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?
In short, 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.
You can see how the previous owners had tried to tape the veneer down to keep it from lifting. However, each side and drawer had damage, but that’s nothing that a little wood filler and glue can’t fix.
Also, I even love finding these unique markings on pieces like this that give you the history and show their craftsmanship.
First, 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.
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. After whole lotta of sanding and gluing and more sanding, it’s ready. Additionally, the entire piece had fluffy grain from being so dry.
Finally, after all the prep work was done, it’s time to get my paint groove on with this antique chest of drawers. Unfortunately, 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: blue, beige, and soft white, along with 3 brushes. Yes, those brushes look like they’ve been around the block, but they last forever and keep on going.
Likewise, 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.
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. Not only does this add dimension, but also drama to the piece.
Last, but not least, 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 add some detailing, I use my brush to accent with brown wax.
Here she is all dressed up in blue and ready to go.
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 and I need paid for my time since I have little to spare. However, these extra paintings are for fun, mainly. With that in mind, 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. Also, we can use them as we see fit.
Likewise, 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!
Additionally, pin and share this antique chest of drawers makeover to inspire others to see past the worn and weary and focus on the potential that lies in each piece.
Up next, I’m giving a kitchen update and a new video tutorial to show you how. See the after HERE! Now it’s time to see what my Furniture Fixer Upper friends have for you!