Before & After – Silver Chest of Drawers

Hello everyone,

Spring is finally bringing some warm-ish days, so I’ve been able to spend a few hours in my uninsulated and unheated garage to play with furniture.

This time I decided to work on something very large I’ve had stored for years! I love this chest of drawers. It is so simple and yet so beautiful. The reason I delayed this project for so long was that I knew it would be hard work. It had broken drawers, water damage, missing veneer… a long list of repairs to be done before I could actually make it pretty with paint. But I knew it would be worth it.

I will tell you all about my process here, but I highly recommend that you watch this short video tutorial if you really want to learn how to do it step-by-step.

This is how it used to look:


It took me an entire day to fix and clean this guy, but once it was over, I couldn’t wait to get to the fun part.

And here’s how I did it.

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The repairs took a lot of wood filler, glue, and nails and the hours I spent scrubbing and washing it with TSP gave me a back pain.

I sanded the whole thing to get a smooth finish and did another thorough cleaning before priming it with clear shellac.

Shockingly, I didn’t use my paint sprayer to paint this giant. I was going for a more artistic finish so it would be nice to have the texture of some brush strokes. It turns out the paint and paintbrush I used didn’t leave any brush strokes. I could have gone for a modern, smooth finish if I changed my mind.

By the way, if you are planning to paint furniture, I strongly recommend that you invest on at least one high-quality brush. Surely the good ones are more expensive, but if you take good care of them (basically remembering to wash them well after each use), they will last many years. I’ve had my Staalmeester brushes for almost 2 years now, and they still work as beautifully as they did on the first day.

When I paint metallics, I always cover my piece with one coat of a base color, that should be similar to the metallic color I’m going to apply. For this dresser, I chose “Ash“, a beautiful charcoal gray by Fusion Mineral Paint.

I covered the entire piece in gray using my brushes and in about forty minutes, it looked like this.


When the gray was dry, went on to apply the metallic colors. On a paper plate, I put one large blob of Modern Masters Silver next to another blob of Modern Masters Black Pearl. Then I touched both colors with the tip of my brush bristles, enough to collect a bit of each color without mixing them.

Next, I brushed the surface in long linear motions and let the colors blend naturally as I moved my brush from side to side, leaving some apparent streaks. In my video tutorial, you can see exactly what I’m talking about.  I kept my brush wet at all times by occasionally spraying some water on its bristles.

When I was happy with the finish, I waited for it to dry and started the glazing process. I applied  Pitch Black Glaze by General Finishes using a chip brush, then immediately wiping off the excess with baby wipes.

I bought a small can (one pint) of this glaze over a year ago and I feel I’ve already used so much of it! It is hard to believe I still have 3/4 of the can left. One little can goes a long way! It also helps that I always add some water to it, to make it workable for longer. Glaze dries pretty quickly, so it is advisable to keep it a little diluted in water and work one small area at a time. My video also shows you how.

I then got my paint sprayer out of the cabinet and sprayed three coats of General Finishes Top Coat, satin.

I finished by installing these cool bar pulls and round knobs I found on Amazon for a bargain.

Here is how this big guy looks now. Let me know what you think!

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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

16 thoughts on “Before & After – Silver Chest of Drawers

  1. Thanks for the post! I bought all the materials you stated above and I am going to attempt to replicate with my bathroom vanity. This is my first endeavor with painting wood furniture so I’m excited (and nervous) to see how it plays out.

    I know the mineral paint is waterproof, but will I need to worry about the metallic paints on top of it? Thanks!


    1. Oh, a bathroom cabinet in those colors?! How gorgeous is that?
      I always seal my pieces with top coat, including the metallics. Bathrooms hava a lot of humidity so I’d seal them to be on the safe side. My favorite is General Finishes water based top coat, satin. I put a link on my post.
      Good luck with your project Jimmy!


  2. This is beautiful. Do you find that using a clear spray on shellac is better than priming? I almost always prime so wondering if this is a better option? You say you keep your brush wet. Does that mean that you dip it in water or just wet with paint? Do you always use baby wipes to spread your glaze?


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