Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vintage Wooden Chests (with some styling thrown in)

One of the many things I have been on a lookout for is a good sized vintage wooden chest that would serve as a nice piece in an entryway or in a living or dining room.  I figure this won't be too difficult to find and I've been gathering inspirational pictures so when I see the right one I can nab it.

In the image above, I like the flat front drawer panels and the two toned wood.  It doesn't hurt that this one is paired with a gilded louis philippe mirror (another thing I want to get, btw).  

Again, I like the flat front drawer panels and the knobby knobs.  It's rather simple with no observable carvings or details.  I like it.  A rather simple wooden chest that won't mind if the styling steals the show! :) 

Another chest with flat front drawer panels.  I would replace the drawer pulls.  

Perfect - flat front drawer panels with substantial wooden knobs.  Just how I like it!  

This chest has more detailing than the previous ones and gives off a different kind of air - a bit more refined.  I posted it because I love the marble top.  The styling is incredible.  

Have you noticed the contrast between dark and light with most of the styling in the pictures I posted?  A dark chest and a light (either glass or white) table lamp.  Hmmm, I need to make a mental note.

All images via pinterest

I found this at bdantiques which has the look I like.  This is a more of a dresser than a chest (with the two smaller top drawers), but nevertheless I like it.   I hope I am lucky when we're back stateside!  


  1. LOVe em allll!! I recently did a post about old chests also; I have SO many in my house, I just can't get enough!

  2. I'm really happy to see the resurgence of keeping beautiful furniture unpainted. I'm glad none of these chests are lacquered or painted a bold color. Nothing wrong with color, but pieces like these are too beautiful to be covered in paint!

  3. I love all of your images Fran. You cannot go wrong with a chest of drawers. One of the most versatile pieces of furniture ever. I am looking forward you to coming back to the US and putting all of your great ideas to work :)

  4. Fran, I just couldn't agree more! To me, this is the perfect combination: antique stained wood chest, a pretty lamp, a mirror, and some books and little gorgeous accessories.

  5. Love your inspirations, Fran! I will be wishing you good antiquing karma!