Steamer Trunk Inspired Curbside Chest of Drawers Makeover

This chest of drawers was rescued from the curbside and I decided to turn it into a Steampunk/Steamer Trunk inspired chest. I created the faux leather drawers with brown paper bags and the rivets were created with inexpensive wooden hole plugs from Home Depot. Total cost to makeover this chest was $2
After: Steamer Chest inspired Chest of Drawers.
Before: This chest had a spray painted top and tons of scratches. It wasn't too bad to look at but it felt very dated and tired looking.
Side view. Lots and lots of scratches on this guy.
Crumpled and torn up pieces of brown paper bags were used to create the faux leather look of the drawer fronts.
The drawers covered with the brown bags showing the three top drawers before staining. The bottom drawer has been stained.
I used these to create my "rivets". These were about $2 at Home Depot. I painted them silver to look like metal.
Here are the wooden plugs after being painted.
An old metal measuring tape was added between the panels of the top drawer to give it more depth and character.
Finally, I painted on the year "1892" to give it a Victorian era vintage feel.

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