Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Life for an Old Chest


For the last several months, I have been on the hunt for a small dresser/chest to house my fabrics, patterns, and miscellaneous items in the sewing/guest room.  Two weeks ago, I found the perfect antique chest of drawers on Craig's list.  For seventy five dollars, the chest was ours.

Here is what this little beauty looked like before.

It appeared that at one time this chest had been painted green, as evidenced by the remnants left on the back.  I lightly sanded the chest all over and then gave it a good final cleaning.  I used "Valspar's" primer and paint in one from "Lowes".  The color is called "Ocean Voyage", sounds nice doesn't it.  I tried to paint the hardware that came with the chest, but it didn't turn out well at all....disastrous mess.  I was very lucky to find that the drill holes in the chest were a standard size.  I found these nice bronze pulls at "Walmart".  A set of six pulls was just a little over $13. 

I also got lucky and found some black toile "Contact" drawer liner that I liked at the "Dollar Tree", which was of course just a dollar.

Things are starting to take shape in the sewing/guest room.  Just for reference here are some before pictures of the space.

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.....Catch all disaster room is finally starting to take shape.  So far we have:

1.  Cleaned out a lot of junk
2.  Painted the walls Sherwin Williams' color:  "Taupe Tone".
3.  Purchased the "London" print and frame from "IKEA".
3.  Found and refurbished a chest to organize all of my sewing materials.
a couple of other projects which I will show in follow up posts.

On my list of to-dos for this room are the following:

1. find a rug
2. find/build a daybed....this will help with the "guest bed" part of the "sewing/guest bedroom".

If you want to check out some of my inspiration for this room you can see the "Pinterest" board I created for this project, click here.

Last but not least here are more photos of the new chest.  Having a place to organize and store makes me very happy!

Has anyone else been refurbishing furniture finds lately?

Love to hear about it,



  1. What a fun little piece of furniture! So glad you gave it new life. Awesome! Thanks for linking up to the B&A party!

  2. That little guy went from old & worn out to fresh and fun with just a coat of paint and some elbow grease. It looks great! You've inspired me to whip out the paint brush this weekend if the weather cooperates. Thanks for sharing.