This vintage chest of drawers is one of the first pieces of furniture that I painted. It illustrates my idea of upcycling furniture, giving it a new life by painting it and by finding stylish matching hardware for it. I had found the piece at a garage sale in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where I used to live in the 1990s. It appealed to me with its clean proportions. I named it Double Breasted because I arranged the knobs like buttons on a men’s suit.
Wood, acrylic paint, brass hardware. 1998
Detail: top plate