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Vintage Chest Nightstand in Navy Blue

It’s that fun time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I get together to inspire you with our furniture makeovers. Yay! If you saw my post a week ago, you knew my dad brought me a haul of furniture that included a vintage side table in hot mess state that I redid. Now, it’s time for this vintage chest nightstand to shine.

Vintage Chest Nightstand Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

What you’re looking at is a solid piece of furniture made by Gordon’s furniture, with beautiful brass hardware and awesome burled veneer. Unfortunately, one of the brass pulls is missing. And, take a peek at the top. Bummer.

Vintage Chest Nightstand with Damaged Top |

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That’s some fantastic veneer, but a whole lot of damage. The old finish would come off easily, but I wasn’t so hopeful for being able to refinish the top back to wood. As you can see, there are a couple of rings that look like something hot was burned into the wood. Plus, there are chemical stains that could not be removed.


To get started, I used my favorite sander to knocked it all down. Unfortunately, that damaged I mentioned couldn’t be fixed as it went through the veener. grrr… I sincerely wanted to save it and the ending is much like the side table I redid too. So, after much debate with myself, I decided to use this striking blue and my Angled Brush to dress this piece up.

Painting Chest Blue with Zibra Paint Brush |

My goal was to showcase that gorgeous brass hardware and make it shine. While I waited for my first coat to cure, I began my search for a replacement teardrop pull. Let me tell ya, it’s rare I can’t find what I’m looking for and doggone I was beat on this one. My solution, however, was to find a different way to make it all gel. Hang with me…


Meanwhile, I began to polish the hardware. Did you notice it has etchings of birds and blooms in it? I love it! My favorite Bar Keepers Friend came to the rescue again. Not only does this stuff works awesome on most metals, but it totally helps me with all my porcelain and stainless steel in my home too.

Bar Keepers Friend for Polishing Vintage Brass, Porcelain, Stainless Steel, Copper, and more |

Let me just say, that hardware was DIRTY!! It took me longer to polish that stuff up than it did to paint. haha! In spite of the time, it’s so worth it. Just wait until you see the after.

One more thing to do before I show you the finished product. It pays to have a stash of all kinds – seriously. One that I have tapped into endlessly is two office paper boxes full of vintage wallpaper samples. I enjoy turning this paper into so many things: dollhouse wallpaper, notebooks and journals, book covers, etc. So, when I saw those birds and blooms on the hardware, I knew I had to line the drawers with some vintage goodness.


Typically, I tend to find only one sample of each paper. It’s fun to line drawers with similar papers as surprise in each drawer. However, as I was digging I came up with these two samples. Consequently, I may have squealed out loud! tee hee.

Vintage Wallpaper Samples for Furniture Fun |

Before I could line the drawers, they needed cleaned up with a bit of elbow grease. Consequently, I felt sorry for this thing and how rough it had been treated over the years.

Scraping Out Drawers of Vintage Chest Nightstand |

Finally, I completed my work on this nightstand. happy dance! It took two coats of paint, a surprise inside the cabinet, as well as lining the drawers and polishing the brass. woot!

Blue Vintage Chest Nightstand with Gorgeous Brass Hardware by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Royal Blue Vintage Nightstand with Brass Hardware for your Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

With that dark blue paint, the vintage brass hardware is sure to take center stage as it should. See those beautiful hand-crafted details?

Ornate Vintage Brass Hardware on Chest Nightstand by Prodigal Pieces |

Incidentally, those birds and blooms are what inspired me to use the vintage wallpaper samples I showed above. It makes it fun to peek in and see.

Vintage Blue Chest Nightstand Top |

Vintage Chest Nightstand Drawers Lined with Vintage Wallpaper Samples by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Also, for added contrast, I decided to add some color fun using a soft peach color in the cabinet side of this vintage chest nightstand.

Open Vintage Chest Nightstand with Color Pop Interior by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Mid Century Nightstand in Blue with Brass Hardware by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Well, I’ve completed my DIY and hope you enjoyed my makeover adventure. This vintage chest nightstand is now available in my online shop (SOLD) along with many other home decor items for you.

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Vintage Style Boho Bedroom with Chest Nightstand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Wow! What a makeover! This vintage chest nightstand was worn out and ready for a new look. See how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces got it done DIY style | Head to #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #bedroom

Up next, I’m ready to confess a bit on how this wooden circle became a broken wooden circle. ahem. But, I didn’t give up on it. HEAD HERE to see.

Broken Wood Round Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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56 replies on “Vintage Chest Nightstand in Navy Blue”

It looks great. I love the contrast! Very sharp and charming at the same time. ❤️The brass is amazing. What a great save! Thank you for sharing your fellow blogger’s links as well. I love going through them.

wow, wow, wow!! Love what you did to that chest. I am a fan of oriental style furniture and my heat went petty pat when I saw what colour you painted the inside. Fabulous!!!!!

What a beautiful makeover! I love the quality of older, vintage wood furniture and you did a fantastic job bringing this chest back to life. I am a big fan of Bar Keeper’s Friend too, it works well on copper items too. Keep up the great work, Larissa!!

Very nice Larissa. I just finished two night stands for my daughter in a very similar color of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint. They were not as nearly as unique in structure but the color makes the whole piece! Your’s is absolutely stunning! I love it.; especially the hardware!

Oh my gosh Larrissa my jaw dropped when I saw the finished piece! I knew the brass and blue would be beautiful together but it still blew my socks off! The apricot and wallpaper are that special added touch you always manage to add to your pieces. BTW Barkeepers Friend is something I have always know about but have been just too stubborn to try, but I just saw you used it in one of your last posts and finally tried it myself. I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner, it’s incredible!

Such a beauty Larissa! Those pulls are so gorgeous. You made this from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan! Another amazing transformation!!

You had your work cut out for you with this piece. The top was a disaster, too bad.

Can’t believe how dirty the brass was, wow.

The finished product is beautiful

Enjoy the rest of your day


Very beautiful color Larissa —- and personally I really like that you did not distress this piece. One question – looks like 3 drawers, but you say its two. I cant quite tell from the photo if the middle is blank, and the drawers are top and bottom? The open drawer pic looks like they are one right below the other…. . So why not 3? Thank you! Love reading your site and enjoy your humor !

Larissa you did a beautiful job with that piece. Fantastic transformation. Please tell me the brand name and color of that blue paint. I want some. I love all kinds of blues. I want to buy some today if I can. Also, the brand name and color you used inside. Keep up the great work.

Thank you for saying so. It’s a color I custom mixed for another piece awhile back, but the paint is Glidden. As for the inside I have the link to the color in my post. Isn’t it pretty? 😀

Beautiful piece!
Do you have any tutorials on how to paint the inside of a cabinet? I love how “finished” it looks. I am currently refinishing an antique buffet and would like to know how to go about painting the inside.

Larissa, what paint did you use? (was a primer/topcoat used as well?) You may have shared this but I can’t find links/references

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