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A Coral Vanity

A Coral Vanity

Before and After, Furniture

Man oh man just look at this chest, believe me when I say it had seen better days.  The top was not salvageable, the drawers were all broken, the mirror was non existent, and the caster wheels were broken as well.  You may say, Why oh why would you attempt something like this…my husband often says the same thing.  But there is just something about these chest that every time I can get my hands on one I take it!
And here she is all dolled up!
Now you see why I pick them up, they are so stunning finished!

This chest was pretty plain to begin with.  The perfect backdrop for a little creativity!
I ripped a baluster down the middle and placed one on each side, I also added the moldings in-between the drawers.  I painted the added molding with White Dove by Benjamin Moore to make them stand out! 
I had this mirror in the garage, and as luck would have it, the mirror fit perfectly on the chest.
As you can see from the before picture the top of this chest was in bad BAD shape.  I tried to pull the old veneer off but it wasn’t salvageable.  On to plan B, replace the top completely.  
I stained the new pine top with Miniwaxes Dark Walnut to break up the coral a bit!
 And for the finishing touch I added these vintage knobs.

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  1. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
    December 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    love love love!!!

  2. Merry Dickerson
    December 14, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Would you mind sharing the coral paint provenance? It's a lovely color, I'd like to use it on a dresser of my own.

  3. Marie Blackburn
    December 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I'm with you on seeing the beauty of that old beaten down chest. Love seeing these old neglected pieces get a new life. Beautiful makeover – love the trim work you added to dress it up and the color is fabulous!
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  4. monkey
    December 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    oh my word this is gorgeous i love every thing you did to her xx

  5. Janet
    December 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Amazing! You have such vision for possibilities. I sure wouldn't think of doing that with the bureau. You made it prettier than ever, I'm sure.

  6. DD's Cottage
    December 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Amazing! I love that you took this on and made it a stunner!

  7. Sara Kaufer
    January 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful!!!! You did some major work on that piece! LOVE LOVE the added details and contrast with the cream color. Well done.

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