When I spotted a small chest of drawers at one of my favorite local antique shops, I quickly claimed it for a couple of reasons. The first was the price tag: $18. The second reason was the size. I’ve been on the lookout for small chests of drawers to use as bedside tables. I had raised the bed last summer to get extra storage underneath and now the heights and proportions of the tables that we use as nightstands are way off. They are just way too small. Painting this small chest of drawers is also my project for this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin Contest!
This month’s contest is sponsored by General Finishes and the theme is Fresh Start. General Finishes Chalk Style Paint is a casual chalky interior matte paint available in 20 contemporary colors.
The hosts for this month are Stacy and Evey. If you are a blogger and would like more information about participating in this monthly contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pretty Painted Chest of Drawers
This small chest of drawers was in really good shape. Very sturdy, just in need of a paint job!
I used three coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in French Vanilla. This is the perfect name for this color since it really does look exactly like french vanilla ice cream!
I sanded lightly between the coats of paint to ensure a smooth finish. I finished with a light coat of clear furniture wax.
I replaced the original wooden drawer knobs with these pretty, clear rose knobs from Hobby Lobby.
I love those knobs!
Now I have the perfect sized night stand. I just need to get it carried upstairs.
But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy next to the stenciled chair in the family room for a few days.
And check back on Thursday. I might just add a little something somethin’ somethin’ to this little chest of drawers! Or not. We’ll see . . .
Click here to see what I added to the drawer fronts!
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Erin S. says
It turned out awesome!
What a great transformation! Too bad I’m not planning to paint an end table that I need to refinish (it will wait for spring so I can work outside). I need to learn more about furniture wax. Is it just for painted items, or does it work on stained items? I’ve always used polyurethane. Oh – and the knobs you used are so elegant. Hobby Lobby has a great selection, don’t they?
I love your sweet little chest of drawers. I also love that you don’t call it a dresser. 🙂
The color is perfect, and the size? so wonderful for the taller beds we have these days.
Brenda Young says
What a great find for that price with the key to boot, love that creamy shade of vanilla and the added bling with the drawer pulls, nice redo!
Wow, this looks great. I love the color you chose and the little key hole is perfect!
The dresser turned out beautifully and I love your choice of pulls!
Suzanne Misenhimer says
Did u sand any of that original finish first? Thanks.
Hi Suzanne, No that’s the nice thing about working with these types of paints – no sanding required! I just cleaned the chest and drawers with a degreaser, then wiped it down with a wet rag to remove any residue from the degreaser.
Dee @Cupcakes&Crowbars says
Ooooh that French Vanilla is nice. I love that you swapped out the drawer handles, it really pulls it all together. Beautiful final piece!
Sue at Blu says
Love! Love! Love! Perfect hardware and color!
Sam @ Living The Dutch Dream says
Wow, what a difference! I love the knobs, they add a bit of class.
I have just finished spraying some old rattan drawers which was a very quick and easy project to do but I have 4 pieces of furniture in the living room that all need re-painting properly. I hope they turn out as nice as your chest of drawers!
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says
Doesn’t even look like the same nightstand! Great job – and I love that color!
Jaime Wiebel says
I am stopping by today from Create with Joy. I love you little table and the step by step instructions you gave for finishing it. I have a blog party called Sitting Among Friends and am always looking for great posts from bloggers including DIY. Would love for you to stop by and post with us. Party opens every Wednesday. Here is this week’s link http://youresewtrendy.blogspot.com/2016/01/Unchanging-Love-Sitting-Among-Friends8.html
Amy @ StowandTellU says
LOVE that creamy color and the glass knob on your vintage chest! Gorgeous makeover!
Brenna@Domestic Charm says
Love it! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Circle link party!
Love those glass knobs and the pretty color! This makeover is gorgeous and I’m featuring it as one of my favorites tomorrow night at our Best of the Weekend Party! Thanks for linking up with us 🙂
Lisa @ Recreated Designs says
You did a wonderful job Jeanie! What a pretty colour of paint! This was such a fun challenge this month 🙂 Thanks so much for linking this up to the Bewtichin’ Projects Block party. Hugs, Lisa
Great idea! I love the stenciling you added to the fronts. Thank you for sharing!
Cassie @ Little Red Window says
gorgeous! I love the new knobs! Thanks for sharing with us at The DIY Collective Link Party! I hope you come back and link up again next week! – Cassie @ Little Red Window
Love that color. The finish looks so velvety smooth. You did such a lovely job on this piece. Thanks so much for linking up to Friday’s Furniture Fix.
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
Absolutely adorable makeover of an outdated piece! The glass knobs are my favorite!
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Please come back next week to show off your latest project!
Have an awesome week!
Sue Thomson says
I really like the dresser. I just did my first chalk painted piece of furniture and it came out well, but you had a real eye to see the potential in the dresser before you painted it. I really like the finished project.
You did a great job on this sweet chest of drawers! I think the color is perfect and gives it a bit of a romantic feel! Well done! If you are interested in joining in on one more link party I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday. It is a furniture and home decor party and I would be happy to host your talents! I hope you have a great week!
Love the color you chose, as well as the knob… it looks wonderful! It is amazing how some paint can transform everything!
Thanks for sharing it with us at #sweetinspiration party, enjoy the rest of weekend!
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