Program. So fun! In addition, stop by to see what’s new and sign up for my newsletter for instant discount on your first order.

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Beautiful Blue Painted Antique Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Beautiful Blue Antique Chest Closeup with Vintage Prints |


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From worn and weary, this antique chest of drawers got the makeover of a lifetime. Hand-painted details and restoration techniques demonstrated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Cathy

    Beautiful work Larissa!

    February 22, 2018 at 5:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cathy. 🙂

      February 22, 2018 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Jessica

    I would finish off some doors to a bookshelf that need a specialty brush to finish easily.

    February 22, 2018 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Karen Q

    I recently began checking out your beautiful projects… you are such an amazing artist! Love your work. I have some small projects and could definitely use some nice brushes. I’ve not heard of Zibra before… hope to try them!

    February 22, 2018 at 6:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Karen. I’m glad you found me and the Zibra brushes. I love them!

      February 22, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Christina in SW FL

    Wow, Larissa, this is a stunning makeover. Your artistry knows no bounds. 🙂 Seriously beautiful painting my friend.
    I have several folding chairs I’d like to update with paint and I’m certain the brushes would make this a whole lot faster and more professional looking.

    February 22, 2018 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Christina, I can always depend on your for love. Thank you!

      February 22, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Pam

    This dresser is just beautiful!! I’d like to see how you painted the narrow white line around the drawers. Do you just wing it with a steady hand? I’ve had trouble trying to glue veneer down. I would like to know how far into the loose part is far enough to glue down. You are very good and I’ve been following along for about a year but I have to ask if you’d post more pictures and include a few more steps for those of us who have absolutely NO experience yet. I’m also wondering what you do with the drawers. I’ve found that there’s always something wrong with them: either they are cattywompus, dirty, or just plain old smelling. I’d sure like to win those brushes to start on the old dresser in my basement.

    February 22, 2018 at 6:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      There was a trim that I highlighted with the brown. Otherwise you could use tape if you wanted to create that effect. Drawer are…a pain. Always something to tweak with a sander, etc. Half the fun is figuring those out. Beeswax on side and bottoms, or even rubbing an old candle does wonders!

      February 22, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply

    Beautifully done. I like the creative approach instead of just a straight paint job. It’s not for every piece but it sure is fun to read about!

    February 22, 2018 at 7:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, some are better left plain for many reasons, but these intricate pieces beg to shine. 🙂

      February 22, 2018 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Sweet update, love your color choices! I’m a fan of Zibra brushes and have a garage half full of projects waiting.

    February 22, 2018 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Love how matches the two pictures hanging above it

    February 22, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Funny thing is that these hang by my desk and I kept telling my daughter I had no idea what to stage with it. As I was walking around my house looking for something, I did a head-smack. haha!

      February 22, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have some chairs I would like to paint.

    February 22, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply
  • [email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Another beauty, Larissa! Those pretty details are amazing! XOXO

    February 22, 2018 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christy. These pieces are fun to find and dress up.

      February 22, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Gorgeous! The painted detail goes so well with the framed pictures you used for staging!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was so glad to see my vintage art go with it. Fun!

      February 22, 2018 at 9:41 am Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    another great piece! You are so talented and can’t believe all that you do with your large family! Congrats on handling life so well!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I feel like I’m drowning sometimes, but I am so blessed! Thank you.

      February 22, 2018 at 11:11 am Reply
  • Elizabeth R

    I love your work. I bought an antique bow front dresser almost a year ago. Between kids, work, and working on my bachelor’s degree, I haven’t had much spare time to work with it. It has layers of paint and peeling veneer- so, I’m glad to see this solution for the veneer!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. Sounds like you and I are twins. 😀

      February 22, 2018 at 11:12 am Reply
  • Paula

    I appreciate how you bring these pieces to life. Your personal touches make them so unique! You are a true artist because you live creatively! And you inspire others to be artists too! Thank you for the chance to win a set of Zibra brushes. I have a couple of wall hanging shelves that I want to paint in fun colors for my boys.

    February 22, 2018 at 9:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words touch my heart, Paula. I would love for you and everyone to win!

      February 22, 2018 at 11:12 am Reply
  • Queen of Rods

    My first project with the new brushes would be a jewelry box that I’d like to makeover 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity to win some quality brushes.

    February 22, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Stunning! You are truly an artist in everything you touch. I wish I had your vision and talent. You are such an inspiration! I would use the brushes to paint a dresser I have waiting to be done. I buy cheap brushes to use for painting and would love to have some good ones. Thanks for the giveaway!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Deirdre BReau

    I love how you always think outside the box!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:47 am Reply
  • gwen

    beautiful colors blended and such wonderful artwork!

    February 22, 2018 at 10:14 am Reply

    I just tried my first Zibra brush yesterday and am anxious to put it back to work today..

    February 22, 2018 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    Easy for all the armchair quarterbacks to talk about “slapping on paint” when they have probably never loved a piece back to life. Keep on keeping on!

    February 22, 2018 at 11:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…love that. Thanks, Kimberly!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    That is such a lovely dresser, Larissa. People may not understand that when you spend more time on a project, you have to charge more. Also, the more detailed pieces probably appeal to a smaller audience. Whatever you do, it must be working, so forget about the critics.

    February 22, 2018 at 11:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You would think it’s common sense as they expect to be paid for the day’s work too, right? haha…ah well. I try!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    What a gorgeous renovation! I drove extra blocks through the neighborhood this morning (trashure day) in case there were “finds” left behind…not today, but your pieces are so inspiring!

    February 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like me! Too funny…next time! Thank you for the love.

      February 22, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • kandice kullmann

    This came out so pretty! I literally laughed out loud when I saw the tape holding down the veneer hahah

    February 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know, right? Gotta love the make-do spirit.

      February 22, 2018 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Your work is beautiful!
    I’m going to be working on a small dresser and these brushes would be great!

    February 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet! Thank you. Sounds like fun!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Janis Bilbrey

    I love the way you blend the different paint colors. Very beautiful pieces.

    February 22, 2018 at 12:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! This one was kept on the loose side and I’m happy with it. I wanted an aged look and feel it worked out. Hugs, Janis!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Angela Hardison

    Great job!!

    February 22, 2018 at 1:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Angela!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Teresa

    Beautiful job Larissa!

    February 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re the best, Teresa!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Tammy Shelton

    Love this “work of art”! You are a TRUE artist! I would use these brushes on the vintage jewelry boxes I’ve been hoarding.

    February 22, 2018 at 1:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the encouragement, Tammy. 🙂

      February 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Laura Walster

    I wish I had the money and resources to be able to create such beautiful items as you!
    Recently had a double mastectomy and not able to work.
    When I have the opportunity, I am going to paint a dresser like this one!
    I love beautiful creations, and YOURS definitely qualifies!

    February 22, 2018 at 2:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh my, Laura. I’m so sorry! Glad to hear you have your eyes on the future and making goals. You go girl!

      February 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    You are an inspiration! Finally I am stepping out of my comfort zone and doing a project for my hair stylist. Yikes! But seeing your projects and how you do things helps me figure out what I need to do. Thanks for sharing your work!

    February 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet is that?! I’m excited for you and know you will rock it. My pleasure. 🙂

      February 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    Love the color….i would start my kitchen cabinets with these

    February 22, 2018 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Karen Baumgardner

    Really unique and pretty, Larissa! I would love to win those Zibra brushes, the square ones would sure come in handy. For that blending technique, speaking from an artist’s perspective, try out one of the super soft watercolor wide blending brushes (oriental style from an art supply store) – it barely moves the paint but leaves it a soft and blurred masterpiece. You can blend as much or as little as you like. They are fairly inexpensive, too. I’ve used them for years on canvas paintings, especially backgrounds. Love the makeovers, and forget the criticisms. Artists can’t escape them, and most folks don’t even realize all the work “just slapping that coat of paint on” takes !!!!!!!

    February 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I wanted hard lines and got that look I was after. I have artists brushes too as I paint on other canvases, etc. Yes, slapping paint is for some, but not me. tee hee. 🙂

      February 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Norma

    Bold and beautiful! Great choice of colors and techniques!

    February 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the smile, Norma. 😀

      February 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Dixie Lee

    Love the flower piece in the central vignette.

    If I won, I would paint a campaign dresser that my DD discarded and has been sitting in my garage for years. Or the two end table and two coffee tables and hutch bookcase or the dresser that is going to be a potting table. Not that I’m behind or anything. (Of course, I do have a thing for brushes – just chose three watercolor brushes to give to my 4,3, and 1 great-nieces and nephews…oh well, must buy more…..)

    February 22, 2018 at 3:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. I hear ya on the project. I have them coming out of my ears! You’re an awesome grandma.

      February 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Sjb

    Great color combination. You are amazingly talented! Anxious to try the Zibra brushes.

    February 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You will love them!

      February 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Liz Wiesemann

    Your work is exceptional. Love your simple to understand instruction s and your accompanying photos help. Thank you, I just love your blog, family,etc. Good for you!

    February 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You just send me the biggest bear hug. Thank you, Liz!

      February 22, 2018 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Fonda Rush

    I have a small book shelf that needs to be painted.

    February 22, 2018 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Lisa Wilson

    Another beautiful piece! I have a wardrobe style dresser to paint, still trying to decide on colors.

    February 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So many to choose from, isn’t there?

      February 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Such a pretty piece, Larissa! You really are an artist. xo

    February 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That means much, Jen. Thank you.

      February 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Deidre

    Beautiful! Love the flowers you painted. I need to try to paint some. I bought canvas two years ago and just haven’t found the courage yet I guess. Lol

    February 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’ve been there! For me, it’s having the time. I have a list of things to do when my kids are grown and this is one of them…though I’m not wishing that time comes fast. I love them more!

      February 23, 2018 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Regina

    I really find this technique very interesting. I would love to see a video tutorial of it in action someday. Beautiful!

    February 22, 2018 at 6:35 pm Reply
  • Vicki Wright

    Beautiful job on that dresser!! You truly are an artist!
    I know that a good brush is key to being able to achieve a really nice paint finish and would love to try out the Zibra brushes.

    February 22, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Vicki. Yes, you are so right. It’s so important and you will love them! 😀

      February 23, 2018 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Tracy

    I love all your special touches to each

    February 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to hear it, Tracy.

      February 23, 2018 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    Your work is always so energizing and inspiring! My first project would be an old side table I keep downstairs. It really needs new life!

    February 22, 2018 at 7:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! That’s what it’s all about. Thanks, Kathy! Your project sounds perfect.

      February 23, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Marji Hughes

    First – I loved the do-over & second, I’d have a hard time choosing, since I have an over-abundance of project pieces waiting for their make-overs (long story) but I think I might go for the old radio cabinet I finally got around to emptying of its inner parts & pieces/

    February 22, 2018 at 8:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know what you mean. That sounds cool!

      February 23, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Sandi Jones

    I love the Yankee blue! I have one Zibra brush I bought after reading how much you liked them. I’m a believer. They are awesome. Great job and thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    February 22, 2018 at 9:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a rich color full of history. I’m so happy to hear it!

      February 23, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Ruth A

    Great piece you did!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Ruth.

      February 23, 2018 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Elaine

    Every time you post a new project I can’t wait to click on the link to see what your latest piece has become. Such lovely detail with the flowers… She now looks to me like a French country lady.

    February 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’ve made me giggle! I love it. Thank you for the sweet words.

      February 23, 2018 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Terri Hughes

    WOW….beautiful. Great job!

    February 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Terri. 😀

      February 23, 2018 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    You made this piece so special. I love it. The colors are great. I could use the brushes. You are so talented.

    February 23, 2018 at 12:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you, sweet Frances. I had fun!

      February 23, 2018 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Well, it’s pouring here, finally. But Big Dog doesn’t like the thunder so here I am at 4 a.m. waiting it out in the living room. So, what is one to do ? Well, see what Larissa is doing, of course! I love this blue piece! and another piece with the hand painted focal point. Where did you learn how to do that!? Just gorgeous!

    February 23, 2018 at 5:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha!! I’m up over here too and working, as usual. So happy you come to visit and that you like my latest piece. My mother is an artist and have just found it’s in my blood. Such fun to do!

      February 23, 2018 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Julia Harting

    2 birds with one stone! Learned a new technique and a giveaway for my favorite brushes, what could be better?! Thanks Larissa.

    February 23, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! You’re so fun, Julia! 😀

      February 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • September Whisenant

    I always enjoy seeing an old piece brought back to life and you did a marvelous job. TFS!

    February 23, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure! Thank you.

      February 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • Melissa Z.

    I have a hoarded collection of wood furniture and unique wood shelves that need a make-over.

    February 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    Just beautiful! One of these days I will have a Larissa original. You inspire me so much. I would love to have that set of brushes, I’m afraid to use my hippie family, their just to cute, lol.

    February 23, 2018 at 8:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      awww…you deserve a hug, Pamela. I was so glad you got the brushes because I couldn’t use them either. hahaha!!

      February 23, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    Very nice ! I LOVE those drawer pulls !!!!!!!! The art work looks great !!!

    February 23, 2018 at 9:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Those were my favorite feature. Thanks so much. 😉

      February 23, 2018 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Beautiful paint job 🙂 I recently bought an armoire. It needs a lot of work before receiving a paint job but when that time comes I hope to have a few new brushes to use.

    February 23, 2018 at 11:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I love armoires. 😀

      February 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Just slap paint on a piece…whaaaaaaat…you’ve got to be kidding me. Larissa, you’re definitely a talented artist and so so much more! Look at this gorgeous work of art – I challenge any of those naysayers to try this!

    March 10, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I know…can’t believe what some people will say. ugh. So glad you like it, Marie.

      March 11, 2018 at 3:30 am Reply

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