Before & After: A Cute Chest Gets a Major Dose of Class

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Reeves snagged this Drexel campaign chest from a thrift store store last year. Its laminate top and damaged drawers needed some work, but after avoiding the project for a year, she finally got around to addressing this little chest.

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We give it an A+ color choice. That deep, bold black really makes the original hardware shine. Great job.

From Reeves:

I removed the hardware, sanded the piece (and the drawers so they fit), and then primed the top with an oil based primer meant for laminate. I used two thin coats of primer on the top, sanded with high grit sandpaper, cleaned the piece and then began painting. I used 4 coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in "Lamp Black" on the whole piece. Their paint is an acrylic-latex paint, not real milk paint and gives a great finish with minimal brush marks. Once the paint had cured, it got sealed with 3 coats of General Finishes high performance poly in gloss and I sanded in between coats for a smooth finish. The next day I was able to add the hardware back on and see this little dresser with its new glam look!

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Thank you Reeves!

(Image credits: Reeves)