Painted Oak chest, Emperor's Silk

Lovely in Red

This is an example of a chest that to me is just too humdrum… it lacks pizzazz! It has great bones though, it’s solid oak and a nice size…


UF 3 Drawer Dresser

Here is the after! I had to do some tightening of the drawers… basically regluing and clamping the sides and reattaching the drawer bottoms to the sides.

I painted the chest in straight up Emperor’s Silk (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), VERY lightly distressed it and waxed the entire piece with Minwax paste wax.

F Red Chest

I removed the wood knobs, which were attached with dowels and took some time to get out, and replaced them with these glass knobs! So much prettier I think!

F Red Chest3

I sanded the top down (to 220 grit paper) and stained it Walnut.

F Red Chest2

I think this piece is so much prettier now, certainly worth putting in a place where it will get some attention!

Painted red oak chest

I actually finished this piece some time ago, but for some reason I didn’t do a post on it! I just love the way it turned out and I think this pop of red looks great on this chest!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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  1. Gorge! I did the almost identical chest with red milk paint last summer.
    I must be the only one that likes it because it has sat in my space for 6 months 😦
    And I have it priced pretty low too! If you want to see it, it’s under “Gallery”. I love
    that color Emperor’s Silk! But I’m afraid to paint another piece red! lol


    1. Beth,
      I love the chest you did! Maybe the appliqués are a problem… They are ornate where the chest is not? I love the glass knobs but maybe all of the drawers should have them? It could also be the market you are in… But it really is a fabulous piece and you did a great job!


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