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Vintage Chest Gets Modern Makeover

Each month I have fun participating in our Themed Furniture Makeovers, and this time around I’m letting my oldest son step up to the plate with his latest project piece, a vintage chest of drawers. AND…I have an awesome giveaway for you!

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I totally encourage my six children to join me in my work and they are always chomping at the bit to have some fun with paint and learn a trade. When I went to pick up the primitive cupboard I just used to show you how to update old wood with stain, the lady also offered us this vintage chest. My furniture lovin’ self could have taken it as my own. However, I offered it to my son and he chose to purchase it. (he knows to bring his wallet along when mama is on an adventure. hee hee)

Solid Wood Vintage Chest of Drawers Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It solid as a rock and it took us a great amount of effort to get it down her narrow, twisting flight of stairs. Oh, the stories we have!

Although it has some deep scratches to the drawer fronts, those may have come out with sanding. Also, the top had worn through spots as well.

Top of Vintage Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You can see some of his past work on this industrial table and his vintage desk set. The theme for the month is NEUTRAL, and he debated on doing a paint stain combo to showcase the wood. But, since the gouges were deep and the theme is open to interpretation, he went with his gut and decided to paint.

PAINT TIME

First, he sanded down the finish with my orbital sander to give the paint tooth. When painting a piece of furniture that has either a mahogany or cherry stain, it is best to use a stain blocking primer like Kilz.

Teenage Boy Painting Vintage Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Poor guy is crammed in our living room trying to paint as our kitchen remodel has deemed our house a storage unit. tsk. Nonetheless, he’s used to it. Then, when the primer is dry, he chose a gorgeous color. After two coats of paint, and a topcoat of wax, it’s time for some bling!

Adding Topcoat of Wax by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com My son chose these amazing gold glass knobs. He loved the look of my industrial dresser and his sister’s dresser that we worked on. I wish you could see them in person because they have an awesome crackle design.

Gold Glass Drawer Pulls by Rustic Brands for Vintage Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Put it all together and what do you get? A gorgeous vintage chest with a modern look.

Vintage Chest Makeover with Country Chic Paint and Rustic Brands Knobs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Modern Look Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Didn’t my teenager do GOOD?! I love the color and those knobs made the piece.

Corner View of Teal Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Nothing like seeing your children learn from you and seeing the fruits of their labor. If you would love to own this vintage chest, you can find it available in my shop (SOLD) – we ship to your door!

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Gold Glass Pulls on Teal Painted Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Sometimes your outdated furniture just needs a lift to help see them in a different way. Likewise, this is totally a budget-friendly way to make your house your home.

In addition, pin and share to inspire others too! ♥

Vintage Chest Gets Modern Vibe with Paint and Knobs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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    • Larissa says

      He does so well and I know he will go far if he wants too. I’m just happy to see him succeed! Thank you, Debra.

  1. Deirdre Breau says

    I love the Custom Wedding Date print. Of course being the picker and junk diva that I am, WHY NOT! Now to find an old cash register to steal all of the numbers out of! 😉

  2. Lindsay Eidahl says

    Bliss is such a pretty color. I have used it on a few projects. And, I love Rustic Brands!! They have so many great options. My daughter has started wanting to help me paint. I think it is so important for my kids to see the entire process. Love this makeover. That dresser is such a great piece!

    • Larissa says

      It is. Such a fun color that fits in almost any decor and YES, love Rustic Brands. Thanks, Lindsay!

  3. Andrea says

    If I won the gift card, I would order the kitchen mixer wall clock! That is so cute. Hard choice, they have some gorgeous fashion scarfs, love the “coffee before talkie” coffee mug, cute wall art. Did not have time to look through every single item, but they have a lot! The owl contact lens case is adorable too. But the mixer clock – that is awesome. Thanks for the link to the website, have never heard of that company.

    • Larissa says

      Sounds like a fun find for sure! My pleasure to share and I hope you enjoyed my son’s work too. 🙂

  4. Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY) says

    You know how much I LOVE color! I just love this piece and those knobs made it pop even more! I learned from my momma, so I love to see kids learning from their parents!
    Great job.
    Hugs,
    Karin

    • Larissa says

      I thought of you, Karin! What a wonderful heritage your mother has left you and you can pass it along. Awesome!

  5. Lucy ~ Patina Paradise says

    Oh why didn’t I check your blog before ordering my country chic paint! lol Ordered a similar aqua but this BLISS colour is just SO yummy! And the gold hardware are the perfect bling for the piece! Looks like your son inherited your painting skills. ;o)

    • Larissa says

      hee hee…it is fantastic! I know I’ll be using it again and that you’ll love your choices too. Thanks so much, Lucy!

  6. Amy | Canary Street Crafts says

    Your son did such a good job! My 3 year old is already my little painting helper buddy. He has his own table and paint brush that he “works” on while I’m painting my own pieces :). And this is such a fun giveaway. Catching Fireflies has the cutest gift ideas.

    • Larissa says

      Awww…enjoy those days, Amy, because the go too fast! Thanks for the love. 😉

  7. Sandra Jantzi says

    Love the dresser! I love to see kids get creative. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card from Catching Fireflies. I think I’d like one of everything in their store! But the thing that caught my eye the most were the handwarmer mugs. I can just picture myself standing on my deck in the early morning hours with a hot cup of java!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks for sending encouragement, Sandra! It’s so fun to watch him learn and grow. Those mugs would be utter bliss on a cool morning!

      • Sandra Jantzi says

        When painting dresser drawers, do you also paint the interior? Or do you only paint the face of the drawer? Seeing your projects makes me want to try tackling an ugly dresser we have in our guest room.

        • Larissa says

          It depends on the piece. Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Typically it’s just the faces I do. I’m happy to hear you’re going to tackled that beast! 😀

  8. [email protected] says

    I just LOVE this color. Before I was even finished writing this comment, my mind was wondering around ….looking for a piece to paint in this beautiful color. Kudos to your son. Well done. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • Larissa says

      Isn’t it addictive? The color is so fresh and clean. Thank you, Susie!

  9. Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue says

    What a beautiful makeover, tell your sweet son congratulations! I am in love with the gold hardware. 🙂 And…if I won the gift card I would buy some of those cool shower bombs and a scarf. 😉

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Kimm! You are a girl after my own heart…cozy gifts are the best. 🙂

  10. Carol S says

    Great job on the dresser! I think I get more joy out of seeing my son do projects than I do my own!
    I would use the gift card for either a baby gift or a wedding gift. So many cute choices.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Larissa says

      I totally know what you mean, Carol! Thank you. A gift would be a great idea!

  11. Emily Roberts says

    Your son did an awesome job! I know you are so proud!

    For the contest, I would pick up a couple of fun frames for the grandmas and the “what I love about my home” sign for myself. Cute store!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, I am and loving to share what I do. Thank you! Those prizes would be perfect for Mother’s Day.

  12. Sandra Skeem says

    He did an awesome job! Checked out their website, what a cute little place to shop! I would get some of the salt and pepper shakers, the cactus back scratcher, the grateful journal. Lots of things to choose from!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Sandra! He did a wonderful job which makes me happy to share. Those are great prize choices too!

  13. Cindi Pippen says

    Wow, what a great shio Fireflies is. Although there are several things that peaked my interest, If I won gift card I would buy:
    1. Giving plate. 2. Vintage sewing machine tote 3. Flower nesting bowl set. Hope I win!

    • Larissa says

      It is! So much to see and I love your choices. Fingers crossed!!

    • Larissa says

      Cindi, you are the winner of the giveaway!! I’ve tried to email you, but it says email does not exist. Please contact me as soon as possible at [email protected] Thank you!!

  14. Marie, The Interior Frugalista says

    The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! He did a beautiful job on this chest and his choice of color is perfect. I have those same knobs in silver, so I know how beautiful the crackle finish is. Kudos to your son – he did good…real good!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, he is much like me which makes us like to tango from time to time, but it’s all good in the furniture world. Thanks Marie! 🙂

  15. Helen Holley says

    Love the Color! You did a great job!
    Helen

  16. Kimberly says

    Beautiful job on that dresser! I love to see these vintage pieces reloved, and I love to see children gaining work ethic.
    Thanks for introducing this company. I see they have Baby Foot. I would probably order that since I’ve heard it’s amazing.

    • Larissa says

      Hard not to be proud of him and see him grow. Thank you! Yes, Catching Fireflies is full of goodness. 😀

  17. Julie Johnston says

    The sweet nesting birdhouse wall clock is adorable. Really cute things on her site!

    Your son did a great job on this!! I love the color!

    • Larissa says

      I am a proud mama for sure. Thank you for the love and I like your prize choice too!

  18. Mary-the boondocks blog says

    He did a great job Larissa. Pretty soon he will be better than you. Love that pretty color and you are right, those knobs make such a difference.

  19. Fran says

    You certainly have very talented kiddos!! 😀

  20. DelightsOfTheHeart says

    What a great giveaway! I most definitely purchase from their garden. We are in the midst of sprucing it up, and we all decided to go the whimsical way, so this is right up our alley. I also love the flour sack towel!

    Congratulations to the winner! Spend it wisely!

    Thank you my friend!

    Be blessed!

    • Larissa says

      Sounds like a plan, Yolanda! I wish everyone could win. 🙂

  21. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says

    Oooh, I would’ve bought that piece in a heartbeat too. 🙂 The new color is gorgeous and those knobs are divine! Your son did a fantastic job!

    • Larissa says

      Isn’t it classic? I love the style and lines and this piece is SOLID AS A ROCK. Super-heavy and functional too. They don’t make them like this anymore. Thanks, Jen!

  22. Kim Jones - Hunt and Host says

    Hi, Larissa

    I am soooo impressed with your son’s wonderful paint job! Painting sounds easy, simple but I know for a fact, not everyone can paint! Know you are very proud mama! Love the knobs, too!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Kim! He works hard and takes my advice (most of the time) and it is paying off. I’m a proud mama!

  23. Ellen Braunberger says

    Lots of love today, to your talented son for his EXCELLENT project and the neat site, did order, Ty for the discount, Thinking the handwarmer mugs would be great for the daughter in Alaska!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much! Yes, Catching Fireflies has so many choices that it’s hard to pick. I’m happy to hear you found something you love!

  24. Breanna says

    Gorgeous color and what an amazing little helper you have!! He’s got a future in the furniture biz for sure 😉

    • Larissa says

      He’s not so little anymore as he’s nearly caught me! 😉 Yes, a wonderful helper indeed. Thanks, Bre!

  25. Patty says

    He did a great job, I love it, it really is beautiful.
    I love that you are teaching your children a skill that they can use their whole lives, no matter what line of work they go into. this also teaches them self discipline and a work ethic, you go mom, keep doing what you are doing and your kids will grow up to be productive good citizens, most importantly they will be good human beings.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much. I want my kids to be kids and grown adults who contribute rather than take away from society. I can only pray that my efforts will be fruitful.

    • Larissa says

      The did totally make a whole new look. Thank you, Stacy!

    • Larissa says

      He is pleased and loves getting the attention (don’t we all?). 🙂 Thank you so much for the love.

  26. Alicia says

    I love the Beagle beer print. We have a beagle who is all about following his nose. And or course the Dog Wisdom plaque is so true. Sometimes I believe the dogs know how to live life better than we humans do…

  27. elizabeth says

    Swoon, I want this chest of drawers SOOOO MUCH. but I have nowhere to put it 🙁 Beautiful job. How much does it cost to ship? Im in NC.

  28. liz says

    I love this piece. He did a really nice job. I really want it but have nowhere to put it. But then I realized I could repaint a desk in that color (sadly, I think the knobs are sold out). Ordered the bliss paint and just waiting for it to arrive. thank you for colorful idea 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Oh, thank you! He’s pretty pleased with himself. 🙂 Bummer on the knobs, though I know they restock frequently. I know you’ll love that paint!!

  29. Patti says

    That chest is perfect! Your son did an amazing job! And if I won the giveaway I would choose the cat salt and pepper shakers! So cute!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Patti. I’m certainly proud of him and love that he is willing to learn. Those shakers are cute!

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