Yellow Painted Chest of Drawers

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Who’s up for a bright and fun piece of painted furniture today?

Today is your day then! I wanna share with you this yellow painted chest of drawers, and how you can get this look yourself. 

If I’m being honest, cool colors are more of my vibe. I tend towards blues, greens, and cool grays . . . It’s not often that I get a hunch to paint something with a warm tone.

But when I found this sweet, 3-drawer antique chest, I felt like it was crying out for a warm, sunny color.

So I decided on Fusion’s Buttermilk Cream!


The Process

Unfortunately, I forgot to snatch a “before” pic of this chest, but it was your basic, beat-up, dark brown chest of drawers. So here were the steps I took to bring it back to life again:

  1. Cleaned off all grease and grime with Fusion’s TSP.
  2. Scuff sanded with 180 grit sandpaper and wiped off all sanding dust.
  3. Painted 3 thin coats of Buttermilk Cream, letting each coat dry 3-4 hours in between.
  4. Lightly distressed the edges and trim with sandpaper.
  5. Finish sanded with a 220 grit sanding pad soaked in water, for a buttery smooth finish (see that technique here!)
  6. Added new, white ceramic knobs from Hobby Lobby for a fresh feel!


The New Look!

Yellow Painted Chest

Look at how fun and happy it turned out! I just love the warm yellow with the white knobs.

Yellow Painted Chest

Yellow Painted Chest 

And the yellow pairs perfectly with the periwinkle in the faux astilbe bushes and the cobalt blue in the vintage painted canvas.

Yellow Painted Chest

Yellow Painted Chest

One of the things I love so much about these older pieces is that they are smaller in scale than our modern-made furniture. That means that they are so much more versatile though!

You could tuck this chest into a corner in the living room or kitchen to stash extras, or even in an entryway. And of course, there’s the traditional use of actually going in a bedroom 🙂


I hope this gave you some ideas for how you can try out yellow on your next painted piece!


Wanna see more yellow painted pieces?

Buttermilk Cream Oak Washstand

Mustard Seed Yellow Washstand

MaryJo Materazo

Monday 22nd of January 2024

OH! I love this Melanie. This is such a happy piece. I love yellow so I am really liking the Buttermilk color. I think this would be adorable in a baby nursery. XO- MaryJo


Monday 22nd of January 2024

Hi Melanie - I don't know when you painted this cutie but I LOVE the color and how it turned out. It looks like a depression era piece of furniture. The long legs with the wooden wheels are so cute. Cooler colors are definitely my favorite too.

Melanie Alexander

Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

Thanks Anna! I really like how the yellow turned out on it! It made for a fun pop of color and it sold quickly as well!

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