Vintage Chest Ornate Off White Sea BlueRecently, I found this chest of drawers at a thrift store, and it was not in good shape. The drawers were in good condition, but the middle strip of molding had come loose, one of the drawer pulls was broken, and there was a big chip of Formica laminate missing on a top front corner of the chest.

I was hoping to find solutions to these problems because I refinished a dresser that matched this chest (see below). The pulls and ornate drawers on this chest matched those on the dresser, and I really like their unique vintage style.

It was kind of like running into a long lost relative, and I was eager to see if I could make the repairs and improvise where needed. I determined I could, purchased it, and here is what I did:

    • Chest Corner Repair Facelift FurnitureThe molding repair was pretty simple, made with wood glue and finishing nails.
    • I replaced the broken pull with two knobs, and filled the pull holes, as seen on the top drawer.
    • With the missing Formica laminate, I used Fix-It-Stick, an epoxy putty that (once dried) I sanded down to match the top surface.

With the list of repairs completed, then I went for the new upstyled look. I’ve become a fan of how Sea Blue looks against Off White, knowing that Black Glaze would make the ornate detail on the drawers pop out.

I primed the entire piece white, using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. With the top of the chest covered in Formica laminate, I chose this spray primer because of it’s strong adhesion. I also new it would pop through when the ornate areas of the drawers were distressed.

Ornate Vintage Chest PullOn the matching dresser, refinished in Slate Blue with Black Glaze, I had spray painted the pulls black (see below). With the chest, I decided to use them in their burnished brass color.


Ornate Dresser Slate Blue