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Farmhouse Chest of Drawers from the Curb

It’s time for Round 3 of my #trashure curbside haul. To catch you up to speed, this is the pile I scored from one person’s yard during our spring city cleanup. I’ve already made over that pie crust table and dog shelf. It’s time to tackle that awfully painted piece and turn it into a farmhouse chest of drawers for our Trash to Treasure fun.

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If you remember, I asked JC (aka. husband) which piece he would have left on the curb. He said the chest. {{gasp}} In spite of the obvious, I replied that it was the best one. Consequently, that made him look closer, and he saw that it was oak It was only then he sorta understood my take on it.

Roadside Antique Chest of Drawers Found by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Is it a hot mess? Yes. Does it have potential. YES!! However, the funny thing is that I have sworn off fussing with painted pieces for various reasons I have described over the last few years. Generally they can be a pain!


This one definitely could look to be that way. First, the top is pretty beat up.

Antique Chest of Drawers Damaged Top |

Then, the rail laying on top is from the back which has a missing panel or two. Last, there’s the bottom drawer. You know you’ve been around the block when you’re stoked that the drawer is even there. haha. Aside from the broken bottom, it also has a broken escutcheon. Thankfully, I can fix both no problem.

Broken Chest Drawer |

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I just love when an antique piece still has markings to tell of its maker and history. Does that penmanship give you goosebumps too?

Original Label on Farmhouse Chest of Drawers |

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Well, you know my favorite sander had to come out to play, right? There is at least two coats of paint on this and they are oil base. First, green is under the brown paint, but it does make for a fun backdrop. It reminds me of chocolate mint. tee hee.

Sanding Oak Farmhouse Chest of Drawers |

After I got the top sanded down, I decided to restore this farmhouse chest of drawers to a proper height. The holes for the casters were there, but missing the hardware. No problem. At any rate, I always say it pays to have a stash. My antique caster loot came to the rescue yet again. Aren’t these gorgeous?

Set of 4 Antique Wooden Casters for Farmhouse Chest of Drawers |

Meanwhile, my youngest son jumped in to help me remove the hardware that was incomplete. He’s not new to this DIY game and wanted to try out his new tools. You can see his past projects HERE. Gotta love a cute helper!

Son Helping Mama Repair Chest of Drawers |


Finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I use my circular saw and Rip Cut Jig to cut a new drawer bottom. Easy-peasy. Though, I decided to wait until later to install it.

Cutting New Plywood Drawer Bottom with Ryobi Circular Saw and Rip Cut Jig |

Next, it’s time to repair that broken escutcheon. Over the years, I’ve used this trick many times seen in my tutorial HERE. Polymer Clay can be your best friend in furniture repair. See how I had a broken piece and made a replica using a cast to make a mold. Then, I used the mold to make a new escutcheon.

How to Make a Replacement Trim Piece with Polymer Clay | Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homehack #homedecor

I won’t say my replica was perfect as it was a bit thicker than the original, but it still works.

Before I tackle the bottom of my farmhouse chest of drawers, I add several coats of Hemp Oil to nourish and seal the top.

Hemp Oil to Restore Old Wood and Protect It |


In between coats of hemp oil, I began the fun part…PAINT. Yahoo!! I chose to use this dark navy blue. This is the same paint I used on my Antique  Store Sign Tutorial.

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Old Barn Milk Paint in Agate for Farmhouse Chest of Drawers by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

My favorite Zibra brushes come out to play. The Stubby Brush is my favorite for versatility and size. However, all the brushes serve a purpose for different needs as I’ve demonstrated in the past. Plus, the work awesome for any sheen of paint and any kind of stain or poly. I even used my old ones for waxing too.

Get the right brush for the job. Choose one of 8 different Zibra paint brushes to get the job done DIY style. Available at Prodigal Pieces |

Painting Antique Chest Drawer with Old Barn Milk Paint & Zibra Paint Brush by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The look I’m after is utilizing those previous paint layer and the chippy, rugged look of milk paint. Dare I say my heart starts to palpitate at this point? eep!

Painting Farmhouse Chest of Drawers with Zibra Paint Brush and Old Barn Milk Paint in Agate by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #farmhouse #milkpaint

I’m amazed at the adhesion of the milk paint to the oil base paint – no bonding agent needed. Plus, I wanted it to come off in a natural look anyway. Last, I install the new drawer bottom using my nailer, lined the drawers, and added the new hardware.

Repaired Chest of Drawers Bottom |


While I could have applied more, I only used one coat of the milk paint, distressed a bit, and it’s good to go. Are you ready to see my farmhouse chest of drawers made new? I am!!

Rustic Farmhouse Chest of Drawers with Chippy Milk Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Tutorial at #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #home #homedecor #milkpaint #diy

Navy Blue Farmhouse Chest of Drawers Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #homedecor #furniture #milkpaint

The hardware was an exciting find as it emulates the simple farmhouse style I’m after. Although the pulls come in several finishes, I thought this oil rubbed bronze gave the warm feel I was after.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Drawer Hardware for Farmhouse Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #homedecor #farmhouse #home

And how about that chippy paint. I love it!! Even the top came out better than I had expected. There is still a couple of deep scratches, however, I choose to embrace them as part of the story.

Antique Farmhouse Chest of Drawers with Chippy Milk Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #furniture #handmade #home #homedecor

Vintage Farmhouse Vignette with Antique Wooden Clothespins by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #handmade #farmhouse #homedecor

Also, the drawer lining is a vintage Waverly pattern that I scored the same time as the ticking stripe wallpaper at a garage sale. Brand new in package rolls for a buck…yes, please!!

Vintage Waverly Wallpaper to Line Drawers of Farmhouse Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor

Antique Wooden Caster on Farmhouse Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #diy #vintage

And, how ’bout ‘dem casters?!? I am swooning over here. Notice the worn finish of the paint too. I could have used the hemp oil to saturate and deepen the color, but I wanted time-worn.

Finally, I hope my curbside find turned farmhouse chest of drawers has inspired you. If you’d like to own this chest, you can purchase it from my online shop, (CHEST SOLD) along with the brushes and more decor too. We deliver to your door both in the U.S. and any country upon request.

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Chippy Blue Farmhouse Chest of Drawers Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #milkpaint #farmhouse #home #homedecor


Time for some DIY fun for you! Zibra and I are all about getting the right tools into your hands. We are giving away this fantastic detail brush kit to one of you. {{happy dance}}

4 Piece Detail Brush Kit by Zibra | Giveaway by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Easy entry – just complete as many entries in the widget below as you like (daily even for more entries). Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Also, winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!!

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Also, pin and share my farmhouse chest of drawers makeover. Help inspire others to rescue cast-off pieces too.

From curbside left for trash to farmhouse beauty, this farmhouse chest of drawers was restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | DIY details at #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Up next, I’ll am taking a break from the curbside haul. I am so excited to show you how to make use of those glass jars leftover after you’ve forced your bulbs for spring. See their new life HERE. Afterward, I’ll be back to the curbside makeovers with those dining chairs after that. Stay tuned!

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Curbside Haul Makeover Part 3 by Prodigal Pieces |

  1. Antique Pie Crust Table Makeover
  2. Hunting Scene Shelf Makeover
  3. Farmhouse Chest of Drawers

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In addition, more DIY projects like my farmhouse chest of drawers:

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96 replies on “Farmhouse Chest of Drawers from the Curb”

Wow you saved it life!! Turned out so beautiful! Thanks for having the fun contest to win a set of the Zibra brushes!!

I love the drawer pulls and the links at the bottom of the post where to purchase items used to make that beauty possible!

Your trashure is inspiring! I love to rescue and remake, but you really have great vision for these pieces!

Larissa I always love milk paint and the history it immediately gives a piece of furniture. Yours turned out great with just the right amount of character.

I love it ive had a chest for @ a month but couldnt figure out which way to go i think im going to go navy thanks for the inspiration

Another great transformation! Thank you for introducing me to Zibra paintbrushes. I love them!❤️They make it so much easier to paint everything.

Wow! What incredible work you (and your son) did on this piece. My grandmother’s old dining room buffet is in desperate need of a face lift. Your Zibra brushes would be the perfect professional style brushes to help give her the TLC she deserves!

I love the drawer pulls. They are special . I like the casters too. I have an old pantry I want to paint and Zibra brushes would be so great to use on it.

I love that you proved to your husband that the dresser was worth the time! It turned out awesome! I have a house full of trim to paint…

Larissa, i’m so glad you brought this piece back to life. It is so cute. I’m going to try and win these wonderful brushes and i look forward to Thursday.

Oh my goodness! It’s lovely! I think you got the long-loved-look just right!
I need to paint a little wall cabinet I have sitting in my storage room waiting for better things… It’s going to be a bit of a job; someone must have painted latex over oil before giving up on it, eek!

Larissa, i’m so glad you brought this piece back to life. It is so cute. I’m going to try and win these wonderful brushes and i look forward to Thursday. Can you please tell me what a URL is?

thanks for the introduction to Hemp Oil. i googled it compared to Linseed Oil and it’s a definite contender! I love the chippy look through the milk paint and the new drawer pulls – good job Larissa!

It is hard for me to ever pass up a chest like this, painted or not. I love how you made use of the previous coats of paint in your restoration, yet let the wood shine in the top.

I am absolutely in love with this makeover! You have a most imaginative way of looking at a piece and the transformations always amaze and inspire me to try things myself. I look forward to each and every post. So glad I found you! ♥

Love it, You are so creative and a are wonderful source of ideas for turning lost causes into treasures. It’s nice to know you’re passing on skills to your son, too!

I love the new color. I could tell the chest was short, but I never would have guessed it used to have castors on it. Great Job!

Love your posts; I learn so much from you. I am not sure what the first thing I would paint with the brushes would be. I paint furniture for resell but have just discovered the Zibra brushes which I love. It depends on what piece I am working on when I receive the brushes if I should win them.

I would love to try out these brushes.My favorite hobby is redoing furniture. I have three projects in my workshop right now. They all need stain and/ or paint .

The paint job is beautiful. You find the best castoffs, Larissa! My town needs a local cleanup day like that so we can all shop curbside 🙂.

Seriously you do. I don’t even go out any more because it’s just too much for me to bring home. If I see something while I’m out, I grab it. I need quintuplets of myself…tee hee.

Your work is inspiring to me! Love how it turned out with the navy milk paint. Thanks for the chance to win the brushes, I would use them on two old nightstands I have that have lots of nooks and crannies.

Larissa, this is such beautiful dresser now! I love that your son was able to put his new (correct sized) tool set to work with you!! I adore the blue milk paint and it’s chipping goodness, along with the hemp oiled natural wood top. This piece was so much work, but you made it better than ever, well done girl!

Beautiful piece! I usually “overpaint”, meaning I can’t leave it chippy or dry brushed–I tend to just paint it like I’m going for new, but I love the way yours looks. I’m going to have to try harder for a vintage look!

Wow, your dresser looks so much better now! I wish I had the ability to envision the finished project like you can. I guess practice makes perfect, right? I am so slow on the projects I have though, my end tables are still waiting for a makeover! 🙂

It is amazing what you are able to do with some paint and patience! I have a bunch of small things I could use those detail brushes on…signs, cabinet, carvings, etc. I watch the DIY blogs with great interest.

Larissa, I love the whole idea of curbside salvaging. The dresser came out great and very different than I imagined when I first saw it before you worked on it. But I really like it, especially the fact that you left the wood showing on the top. And the unique drawer pulls add to it’s unique personality, too.

I am planning to start painting some furniture and other pieces that I’ve been collecting this summer so I could really use those Zibra brushes!

I’m so glad our city not only has the clean-up, but allows folks like me to salvage what we can to save the overpopulation of our landfills. There’s so much we can do to make this planet a better place. Just takes time. 🙂 sounds like you have some DIY fun on your way. 🙂

I’m not sure the rest of the family would agree with the really chippy look, but SWOON!!!! The chest looked impossible to salvage to me! :/

I am an avid collector of pieces to “rescue” I never buy anything that doesn’t need a little TLC. I need those brushes to use on a grocery list of projects. We are also redoing our 1888 farmhouse. So redo is a perpetual occurance at our house.. between my “projects” and our house! HA!!

Larissa – I mentally catalog all your wonderful transformations. I would use the Zibra brushes to do detail painting. They look like the perfect shapes for different tasks.

THIS! Oh my stars, it’s so delicious! I love the blue and the bits of green and brown showing through. The hardware is my favorite part. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks. I have a two different pieces that would benefit from this post, and I would love the brushes to use! I’ve always left furniture as is, but I’m feeling more ready to be adventurous after looking through your posts! Thank you!

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