Monday, October 31, 2011

Painted Chest of Drawers

Paint can transform a piece of furniture.  Behold this chest of drawers from a thrift shop.  It wore an odd whitewash sort of finish.  I couldn't tell if it was intentional or a project gone bad. 

I lightly sanded the chest, then applied a coat of latex primer.  Because the chest was going in a room with wallpapered walls, I kept the paint scheme a simple black and grey.  I used Behr latex paint in "Beluga" and "Porpoise." The marine mammal theme of the paint names was entirely  unintentional. ;)
Adding decorative knobs dressed up the drawers without making the piece too busy.  Because I use the chest as a dressing table, the top needs to withstand constant use and the heat from my curling iron.  A large glass cutting board which has rubber edges to keep it from sliding has worked perfectly.


  1. Tante Fledermaus - :D Sweet! Into my head popped an image of Goth MacGyver deactivating a bomb using corset lacing and an eyeliner pencil.

    Dalestair Ophelia Zodiac - Well, I will eventually run out of rooms to gothify in my own house... ;)

  2. All hail. This is just awesome!! I LOVE thrift stores!

  3. Maeam - Thank you! I love thrift stores, too. So many treasures to find!

  4. It's a shame that wooden desk got so scratched up, it was a lovely woodiness once. It's got a snazzy new lease of life in black and white now though :) I quite like the black and white furniture thing. Unfortunately I live in a furnished apartment, so no messing with the furniture that's here and no room for new furniture... Oh well, maybe my next apartment will be unfurnished...

  5. Whenever I was faced with furniture I couldn't change, I usually swathed it in fabric. Velvet hides lots of flaws. ;)