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Lead Based Paint Chest Flipped to Hand Painted Chest

Lead Based Paint Chest Flipped to Hand Painted Chest

Before and After, Furniture
Here is the before of this little chest, yes it is a sight to see.  It was quite dirty, so dirty it grossed me out a bit.  But you don’t run across these chest very often around this neck of the woods so I bought it (And I was even proud of myself for buying it.)  I am so glad I did……
Here she is after a lot of sanding and scrubbing!
There was about 4 layers of paint on this chest.  I stripped the top and drawers and then sanded them down to get the remaining paint off.  I sanded the sides down really really good, and then applied a coat of cream paint ( it is a custom color)  The drawers and top are stained with Miniwax’s Dark Walnut. ( I like Dark Walnut because it doesn’t go orange.)
I love dandelions, not in my yard though.
I looked for a stencil for the front of this chest but I couldn’t find what I had in mind.  So I got out the paper and pencil and started drawing.  Now I am not an artist, my sister is an amazing artist, apparently that gene skipped over me.  It took me awhile to finally figure out how to simplify a dandelion and how to make them look right on the chest.  I am happy to report I love the end product.
I had intentions of selling this piece, but it is staying put!


Aren’t these vintage handles beautiful?  I found them in the classifieds awhile back and they have just been hanging out in the garage, apparently waiting for this chest!


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  1. Steph
    July 2, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Aaackkk!! That is beautiful!! I'm glad you're keeping it, that is a one of a kind piece, wow! Great job, you're amazing!

  2. Tammy Henderson
    July 2, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Wow I love tis dresser! Thank you for sharing at One More Time..hugs Tammy

  3. Kim M
    July 2, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Um. I beg to differ- you certainly are an artist! I am amazed and in awe, that piece is beautiful and really original. Wow.

  4. Shabby chic Sandy
    July 2, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I am usually not a fan of wood–and I like everything painted. But this is an exception–this is just beautiful! You did an amazing job on this!

  5. Saxon @ Lets Drink Coffee, Darling
    July 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I love old furniture, and what a new life can give it! (It runs in my family!) Found you through the Friend Connect Hop, looking forward to seeing more furniture adventures!

  6. andrea@townandprairie
    July 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Holy cow, this is beautiful! The wood tones really bring out the richness of this piece. A-MA-ZING!

  7. sweet violets
    July 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Love how you finished this oak chest!!! The stained portions show beautiful wood and the painted parts hide imperfections. And the dandy-lions are charming!!!

  8. Tried and Twisted
    July 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I love what you've done with the details on this chest! So lovely!

  9. Therena Taylor
    July 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm


  10. Crystal
    July 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Beautiful dresser!! I love the dandelions that you drew. You did a fantastic job!!

  11. Justynn Yagiela
    July 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    WoW! you did an amazing job! I love the contrast between the wood and the paint!

    Thanks for linking up the to Friend Connect Blog Hop today!

    Co-Host // Justynn
    Creative Life Antics

  12. Bethany the ngnrdgrl
    July 3, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Beautiful chest! I love the contrast between the cream paint and dark wood. The handles were meant to be. I'm impressed that you drew the dandelions yourself. Are you sure you're not an artist? Maybe you just have a different medium. Pinned it!

  13. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    July 3, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I love this, how fun, this is just the cutest. Love the finish and the flowers. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  14. The Lady
    July 3, 2013 at 5:12 am

    This is outstanding. It took a total different look and I dig it! The handles are so cool too.

  15. Alexis Middleton
    July 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Very pretty! I the design on the wood grain.

  16. Veronica Moran
    July 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

    a fantastic job, I would love that in my house!

  17. Fiona, LilyfieldLife
    July 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    You've done such a beautiful job on this. You must be very pleased! cheers Fiona

  18. Shelly
    July 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    LOVE it! So simple!! Gonna pin this one! Thanks for sharing on the DIY Showcase Party!! See ya next week!!!

    Shelly- minettesmaze

  19. Full Circle Creations
    July 4, 2013 at 2:13 am

    This looks great! You did a great job on it!

  20. BeBetsy
    July 5, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Incredible amount of work-congrats on getting it done and how beautiful it looks!

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. And for the LINK back to BeBetsy.

    Sharon and Denise ♡
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  21. Robin Buster
    July 6, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I'm so happy to hear that you are keeping it. I would've had a hard time getting rid of it too. Thanks for coming by and sharing this at Fluster Buster's Creative Muster party. Now that you found us I hope that you will continue to party with us.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  22. Tammy Henderson
    July 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Stopping by to thank you for sharing at One More Time Events and to let you know you have been featured! Hope you can join in again this week. Tammy

  23. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    July 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    LOVE! Oh my – that is stunning! I'm featuring your dresser in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Just gorgeous!

  24. One More Time Events
    May 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Wow… I love this!!! Very nice…thank you for sharing at One More Time Events…Tammmy

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