Little Three Drawer Chest Redo | Redo It Yourself Inspirations : Little Three Drawer Chest Redo

Friday, January 10, 2014

Little Three Drawer Chest Redo

Before and after

I picked up this small chest of drawers really cheap. I decided to use it as my "brave creation".  A traditional re-finisher, but I went bright Barn red. I actually learned to admire the color and still make it somewhat traditional. What I love most about this project is the French Typography on the top; complimenting the "old country style" I tried to create. So this little "wing with it" project became a kitchen linen storage piece. 

A former project started by another DIY'er who decided not to continue. I bought a "gloppy hardened mess". 

It may have stored for some time. It needed a lot of clean up. 

I'll keep the hardware, just painting them will do well.  One is missing the handle, but I can make a mold to replace it.

Starting the clean up with soap & water, then sanded when dried. 

After cleaning and light sanding on the drawers, I rolled on latex enamel. Eeeek! Red! Not a comfort zone for me. But this is a "brave" piece anyway. 

Now cleaning the top and frame to sand.  I have no idea what was spilled on this. But it did come off. 

Sanded and vacuumed out.

More paint rolling. 

Now for a glazing trial. Blending in some "Onyx" 

Last drawer rolled on. 

Placing hardware and drawers back. 

Now to work on the bare wood top. 
All ready for creating. 

I found graphics from the Graphic Fairy. ( ) She has wonderful French Typography. Perfect for what I had in mind here. She also features so many tips for painting techniques and transferring graphics. I don't have some of the gadgets that were suggested so I had to pencil draw these using her graphics.  

Using the same "Onyx" Expression Color as I did on the dresser, I also used it to "paint" my design. 

When the paint dried, I applied stain over the top. Then added a thin coat of Lacquer to seal it off. 

"The French Chicken" 

Thank you, Graphics Fairy! 

Doing this color and this technique is not my "norm".  I'm all earth-toney and a traditional re-finisher. This project helped me overcome my fear of color. 

Hardware, handles and knobs were painted in Gloss black that I allowed to get tacky and "roughed it up " by tapping them with a cloth for a mix of gloss and age. 

Lacquer drying. 

Thank you for stopping by to check out my new bravery piece! 


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing at Meet the Neighbors. love what you did with that dresser :)

  2. Thank you, Gracie and thanks for having me!

  3. Hi! I am so glad you overcame your fear of color. I just love the red with the glazing and the french top is a perfect match. I looove the french touch. Amazing that you hand painted some of the graphics too. Thanks for the tip about the graphics fairy (I think I follow her on twitter, but did not realize!) and for sharing with us on Meet The Neighbors.

  4. Hello, Sue! Thank you! Taking the color leap was rewarding. I won't deny that I had to carefully think this one out. I actually took three ideas that I admired from other DIY bloggers that I follow and blended them. (Red; loved it from a few others' redo's, French typography; adored it on a few coffee tables, and glazing; seeing it everywhere from furniture to kitchen cabinets.)

    The Graphics Fairy has so much to offer her fans. She is one of my top favorites. I still haven't gone completely through her blog and continue to learn from her posts. Thank you for having me again on Meet The Neighbors. As always, bloggers sharing is what we all are all about. It's fun and educating.

  5. I think it just came out beautiful!! You did a great job with it. Thank you too for visiting Super Sunday Sync!

  6. This came out beautifully! I love the graphics you used on the top. Thanks for linking up with the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. link party. We hope to see you again this week! Katie@Addicted2DIY

  7. Thanks so much for coming over to What to do Weekends on Crafts a la Mode. I am following on Pinterest, Hometalk and Bloglovin. Hope to see you every week as you have great furntiture makeovers.

  8. I love your redo! It looks so professional and creative!

    Thanks for posting on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from
    Scrumptilicious 4 You!

  9. Thank you, Sandra. I enjoyed the Hop! I can't wait to see what everyone will have put together for the next one.

  10. Thank you, Linda! I look forward to our weekly get togethers.

  11. Thank you, Katie! Loved the S.T.Y.L.E. party! I can't wait what to see what everyone has in store for the next session.

  12. This is amazing. I love the idea, and the finished result is divine! I always wanted to try to turn an old dresser into a bench...maybe you have inspired me! Thanks for adding to the Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party!

  13. Thank you, Kristen! I would love to see how you do with your project. It's really fun and rewarding to do these. You'll love it. Thank you for sharing the Party.

  14. This came out beautiful! I am definitely going to try this with the next piece of furniture I find. The graphic looks amazing with the red--I am stunned! Stopping by from Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest party! Thanks for sharing!

  15. You are going to enjoy the outcome, Emily. This actually looks so much better in life than the photos. I never thought of doing red but saw others do it and fell in love. I went with the French Typography to blend in with the country red and it completely transformed the personality of the piece. It now appears more country kitchen or dining room material for table linens and storage. Thank you for looking and visiting! I have a few more of these ideas coming up and hope you catch them.

  16. I wish I was this good at stuff like this! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  17. You should just try it sometime. I admit some of it can get challenging. Thank you for visiting my posts and having me included in the Party. I look forward to more of the fantastic posts there.

  18. Marie@The Interior FrugalistaNovember 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    My favorite color is red so I'm digging this dresser Robin. Love the hand painted graphics on the top too. What would us DIYers do without the Graphics Fairy!

  19. I know, she certainly has given us so much. I get lost on her site and sometimes want to find the right piece just to go with one of her graphics. :)

    Thank you, Marie! You are too sweet.