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Lead Based Paint Chest Flipped to Hand Painted Chest

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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  • Steph

    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!

  • Tammy Henderson

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

  • Kim M

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

  • Shabby chic Sandy

    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!

  • 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!

  • [email protected]

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

  • sweet violets

    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!!!

  • Tried and Twisted

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

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  • Crystal

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

  • Justynn Yagiela

    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!

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  • Bethany the ngnrdgrl

    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!

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

  • The Lady

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

  • Alexis Middleton

    Very pretty! I the design on the wood grain.

  • Veronica Moran

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

  • Fiona, LilyfieldLife

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

  • Shelly

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

    Shelly- minettesmaze

  • Full Circle Creations

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

  • BeBetsy

    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.

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  • Robin Buster

    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

  • Tammy Henderson

    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

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

  • One More Time Events

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

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