All It Took Was a Little 'Confidence'

Being in the right place at the right time = total furniture score.  This beautiful chest was the victim of divorce and neither party wanted to take it with them.  I was lucky enough to take it off their hands {ahem} and couldn’t wait to get started ReStyling it. 

I’m kicking myself now for not taking a better before picture so unfortunately this is the best I’ve got.

 

Before

Before

It was in beautiful shape, only missing one of the backs for the drawer knobs.  Not a problem at all.  I knew I could replace it easily from either my stash or a trip to Hobby Lobby.  And you don’t exactly have to drag me to Hobby Lobby. 

It’s one of the most solid pieces of furniture I’ve seen.   I felt I was channeling my dad every time I heard myself say “they just don’t make them like this anymore.”  If I had a place for it, this chest would have joined our family for sure.

My painting schedule was extremely full so the chest sat in my garage for awhile.  I wasn’t in a rush for it to leave (just in case I found a spot for it.)  However, a client came to pick up some dining chairs and fell in love with it for her daughter’s transformation to a big girl room.  See, I knew if I was patient this chest would have a happy ending.  

The room was fun and fabulous with hot pink & white.  My client wanted to add another bright color to the mix and van Gogh Furniture Paintology’s Confidence was perfect!  

Sneak peek of van Gogh Furniture Paintology 'Confidence' 

Sneak peek of van Gogh Furniture Paintology 'Confidence' 

I started by removing the brass leaf detailing (part of it was missing) and I thought it made the chest look outdated anyway.  Since all that beautiful detail was recessed I knew it would be fabulous painted and distressed to highlight.

Once painted with two coats of Confidence, I applied dark wax and subtly distressed the leaf detailing.  This chest would be getting lots of use so I finished with a wipe-on poly for extra durability.

The original hardware was a lovely compliment to the new color so I left as-is .  My search for new knob backing was successful at Hobby Lobby (did I mention how I love that store).  I ended up replacing both so they’d match.  I found an iron knob set that was heavy duty and perfect.  The color was too dark so I used a gold glaze to tone it down.  The end result was pure fabulous. 

The new knobs match the original hardware beautifully!

The new knobs match the original hardware beautifully!

A little confidence goes a long way, don’t you think?  It was a perfect color choice against the hot pink wall.  What little girl wouldn’t love this room?

ReStyled and in its new home. 

ReStyled and in its new home.