Mid Mod Chest Makeover

3 Materials
16 Hours

Meet Meleah.

I don’t name the pieces I bring back to life...but this one already came with a name. In sharpie. Maleah.

Maleah had peeling veneer but was sturdy and that hardware. I was intrigued and intimidated at the same time.


I had never stripped veneer before. Ever. I like instant gratification and quick projects but I wanted to try to bring her back to life. I used a heat gun and slowly removed all her veneer completely. It was all peeling and we needed to get to her core.

Once all her veneer was stripped I used wood filler to repair some areas. Then I sanded her down.

I shined up the hardware with barkeepers friend. Here’s a before and after to see how pretty I knew that hardware was capable of being!

I painted the base in a dark blue chalk paint. The drawers in Fusion mustard and the little areas where the door pulls would be white.

I added a stencil to the top drawer in the same white chalk paint.

Once it was all painted I added a water based poly and put the hardware back on.

And now Maleah is ready for a fresh start in life!

It may not look like it but this was my biggest furniture transformation to date as it took a long time! I am happy with her final look and hope I did her justice.

Find me on Instagram giving furniture makeovers and painting all the things.


Close up

Suggested materials:

  • Fusion paint  (Local Stockist)
  • Stencil  (Michael’s)
  • Barkeepers friend  (Hardware store)

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3 of 4 questions
  • Dl.5660408
    on Feb 14, 2021

    I’m curious about what was under the veneer, real wood, or something else? Lovely redo

  • Amanda
    on Feb 16, 2021

    Love the transformation! Good color choices

  • Dianab
    on Feb 24, 2021

    I have never seen that type of hardware on a dresser drawer. Does it have a specific name

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  • Mo Michaels
    Mo Michaels
    on Feb 15, 2021

    Beautiful! Love the colors. Your persistence paid off. She’s lovely!

  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate
    on Feb 15, 2021

    You definitely took a pretty tired looking piece of furniture and made it look awesome. A great job.

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