A New Life for a Jewelry Chest of Drawers

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This adorable little chest of drawers caught my eye the first time I visited my friend Julie’s new apartment. It appeared to be an antique reproduction with some sort of goo all over the top – I was intrigued. Julie is my thrift store soul sister so I figured there was a fun story about the goo and a swift plan of action to fix up the piece. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case. The drawers belonged to her roommate, who had taped them shut during her move and the goo was residue from said tape, covering the top of the chest and the knobs. 

Oddly enough, the roommate never bothered to clean the goo. The piece stayed in their living room until their one-year lease was up, the roommate moved away, and Julie, remembering my affection for it, asked if I wanted it. I went home and told Will that I was sorry but “it was free and…” blah, blah, blah. He didn’t see much potential, but was happy to let me take a shot at turning it into something we would want in the apartment.

The goo had been stuck to the little chest of drawers for about a year at this point, and it didn’t want to be unstuck. I used vinegar, nail polish removed, and sand paper before I was able to create a smooth surface.

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I decided to finish up the red spray paint from my shoe rack project and give this piece a real pop.

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This color is called “poppy” and I think it’s such a beautiful shade of red. The chest (as predicted) turned out to be a perfect little storage piece for all my over-sized costume jewelry.

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I’m still debating whether or not to paint the little details another color. I even bought some gold leaf paint, thinking I would stick with the coloring of the lamp above, but now I can’t decide. You might be able to see in that photo that I actually colored them with chalk to try to get a feel for it – no luck, I’m still not sure. Suggestions are welcome 🙂

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