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Curved Front Dresser Makeover

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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!

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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.

painting a dresser

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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shabby chic dresser

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.

curved front dresser

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!

chippy dresser ideas

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!

Chalk Painted Dresser

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.

Chippy dresser

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.

chippy dresser

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!

distressed painted furniture

painted dresser inspiration

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!

Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue

French Country furniture

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!

Painting dresser ideas

curved front dresser

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!



antique dresser makeover

antique dresser makeover

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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Opal Innocence | Wayfair   Vintage Decorative Pitcher | Wayfair   Antwerp Pitcher | Wayfair

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BIA Cordon Bleu 2 qt Pitcher | Wayfair                                          Carly Pitcher | Joss and Main

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  • Reply
    June 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    This is so pretty! I pinned it to one of my furniture group boards. I love the color you chose!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much Bre! We just absolutely love the color too! A Furniture Group board?! Is there any way we can apply to be in that group board as well?!

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    Maria Brittis
    June 9, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I am in love this is one of the prettiest re-do i have seen… it ranks up there, will pin it, there are lots of pretty re-do out there, but something special about the color and furniture piece you picked.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Oh Maria, thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate them! I almost passed this little beauty up because it was more expensive than I wanted to pay…So glad I got it! It was a fun re-do. Thanks for the pin too!

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    Michelle James
    June 9, 2016 at 7:17 am

    This is beautiful! I just love the color!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 9, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Oh Thank you so much Michelle! Duck Egg is one of our very favorite Annie Sloan’s paint!

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    June 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Oh goodness – this turned out SO beautifully!! Nicely done, girls! 😀

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so much Sarah!

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    June 17, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Beautiful Job on this makeover! Please share with us at the Thursday Favorite Things Link Party live each Wednesday tat 8:00 p.m. I would love to share one of your beautiful creations!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Thank you so much Debi for stopping by! Thank you for the invite to join your link parties, we will definitely be adding it to the calendar!

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    Amy | Canary Street
    June 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Love this piece! Such a pretty color.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 22, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks so much Amy! I’m pretty sure it is my favorite so far 🙂

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    June 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Such a beautiful dresser! Love the color against that stained top! Thanks for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!

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    Five Marigolds
    August 4, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I love furniture makeovers! Thanks for sharing.

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    August 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    It doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture. I just love your color choice. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      August 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks Shirley! We love that color too! Thank you for Hosting the party!

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    Angie Rose
    August 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    You really gave this antique dresser such an elegant look. I really love that duck egg blue color! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      August 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you Angie! That is one of our favorite colors too!

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    August 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Amazing transformation. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      August 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting, Sahana, we will definitely be back for more link party fun!

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    October 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    What a beautiful transformation!! Love the paint and wood look combo!! I’m glad the flowers came back, and they look great in the pitcher!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks so much Keri! Luckily that plant is a hardy one 🙂

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    Angela Boone
    October 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Your Dresser turned out beautifully. You’ve inspired me to get to work this weekend.

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