Oldie But A Goodie: Red Dresser

Disclaimer:  The following was one of my first furniture makeovers. Before I became obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, I would enlist my husband to help me out with all the un-fun stuff that comes with refurbishing a piece of furniture (mainly sanding, although he often took over the painting as well). This is one of the projects we worked on together.

About this time last year I pulled up to a thrift store that had recently opened in my old neighborhood and  I saw this beauty sitting by donation door.  I asked right away how much they wanted, and since it had just been dropped off, the manager let me have it for $10!

It was kind of gross, and the trim had been painted a bright blue, but it had a gorgeous shape!

I love finding surprises (of the non-organic kind) when I purchase a dresser, and this one was great.  The underside of the drawers were lined with a newspaper from 1996 (which is probably when they first revamped this dresser with the blue paint!)

After sanding down the edges we could see the original gold paint peek through.

 Two coats of a Sherwin Williams red paint (I don’t have to color handy–sorry!!) and…
I kept the original handles after spraying them with a dark brown Rustoleum paint.
I wanted a clean look, so no distressing here.

So can I get a ‘what what’??
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Cottage-Style Dresser Chalk Paint Makeover

My original chalk painted dresser was intended for use in my new Richmond bedroom.  My daughter loved it so much that we went out in search of something similar for her room. In our very first stop at our local Goodwill, she and I came across this cottage-style dresser.  Not the French-Provincial we’d had in mind, but for $15, this was a deal we could not pass up!

The drawers were bigger than the French dresser, so I decided that I would keep this one for me and my daughter could have the first one she had been admiring.

Since I had chosen the paint color based on my bedroom, I decided this new dresser would also be Annie Sloan’s Paris Gray.  And, as luck would have it, I still had plenty paint left from the quart I had purchased.


The drawers drying in the sun.
Waxing the paint after it dried. The color darkens slightly after waxing.
Sanding a little after waxing brings a nice texture from the brush strokes.
The knobs I purchased at Hobby Lobby were a little too long,
so I enlisted Hubs to trim them.
I did just a little distressing along the leaf pattern.
Here is the finished product!
The knobs I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
I chose one with a leaf pattern to match the dresser’s original detail.
…and mixed it up with a flower ceramic knob.
Kind of digging it, if I do say so myself!

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