It's an affordable option if you're on a tight budget. Plus there's a ready supply available in most thrift stores. I admit it's not my favorite style, but thankfully it can be updated with chalk paint for a fresh new look and given a second chance.
Before and During
Even though it's not a solid wood piece, this chest itself is solid and will function beautifully after it is freshened up. There were at least 2 layers of paint already on this piece. The most recent layer was painted with a white latex, and based on the texture of the paint, it was applied with a roller. There was a layer of green underneath that, although I'm not sure if that was a factory finish or not.
|Before: 1990's particle board chest.|
The chest was missing one of the knobs, so I picked up some new ones at Hobby Lobby. Before getting started I tested my color scheme on my work board (ignore the blue in the background as it was from a previous project). The color scheme I chose was Cream, Emperor's Silk, and Graphite. In the end I didn't use the cream because I didn't have enough paint on hand to finish the project, so I went with Old White instead.
|Testing the color scheme.|
I worked on the base with it upside down, so that gives you a peek into its construction. I painted the base first in Emperor's Silk. Reds typically require a minimum of 3 coats because there isn't a lot of pigment, and this project was no exception. After 3 coats of the red I applied a light wash in Graphite to add a little dimension to the color. Next I painted the top and drawers with 2 coats of Old White. I sealed the piece with clear wax.
|Not my favorite materials, but the construction is surprisingly solid.|
Now it has a fresh new look! I like the functionality and versatility of this piece. It would work perfectly at the foot of a bed, as a window seat, or in an entryway or mudroom.
|Emperor's Silk, Graphite, and Old White.|
I chose not to sand this piece. Instead I left the brush strokes to give a little added dimension. The brush strokes are subtle and after applying the clear wax the finish is wonderfully smooth.
|Subtle brush strokes give extra dimension to the finish.|
|This chest works well as a bench with drawers for storage.|
|The color scheme is traditional yet cheerful.|
|A better shot showing the brush strokes.|
Thanks for stopping by. :-)
Dimensions: 43” long x 17” deep x 22.5” high