Found at an estate sale, this pretty little French chest was ready for a makeover!
When I first saw this sweet French style chest at the estate sale, I was immediately smitten with it.
It was exactly what I had been looking for, with a slightly curved front, and hand painted details.
A couple of months ago I found a cute little french style chest at my “go to” monthly estate sale, and even though it’s a reproduction, and not very old, I fell in love with the look of it.
I wasn’t exactly sure where I would put it, but I knew that it would be perfect in our home.
This is what it looked like when I found it at the estate sale.
The chest is an imported piece and I’m guessing that it’s only about 10 years old.
I immediately fell in love with the faux painted scenes on the top and front, but I wasn’t crazy about the finish. It was a pale yellow and looked as though it had been “sponged” with green paint, giving it a splotchy look.
Since it wasn’t an expensive piece and wasn’t very old, I didn’t have a problem with pulling out the paints and transforming it into something that works with the rest of our decor.
This is what it looks like now after layers and layers of paint, additional furniture mouldings, glazing, distressing, and waxing.
So much better, don’t you think?!? Now it works perfectly with our decor.
The chest had a pretty wood moulding on the front that was original, but I wanted to “frenchy” it up just a little bit more, so I added some furniture mouldings. Did you know that you can make your own furniture mouldings!
Adding mouldings are an amazing and easy way to transform a piece of furniture.
The thing that attracted me to this chest more than anything else was the painting on the top and front.
There were sweet cherubs frolicking on the top…..
…..and a sweet couple on the front. I left them as is, and simply painted around them.
I lightly distressed it using a damp wash cloth, and then “aged” it with my homemade glaze .
Then it was finished with a coat of clear wax.
I gilded the mouldings and the original hardware with gilding paste.
It’s the perfect piece for a small area, and it now looks more like an antique.
It’s been so hot here that my gorgeous hydrangeas bloomed beautifully, but have now
wilted under the unrelenting heat, and no rain.
I was able to cut a few to decorate with, but that was it.
They are very pitiful looking! I hope yours are faring better!