Wednesday, December 15, 2010

{Painted Furniture} - The Chest

Johnathan and I are very fortunate to have a lot of furniture to furnish our home, but some of the pieces are outdated! I wish we could go out and buy brand new things, but that isn't in the budget right now! So instead, I decided to freshen up what we have.

I originally saw this picture of a painted chest on the blog House of Turquoise. I thought it looked simple and elegant, and also would bring a pop of color to a room!
So, with that as my inspiration, I decided to redo the chest that we have in our den. Here is a before picture:
It had a lot of scratches and the hardware was rusty and outdated!

My first step in the process was to cover the chest in Gripper. This stuff is my new best friend! Its so great because you don't have to sand or strip the furniture, you can just paint on Gripper as your first coat, then once it dries, your coat of paint goes on perfectly! Gripper is normally white, but I had the guys at Home Depot tint it a bit since I wanted the option of doing an antique look.

Here is the chest after applying the Gripper: 

And here is the finished result!

I am so happy with how it turned out. The color is Halcyon Green by Sherwin Williams and I got the hardware from Lowe's. I wish my camera was better to show the true color, but it coordinates really well with everything in our den. 

Check back soon for more furniture updates!


  1. It looks amazing!!! I love it! You did such a great job!!

  2. This looks incredible- its like a brand new piece. Very impressed Mrs Roberts!

  3. I love that color blue! We actually had the walls in our last master bedroom painted that color! It looks great on that chest!

  4. That's my current DIY project, too! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. The color is so lovely! It's amazing how a fresh coat of paint and new hardware tranformed the dresser. Great job!

  6. BEautiful- loving the color choice.
    Bon @ Drab to FAb

  7. did you use a paint brush or small roller? I'm contemplating updating our oak bathroom cabinets and I refuse to do any sanding!! thanks for any tips...

  8. If you don't want to do any sanding, be sure to use a good primer and sealer (I used Gripper, which can be found at Home Depot, on the chest pictured above) and then after the coat of Gripper, any paint can be painted on top of that! I used a Purdy brush (they are the best!) on the chest, but I have used a small roller brush on some other projects. It helps save time and doesn't leave any brush strokes. Hope this helps!

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