Cute Mahogany Chest

So this mahogany chest started out in pretty sad shape, it was very abused! However, I really like these sized chests as I think you can use them just about anywhere, bedside, bathroom, living room even the kitchen… so home it came with me!

I sanded down and repaired all of the scratches and veneer issues and because it was mahogany I did prime it with Zinsser primer, otherwise the red would have bled through the paint… no matter what kind of paint I used (I’ve learned this lesson the hard way)…



SOOO much better now don’t you think? I painted the chest with Benjamin Moore Advance paint that I had color matched to Provence chalk paint… I just LOVE this color blue!

Blue Provence painted mahogany three drawer chest

The final finish is very smooth as the paint is self leveling… I used a regular paint brush when painting this…


The knobs I soaked in ammonia and hot tap water for a few hours and after drying I sprayed them with a grey primer. The final coat is chrome Rustoleum spray paint. I love the not so perfect finish that was accidental but I went with it!


It even has this cute little pull out shelf!

Blue Provence painted mahogany three drawer chest

I do prefer to work with chalk paint, but the Ben Moore Advance paint is a close second and it really comes first if I am not planning on doing any distressing to the piece… it just provides a fabulous finish! Hope you like it too!

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 21, 2013, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. I, too like the Benjamin Moore paints. I painted a dark pine end table in a dark blue finish for our den, and a small badly scratched bench in a sage green that I stenciled on the back. I still have to wax the bench, but it is so cute and I love the painted finish-very smooth. The chest is beautiful.


  2. Beautiful job as usual. I do have a question – you referred to the Benjamin Moore paint job as “self leveling”. Have not heard that before. What exactly does it mean? Thanks!!


  3. Beautiful! I love that color. Do you know about the shellacing trick for Mahogany with chalk paint?


  4. VERY classy! This piece would be awesome in a Southwestern decor. Is the Benjamin Moore paint you used oil based? Oil based paint takes so long to dry and smells horrible while it’s wet, but it’s completely forgiving – never see brush strokes.


  5. Hi Susan, the chest looks great, it is the perfect size for any room.


  6. Cute chest of drawers! Have used the flat Ben.Moore and added the calcium carbonate, worked well, especially after the mix sat around for a while. Did you use the flat formula? Thanks, Mary Anne


  7. This is beautiful! I love the Advance too, but I wish the cure time was faster…


  8. The color on this is GORGEOUS, and you can see the finish is smooth as silk from the pictures. LOVE it!


  9. that is the MOST BEAUTIFUL blue!!! love the color so much, you did such a great job :o) I just did my first furniture painting project last week… fun times! I popped over from Sumos Sweet Stuff. I host a Tasteful Tuesdays Link party that I would love for you to bring this to!


  10. The color is stunning! I love this piece.:)


  11. What a great find! You did great!


  12. What a fabulous way to recycle an almost throw away piece if left in the mahogany color. Love the turquoise blue-it’s the color of my stria wallpaper in my dining room.


  13. The chest is beautiful- you did a great job on it! I keep hearing about Advance paint, but unfortunately, we don’t have a Ben Moore store nearby. phooey, would love to use it on my kitchen cabinets.


  14. Hi Susan, I love your page, just found you! Did you wax over the satin finish or can you. And say… were painting a coffee table, would you use wax. As you can tell I’m new at this, I bought my first can of chalk paint yesterday!


    • Debbie,
      I didn’t have to wax over the finish and would not unless I painted it black and distressed it… the snading turns black to grey and waxing it brings back the black! I would wax pretty much anything I have painted with ASCP or CeCe Caldwell paints.. I don’t care to work with poly… good luck!


  15. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Perfect piece. These are so hard to find. Great new color. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty


  16. Looks great, and I love the hardware you chose!


  17. This looks amazing! I’m just wondering what Benjamin Moore color you used to match the Provence paint..? Or is it a special mix?


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