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Bombay chest redo

I love taking tired furniture and making it loved again. This bombay chest redo used several a-typical processes, and I am so pleased with the final product.

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I found this little number on facebook marketplace in need of some love.

bombay chest redo before shot- dark and dingy green and tan mottled bombay chest with dark metal handles and brown trim. top is chipped and worn.

I had a different idea for it originally and had wanted to try a tie-dye type top. It wasn’t looking as I had it pictured in my head so I completely switched gears.

same bombay chest now painted white with colorful top sanded down. paisley wrapping paper on the floor next to the piece.


I painted the entire thing white to have a neutral starting point.

solid white painted bombay chest in workshop environment. No handles or hardware attached.

Rather dull, right? Some furniture appliques should give it some interest.

drawer of bombay chest in background with brown composition moulding furniture applique in foreground.

This one is made of wood glue and wood pulp. It can be attached a few different ways. I chose to use glue and weighed it down to set.

Also, the old handles were not going to work on that center drawer. Filling in the holes with a wooden dowel and smoothing them out with wood filler would give me a smooth start for new knobs.

bombay chest in workshop environment with painted brown top. drawer on floor with 3 quarts of paint placed on top of it and two clamps holding the moulding piece down to cure overnight.

In the morning the drawer was ready for paint.

Moulding attached to bombay chest drawer with holes filled on the side and ready to be painted.

Because this molding is made of wood products, it doesn’t require any special treatment to paint it. Though being darker, it would need an extra coat of paint. Two coats of paint later, this bombay chest redo was really coming together.

bombay chest drawer with center moulding painted white
close up of white moulding on bombay chest drawer

I painted the top brown for some contrast and used a glaze mixed with black paint for depth.

painted bombay chest in workshop environment. Body is white, top os brown with a glaze that is in the process of drying.

Digging through my stash, I found these mercury glass knobs. I knew they would do a great job of bringing attention to that middle drawer without being too show-y.

close up view of distressed mercury glass knobs.

Now that the handles were attached, that odd indentation was bothering me. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I love feminine details without throwing them in your face (like my rustic glam chandelier). I decided I could add a little something to take this bombay chest redo up another notch…

close up of drawer front on painted bombay chest with mercury glass knobs in place. Original darker swing pulls are visible on bottom drawer.

…crystals. Swarovski Crystals to be precise. Swarovski is the benchmark in bling for a reason- WAY more sparkle and show-stopping power than all the others.

Quick Tip: Regular super glue will ruin the foil of crystals and rhinestones (what makes them sparkle). Be sure to use an adhesive safe to use with gems.

close up of moulding piece on drawer front with Swarovski crystal attached to bottom indentation original handles and some of the new mercury glass knobs are visible as well.
close up of moulding piece on drawer front with Swarovski crystal attached to bottom indentation original handles and some of the new mercury glass knobs are visible as well. In workshop environment and concrete floor visible

The knobs and crystals played off each other and made a classy, elegant, while still understated side table.


This bombay chest redo is for sale at The Painted Pig if you know of someone who would love to have it in their home.

finished white bombay chest redo in store setting with a lamp, pottery bowl, flowers, and other small items displayed on and around it.

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pinnable image of original bombay chest redo image leading back to blog post of how it was done.

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