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Trashed Furniture Gets A Coastal Style Paint Makeover

You can make crappy, trashed, falling-apart furniture look good with paint and a little love. This chest of drawers is a prime example, and it was the perfect candidate for a coastal-style paint makeover. When I think of a little cottage on the coast, I think of white paint, white shabby chic furniture, white curtains, and open windows. The chest is white with layered paint, and the drawers have a surprise for you. Some of you might call this look shabby chic….and that fits too.


trash to treasure furniture waiting for paint makeover

This is how the chest looked before the makeover. I paid $20 for it at a local flea market/antique shop and don’t ask me what I was thinking. I like chippy paint but the shabbiness of this piece should have been a warning to me. Stay away.

chippy paint drawers

The chest has been sitting in the workshop for a while, and now that I’m cleaning out the workshop, I didn’t have any more excuses for not working on it. I almost had the JTS take it to the garbage dump……but nope, I needed the challenge. The first thing I did was use the shop vac on it, inside and out. Next, I cleaned it inside and out with Simple Green.

The bottoms of the drawers were a mess. The veneer layers were separating a bit, and one drawer bottom had a split on the top veneer layer but it didn’t go all the way through the drawer bottom. I did the best I could to repair these areas, but it’s not perfect. The drawers work fine and they will hold clothes. I promise.

Valspar oops paint from Lowes

I was out of my favorite off-white paint, which happened to be a good thing. This Valspar oops paint I found on my paint shelf is white in a flat finish. Perfect color for coastal, and I love the look of flat paint.

distressing top layer of paint so base paint shows for layered paint finish

I brushed on two coats of paint back to back because the paint dried fast. I distressed the paint using a sanding block so that lovely blue could peek through. The blue paint was a plus. It is so much fun when I have something like blue paint to work with. Just paint over it with white paint and distress. Perfect.

old atlas map pages make great furniture drawer liners

I wanted to line the drawers because they were so ratty looking. Now, they weren’t splintered or chipped or anything that could damage clothes or stuff stored in the drawers…..they were just stained. I cleaned and cleaned, but there was no getting rid of all the stains. I found an old Rand McNally atlas on the junk shelf. We used to keep the atlas in our car, but GPS and phones made it obsolete. The pages of the atlas were just the right size!

use blue painters tape to secure atlas map pages to furniture drawers for liners

I lined each drawer with three atlas pages, and just for fun, I taped them down with blue painter’s tape. Bet you haven’t seen that before. This way, the drawers are lined, but the lining can be easily removed if the buyer doesn’t like it.

coastal cottage beach style chest of drawers painted white

The bits of blue look good with the white paint. The chest didn’t have a single knob when I bought it. I found various sizes and styles of wood knobs in my stash and painted them the same color as the chest. Then I distressed the painted knobs.

Throw away furniture makeover with white paint
Throw away furniture makeover with white paint

The mismatched knobs look great. I know the chest is still far from perfect, but it makes me smile just looking at it.

shabby chic white furniture with red and blue distressed paint

At one time, I had painted a few of the knobs red for another project. The knobs didn’t work for that project, but they are perfect for this one. Can you see the bits of red where I distressed the white paint?

white coastal cottage style furniture

The curvy legs still had remnants of blue paint on them too. I love those bits of blue That’s it for the trashy chest. Do you think it was worth saving? I took it to my booth, and the price is only $79. A steal. It would look great in a sunroom, covered porch, or patio…..or you tell me.


trash to treasure coastal style white furniture makeover
trash to treasure coastal style white furniture makeover

If you like shabby chic check out the project below…..

white shabby chic furniture with a coastal style
white shabby chic furniture with a coastal style

You can find the extreme shabby chic makeover here….Shabby Chic Distressed White Furniture

As always, thanks for being here, and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. HI Kathy and thanks for another fabulous blog! I have very much the same decor and thrills in repurposing as you do and so many of your followers, also. Stay safe, well & good. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi! I love maps! So, I think the atlas liner is a great idea (although i don’t care for the painter’s tape). But the blue does tie together with the blue and red showing through. I think you got this for a steal, and your hard work made it lovely.

  3. I love that it’s very simple. It’s hard to tell in the pictures….what are the dimensions? Not that I can pop over and pick it up….just wondered for others. 🙂 I’m glad you didn’t trash it.