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Before & After Broyhill Brasilia dresser and chest of drawers


I have a slight obsession with the Brasilia by Broyhill line from the 1960's.  Both our dining room and bedroom are outfitted with furniture from this line.  We were "missing" nightstands for the bedroom though and I searched obsessively until I found them.  At an auction.  A state away.
Of course the nightstands did not come by themselves, they were part of a "lot" that included a double dresser with 2 mirrors.

and this taller 5 drawer chest (which we already had one of.)

The big question was, what to do with these 2 pieces.  Part of me was tempted to sell them, but I knew that the chest wasn't in the best shape (it had a chip in the one drawer as you can see.)  Also I really didn't want them to fall into the hands of a dealer who would then turn around and jack up the price.  We are expecting our 2nd child and hoping to have a shared nursery and were in a storage crunch, of course all of the nursery furniture is white.
The thought of painting these pieces was borderline blasphemy.   I googled "white walnut furniture" just to see what came up and found a very cool dresser/changing table going for $1600.

With expensive inspiration as my rational I stripped, primed, sanded and painted the drawers of the dresser and chest.
While the room is not fully set up yet (I need to line the drawers with nice paper to truly finish the project, so please excuse the box on top of the chest of drawers and crib full of clothes!) - I am so happy with how the pieces turned out.  I was really nervous about painting these pieces, we have no painted furniture in our house, but the pieces now fit into our nursery and hopefully will be able to transition out of a nursery since they aren't totally white.

 

Googieloo Googieloo 1 year 41 weeks
Wow, you did a fabulous job.
adreine adreine 2 years 23 weeks
I think it is really unique one! My daughter and I painted similiar to this one after seeing this.  I have been looking for pull knobs like this one. Where can I find it? Or do you even know what that pull knobs is called? Thanks
retroinAL retroinAL 3 years 44 weeks
It was a big leap of faith to paint the pieces, but I like the look. I think they work nicely with your decor, so what if they are "unrestorable"? Furniture is made to be used, and these pieces will be-that's all that matters!
Matt9 Matt9 3 years 51 weeks
Agree with Travis on this one. What a shame. Its not easy to find the Brasilia line in good condition for reasonable prices. Had you just sold these you probably could have bought something more up your alley that was walnut/wood and then the new owner could have enjoyed the pieces as they were originally designed. But, its just my opinion, I just think painting them did the opposite of what you wanted: It made them look cheap and silly looking.
4 years 14 weeks
Unlike the others, I think they're awful. They're pretty much unrestorable now. But I give you credit for having the nerve to do it.
GenchiDesign GenchiDesign 4 years 23 weeks
Great work! I can't imagine the pain it was to strip and repaint those beautiful pieces, but well worth it!
nancita nancita 4 years 23 weeks
Wow! I can understand your obsession. I love those pieces and what you did with them.
ella1978 ella1978 4 years 23 weeks
Those are amazing casa! Where do you find time to do all these projects? And where do you find room for them all? I'm impressed, as usual ;)
4 years 23 weeks
I absolutely love it. I also keep buying similar pieces and was initially horrified when you said you were going to paint it, but it looks fantastic. Maybe you found a new business.
skigurl skigurl 4 years 23 weeks
that's really cute...and congrats on your baby!! he or she will love that set ;)
Neuroticone Neuroticone 4 years 23 weeks
Love it!
lauren lauren 4 years 23 weeks
I agree, great job!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years 23 weeks
Those look so great!