Project Six: Retro Chest of Drawers

Found Item: Great find. Three drawer chest in really good shape. Original handles and legs, no knicks or ripply laminate. Could hold clothes, mail or DVDs.

Where: Small rummage sale in the church on the corner of Sunnyside and Hermitage. It’s a shared church, possibly Chinese and Methodist, so the sale featured cricket cages and some Asian tapestries as well as the usual miscellaneous blue and white plates, shoes and books. Down the hall was a room full of tv’s all priced at $5. The retro chest of drawers was part of a nice collection of furniture lining the hallway. It sat next to a painted victorian dresser (sold) and a long green sofa, must have been 10 feet, with good lines. It was donated by the sister-in-law of one of the church members along with the retro chest I bought for $20.

The Makeover: While it was pretty stylish as is, I wanted to swank it up by adding a two-tone effect. I sanded the piece, used a golden stain on the drawers to bring out the highs and lows of the grain, then painted the sides, top and legs in pumpkin.

Materials: Minwax golden oak stain, Oppulence satin paint by Behr, sand paper.


2 Responses

  1. what fun! crazy how we are on the same page. i have a br dresser that i have moved to my new mid century living room…i was going to do the same thing but using green. btw – i just stumbbled across your site. your doing great things…i would love to contribute.

  2. oooh, nice drawers. makes me want to come to chicago just to search the streets looking for furniture. guess the price of the flight would negate the thriftiness of the finds though! 😉

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