Painting Antique Painted White Chest

Painting Antique Painted White Chest

There is something sweet about a vintage chest of drawers in your room. And the little flourish at the bottom of this one caught my eye when I was at Round Top Antiques Week a few months ago. It was sitting in the living room of an old country house that was being sold. 


antique cottage chest



It needed some TLC to make it fresh again. Someone had previously stained it and I needed to paint layers of primer to seal it up so the stain wouldn't bleed through. In fact, I had to add a layer of flat sealant to help the primer! Some dark stains can bleed through layers of paint. That's why I always prime my pieces.

 before photo cottage chest



Since I had to seal and paint the entire chest so the stain wouldn't turn my paint yellow or pink, I couldn't sand to distress the chest. So dry brushing around the edges created the distressed look.


close up cottage chest

Dry brushing enhanced the details.

dovetailed drawers

Dovetailed drawers

inside painted drawers cottage chest

Surprise inside drawers!

The inside of the drawers were fairly clean but they had stain drips around edges. This cottage chest needed a fresh look inside, too! A pretty blue-green color was perfect, I think.


drawer pulls

New vintage inspired drawer pulls

I didn't like the wood pulls on the piece. They weren't original to the chest anyway. So, I found these round drawer knobs and did a little painting and distressing to make them look old.


antique cottage chest


Before I finished the cottage chest with a flat sealant, I rubbed on a layer of a tinted glaze to gently 'antique' it. This chest of drawers would work as a bedside table or in the foyer or small living room. Add some bottles and jars and it will freshen any room in your home! I am happy with how it turned out. And I hope you are, too!

Till next time!


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