Yard Sale Dresser

Hi All!

I thought I would share how I achieved the color and finish of this tall dresser:


I visited the Todd Farm Flea Market a couple of weeks ago searching for items to either makeover for our new home, or to take to The Vintage Bazaar.  I didn’t find anything there but as luck would have it I drove by a yard sale on my way home with this sitting out front and center:


As you can see it was in pretty rough shape!  Frankly, the condition was so poor I would hesitate to refurbish it for resale but the size was perfect for a second bureau in our new master bedroom.  We recently moved into a sweet house overlooking a farm, but it is on the small side and finding just the right furniture pieces has been a bit of a challenge.  But this $25 dresser could just be the extra storage that we needed and the size was perfect.  And though it was rough, it had all of its original hardware (a big plus!) and the drawers slid smoothly (a huge plus!).  Hardware replacement can get expensive and I’ve painstakingly fixed more tight drawers than I care to remember!

Being new to blogging, I’m afraid I failed pretty miserably on getting pictures during the make over process!  It would have been nice to show you how the first coat of paint looked, how the tinted wax changed the look of the piece, etc.  Oh well, I will just have to tell you what I did, hope you can envision it, and try to take more pics next time!

The dresser was filthy inside and out so I removed all of the drawers and used a shop vac on every square inch including inside of the body of the piece.  I then wiped it down with a damp cloth, removed the hardware and it was ready for paint.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted with this one so I decided to experiment a bit with some paint colors I had on hand.  All are Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I started with one coat of Duck Egg.  After that dried, I applied a thin, rather watery coat of Paris Grey.  Once that dried I distressed the edges, details, and any rough spots on the dresser.  Many times I finish a piece with clear wax but thought a white tinted wax would soften and add interest to this color.  Several wax companies including Fiddes and Sons and Briwax offer a white tinted wax called Liming Wax.  Miss Mustard Seed offers one in her milk paint line as well that she simply calls White Wax.  It’s probably my favorite and smells just like peppermint.  But since I didn’t have any tinted wax on hand, I decided to make my own by mixing in a little Annie Sloan Old White into some clear wax.  I applied it to the entire piece with a wax brush, softening the color and adding variation to the finish.  Buffing with a soft cloth gave it a subtle sheen.

The end result:


I dry brushed both Duck Egg and Paris Grey onto the original hardware, added the tinted wax, and replaced it.


I’m terrible at staging pieces but I’m working on it!  Here’s one last look:


I hope you like it!  Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have and I would really appreciate it if you added your feedback in the comment section below.  Thanks!!





First Blog Post!


I decided it was high time I started a blog about this tiny business of mine.  I share pictures from time to time on facebook but here I have the opportunity to share larger photos, tutorials, and information on products I use.  I may even slip in a few pics of the sweet house we recently purchased in a bucolic setting overlooking a farm.  But for now I will start with a brief post on one of my latest bureau makeovers:

White Bureau with Refinished Top

The piece was originally stained quite dark with some issues with the veneer along with numerous scratches and chips on the top.  I painted the base in Annie Sloan Old White with just a bit of Paris Grey added and sanded the top down which revealed an interesting grain pattern in the wood.  Looks kind of like a spider right?


I wanted to preserve the pattern but did need to stain the top to even out the finish.  I applied the lightest stain I had on hand, Miniwax stain in Driftwood.  The pattern in the grain remains, it’s just darker.


I finished the bureau off by distressing the details, painting the original hardware, applying two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax, and buffing to a subtle sheen.


The books belong to my meteorologist husband but I couldn’t help but add them to the top as I love that shade of blue!


Thanks for stopping by and please stay tuned for more to come!