We have an empty room in the house that we are trying to decorate as a stylish guest room but choosing colors, patterns, and furniture that will also work when it someday serves as a nursery. Here is the link to the bench from a bookshelf that is also in this room.
There is a small space in the room in between the door and the closet that is only about 29″ wide. I wanted a tall bureau to fit in this area so we would have as much storage as possible, but I needed something relatively skinny to fit the spot. After months of searching on CraigsList, I came across a 1960’s French Provincial lingerie chest that had been through the ringer.
It was in rough shape! When I was sanding it down, I think I went through 4-5 layers of paint – purple, beige, blue, and the original paint. It was probably toxic and I’m very glad I had a mask and gloves! Even the poor handles had coats and coats of paint. I saw on an episode of HGTV Rehab Addict that you can remove paint from metal by soaking it in a crock pot. It works! A few coats of primer and spray paint and I think the piece came out great and it is the perfect fit for my space.
Project cost: About $70 ($40 for the bureau about about $30 for primer and paint).