I've owned the "before" version of this bow front chest for several years. I fell hard and fast for the size and shape but I was never ever in love with the wood.
Painting it was an easy choice. But what next? Aside from the bow front, this chest couldn't be more blah. Then I found inspiration in hand painted furniture by Patina. Perfect.
The body of the chest was painted Cloudy Morning by Kilz.
I found the vintage bird graphics at The Graphics Fairy, printed them on card stock and used Mod Podge to decoupage them onto the front of the chest.
The original drawer hardware was bold and beautiful. However, it was a bit too distracting so I removed the back plate and painted the pulls the same pale blue gray as the chest.
Much, much better.
I love this look.
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