Gorgeous painted vintage oak chest

I Am a Little Obsessed with this Chest of Drawers

How can I not be obsessed with this tall chest? Look at all of those yummy drawers, the multiple sizes, the mix of pulls, the lovely legs not to mention the wood details… just fabulous! Ok… so maybe she looks a little worse for wear, but that’s the way I like them! Maybe it’s because I think that no matter what I do to it the end result HAS to be better than what I started with Smile

This particular chest is in very good shape, it had some small areas of missing veneer on the drawer fronts and some scratches on the side but it is extremely well built!


The picture below is my first attempt, which didn’t work for two reasons… the stencil was too small and the stencil cream smeared and rubbed off when I went to distress it… I’m going to have to call the company to understand why, but in the meantime I had to start all over again on the drawers… ARGH!!!


This final attempt worked soooo much better for me! The design was proportional and the paint behaved exactly as I knew it would…

I painted the cabinet in Graphite and the drawer fronts in a custom mix of Graphite and Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Painted Vintage Oak chest

I laid the chest on its back and traced the shape onto the drawer fronts. I hand painted the design with Graphite Chalk Paint to coordinate with the cabinet.

Stenciled Furniture

I sprayed the knobs with Krylon’s Gold Plate spray paint, I think the gold / grey color combination pops!

Gold Sprayed Handles

I used a wet scrub sponge to distress the chest… again it is so cold in the garage that I had to finish this piece inside so sandpaper was out of the question.

Distressing Furniture

I waxed the chest with clear Briwax… I normally would not use this inside because of the smell but I did it this time anyway… I’m living on the edge for sure…

Painting Furniture

I love the end results! I think she is quite the stunner now! Certainly a unique, one of a kind chest!

Painted tall chest of drawers

I hope you like her too, I think she is one of my favorite pieces so far! As always thanks for stopping by…

Until Next time!

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  1. Oh I would be obsessed too. What a beautiful job on a beautiful piece. I would love for you to share you post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!



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