Oh friends, we are warning you now…be ready to swoon…We think this is one of our favorite makeovers to date! Kristen found this curved front dresser at a garage sale that she just randomly stopped at. And thank goodness she did stop, because once she saw this dresser we just had to have it!
It had a couple knots on the inside of the drawers that needed repair as well as a very rough looking top that definitely needed to be sanded down.
The inspiration for the design of this dresser was a beautiful piece I had seen on Pinterest that Miss Mustard Seed had done previously. It was a medium brown stained top with blue color drawers and a white/cream frame. I loved this look and love how Miss Mustard Seed does her chippy pieces. I decided to modify the design a bit, and decided to use Annie Sloan’s “Duck Egg Blue” and give the piece as chippy of a look as you can with chalk paint. (Milk paint is a bit easier for chippy-ness.)
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After sanding the top to the raw wood (using our electric sander) and wiping it all down with soap and water the dresser also needed some wood filler for some chips and scratches on the drawers. We then stained the top with a beautiful medium brown stain which gave it the gorgeous color. For the paint, it was an easy 1 coat application to the entire frame and the drawers since it covers so well and we knew we would be distressing the piece down anyway.
The fixing and paint process was really quick even though there was an entire mirror frame to paint as well. But only needing to apply one coat is just amazing and saves so much time!
For the next step of trying to achieve a chippy look with chalk paint, there was a new technique that we hadn’t used before but had wanted to try. Kristen read that mixing white vinegar and water as a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle and then spraying it onto the dried chalk paint, then wiping, you can create a chippy look. So…we tried it!
First we took a plastic putty knife and tried to chip it off, but it didn’t work well and we didn’t want to scratch the underlying wood. So instead, we took a dry cloth and started wiping it off. In some spots more pressure was used and other spots we used a fingernail under the cloth to take even more off.
The cloth worked really well and we felt like it was almost easier to do than using sand paper to distress. Even though it’s not what one may call a true “chippy” look, but we felt like it gave the finish a different look than distressing with sand paper.
We really concentrated on the edges of the piece but was also able to take a lot off the front and sides a lot easier with this technique. The final look is exactly what we were hoping for and we really love it!
Funny little side note from Kristen: those flowers in the white pitcher are actually shoots from my bush in the front because my puppy, Kirby, completely destroyed it last fall thinking it was sticks he could play with. This spring when it came back, we had new shoots coming from the ground and about 5 long ones he didn’t get to destroy, so I just had to prune it down!
Anyway…back to the beautiful dresser makeover.. We just absolutely love the character of furniture pieces that have a curved front. And we cannot be any more thankful that Kristen decided to stop by that small town garage sale that random day!
All the antique furniture pieces have such great bones that they stay sturdy pieces forever. Even though they have wear-and-tear from all the years, they are just too precious to pass up. They turn out to be such stunning makeovers!
Did you like that perfect farmhouse pitcher I used to hold the flowers? This was a “found” item from a garage sale, but if you are impatient to wait to find an old one I found some really great white ceramic options online you can get now!
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