Before & After: From Busted to Beautiful Bamboo Chest

Before & After: From Busted to Beautiful Bamboo Chest

Jason Loper
Jul 14, 2011

This faux bamboo chest is definitely in need of some TLC. With chipping veneer and pieces of faux bamboo separating from the chest, it's easy to think that it's beyond repair. Au contraire, dear reader! This chest is about to get a new lease on life …

Kate, from the blog Centsational Girl, picked up this bamboo chest from a thrift store for just $25. While some DIYers (myself included) may have been scared off by the chipping veneer and broken leg, Kate has some mad skills so she was confident she could turn this chest into a show piece.

After polling her readers for a paint color, Kate got to work on the transformation. First up, repairing the loose veneer and broken leg. Where the veneer was peeling off, Kate decided to pull it off completely and the patch it with wood filler. Then, Kate repaired the broken leg with loose bamboo with a little wood glue.

With the veneer patched and the leg repaired, it was time to paint! Well, not quite. First, Kate cleaned and sanded the piece, then sprayed it with primer and lightly sanded it again. Once primed, Kate applied two coats of spray paint (Rust-Oleum's Night Tide), followed by a final protective coats of clear polyurethane.

Check out Kate's full post, which includes a very handy guide to spray painting furniture, on her blog: Centsational Girl: My Bamboo is Peacock Blue.

Images: Centsational Girl

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