Do you ever find yourself wondering what it was like to live in a certain time period? One era I am sure wondering if I had what it took to survive were the days of prairie life, the 1800’s. Those folks had such determination to make it. While I sit at my desk with a screen full of comfort and ease, I sometimes ache for that simplicity. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I have a vintage chest makeover that I chose to give a touch of prairie style. Be sure to check out below for the other ladies makeovers.
At first glance you may not notice anything wrong with this chest. However, even though I noticed from the listing photo there were issues, the owner even pointed them out to me on delivery. He said it was his aunt’s chest that was a sorry sight before he got it. If you look at the top drawer, you will notice it doesn’t match the grain of the rest. The owner tried to sand down the veneer that was there, but it ended up coming right off. He decided to leave the green wood below and topcoat it.
The rest of the surfaces, including the sides and top, also had veneer that was cracked, bubbling, and lifting. The owner had put a fresh topcoat, but it was still pretty evident damage was there.
Not to mention that those modern pulls also didn’t fit in the holes and I can’t stand fake brass. ha! So, this little gem qualified for a vintage chest makeover.
First order of business was to fill the drawer pull holes. The were so large that the best way to resolve that was to insert a piece of dowel leaving a bit of space at the back. Cut off with a hacksaw and then tap in flush.
Next, I knocked down all the bubbles and cracks with my sander to get a smooth surface. After all was prepped I got my paint ready. Look at this pail of sunshine! It’s called Jackfruit by Behr, but I use Glidden paint with my favorite Zibra brushes.
This color reminded me of the simple daisy flower and it would suit the look I was after. Before that though, I used my handmade furniture wax to rub in places that I wanted distressing to occur. I use this method and my other methods when I want to heavily distress.
All I did next was paint two layers of the Jackfruit, letting it cure between coats and then for some added fun.
I realize that most prairie homes had extremely basic furniture and this chest makeover is by no means to replicate it,. However, it is meant to give the feeling of simplicity. To create that feel, I did some hand-painting that I thoroughly enjoy to give it that extra touch.
The next step for my vintage chest makeover was to add these fantastic pulls by Rustic Brands. Aren’t they cool?
Last, I use a bit of sandpaper to distress those waxed surfaces and edges, and then apply my hand-rubbed wax. Take a peek at my finished results.
The color was perfect for my vision and I had such fun praying, reflecting, and dreaming while working on this piece.
I envisioned the story of this chest to be one of great adventures, like being hauled across country to a new land. The chips and marks show love, and that this was a family-loved piece. Am I being a romantic? You betcha.
What made this piece feel more authentic were those truly unique pulls by Rustic Brands. This hardware and those in all my other projects can really make a piece shine. If you’d love to give these a try or want to check out all the other wonderful home decor items Debbie has to offer, just use your coupon code: RETAIL20 and head HERE for 20% off your first order.
Peek inside to see the vintage wallpaper lining. See…It’s smiling at you. tee hee.
If my newest creation strikes your fancy, you can purchase it from my shop. SOLD (or maybe I can sneak it into the corner of my bedroom??)
My hope is that my vintage chest makeover has inspired you to give DIY a try. Making your house your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Do pin and share to inspire others too!
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