Friday, July 13, 2012

Antique Chest Redo


I had been looking to replace a little chest I had next to the stairs because it was a little too small for the wall it was on.  I had my eye on a few and figured I'd eventually pull the trigger and buy one but then I found this little chest on Craig's List for $40.

Before:


 I figured if I got it home and didn't like it for the space, well...I wouldn't be out much.  Last weekend we went to Ace and stocked up on paint stripper and paint- I spent most of Sunday sweating my butt off in the backyard scraping paint off of it.  There were no less than 5 layers of paint on this little antique chest.


I chose Benjamin Moore Valley Forge Tan after spending an hour in front of the paint chips at Ace.  It's a gray tan.  I loved the color on the paint chip, I loved the paint chip against the wall, but once I had it all painted, it didn't pop against the wall as much as I thought it would.  I compared the chip to the chest and it was the same color so I'm not sure where it went wrong.  I decided to leave it that color for a few days and it has really grown on me.  I wanted everything to be natural and muted downstairs- almost french country tones- and I think it does that well. Once I got the hardware on it, I really liked it.


I ordered the antique brass circle pulls from Lee Valley.  I think they really make the piece.  While I was stripping it, I found a little brass keyhole in the top drawer...I was able to get the paint off of it and replace it.  It looks perfect with the pulls.


I also really love the sides and the little wheels.  Old furniture is made with so much more detail than the cheap stuff in all of the big box stores.  Yes, the drawers don't fit together perfectly and yes I had to scrap multiple owners dirt and grime off of it but it was well worth the effort.



Details:
Chest: Craig's List
Mirror: Horchow
Lamp & shade: Target
Wicker Candle Holder: Target
Mint Julep Cup: Antique store find
Apothecary jar:  Homegoods
Brass drawer pulls: Lee Valley
Pencil sketch: Antique store find

52 comments:

  1. Lovely! Definitely worth the elbow grease. Well done!

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  2. I think you did an incredibly good job. It looks just lovely.

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  3. That turned out great! I love it. Can't believe it's the same dresser

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  4. Looks great! Totally love it!

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  5. I think this is absolutely lovely! Before I saw your watermark on the first photo, I assumed it was an inspiration photo you'd gathered from Pinterest. It looks so professionally styled and shot. Great job on this re-do!

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  6. Wow! It looks so awesome. You've inspired me to take a look on Craig's list for a little project! I really want a wine buffet.

    Happy Friday!

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  7. Such a fantastic re-do! I love the pulls you chose, too. What color is on your walls? I love it!

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    1. My walls are a blue-gray. I don't have the exact color name but here is a picture of the custom color match label: http://www.puttinonthegrits.com/p/faq.html

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    2. Thank you! We close on our house in a month and I am really liking grey walls. It looks so crisp and breezy. I love your home!

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  8. The palette is so soothing, it looks fantastic! You have such an eye for this.

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  9. I love your house. The colors are beautiful.

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  10. It looks fabulous! And LOVE the chest-top styling!

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  11. Loveeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Come decorate my house:)

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  12. Never mind, just checked out your FAQ. Thanks!

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  13. I love it! It looks so put together, you have such an eye!

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  14. nice! I love it. I am about to start refinishing some furniture soon so I might have questions for you in the future. Have a good weekend!

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  15. Wow gorgeous! Love the color, pulls, side detail, everything about it is perfect!

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  16. Love it, it's absolutely gorgeous! Everything you've done with the house has come out beautifully - come decorate for me pretty please?

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  17. You are probably one of those ladies who does not think she is mucho talented-wrong! That chest is beyond gorgeous! BTW-your pictures should be in magazines! They are perfection!

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  18. This is beautiful. I think you're right. The pulls make it. I also really love the color and all the details in your after picture. Lovely!

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  19. Looks great! I am such a believer in repurposing older things- rather than buying something generic. The pulls really make it!

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  20. It really looks fantastic. We are about to move into our house and I've been agonizing over paint colors. I just love the colors you chose. Such a wonderful palette.

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  21. i would love to feature your dresser in a special feature im doing on dressers , if this would be ok with you please let me know,
    lauren

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    1. Sure! If you need anything from me, let me know. My email is puttinonthegrits@gmail.com

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    2. great! I'll let you know when it posts,
      lauren

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  22. Looks great! I love breathing new life into a piece.

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  23. The knobs really make it- great choice! I'm dying to find some new nightstands for our room, maybe I will start craigslist stalking.

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  24. Great choice for the antique pulls - makes the piece! I also love the touches of cotton b/c it reminds me of my childhood. I'll have to snag some the next time I'm back home.

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  25. so lovely! The colors are great! I have a piece that I have left sitting in my parent's garage, but after seeing how you did with that piece- looks like I'll be picking up some paint stripper this week!

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  26. This turned out great! I'm in the process of re-doing a hutch that belonged to my great-great-aunt.

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  27. Very, very pretty. Sometimes the understated makes the best statement. So classy! Great job.

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  28. This looks AH-mazing! I wish I had the creative eye that you do when it comes to furniture! And I'm so happy I found your blog, looks like we're both Jacksonville girls :)

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  29. This looks FANTASTIC! I think I'm going to need you and the mister to make a trek up to ATL whenever I buy a home. I'll definitely need your interior and his exterior (garden) ideas!

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  30. Love this piece and just featured it. Do you mind sharing the wall color?

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    1. Ahh! Thank you!! :) I'm honored!

      The wall color is a custom color match. There is a picture of the label on the can here: http://www.puttinonthegrits.com/p/faq.html

      (It says exterior because the outside of my house is the same color as the inside.)

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  31. I love this piece and the color!!! You did an amazing job. Congrats on the MMS feature!

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  32. Everything about this little vignette is perfect. I want my entry to look like this. Do you live nearby? Just gorgeous. Visiting from MMS. -K

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    1. I'm not sure what "nearby" is but I live in Jacksonville, Florida. :)

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  33. Gorgeous! Found you at MMS and am your newest follower!

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  34. I also especially love the drawer pulls and legs. And I love the keyhole. Where did you get a replacement? I'd have never thought they were available.

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    1. The keyhole wasn't a replacement actually. I was just able to get the paint off of the old one and stick it back in!

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  35. I just discovered your blog. That dresser is breathtaking! Good job!

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  36. It looks beautiful, and you did such a great job with the drawer pulls, they are amazing!

    Blessings, Grace

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  37. Fantastic job! Looks so great - I love the color you picked and the decor on top.

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  38. I just discovered your blog through Miss Mustard Seed. You are a delight and a breath of fresh air. We share the same blog designer by the way. Very glad to meet you!

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  39. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I love the color and the detail on the sides.

    aimee @ sixteenfourteen.weebly.com

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  40. Love love love love the cotton in the apothecary jars! I'm hoping to decorate with some of those at our wedding!

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