“Tell Dwell Tuesdays” #4 – How to Restyle an Antique Chest

Guest post by local interior designer Cheryl Luckett, owner of Dwell by Cheryl interiors.

Design Dilemma: “I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to restyle/refurbish this antique chest I found? Or any ideas of where to put it in the home (i.e. dining room as a China cabinet, living room as a media cabinet, etc.) and how to style it? Thanks!” – Theresa

Cheryl’s Advice: Awesome piece, Theresa! I will admit I’m not a big painted furniture fan, so if you’re into refinishing (or know a good refinisher), I think it would be beautiful restore to its original grandeur. You could certainly find vintage replacement pulls in the style of the 1930’s piece.

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As far as the usage, I think a chest of drawers offers great storage in any room. A classic piece like this would work great in any room. I have a similar scaled piece in my guest bedroom that houses guest towels, sheets and amenities, and it also doubles as a TV stand. I can see it used in a bathroom, an entry, bedrooms and even a living space.

You certainly found a winner. I hope the photos provide a bit of inspiration. Good luck!

We’re excited to share that the “Spruce Up for Spring” decorating class with Cheryl Luckett this Thursday, April 27 at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus is SOLD OUT! However, you can still follow along on our social media channels @GoodwillSP for additional tips this spring.

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