I had been searching for a recycled furniture project when I happened across this sad little chest.
It was a Saturday morning and time for a little junking. I needed a few more furniture projects to keep on hand for when the creative moment strikes. So, I swung by and picked up my best junk-loving friend, and off we went, searching for our diamonds in the rough. We like to hit pretty much all the good spots. Goodwill, thrift stores, garage sales, and we always keep our eyes peeled for a curbside find.
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The Missing Drawers Recycled Furniture Project
We had heard about this guy that sells furniture project pieces on the cheap, and we were all about that. I was pretty sure he bought most of these pieces from auctions. All we had was an address to go on. Neither one of us had been to his place. Quickly we typed in the address into the GPS thingy, and off we went to find our treasures down a long winding road where we came to a dead end. This had to be the place. Scary!
The yard was overgrown, and you could see furniture peeking its head above the grass… as if it were crying. Get me! In the corner of an ocean of sad, broken, and forgotten furniture was this bright PINK THING chest of drawers minus a few drawers. I was drawn to it like glitter! Like always, I passed it by once, twice, and the third time it was a done deal. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. Was it the crazy color, or was it speaking to me? So, guess what made it into the back of the truck? Along with a few other pieces, but this one was my FAV!
What a hideous mess! As soon as I got it home, I began cleaning the little chest immediately, but then something distracted me. SQUIRREL! So, the sad little chest took a back seat for almost a year before I noticed it again. But once I was on task, it didn’t take me long to see the potential in this recycled furniture project.
I sanded most of the purple paint off with my Orbital Sander and immediately began to see a beautiful green peeking through. The dresser had been painted multiple times, and it turned out to be to my benefit. I call that a happy accident! I chose a beautiful teal chalk paint that would complement the green. After painting over the whole piece with the teal color, I sanded back 9distressed) just enough to allow the green and hints of purple/pink (whatever that color was) to peek through. I would have never put this combination together, but it worked. New shelving was constructed where the drawers once were, and the new wood was finished with a dark walnut stain. It’s so cute!
After Recycled Furniture Makeover
Thanks for stopping by! Hey, if you love a good recycled furniture makeover, check out more of my furniture flips… before and afters in the related post section below. This was only the beginning!
Until the next project… xo, Do