Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Before and after of the antique chest

I painted five pieces of furniture in the girls' room, plus all the art and mirrors, so I've been sharing pieces one at a time instead of one super long post. 

Today I wanted to show you the before of this chest.

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This was passed down to me from my great Aunt Frances along with a matching four poster bed. I was using it in my son's room, but decided since it had seen better days, it would be great painted. This is what it looked like. I had obviously already sanded one of the drawers and taken off some of the hardware before I remembered to take a photo.

It was pretty bad.

I sanded it all down, then painted with white Rustoleum spray paint to coat the whole thing first. I then rolled on white latex paint over the whole piece. 
I came back with a brush and painted the grey I used on the walls, "Persian Seed Pearl" into the design.

After that dried, I brushed silver metallic craft paint into the grooves and wiped it off with a wet cloth. 
I then sanded around all the edges for a little distressing then applied clear paste wax to the white parts, and dark wax to the grey sections. I spray painted the hardware with Rustoleum Metallic silver. 

I painted and distressed a couple pieces from the old house to hang above the chest, and also painted some old candlesticks. I started with a coat of flat black spray paint, then dry brushed on silver metallic craft paint. 

I love how it all came together.

The paint really brought out the design in the wood and I'm sure my Aunt Frances would approve:-)

I used what I had and I'm very happy with the results.
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  1. Debra@Common GroundSeptember 17, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    it's totally amazing, Anita. The contrasting painted inset really makes it a work of art!

  2. It turned out beautiful!!!

  3. Your chest is so gorgeous and unique! I love it and it looks so great in your fabulous bedroom!

  4. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLRSeptember 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    You did an amazing job on this piece, Anita! It turned out beautifully!

  5. Awesome transformation.!!

  6. Shirley@Housepitality DesignsSeptember 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    You transformed that piece into an piece that your Great Aunt Frances would be so over joyed with!...Stunning!!..

  7. At The Picket FenceSeptember 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    That looks amazing Anita! You've given it new life for sure!

  8. Fiona LilyfieldLifeSeptember 19, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    hi Anita- I just found you and love what you have done with the furniture in your girls'room. I'm sure Aunt Frances would approve! Isn't painting furniture such a wonderful way to transform our homes.
    cheers fiona

  9. Darrielle TennenbaumSeptember 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    The dresser is a stunner Anita-great job!

  10. Beautiful! I love your taste!