The Blue One



Hi all!  I’m finally getting around to writing a post about this dresser.  I don’t know why I dragged my feet on this, this bureau ended up being one of my favorites.  The piece was a craigslist find and of course, I forgot to take a before photo!  It did need a bit of work including repairing a drawer, fixing drawer glides, and adding drawer stops.  However, once all that was done, the rest was pretty straight forward. Here is what the dresser looked like with the drawers out and two coats of Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue, probably my favorite shade of blue.


Once the paint was dry, I used 220 grit sand paper to distress the edges and details of the dresser.  I also lightly sanded the entire piece to ensure the overall finish was super smooth.  Next, I turned my attention to the original brass hardware.  I prefer to use original hardware when possible, and I especially loved these round brass pulls.  Here is what they looked like before I cleaned them up.


Using natural cleaning products is a priority in my home so I first attempted to clean the hardware with lemon juice and baking soda.  Unfortunately, it just didn’t take much of the tarnish off.  So I broke down and bought some Brasso, that stuff is smelly!  But it works, as you can see below.  I’ve since been given a crockpot and next time will plan to clean hardware in that.


The insides of the bottom three drawers were in perfect condition.  However, since the top one had some staining, I opted to cover it with some coordinating paper that adds just a bit of farmhouse glam.


I applied two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax to the base of the dresser and three coats to the top and buffed it to a high sheen.  I of course wanted to make the bureau look pretty for pictures but find with having two young boys that I seldom buy decorative items.  I found this globe curbside and the watercolors were painted by my now 8 year old son, Jack, when he was just two.  I love those and when a plan comes together!


Linking up to:

Miss Mustard Seed

The Bless’er House

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The Painted Drawer

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Elizabeth &  Company


  1. Ann says

    Thanks Cynthia! Yes, I’ve heard that works well especially paired with a good cook in a crockpot. I will definitely try that next time, the Brasso is just awful!

    • Ann says

      Vicki and Jennifer, thank you!! I’m glad you like it, Aubusson Blue is one of my all time favorites to use on furniture.

  2. says

    Goodness, you have done it again! I just love your work! Featuring on The Painted Drawer Link Party and thanks so much for sharing your lovely work!

    • Ann says

      Thanks very much Suzanne! I appreciate your kind words and the feature. And your work is gorgeous!!

  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Really pretty and sophisticated! Love the blue and gold combination. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Maria M says

    I am in complete love with this piece and the paint color. I have a similar dresser that is going to get this same paint finish. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    Hi Ann, I saw your link on Miss Mustard Seed and couldn’t resist popping over to check out all the details of the dresser. It’s stunning! I have recently started hosting a new link party with Pocketful of Posies and Refresh Living and we would love to have you come link some of your awesome posts with us. The party starts every Tuesday at 7pm CST. Hope to see you there!

  6. Judy whitmore says

    A beautiful piece indeed. You did a great job but sometimes I do like to leave the original hardwear looking original.

  7. Lori Carroll says

    Saw your link on Miss Mustard Seed I’m glad I checked your site out. The dresser is stunning…the color blue and the brass really look great.
    Are you planning on selling this piece?

    • says

      Thanks Lori and I’m glad you stopped by! This dresser has already sold. It seems most anything I paint in this particular shade goes very quickly; there’s something about this color!

  8. Lis Ricketts says

    The Blue One is perfect! You truly have an eye for color. The bright brass and the leaf detail really pop. I have an old mahogany side table in need of a makeover, but was nervous about painting an antique. You have quelled my nerves. Thanks!

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