Friday, May 13, 2011

Ornate Bombay Chest of Drawers

If you follow Twice Lovely on Facebook, you saw this gorgeous chest of drawers I picked up a couple of weeks ago.


I love the subtle bow-front drawers and all that detailing on the bottom.  It’s a very versatile size that could be used as a large bedside table, a small bedroom dresser, an entry piece, a dining buffet, really the possibilities are endless.

It had it’s kicks, scratches, and boo boos, but the shape was calling out to me! The biggest boo boo was that part of one foot had been broken off.  It didn’t effect the stability of the piece, but it certainly wasn’t helping it aesthetically.


For the repair, I used a product that I had been wanting to try out for a while now called Kwik Wood from JB Weld.  You can pick it up at Home Depot or Lowes for around $5 a tube.  I used a whole tube for this repair.  Once kneaded, you end up with a wad very much like an egg of silly putty.  Same consistency and everything.  :)


I just shaped the putty in the shape of the missing part, looking at the opposite foot for reference.


It sets up in about an hour, and you can sand it and paint it.  It worked so great!  It’s a great tool to have in your furniture refab arsenal!

Here’s how the finished foot looked once it was all painted.  You can’t even tell there was ever a problem.


Like always, my wild side and my side that needs to actually sell the furniture she paints were at war.  ;)  My first plan was to paint it a glazed metallic silver with a black top.  But, I decided on a little safer plan of attack and went with a creamy off white with a little bit of distressing and a heavy antiquing glaze.  I’m so glad I did, because I absolutely love how it turned out!  With all those details, it would have looked too Liberace in metallic.  :)  I finished off the old world look with a faux leather top, achieved with crumpled brown craft paper, Mod Podge, and some burnt umber craft paint.

Here she is all finished up!








You know that yummy plum paint I blogged about picking up at the oops counter last month?  I’ve been too scared to paint it on a piece of furniture yet, although I’m totally smitten with it.  Well, I snuck it in on this piece by painting the insides of the drawers the lovely plum. (It was difficult to capture this luscious color and do it justice.)


This piece is available for sale, so please contact me if you’d like more information.

Just wanted to remind you all, if you haven’t already done so, please stop by and check out Cara and my new Etsy shop, Garden Laundry, selling vintage bedding and linens.  These are a super duper source for upcycling vintage fabrics. 

Great for you sewers! (I’m jealous of sewing skilz, BTW.)

And remember when I used a vintage table cloth to upholster these chairs?


Check out the inventory.  We’re adding new things often.  (I have lots here that I need to get on top of listing.)  If you like us on FB, and email us on Etsy, we’ll send you a code for 20% off your purchase as a thank you for helping us get the word out!  :)

Hope you all have a super great weekend!


Linking to:

House of Grace, Primitive & Proper, Domestically Speaking, My Backyard Eden, The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring, My Repurposed Life, Finding Fabulous, Thrifty D├ęcor Chick


  1. the chest turned out beautiful, great tip on the wood repair...

  2. The plum on the inside is the icing on the cake, this piece is gorgeous.

  3. Oh I love it! Looks amazing!

  4. gorgeous!!!! i love the curves on that baby!

  5. Gorgeous! I love the plum color. Hooray for oops paint

  6. Love the new look and you did an outstanding job on the foot repair!

  7. I love your work and thank you for sharing your tips! I have a piece in the garage I am working on for myself and this might be what I need!!

  8. Fantastic repair job. What a beautiful piece. I can think of at least 3 spots in my home for it!

    Suzy xxx

  9. Ohhh this is so darn pretty! I love what you did with the top and the glazing is perfect!

  10. Ohmygoodness I love this! I also love your chevron dresser. I'm going to give that a whirl soon! I am so excited I found your blog today! I look forward to going back and reading your older post! I would love for you to check out my blog and tell me what you think! I'm also having a giveaway you might like. I look forward to getting to know you through this crazy blog worl!!

    Thank you


  11. It is a gorgeous, you always find the best stuff!

  12. Love the color combination and the finish. Thanks for the repair tip. I'll have to add it to my arsenal.

  13. This piece is just gorgeous, wonderful job! And I love the plum drawers!!
    Huggs from Phoenix, Margo

  14. Hello from Nevada! New follower! I love the dresser, great job and thanks for the wood repair tip. You two are very creative, I too redo furniture, if you have time visit my new blog. Looking forward to seeing all you do!

  15. I love the dresser. I would have been too afraid to buy a piece with that kind of ding, but you made it work beautifully. Love the pop of plum too.

  16. So pretty! Now I can't wait to try some kwik wood! Thanks for the tip! And I'm loving the chairs covered in the vintage table cloth! I'll check out your new etsy for sure!

  17. Love it, Anne Marie! Fabulous curves and detailing on this piece! The size is absolutely perfect. I love dressers/chests this size because they are just so versatile anywhere in the house. You did a great job on the repair and it turned out really nice. I have a dresser myself {about this size} to do; I'm just waiting on my first can of chalk paint.

    Visiting from Frugalicious Friday. : )

  18. This is beautiful! I love it. And I'm so glad I ran across this post, I have a piece with a big chunk missing and that kwikwood would be perfect!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Ah! I'm so glad you were featured at Primitive & Proper. I remembered seeing *someone* use that amazing product on a foot, but couldn't remember what it was called or whose blog it was on! Thrilled to have found it again. ;-)

  20. Love the redo! I'm really interested in the Kwikwood. How cool is that! Now, can you sand that? Does it take stain and paint like regular wood does? I'll have to check it out! I've only ever used wood putty, this looks so much better for larger missing pieces!
    Mary htp://

  21. Gorgeous!!! Wow...I am adding you to my list to follow...:)Hi, Im Meme from Screaming Meme...I want to personally invite you to my blog. I am having a Chalk Paint giveaway...I hope you get a chance to stop by and catch it out! Meme

  22. Just wanted to show you my "Kwik Wood" project. Thanks again for the tip!

  23. LOVE it...that stuff works great.

  24. Just love this dresser. Your blog is so addictive... so many clever pieces you've completed. well done !


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