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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Now, check out this fantastic collection of furniture makeover to inspire you!

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  • Janette

    Absolutely stunning, I held my breathe for a moment when I saw those beautiful fixtures on the front, so so glad you used them larissa, what a fabulous new life it has..x

    September 27, 2018 at 6:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Janette. Yes, I’m all about saving as much as I can.

      September 27, 2018 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Claudine

    Oh wow….that brass! Absolutely stunning! I love the way you brought this together, it is a beauty.

    September 27, 2018 at 7:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It truly stole my heart. I loved all the details and class it gave this piece.

      September 27, 2018 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Rea

    Wow Larissa!! This is 1 of your best makeovers ever. Love the blue and then the apricot inside!!Wow again

    September 27, 2018 at 7:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun, Rea! Thank you for that hug. 😀

      September 27, 2018 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Grace Doty

    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.

    September 27, 2018 at 9:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You know I love my blues, and I really wanted that hardware to take center stage. Thank you for the kind words, Grace.

      September 27, 2018 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Karen

    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!!!!!

    September 27, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! I’m so happy to hear it. Thank you for making me smile! 😀

      September 27, 2018 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Christy

    WOW!! What a show-stopper, Larissa! I LOVE this gorgeous blue against the brass!! XO

    September 27, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Another winner for my dad – woot! I’m so glad you like it. Thank you!

      September 27, 2018 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Dana Smith

    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!!

    September 27, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      There’s just nothing like it, Dana. Made better and built to last if owners would just take care of them. I’m so delighted to hear you like it. Thank you!

      September 27, 2018 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Sheila Edgerton

    Wow, that turned out gorgeous. I love the brass hardware and vintage wall paper drawer liner!

    September 27, 2018 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, woot! Thank you for the fun, Shelia. I feel in love with this piece.

      September 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Renee

    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!

    September 27, 2018 at 10:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I bet they are beautiful! Color does make the difference. Thanks for the love!

      September 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Kristina

    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!

    September 27, 2018 at 10:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun is that?! Thank you for your encouraging words and making my day in more ways than one. Glad you like the Bar Keepers – it’s a keeper!

      September 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    Stunning, Larissa! The burled veneer is nice, but the painted chest is magnificent.

    September 27, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy you like it! Thank you, Marcie.

      September 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • Marie-The Interior Frugalista

    You did this old vintage nightstand proud, Larissa. Wow, love how the brass hardware just pops with the pretty dark blue. Gorgeous makeover!

    September 27, 2018 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      happy dance!! I would love to keep this one as I don’t have a nightstand, but also have no room for said nightstand. haha.

      September 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • Margo

    What is the name and brand of the blue paint you used? You did an absolutely gorgeous job!

    September 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The brand is Glidden, but I made a custom color for this. Thank you for the love!

      September 27, 2018 at 12:31 pm Reply
  • Debra A Wise

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

    September 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun, Debra. It truly was a unique challenge to bring it all together. So fun!

      September 27, 2018 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Gail Ebeling

    Breathtakingly beautiful and very elegant could fit in any home. What a beautiful job

    September 27, 2018 at 12:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Gail. Thank you!!

      September 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Fran

    Be still my heart!!! All of my favorites combined…blue, brass, birds, and coral!!!

    September 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yippee!! You are a gal after my own heart, Fran. Thank you so much!

      September 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    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


    September 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I was so close to saving it, but wasn’t meant to be. Frustrating, but glad it came out as I had envisioned. Thank you!

      September 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • kandice kullmann

    Woah what a save! I confess that I have yet to try bar keepers friend! Love that blue, great minds think alike 😉

    September 27, 2018 at 3:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You gotta try it! And…we rock the blue, girl!! 😀

      September 27, 2018 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Lorene

    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 !

    September 27, 2018 at 3:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t often distress and only when the piece requires it. The top drawer is one and the bottom is deep with a front of two faux drawers. So glad you like it! 😀

      September 27, 2018 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    That blue and gold together are beautiful, and those pulls are stunning! I’m so glad you were able to save them Larissa!

    September 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad my dad thought me able to do it justice. Thank you so much, Jen.

      September 28, 2018 at 5:43 am Reply
  • Anod Nostaw

    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.

    September 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      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? 😀

      September 28, 2018 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Terri Hughes

    WOW… certainly worked a miracle on this one. BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    September 28, 2018 at 12:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun! Thank you for making my day, Terri. 😉

      September 28, 2018 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Becky G

    Oh my…..that’s absolutely stunning!! Beautiful job, as usual.

    September 28, 2018 at 11:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful thing to hear, Becky. Thank you!

      September 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Lori Hoddinott

    what colour/brand of blue is this ? it looks perfect. Awesome job !

    September 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is a custom color I made using a latex paint. Thank you!

      September 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • karine lugo

    Wow beautiful job , The color is also very beautiful .Congratulation .

    September 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Karine. 🙂

      October 1, 2018 at 5:29 am Reply
  • Megan

    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.

    October 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I just paint them like I do the exterior, but usually a fun color pop. 🙂 Just make sure to prime and then a couple of top coats. You can see one of my buffets HERE.

      October 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Mimi

    Hi Larissa: I echo everyone else’s compliments. Look’s great. Can you tell me if you used clear wax at the end?

    October 25, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Nothing more than the dark wax was needed. 🙂

      October 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    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

    August 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I used a satin paint by Glidden – a basic latex with built-in primer. 🙂

      August 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm Reply

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