A New Look for a Very Old Chest of Drawers

Is it looking like summer at your house? It sure is here and it is so beautiful. My garden is growing and spaces are filling in. I’m so glad that you have come for a visit. Today I want to share with you one of my most precious antique pieces that I own.

a chest before

Let me tell you a little bit about it before I show you its new face lift. It was given to me by my kids great-aunt on their dad’s side. It originally was painted in a very brownish-reddish stain, I’m sure that you can see some of it soaking through the paint. The knobs and pulls are all original to the chest. It was used in a children’s room. At one time I had a chair and rocker that went with it. This is the only piece that has survived being that I have used it in all four of my children’s room when they were tiny and several grands as well. Then it was returned to me. I was told that this piece was from the 1800’s.

a chest inside 3

Inside the lining of the walls of the chest are newspapers with ads from the 1800’s. How about a wearing a hat like that for every day? lol I was so amazed when I found these papers authenticating the circa date. I would have loved to have been this little chest and seen what it has seen.

a chest inside 1

This is from the other side. Something about the railroads. If only I could read upside down. I was unable to find a date of any kind on either side.

a chest 4

I decided to give it a little charm all of its own so I painted the chest with white chalk paint except the drawers. The drawers I used a soft dove grey chalk paint. I reused the original pulls and knobs because they just belonged there. One faux drawer ended up missing when the children were small so I leave it as is. The middle top tiny drawer is a secret compartment. But it is broken from much use from little ones hiding precious secrets there.

a chest 1

Then I used a clear wax all over it, and distress it some.

a chest 3

I can’t believe that the mirror is in such good shape. It actually has held up very well over the years, I have owned it for over 40 years.

a chest 5

I really like the sweet feeling that it gives to my bedroom, such an old friend.

a chest

I have been so busy with updating my little nest that I can’t wait to show you more that I have done. Until next time!

Hugs, Jo

I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Inspiration Monday Party @ What Meegan Makes

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill


The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques


What’s It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure


Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Christmas Creations


Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Anythings Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk


Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

26 thoughts on “A New Look for a Very Old Chest of Drawers

  1. It is such a sweet piece! What a treasure you have received back into your safe care! Looking forward to seeing your changes and what you decided to do with your bed linens! Blessings, Cindy


  2. Love that little dresser and how nicely it fits into your room. Thanks for the inspiration to get going on my own dresser makeover!


  3. Jo,
    Your updated dresser is beyond precious, the inside lining of old news is charming. I will send you an email in a minute or so. Your updates are looking pretty, I look forward to the reveal.


  4. Jo, I love this piece! So much charm and the vintage paper lining is the icing on the cake. Love the colors you used! Simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.


  5. Such a pretty little piece – definitely worth keeping in the family. As for reading upside down – could you take your photo and use your photo editing program to rotate it so that it’s right side up for reading? I can do it with my computer, so if you can’t let me know and I’ll do it for you.


  6. What a precious piece of furniture. I love the colors and the history that goes with it…a real treasure. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.


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