Three Drawer French Chest

Here is the BEFORE

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Nothing special about it.. nice legs though! It is very well built and made of oak.. the drawers and carvings are all in excellent condition.. it just needed an update!

The AFTER

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I sanded the old finish off of the top with my orbital sander, starting with 150 grit paper finishing with 220 grit. I then stained the top in “Kona” and after wiping off the excess I allowed the stain to setup for a day or so before I waxed it with a dark wax.

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The top just looks so much nicer in a darker stain! The green is a custom mix of 50/50 ASCP Versailles and CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Green… it is a very lovely current shade of green!

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I sprayed the handles in flat white and once I reattached them I was in love! I just can’t get enough of the color combination and how the handles look so great on the piece now! What a super simple fix that makes all the difference!

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A little distressing on the green, a good wax and a buff and it was finished! I much prefer the after to the before.. I think this is now a conversation piece instead of a wall flower.. What do you think? I’m taking it up to the Lucketts Spring Market.. hope to see you there!

As always thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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Posted on May 14, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. What a beautiful chest I love the lines and the leg style. I also like the color very much.

    Cynthia

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  2. I love the color of the paint as well as the stain. Really complement each other.

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  3. That’s so beautiful and such a wonderful green!

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  4. What a beautiful job you have done with this piece! The color is just perfect and the stained top is gorgeous! Megan

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  5. oh wow! that is beautiful! the shape is amazing and i LOVE what you did with it- you gave it some serious life!

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  6. creativehome8

    Beautiful, Susan! She looks tres chic! It was pretty blah before. You couldn’t really notice and appreciate the detailing on the drawers. Love the color you came up with, too.

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  7. I love that color!!!

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  8. The color of this beautiful piece is just lovely. xo

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  9. Wonderful color! I’m all about greens and blues this spring!

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  10. The difference between the before and after is remarkable. Your color choice is just perfect. I wish you could come and stand over my shoulder while I try to figure out the color for the hutch I’m doing. I’m stuck! I found this post at Cowgirl Up at Cedar Hill Ranch.

    Liz

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    • Thanks Liz! A hutch can be funny.. I’ve done 3, all are posted on my blog if you are interested. I own one, in Provence and old white background, another I did in Red exterior and country grey interior and last and most recent I did in duck egg exterior with custom green interior… I love them ALL.. So maybe I just made your situation worse.. 😉 Seriously good luck!

      Susan

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  11. Oh I love it. What a fabulous piece and the color is stunning. Great job. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Wow! Stunning! Love, Love, Love this! Great job.

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  13. it’s beautiful! love the new color!

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  14. I love the look of the handles. I think I would have naturally gone with dark handles and never thought about painting them but I just love the look. I can’t wait to use white handles on something.
    Thanks for sharing all the tips.
    Traci

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  15. i love the color! great before & after!

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  16. I live the green and dark top combo. The white pulls really POP! Nice job.

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  17. It looks much better than the original look. You have good eye!

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  18. That color is great! It’s so pretty and springy! Your furniture always looks fantastic when you are through!

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