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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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on February 6, 2013, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Love the gold gray combination! And the design is beautiful – totally worth the extra effort!


  2. Of course you are obsessed – it is gorgeous! What wonderful work.


  3. You are super talented. Looks awesome!


  4. Kathy Nielsen, Eugene Oregon

    It looks absolutely beautiful! So creative.


  5. i can see why- those legs are amazing!!!!! love the colors, too! beautiful job!


  6. This turned out great Susan, very classy! Love your design!


  7. Your chest looks amazing. I’ve never thought of mixing the white and graphite. I like it. I’m waxing and sanding in the house too!


  8. Wow, you did an amazing job! I love the design, the colors, it truly is a unique piece!


  9. The chest turned out beautiful! I love it!


  10. Stopping by from the Dedicated House Party, love this chest! The second stencil is a much better size than the first so all the extra work was worth it! I’m now following you!



  11. Very pretty! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com


  12. Stopping by from Coastal Charm. Love this piece! I’m your newest follower!


  13. Sometimes with failure comes success! this chest is amazing – so unique and I love the colors and the graphic you used.


  14. Wow this is so beautiful! I am going to a class to learn about Annie Sloan techniques! Can’t wait..

    Visiting from WOW


  15. Great job on this chest. I really like it!

    Missy Inspired


  16. Wow, this is amazing. I love how crisp the stencil turned out. Thanks for sharing. -K


  17. 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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