Before & After: A Dorothy Draper-Inspired Chest

Before & After: A Dorothy Draper-Inspired Chest

Carrie McBride
Sep 20, 2012

Dorothy Draper created the España Bunching Chest in the 1950s at the behest of the Spanish government to elevate the profile of Spanish-style design. Originals are still around and, in fact, the dresser is still being made. But there are also many knockoffs and imitations around. Denise found this one which shares a similar repeating routed pattern to the original and made it her own.

The patterned fabric Denise chose evokes the Hollywood Regency style which Draper was known for and is much more elegant than what she began with.

Here's how she describes the project:

I purchased the chest at a local auction, not knowing it was inspired by a very famous piece of furniture, the Espana Chest, by Dorothy Draper. I used a lot of wood filler to fill up the holes, replaced some missing parts at the bottom, and after some really heavy priming, I painted the chest Antique White by Sherwin Williams. I applied fabric onto the drawers with Mod Podge and protected it with a few coats of polyurethane.

See more of Denise's project on her blog A Girl and a Brush.

Thanks Denise!

Style Icon: Dorothy Draper
Before & After: From IKEA to Dorothy Draper
Dorothy Draper Paint Chips from Benjamin Moore

(Images: A Girl and a Brush)

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