Lighthouse Nautical Chest Makeover – Artsy Chicks Rule®

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This lighthouse nautical chest makeover was simple to update with paint and a furniture transfer!

Hello wonderful friends!

I am sharing a brand new project today. The last of 2023! And the last post of the year too. I am taking next week off to spend with my family. I will see you all in the New Year! But first, take a look at this little pretty I just completed. I love the way it turned out!

Lighthouse Nautical Chest Makeover

This little chest with the sweetest curves. I had to bring it home with me to give it a new look! It was just begging for it.

small white chest

But it was kind of ‘blah’ as it was.

I felt like it sort of had a coastal flair with the curves. OR “waves” as I saw them.
The seashell knobs sort of leaned it that way but even without them it seemed coastal-ish to me.

So, I decided to use our Lighthouse transfer on it!


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I lightly sanded the top of the cabinet as it had a blemish or two. I didn’t get a photo of that, sorry!
Next, I cleaned it well with TSP Alternative.

Then I began rolling on the paint. I used Parchment which is a soft, gray white.

roller over drawer front

I used a Velour roller for the first time and I loved it! (I’ve used our microfiber rollers before and those are great too…I’ve got them linked along with the other products I used in the pink box above)

rolling the paint

Nice and smooth finish.

I applied two coats.

Once that was dry, I carefully cut out the pieces of the transfer that I wanted to use. (the ocean, some rocks, seagulls, and the lighthouse) I then laid them out how I wanted to apply them to the front of the chest.

lighthouse and rocks transfer

And applied them to the front of the chest. (I laid the chest on its back so I could work more easily)
But oops!!!

Darn it.

I had meant for the edge of the transfer (see it there on the right?) to go over the edge of the cabinet. Then I would cut away the excess.
But I must’ve moved it or something when applying.

So now I had a huge gap. (and once you are sticking the transfer, you are not moving it!lol)

The only thing I could do was paint it in to match.

painting in the edge where there is not a transfer

By the way, this is not the first time I’ve had to do this!! haha!!
I’ve had to do it on several before but this was the largest one. I also painted around the drawers where there were any gaps to hide those as well.

You can see above that I’m starting to add paint to blend it in.

blending the paint onto the blank spot

And more paint.

Here’s a shot at my handiwork. ha!

paper plates with all different paint on it

And done! Pretty close.

finished painting in the blank spot

I used my exacto knife to cut around the drawers after applying the transfer.

cutting around the drawers with the exacto knife

I put a section of the “rocks” over the bottom of the lighthouse to blend it in.
Then I laid out a few seagulls to see where they would go.

laying out some more of the pieces

Some sailboats come with this transfer and I considered putting some in the water.
I decided against it though as I wanted to keep it more simple.

I used our Tough Coat Topcoat to seal it and used glass knobs for the drawers.

small white chest with blue and white lighthouse transfer on front

I used glass knobs instead of the original ones so they wouldn’t take away from the design.

up close of glass knob

semi side view of transfer and chest

Can you tell I had to paint that one side of the transfer??

other side of transfer and chest

top of chest decorated with shells and books

The inside of the drawers were spotless so I left them as-is.

inside white drawer

front of finished chest with lighthouse and glass knobs

It’s still “white” but it’s a much softer, more elegant white than before.
I think this would look great in a coastal home. The perfect size for an entryway/foyer table!

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This lighthouse nautical chest makeover was simple to update with paint and a furniture transfer!

I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed making it over! I love how the transfer transformed it.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday, and a wonderful and safe New Year!


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