Pretty Red Oak Chest Update

I actually thought this chest was in good shape when I got it… it looks pretty good doesn’t it? Nice shape, curved drawers, oak, well-built… So what if the top drawers are missing veneer… it’s all good I promise!



This is a view from the front of the dresser (drawers have been removed)… there is part of the back and the bottom missing, not a big deal, just need to get the wood and the jigsaw!


While I was getting wood for the back and bottom I also picked up some wood to replace one of the drawer bottoms as well…


Next came the REALLY hard part… what color to paint it? Well I went with Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk… a very pretty true red which I happen to love on oak… not sure why I just do!

Here it is after 2 coats, nothing much to look at now is it?



Add a little CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax and some elbow grease and you get this stunner!

Red painted vintage oak chest

Look at those drawers now!

Lovely curves too!

Annie Sloan red painted vintage oak chest

Here’s it’s impression of Angelina Jolie… can you see it? Laughing out loud


Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous original pulls, just cleaned them with ammonia!


This little lucky chest did have a lot of repairs, but nothing too difficult , I think it was well worth the final results!


I hope you like the chest… of course think I it’s a stunner now! Wouldn’t it be a great piece for the foyer or maybe an eat in kitchen?

Luckily I had a TON of help from my awesome hubby this weekend, not to mention my aunt came over and “apprenticed” with me a day so I’m REALLY getting a lot done for the Lucketts Market! I’m putting off my sewing pieces I need to get done as I really prefer to do something else, but eventually I need to get on it! However, this weekend was so lovely here in RVA and I did take some time to soak up the sun… which for me means a little burn and a few more freckles Winking smile oh well at least I got a healthy dose of Vitamin D!

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 April 14, 2013, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. I love it! I can’t believe how the red pops with just the clear wax.
    I would have been very intimidated by needing to replace the back and drawer bottom. The extent of my repairs are some sanding and some wood glue!


  2. Oh I Love it! The Emperor’s Red is so ideal. You really know how to pick em. It just makes it. But it’s the original hardware that makes it super “Shazam”. Pretty? that’s an understatement, it BEAUTIFUL.
    Gosh how how the hardware sparkles! You clean w/ammonia – I need to remember to try that. May I ask: Was it straight ammonia, did you soak them, scrub em with a brush? They just look awesome!


    • Thanks sooo much! You should try the ammonia trick, it’s so easy and works great! I soak them in either straight ammonia or ammonia and hot water (3:1 ratio) depending on how bad they are. Soak them overnight and the gunk or paint will just peel off. If need be I will use a soft brush to get into the cracks, but it’s super easy!


  3. love love loveerly this one…and what u did will sell…(do you ever paint the side rails and do anything to the drawers..this one would love a surprise inside….love again.I have never been brave enough for clear wax on ASCP in Esilk I have always used some dark wax…will have to brave next time


    • Thanks sooo much! I actually prefer the pure red color of the ESilk, it’s so stunning! I don’t paint the drawers or sides though… It is a lot more work, but I do it if the drawers are in really bad condition… Maybe I should consider it more 🙂


  4. Yes you’re right, this is so stunning! Fab job Susan 🙂 I also would have been intimidated by this piece, so well done you for restoring it x


  5. perfect! love it!! great job again Susan. sure wish I lived closer to you and the Lucketts excitement! one day when retired, will travel 🙂 your work is awesome!


  6. This is just gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! LOVE the red! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof


  7. The shape and colour are perfect! I love the very pretty pulls.


  8. love it! the red is smashing!


  9. The chest really is stunning. You’ll have all us bloggers going for that smashing red.
    I love that you didn’t do too much distressing…so much prettier.


  10. Such a pretty piece Susan! Thanx for sharing at THT.


  11. The red is delicious. If you got it, flaunt it, I always say. And this is fab flaunting.


  12. Goodness! She is pretty! You’ve done it yet again. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  13. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    You are so brave with color Susan! This one is just stunning! Love the hardware too!


  14. I love the red chest! That is the perfect color for such a personality sweetie. Hubby and I rescued an old silver spray-painted, screened-door-paneled Pie Safe from his mother many years ago. When we moved into our new Garden Home, we had the perfect spot for it, but it had to be painted red to make the required statement. I dearly love it and have tons of compliments. Who would have believed it’s beginnings. So nice to have met you today.


  15. This is such a fun piece, Susan! Wish we could see where it ends up, it will be such a gorgeous statement!!


  16. SHAZAM is right !!!! love it


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