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Making A Chest Look Like Mackenzie-Child's Furniture

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You can take your furniture from drab to fab...with a little bit of work. :)
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
I received this sweet little chest from a friend who wanted to create a whimsical fun piece to have in her home. Originally it came to me in a grey distressed paint. Quickly I gave it a coat of paint in a soft ivory.
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
The chest had the most adorable curves and lines to it that we had to make it special. So my friend, who adores checks, gave me an idea of what she was looking for. I started by checking the front in colors that worked with her home palette on the front drawers and then around the top of each side.
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
I loved working on this fun little piece and knew I was going to have a hard time giving it back. The checks take some time, but with practice, it gets easier. :)
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
Using the same colors in the checks on the front, I created stripes to go around the bottom of the chest.
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
Then I thought that i would gold leaf the feet and bring in a pop of turquoise. I also added some gold leaf to a little piece on each side. If you don't know how to gold leaf, you can look at my blog post http://locksleylane.blogspot.com/search?q=gold+leaf#.VaQ2lChkXjY (you may have to paste this into your browser)
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
Gold leafing adds a really special touch to furniture. Don't be afraid to try it!
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
Then I checked the top to match the bottom checks and the piece was complete.
  • how to make a chest look like mackenzie child s furniture, painted furniture
Sometimes it more fun to be creative. Give it a try and let me know if I can help!

To see more: http://locksleylane.blogspot.com/2015/07/alice-in-wonderland-chest-completed.html#links

Got a question about this project?

  • Pickle
    Pickle Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 16, 2015

    stunning!!!

  • Sandy Hartnett
    Sandy Hartnett Philadelphia, PA
    on Oct 17, 2015

    Really beautifully done!

  • Tracy Stokes-Wilson
    Tracy Stokes-Wilson United States
    on Mar 25, 2016

    Very creative. I love the 'whimsy' artistic thoughts it inspires! Brings to mind a piece of up-cycled furniture I saw online a few years ago called Fractured Fairy Tales. The designer is Thomas Wold (I think, or some variation). Thank you for sharing!

  • Sandy Hartnett
    Sandy Hartnett Philadelphia, PA
    on Mar 26, 2016

    Very inspirational! Top notch! Hugs

  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley Nokomis, FL
    on Apr 10, 2016

    Beautiful job. Love the makeover. Thanks for sharing.

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