This dresser makeover didn’t quite go as planned, but that always keeps things interesting, doesn’t it?
Whether you’re a total newbie or you’re Joanna Gaines, something is bound to go wrong once in awhile and you’ve got to learn to keep going and just make the best of it!
This little dresser caught my eye in a Facebook yard sale group, and after a week of watching the price slowly go down, I decided it was meant to be mine. The top drawer was off its track, but other than that it was just an old (painted) brown vintage dresser. And the paint was wearing off…
*Today my friends and I (the Furniture Fixer Uppers) are all sharing creative furniture makeovers – you can see and visit theirs also at the bottom of this post.*
– Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen
– Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
– Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue
– Annie Sloan’s white wax
– Mod Podge
– Scrapbook paper of choice
– New cup pulls (Hobby Lobby)
– Sandpaper (I used 3M brand, 320 grit)
I didn’t want any chance of that brown showing up later, so I sanded it and painted a layer of French Linen, then a layer of Old White. (I chose the layered look on purpose instead of just priming it.) I know, it looks like a hot mess here.
I bought new cup pulls for the bottom two drawers and kept the same hardware for the top drawer. Since the finishes didn’t match, I painted them all Old White, then lightly distressed and waxed. (I got a few questions about this when I painted the hardware for this recent white dresser makeover – it makes me wonder if other people don’t often paint the hardware? I don’t usually either, except when it still looks good and I can save some money.)
For the top layer of the dresser, I chose Duck Egg Blue. Except… I hadn’t used it in a long time and of course I didn’t put the lid on all the way!
OH NO. There was at least an inch of pretty-darn-thick Chalk Paint and I really didn’t want to just throw it away. I added a little water (twice) and stirred but it didn’t help much.
Here’s what I did: I ended up brushing the paint on anyway and spreading it around as best I could. Guys, it was pretty gross. But I was determined! I figured that if I could get enough paint out of that can to get one layer of duck egg blue all over the dresser, that I could sand it and then smooth out any weirdness after it dried.
I also decoupaged some script scrapbook paper inside the drawers for a little extra something special.
Back to the paint finish… I wasn’t prepared for this at all. But when it dried and I sanded it (over and over and over again), it ended up with a really cool textured look although it was really smooth to the touch. Then I applied white wax to show off that texture even more.
The finish is hard to see from far away, but up close it reminds me of a foggy morning by the ocean.
Remember, even if it doesn’t turn out like you originally planned, just make the best of it. Done is better than perfect. And sometimes it might turn out even better than you planned!
I’m really happy with it – it’s definitely unique! Then again, anything would’ve been an improvement over that painted brown finish before. 🙂
Have you had any happy accidents while working on a project? I’d love to hear about it in a comment below!
Next, some of my best blogging buds are sharing their creative furniture makeovers too…
These are the Before photos – click the links underneath the picture to see the Afters and read the full tutorial.
1. Confessions of a Serial DIYer – 2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Petticoat Junktion – 4. The Interior Frugalista
5. Just the Woods
Larisssa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Boy was that brown baaaad. hahaha… But now it’s so refreshed and new! I love the color and the weathered look too. Great job, Jen!
Kathleen Walsh says
lOOKS beautiful and a lot of hard work ? nice job!
It is beautiful! I do have a question. When you say you decoupage the scrapbook paper inside the drawers, do you put the decoupage medium on the top of the paper as well as the bottom?
Hi Lori, thank you. I used thick scrapbook paper, so I did not put the Mod Podge on top also. If the paper was thinner or if I was gluing it to the outside of a piece, then I probably would apply the Mod Podge on top also for extra protection.
Kathy Owen says
Very nice! Has a beachy feel. Love how you layered the paint.
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Thanks Kathy. I was thinking Coastal too. Not what I usually do but change is fun sometimes. 🙂
love the new softer look! I paint the hardware all the time, but on a side note why would anyone paint something brown lol
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Love your work and have decided I am going to apply the “done is better than perfect” motto to my life!
Yeay Lisa, good for you!! (and thank you!) 🙂
[email protected] of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
I love happy accidents like that! Love the new coastal feel, and yes anything would have been an improvement ha ha, but it is a beauty now! 🙂
Rose L. says
I love the color and pulls, but the bottom drawer has too much dark coming through in the middle of it.
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That’s the great thing about a distressed look, it’s not supposed to be perfect. 🙂
Amen! I love it!! Great job ??
I think every time I plan.. God has other plans. It always comes out better than I could have ever planned?
Just Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing??
Susan Ballard says
Love the end result Jen. If you have old hardware that you want to keep the metallic look by Modern Masters Metallic paint. Love the copper and antique brass. I use it on all my hardware redos.
Great advice, Susan! I have used Modern Masters before but not those colors.