The Shabby Nest
The Shabby Nest
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  • Saint Charles, IA

Scary Dresser revived


I was curb shopping last spring clean up when I came upon this dresser. It was scary! I was full of trash and other non recognizable things. It smelled of cigarette smoke badly! I could see it had potential. So all by myself I drug it from the curb and got it into the truck.
It sat in my shop for several months because I kept saying that is gonna be a lot of work!! Finally I decided I couldn't put it off any longer!! I cleaned it all out and scrubbed it down with bleach water. The smell must of aired out because It didn't stink as bad.
I decided the veneer on the sides was really rough and chose to put bead board on the sides. The drawers veneer was in rough shape too so I scraped as much as I could and filled in with wood putty where I could. A whole lot of sanding!
I stripped the top down to rid of the hideous brown paint. Then stained it with dark walnut.
I used chalk paint by American paint company in Fireworks Red. Then used a dark wax over it to give it some depth.
I got the graphic from Graphic Fairy's site. Used my overhead projector and painted the graphic on.
I think if this dresser could talk the stories it could tell! I still have to get knobs for it. I love the way it turned out!!!
scary dresser revived, chalk paint, painted furniture
Scary!!
Scary!!
scary dresser revived, chalk paint, painted furniture
scary dresser revived, chalk paint, painted furniture
scary dresser revived, chalk paint, painted furniture
scary dresser revived, chalk paint, painted furniture
scary dresser revived, chalk paint, painted furniture

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Wpe10373517
    on Aug 19, 2016

    Did your chest already have the bead board on it? If not, would you explain how you added it to the sides of chest, so it would fit plush?

  • Cassidy R. Scaglione
    on Sep 1, 2016

    What brand/color did you use for the red portion?

  • Rov34131297
    on Nov 26, 2018

    What color of red did you use and where to get it?

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  • Verna Cote Chaney
    on Feb 22, 2016

    100% improvement!! (even from it's original hayday!!) Love everything about it.

  • Buzz Perez
    on Oct 20, 2017

    Beautifullly redone. I love reviving old furniture that people don't want anymore.
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