Furniture Makeover
Project Update


hat’s the toughest space in your home to decorate?  My challenge space has always been my foyer.

Try as I might, I’ve never been able to find quite the right pieces for this area so I’ve pretty much just left it bare and claimed a minimalist decorating slant.

Throughout this post, I’ll share the progress for my furniture makeover project-that’s actually turned out to be my biggest project ever.

Of course, the pressure is on because this is the first thing you see when you walk into my house.

This large space above the decorative molding has always seemed far too bare for the size of the wall.

I’ve always wanted something here to eat up some of the space but I could never quite settle on the right approach.

Foyer wall2

Last year, I picked up this great chest at a thrift store with the idea of transforming it to fill that open area in the foyer.

I’ve been working on it off and on for the last few months and I thought I’d share an update with you.

I’ll admit, I’m crazy about this chest primarily because of all the great storage possibilities (plenty of drawers to hide my expanding photo props).

By the way, you can see my first post about this furniture makeover project here.

Foyer cabinet

Even before I started this project, I knew I wanted to try my hand at a distress-technique.

Once you start distressing edges, it is a little hard to stop.

It’s so much fun to sand the paint layer off to reveal the sandy brown colored undercoat I used to cover the original burgundy.

Furniture makeover sanding

Now, I’m a little concerned that I may have gone a bit overboard with the distressing technique.

I definitely don’t want this to look like a dragged it into the house from a trash heap so we’ll just have to wait and see how the entire project looks once it’s finished.

Furniture makeover drawers6

If you’ve ever tackled any paint projects like this, you may already know that the wax is what truly makes the difference in the final appearance.

Here’s a closer look at one of the freshly painted drawers without the dark wax.

Big difference, huh?

Chest makeover graphic

After I add the dark wax to that final drawer, I’ll tackle the frame, replace the backside and spray paint the original knobs.

This is the biggest furniture project I’ve ever taken on and I’m almost there.

Stay tuned for a look at the finished cabinet soon. 

Chest makeover2

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll see you back here next time.

  • cindy

    FOUND IT! LOL! I seriously love the distressing!!! I’m not sure why, but when paint jobs a re distressed this way, they look good! It’s when it’s been taken down to the wood too much, and in patches all over; that makes it look like it’s been dragged down the street! To each his own I suppose:) Your doing really awesome on this…keep going:D

  • Paul Smith

    We have a great selection of bespoke chests and other reproduction pieces at

  • Brandi

    Hi Lisa! Your chest is off to a beautiful start. Looking forward to seeing how it looks completed. Love all the gorgeous moulding in your home too. Take care! So glad you stopped by to say hello.

  • [email protected] Designs

    Love the way it is progressing…truly a great piece for the foyer!

  • Linda Rattie

    Love the Chest….the drawers look great!! I think a Quilted Wall Hanging would look great above it:-)

  • Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

    Just beautiful Lisa!! Can’t wait to see the finished project!!! Are you planning to go to Luckett’s in May? I think I’m going to go – would love to see you there! 🙂

  • Susan

    The wall was not blank – it had molding applied. Did you do that? How?

  • jodi

    You’re very brave, but it’s looking great! I had a small bench I need to tackle one of these days. THAT will be my biggest furniture project 🙂 I would love a better look at the cloth that’s beneath your bread pudding when you give the recipe – I’m a quilter and love textiles!

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love having a chest in the foyer. I’ve been looking for a small one for our entrance — our home is VERY small and I need storage. I’ll be hitting the consignment shops and thrift stores to see what I can find. Looking forward to seeing the final result.

  • Thimbleanna

    Wow — it’s beautiful Lisa! I love the mix of the light and dark paints and it looks like it’s going to be perfect for your foyer!

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