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Before and After: Renovating Family Furniture

Su Casa member Melissa Kathleen recently updated a piece of furniture that had been in her family for decades. She writes, "When my family and I had to move my grandmother out of her apartment, we didn't know what to do with all of her furniture. When I saw her old chest she kept in her large bathroom, I loved the shape and wanted to re-finish it." Curious as to how Melissa Kathleen's chest looks after its makeover? Find out when you


Melissa Kathleen gave the old chest a thorough sanding. Then, she primed it and covered it with a few coats of paint. Another great update she added was changing out the drawer pulls for something more contemporary. She says, "I love my new chest! And the best part is, it's been in my family for about 60 years!" From the looks of it, I bet this stylish chest could easily stand the test of time for another 60 years, don't you think?

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witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
really great looks professionally done!
mslewis mslewis 8 years
It looks great, especially with the lamp and other accessories on top. Very contemporary. Roseate, I think you can leave the insides alone, unless you wanted to paint inside the drawers a different color or pattern just for your own enjoyment!! Maybe a bright, cheerful pattern or something, so that when you open the drawers it makes you smile!!!
cabritton cabritton 8 years
Love it! With a simple color and stylish drawer pulls, you really focus on the architectural interest of the piece, instead of being distracted by everything else!
roseate roseate 8 years
When painting a piece of furniture like this, is it best to leave the sides and insides of the drawers (i.e. the parts you can't see when the drawers are closed) unpainted?
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Good job.
MCK22 MCK22 8 years
I like painted furniture and this looks great-it helps that it has a fantastic shape.
steen steen 8 years
I love the new look. It's fabulous!
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