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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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Zibra and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

DIY TIME

What’s a girl to do about that? I could replace 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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

Then, 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 | prodigalpieces.com

I even decided to replace those knobs with new pulls, so I filled the holes and sanded those too. Next, I lightly sand everything down.

Sanding Drawer Fronts | prodigalpieces.com

TOYS

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

FIX ‘ER UP

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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

GIVEAWAY TIME

Time for some more fun! You know I love to inspire you to give DIY a try and what better way than by putting my favorite brushes in your hand? Woot!

Easy entry, just fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like, daily even. Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!

Set of Zibra Paint Brushes for Furniture, Home and Anything DIY | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, pin and share this industrial chest makeover to encourage others to give DIY a try. We can make our house our home for so much less.

Sweet! This vintage pieces gets updated to a rustic industrial chest of drawers with paint and stain. See the makeover in action at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’m taking this old barn screen and turning into fabulous farmhouse decor. See the after HERE.

Old Barn Screen Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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In addition, 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 | prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Christina in FL says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  2. JILL NELSON says

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

  3. Sue says

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

    • Larissa says

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

      • Nancy says

        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!!!!!

        • Larissa says

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

  4. Claudine says

    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!

    • Larissa says

      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!

  5. ColleenB.~Texas says

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

  6. Nancy says

    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!!!!!

  7. Paula says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  8. Daniel Pearson says

    I love cavair I could paint it on everything!

    • Larissa says

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

  9. Alison S says

    I have some chairs I would like to paint!

  10. Michele Branham says

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

  11. Rebecca - Knoxville,TN says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  12. Dodie says

    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 !

  13. dianne a. says

    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.

  14. Deb says

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

  15. Denise C says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  16. Beth says

    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!

  17. Holly says

    Wow this turned out gorgeous!

  18. Vickie says

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

    • Larissa says

      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!

  19. Cecilia says

    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!

  20. Debra Wise says

    Another gorgeous piece. Love your staging!

  21. Jolinda says

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

  22. Kimberly says

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

  23. Sue Pagels says

    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!

  24. Bobye says

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

  25. gwen says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  26. Bobye says

    The piece is beautiful.

  27. Jane says

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

  28. Susan says

    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.

  29. Robyn Wright says

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

  30. Kenda says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  31. Patty Soriano says

    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!!

  32. Michele Meacham says

    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!!!

  33. Jessica says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  34. Nancy says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  35. Rebecca Drake says

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

  36. Mary says

    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.

  37. Rhonda says

    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.

    • Larissa says

      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.

  38. Lisa Viles says

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

  39. Elaine says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  40. Brenda says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  41. Samantha says

    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.

  42. Lisa Wilson says

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

  43. Tammy Shelton says

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

  44. Alicia says

    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!

  45. Carol Claremont says

    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.

    • Larissa says

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

  46. Kaycee says

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

  47. Marie says

    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

    • Larissa says

      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. 😀

  48. Penny says

    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

  49. Mary Kaiser says

    That turned out AMAZING!

  50. Melissa Anglin says

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

  51. Crystal Plummer says

    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!

  52. Jessica Gipson says

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

  53. leisa says

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

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