I was lucky enough to find this fabulous old dresser
on a yard-sale page and I knew immediately that I had to have it. She looks like she’s seen better days and I would love to hear about her travels. However, I’m just happy to rescue her from the garage she was stored in and give her a new life and new look.
This type of furniture makes me so happy…
and a $50 price-tag makes me ecstatic. I cannot pass that up, and since I needed a dresser for my very own…I didn’t. Just look at the details….those details are what sold me!
This old dresser had a lot of years of grime
on her so I used my Norwex Enviro cloth to clean her up. There were a few spots with minor veneer damage but those don’t bother me because I love the distressed, chippy look anyway.
Now it’s time for the fun part….Paint!!!!
Chalk paint was my paint of choice for this project. I actually started making my own chalk paint using flat paint and calcium carbonate and I’m very happy with the results. For this dresser I decided on Behr’s Palais White made into chalk paint. This is so much more affordable than the brand name chalk-paints so I decided to give it a try on pieces that I’m keeping for myself so that I can monitor how it holds up. I got it all painted and realized the color was a bit too yellowy for my taste….so I started over with Behr’s Bit O’ Sugar, also made into chalk paint.
Finally, after 3 coats of chalk paint…
I lightly sanded the edges and the raised areas to really bring out the details and allow her age to shine through. I used Valspars Glaze in Asphaltum with a tiny artist brush to add some depth in the lines around the edges of the drawers and the design on the front. I also used this glaze on all of my kitchen cabinet doors. If you missed that post you can find it HERE. Then I waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear wax to protect it and give it a beautiful sheen.
The drawers needed some love too
and since they were pretty beat up inside I decided to cover the bottom of them with fabric. This dresser is going to be used for my clothing and I prefer the drawers to be fresh and clean so I used Mod Podge to line the drawers with this pretty Parisian print fabric. As a last minute decision I removed the original hardware …after painting it…(on the two bottom drawers only) and replaced them with glammy glass knobs from Home Goods. So fancy!
I love this transformation!
From the first day I rescued her from that storage garage I thought she was pretty…but now, she feels pretty! Results like this, which to me are great rewards, are what make me love finding old neglected furniture and giving it a new look and a new life. If these old pieces could talk just think of the travels they may tell us of, or of the changes in the world that they’ve seen. I love old furniture, I love the smell of the old wood, the craftsmanship, the architectural details but more than ever, I love their stories.
Here’s a reminder of what she looked like before….
Now that her makeover is complete, she stands proudly in my room holding my clothes, giving me a place to display my pretties, and I’m pretty sure she’s reflecting on her life and feeling grateful for her second chance. 🙂
Happy Painting my friends!
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