Industrial Chest of Drawers Redo ~ Rustic Style

When you’re out shopping do you sometimes buy two of something simply because it’s a good deal? I do! Especially when it comes to furniture. A local seller was offering two chests of drawers that were relatively the same size, but differed in appearance. This one below is my subject for today’s makeover. I’m going to show you how I not only repair this piece, but turn it into an industrial chest of drawers.

Vintage Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

This particular dresser was looking like it was embarrassed. It seemed like it was red in the face. When JC brought it home I wasn’t exactly thrilled to see it as the owner didn’t describe it well. First, there was a huge hole in the top that had been repaired and was the repair was shrinking. And it was among friends with nicks and dings all over.

Damaged Chest of Drawers Top |

Then, there was the issue of the top being entirely too short – like ¾” too short from the back. Not to mention the finish was just awful. I’m assuming the gap was from a mirror, but also could have been a decorative piece that had gone missing. I couldn’t really tell because the back panel showed no signs of hardware holes as it had been replaced, nor did it have any holes in the back top.

Short Chest of Drawers Top |

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What’s a girl to do about that? I could replaced the top, however, I felt it was much easier to just fill that gap with a decorative piece. We did the same to the chest of drawers we installed in our bathroom as a vanity. It serves as our backsplash and works awesome.

Okay, so to get this looking like an industrial chest of drawers,  I grabbed a hardwood board from my stash and cut it to length with my miter saw. Then, I sketched out my design and traced it onto the board. The best way to get the design is measure to find center, create a template exactly half the size, then trace it on both ends of the board flipping it at center. That allows you to replicate your design exactly on both sides.

Tracking on Wood Board |

Once traced, I cut out my piece with my jig saw, then added pocket holes with my Kreg pocket hole jig. Remember my motto: #toolsoverjewels !! {{happy dance}}

Chest of Drawers Repaired with Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Joint |

For the cosmetic wear, I simply used wood filler to fill all the dings then sanded smooth with my sander.

Repairing Damage to Chest of Drawers with Dap Wood Filler |

I even decided to replace those knobs with new pulls, so I filled the holes and sanded those too. Next, I lightly sanded everything down for a fresh finish to be applied.

Sanding Drawer Fronts |

Enter in a new toy, ahem…tool. I have long since wanted one of these cabinet hardware jigs to save my brain from becoming crazy trying to not only get measurements placed evenly, but level. Check it out….this thing allows me to set the measurements for pulls (or knobs), set it in place and then drill. How stinkin’ cool is that?!

Kreg Drawer Pull Jig as shown by Prodigal Pieces |

This is when I begin to sing, “I love my tools, I love my tools! O how they make life easy.” (to the tune of O Christmas tree). Yes, I do love to sing when working. tsk. Doesn’t everyone?

No more drill bit slipping and I can know they will be level.

Kreg Drawer Pull Knob Jig for Furniture Restoration by Prodigal Pieces |

I left the drawer fronts as they were. Then, I applied a black wax to the fronts using one of my favorite brushes. Zibra brushes are so absolutely versatile for stains, paints, finishes and any project you can think of. This particular  brush is an older Square Brush I deemed for use for waxing as it was not up to par for paint any longer. Brush the wax on and rub off with a soft cloth.

Waxing Drawer Fronts |

In order for that decorative piece I added to match, it needed to peek a stain out from under paint. Using my Angled Brush, I apply a cherry stain that is similar to the current color. Like the wax brush I used, this one stays dedicated to stain applications.

Applying Cherry Stain to Chest with Zibra Paint Brush |

Next, I used two coats of a flat black paint. Using my Stubby Brush, the cabinet gets a nice rich coat of paint. Application is so easy with the right brush, which is why I can’t get enough of these brushes. You can seem them in action on many more of my posts HERE.


Painting Chest of Drawers Top with Zibra Paint Brush |

After two coats of paint letting them cure in between, then topping off with wax, my rustic industrial chest is ready to go. It’s a far cry from the before, isn’t it?

Industrial Chest of Drawers in Black with Wood Contrasts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Black and Wood Industrial Chest of Drawers for Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces |

That top, back piece I added really sets it off nicely and I’m glad I gave it a try. The bin pulls are extras I had from using in my kitchen remodel, they fit this piece perfectly. If you look close, I even added a couple of escutcheons to make it look like it has skeleton key holes. The metal accents I added match the original steel casters. I have a thing for casters…mmm….

Bin Pulls added to Industrial Chest of Drawers for Updated Look by Prodigal Pieces |

I have this set up in my boys’ bedroom again our faux brick wallpaper we installed a few years ago. Isn’t it cool? You can see our room makeover in this post.

Industrial Bedroom with Faux Brick Wallpaper and Black Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The Tin Lizzie embroidery was a piece I scored off the curb on trash day along with some other prints I wrote about in this blog post here. I just love it! I found the velocipede at a thrift store and painted black. Gotta love thrift stores, right?

Black Chest of Drawers against Brick Wall. Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

And just for fun, I lined the drawers with a paper. Who doesn’t love to peek at pretty things even on the inside too? I know I do.

Drawers Lined with Paper for added fun |

Like most of my project pieces, this industrial chest of drawers is now available in my shop. (SOLD)We ship most anywhere and the best part is our costs are half of most and we can ship more than one piece of furniture for the same price.

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Rustic Industrial Furniture Makeover of a Vintage Chest of Drawers by Prodigal Pieces |

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Old Barn Screen Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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More projects like my industrial chest of drawers:

A Cedar Chest Found in the Trash Becomes Industrial Style Decor in this Farmhouse Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comOutdated Vintage Dresser Gets Industrial Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Christina in FL

    Oh yes!! Tools over jewels! 🙂 Love this piece and your new tool! You are helping me talk myself into a Kreg setup. 🙂
    Beautiful makeover Larissa, truly gorgeous. I know it will sell fast.

    December 19, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha!! That’s so cool, Christina! I need more of their stuff. Thanks for the love. 🙂

      December 19, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply

    I need to repaint a small roll out pantry I built to hold canned goods. Lots of small crevices!

    December 19, 2017 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Sue

    Love what you did with this piece. I love seeing things come back to life!

    December 19, 2017 at 6:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was delighted how it all came together so quickly and as I envisioned it. I’m so glad you like it!

      December 19, 2017 at 6:29 am Reply
      • Nancy

        I just love the look of this dresser, you really give an old piece new life. I love your work and your creativity. It’s so inspiring. Thank you!!!!!

        December 19, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Wahoo!! You made me smile from ear to ear, Nancy. Thank you!

          December 19, 2017 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Claudine

    Oh, these are both beautiful but I LOVE your re-do of the Red Baron. I sig while I work and I name furniture, too. lol I love all things Kreg although I don’t own any of their products yet…I am registered for a workshop on using the Jig in January and I am so excited! lol And, I used the AMAZING Zibra brushes that I bought through your shop to redo my dining room table and I now know why you sing their praises! I used the round brush on the table legs and it was so amazing and the 2″ angles brush for the skirt fir into my hand like it was custom made for me. Wonderful!

    December 19, 2017 at 6:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! Love it…Red Baron. 😀 That workshop sounds wonderful! I think you’ll have a blast and that’s awesome that you can go to a workshop. Even better to hear about your experience with the Zibra brushes I adore. I’d love to have your review on them in my shop: leave review here Thanks!

      December 19, 2017 at 7:16 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.
    Once the weather warms I would like to paint my dining room hutch

    December 19, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear ya on the warming up part. 😉

      December 19, 2017 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Nancy

    I just love the look of this dresser, you really give an old piece new life. I love your work and your creativity. It’s so inspiring. Thank you!!!!!

    December 19, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you, Nancy! Thank you for the love.

      December 19, 2017 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Paula

    You seem to know just what a piece wants to be and then “dress it up” (stage) so perfectly for its photo. Love this! (And love that you used the word velocipede!) My next painting venture (that I hope to break in and new set of Zibra brushes on) is a decorative shelf to go under the bathroom vanity mirror.

    December 19, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s fun to recreate and make something new from old. Yes, love that word…isn’t it crazy!! Hugs to you, Paula. {{hugs}}

      December 19, 2017 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Daniel Pearson

    I love cavair I could paint it on everything!

    December 19, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds so funny, but makes perfect sense! hahaha… Awesome!

      December 19, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Judy

    Another beauty!!

    December 19, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have some chairs I would like to paint!

    December 19, 2017 at 7:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like fun!

      December 19, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Pat

    Beautiful makeover.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Pat.

      December 19, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Michele Branham

    Once again you have turned a drab piece into a fab piece! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This one was a fun challenge. Thanks so much!

      December 19, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Wonderful makeover. Your staging is superb! I love the brick wall and would never have guessed it’s secret 😉

    December 19, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Faux for the win!! 😀 hahaha… Thanks so much, Rebecca.

      December 19, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Dodie

    Wow, love that look and the colors you chose. Nice job of adding that little piece above the chest – great way to try your new toy, too !

    December 19, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear, Dodie! Thank you.

      December 19, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
  • dianne a.

    Love both of he chests. Would love to win the Zibra brushes, you make them look so easy to use. I would paint my foot stool first.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You will love them, Dianne.

      December 19, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Deb

    Great work! I have sideboard that’s missing its back piece, thanks for the inspiration to make my own!

    December 19, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! That’s what it’s all about!

      December 19, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Denise C

    Beautiful piece. I agree with Rebecca. Your staging is perfect–it really enhances your pieces.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it. Thank you, Denise. Fun to stage.

      December 19, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Beth

    Larissa I love what you did to this piece! It’s nice to see the wood instead of painting over everything. I know that not all pieces are in good enough shape to be able to do that, but this one was perfect!

    December 19, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for making my day, Beth. 😀

      December 19, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Holly

    Wow this turned out gorgeous!

    December 19, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic to hear! Thank you.

      December 19, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Vickie

    Love how you made these repairs look so easy! Really nice piece of furniture.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was so stoked it took only about 30 minutes to cut and install that new piece. I had to run in and tell my kids since I was flying around trying to get it done. So fun!

      December 19, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    That turned out great! Love the bin pulls on it. It just makes my heart happy you take ugly furniture and make it all pretty again. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    December 19, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I do believe you just made my day! Thank you, Cecilia.

      December 19, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Another gorgeous piece. Love your staging!

    December 19, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra! Fun to get to play. 😉

      December 19, 2017 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    What a difference you made. I love all of it. You head is so filled with wonderful ideas.

    December 19, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet to me, Jolinda. Thank you!

      December 19, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    I love Kreg stuff and I am definitely going to have to look for that hardware jig. Great job on the dresser!

    December 19, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I have a few more jigs on my wish list…soon!!

      December 19, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    I love industrial and your chest of drawers turned out great. Also love the bin style pulls! And I LOVE the Zibra brushes too! I even won one!

    December 19, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are the best, aren’t they, Sue?! 😀

      December 19, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Bobye

    The piece is beautiful. Thanks for the tip of creating the back part of the dresser top.

    December 19, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet! Fun to share different hacks.

      December 19, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply
  • gwen

    Love the new color and the drawer pulls! Yes, Jewelsovertools! And I enjoyed the little video on the side showing a quick look at the fire pit redo!

    December 19, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You got it, baby! 😀 So glad you like our video. We love that space.

      December 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • Bobye

    The piece is beautiful.

    December 19, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Bobye!

      December 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Jane

    This piece looks beautiful now. Great job, as always. What a transformation! I put casters on everything, too.

    December 19, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      A kindred spirit! Thanks!

      December 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Susan

    My bathroom door needs to be painted and I have been planning something special too, perhaps a mural of some kind.
    I like the paints you used for your chest of drawers.

    December 19, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be fun!

      December 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    LOVE this look! Gorgeous! I’m wanting a couple different jigs at this point.

    December 19, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both. Got my brushes I love, need more jigs.

      December 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Kenda

    I’d love to do a Vulcan mind-meld with you to see just exactly how you make doing wood filler repairs look so easy. No matter how careful I am to do them, they always end up looking like some kind of tiny abstract art sculpture. Love what you did to this chest!

    December 19, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me LOL so loud!! ahahaha!! That would be sweet. Feel free to email with questions. 🙂

      December 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    I really like the black and natural wood together in one piece. This is lovely and one idea I might use for an old chest I have in storage. Need that brush! I’ve been entering the contest that Zibra is having on their website, too. thank you!!

    December 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are bound to win, girl!!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Michele Meacham

    I have a 100+ year old dresser that is in desperate need of TLC … that is the first piece that I will do!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration that you put out there on a daily basis … & also for the chance at these brushes!!!

    December 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like the perfect project piece. Hope you win!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I would paint a bookshelf and finish some cabinet doors that have been waiting forever because of the tricky angle on them… I don’t want to mess with tape and I bet one of these brushes would do the job!

    December 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t blame you. I don’t use tape unless I HAVE to. ugh. These make it easy!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Nancy

    I’ll have to put the Kreg tool on my son-in-laws gift list! He’s my go-to handyman. Love the dresser! I painted the top of a 1923 phonograph cabinet black and left the stained body and legs The wood was dry and water-spotted in places but it just needed lots of Howards Feed n Wax to make is beautiful again. Your work is always inspiring! Have a blessed Christmas.

    December 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s a great idea!! Thanks for the love. Those old phonographs are awesome. My FIL restores them.

      December 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I can’t believe that is the same chest! Excellent job, and love the bin pulls!

    December 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I love it when it makes you look twice. Fun!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Love these dressers. You did a great job on both. I have one Zibra brush but need more. I see the wonderful way you paint with them.

    December 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You sure do need more. They’re awesome!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Rhonda

    Love this piece. I am very motivated to paint a few pieces in my home. A desk would be the first. Really want to paint my kitchen cabinets as well.

    December 19, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Those cabinets can be brutal, but these would make it a breeze. I had a cheapie one over ten years ago when I painted and oh how I wish these were around then.

      December 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Sandi

    Nice makeover! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    December 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Lisa Viles

    Great job! Love the look of this dresser! I would love to try these brushes on my china cabinet!

    December 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic to hear! Thank you!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    This is my new favorite makeover! It looked so sad before, and now it looks like it has wonderful stories to tell…like a well traveled gentleman. I just love how you brought out it’s character.

    December 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      happy dance!! You just made my day, Elaine. Thank you!! You got what I was after.

      December 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Brenda

    Great job! It looks so much better. Would love to try the brushes on my pie safe and a coffee table!

    December 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I sure had fun giving it a try. Challenges like this make my heart happy.

      December 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Samantha

    The chest turned out beautiful. I love being able to rescue furniture that just needed a new lease on life. I’d repaint my daughter’s armoir since she’s not into pink anymore being a teenager now.

    December 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…they grow up so fast, don’t they?

      December 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Lisa Wilson

    Love it! I want to find a piece that I can use cavier on, such a cool color.

    December 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It is such an awesome color.

      December 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Tammy Shelton

    I’ve got an armoire in my garage that’s begging for a makeover.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply
  • Alicia

    Gorgeous redo, as usual. And good brushes are so important to a good finish. I think I am getting a couple of the Zibra brushes in my stocking. Can’t wait!

    December 19, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that is exciting!! 😀

      December 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Carol Claremont

    Love the industrial chest. I also just saw the industrial footlocker at the foot of the bed in another picture. I use my dad’s WWII footlocker as a coffee table in my family room but haven’t done anything to it yet. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 20, 2017 at 12:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s a treasure to have for sure. Merry Christmas to you too!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Again, such a handsome chest! Love the finish Larissa!

    December 20, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so excited to hear it. This one was fun!

      December 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Larissa, it’s beautiful after your magic touch. I escutcheons (I had to google it) look like they’ve always been there. Pinned to share 🙂 Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity – you know how much I love these brushes! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas! xo

    December 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t believe how this one came together. I was expecting many issues, so I’m very happy! Thank you, Marie. Gotta love Google. 😀

      December 20, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Penny

    Love the makeover, I have 2 chairs I want to use in my living room that I need to paint & these brushes would make painting so much easier. Thanks

    December 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Penny.

      December 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    That turned out AMAZING!

    December 21, 2017 at 4:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words are music to my ear. Thank you!

      December 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Melissa Anglin

    Another awesome transformation. Can’t wait to start painting all my projects.

    December 21, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Crystal Plummer

    That is amazing (just like all of your designs!). If I won I’d give to my husband, who dreams of starting a woodworking business!

    December 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Crystal. You’re a sweet wife.

      December 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Jessica Gipson

    I would start with my vintage bed headboard. Love your project!

    December 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good place to start. 😀

      December 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • leisa

    This is a stunning piece, and I’m not even a fan of industrial furniture! Such a rich color.

    July 16, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! How fun to hear. Thank you, Leisa!

      July 17, 2018 at 7:15 am Reply

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