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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 |

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 |

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 |

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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.


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 |

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 | 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 |


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 |

Side View of Modern Look Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces |

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 |

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 |

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.

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Vintage Chest Gets Modern Vibe with Paint and Knobs by Prodigal Pieces |

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68 replies on “Vintage Chest Gets Modern Makeover”

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!

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.

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)

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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…

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.

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 🙂

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!

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