Thursday, June 28, 2012

Reader Makeover: DIY Chest Transformation

One of my favorite things to see is how an old piece of furniture can be completely transformed with some paint and a creative vision! I love what Belle Maison reader, Gail, has done with this old chest - it's a true transformation! In her own words, here's how she did it...

I found this piece up in Michigan near our summer cottage. I had to leave our kids up there to fit this monster in the car and drive it back to Virginia. I knew I could do something with it when the right client came along. It sat all fall and winter without a home. Finally, this spring I realized it was the perfect piece for a client's guest bathroom. I had been searching all over for the right scale piece, only to realize it was right under my nose. It just needed a major makeover! I took the doors off of it to create open storage for towels on the bottom. I then had the inside lacquered in a beautiful soft blue. For the exterior finish I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray with a clear wax. I kept the original hardware. It turned out to be the perfect piece and my client loves it. - Gail



Thanks for sharing, Gail!



  1. AnonymousJune 28, 2012

    I usually cry in horror at pieces of furniture like this one being painted over!
    However, this one has turned out really elegant and beautiful! Very impressed.

  2. Wow! What a gorgeous piece ... she did an amazing job!

  3. The before was pretty too, but I guess she needed a different purpose.

  4. oh, my gosh! i have to say... this is such an inspiring and beautiful transformation! i will so try this some time if i ever see a piece like that. gorgeous!

  5. AnonymousJune 28, 2012

    More more more!!! I love these posts! Anything on old beds??

  6. Great transformation, either way and great that she had the insight to buy it when she found it knowing that she could do something with it one day!


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