Imagine the Elevated Chest

2 Materials
$50
2 Days
Medium

I love brown, boring furniture. Especially great bargains with interesting bones. I snagged this beauty for $30 on line. A forty minute trip to and from and I was already trying to imagine what this creature could look like.

This squat three drawer chest had a marble top and brass pulls in great condition. I cleaned it with windex and took the hardware off. My thought was this needed to be higher. Looking through my stash of bits and pieces I came up with four legs that fit perfectly. To add the legs, I needed to add several pieces of 1X4 wood to mount them on the bottom corners of the chest. I then used three inch screws to mount the legs to the bottom.

Once I set her on her on feet...perfect. To prep for paint I put on a coat of General Finishes Primer. Once dry I added two coats of General Finishes Black Velvet. I choose to leave the Legs in their natural condition for contrast. Stenciling came next.

Using Pale Oak, I lightly dabbed up and down over the stencil with only a little paint on the brush. Too much paint and it runs. The tricky part was the curves of the drawers. I taped the edges but also held down the areas I was working on. To finish I applied two coats of wipe on polyurethane clear satin and cleaned the brass hardware.

The result was an amazing transformation. Adding legs gave this piece the lift it needed.

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  • Merry Straub Merry Straub on Apr 15, 2021

    Stunning!!! Where did you get the stencils?

  • Linda Linda on Apr 15, 2021

    Is the top marble? Wood? Hard to tell, but gorgeous.

  • Deb bee Deb bee on Apr 16, 2022

    Are the original drawers veneer covered? I have a dresser that has veneer drawers, and it looks difficult to cover. Thanks, Debbie

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