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Layered Gray Dresser

Layering paint to get a multi-colored distressed look on a dresser-Timeless Creations, LLC

Wow…have we been busy lately. Great news for our followers, our storefront is getting it’s much needed makeover! It took us so long to get the shed at the farmhouse cleaned out from all its accumulated junk. Even though it was a lot of dirty work, we found a whole pile of treasures we plan on incorporating into our furniture and decor collection! We can’t wait to show you more on the shop later 🙂 In the meantime, we have a pretty layered gray dresser we painted in between everything else.



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This dresser was another auction find and had some great subtle details we wanted to accentuate. It was in wonderful shape and basically just needed the dirt washed off before we got started. The top also had a weird spot on it where the varnish was wearing off, so we took the electric sander (this is the one we use) to it to make sure everything was smoothed down.

Once the hardware was taken off and set aside, we began by painting a dark gray chalk paint on all of the edges or anywhere we thought would be distressed to show this color. This layer was brushed on at all different angles since it would only be shown in spots.


We used a new brand of paint for this dresser  starting with the under layer of paint which is a dark grey color. (This is the paint we used) When that was dry we then brushed on a lighter grey paint right over the entire piece. This brand of chalk paint actually covered really well and only needed one coat! Even over the dark gray!


To distress this piece we used quite the mixture of techniques to achieve the look we wanted. We started by taking a small spray bottle of half water and half white vinegar, sprayed on over the dried paint, and then wiped down with a cloth. We did this same technique on our Curved Front Dresser, but it didn’t work with this paint as easily as it did with the Annie Sloan. So instead, we took a fine grit sanding block to distress even more.


The dark gray showed through as we distressed away the light gray. In some spots we took it all the way down to the wood underneath it all. We loved being able to see all 3 of the colors!


Then lastly, we took a small brush and dry-brushed some of the dark gray in corners and over and around some of the distressed parts to accentuate it even more. And don’t forget to seal the piece once you have achieved the look you want! This is what we used to give it that protective layer.


To change the look of the old hardware we took the same dark Charcoal paint and painted the bottom layer. Once dried, we just dry-brushed the light gray on top to bring out the details and give them the same two-tone look as the dresser. (For a tutorial on dry-brushing click here)


By using the 2 gray colors we were able to achieve the layered look we were going for which gave this dresser some great character!



It would be perfect pretty much anywhere in the home and we always love a dresser with an attached mirror for extra fun!


Our dresser was styled with a vintage typewriter, a chippy candle holder and some beautiful hydrangeas which gave the piece a fun farmhouse feel.



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Most of the decorative items are “found”, but if you would like to get similar decor we found some online!


We think this would make the perfect statement piece to a big entryway or a fun way to store your linens.


gray painted furniture

Linking to: Rustic Refined, Making it in the Mountains, A Little Bird Told Me

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  • Reply
    Maria Brittis
    July 12, 2016 at 9:24 am

    All your pieces are stunning, just perfection! I have been wanting to change up my furniture to grey! Swoon Worthy

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    Tee at Beauteeful Living
    July 13, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Very pretty! This came out really nice. I love the color you chose. Pinning.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      July 13, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Thank you so much for visiting and pinning Tee! We are loving the color too!

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    michelle james
    July 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I am so in love with this dresser! The color is beautiful as is your staging. Pinned!

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    July 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I love your style! Brenda

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    July 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Wow! It looks really nice, great work!

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    Kimm at Reinvented
    July 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful dresser! I am LOVING the gray tones. Have never tried Rustoleum’s Chalked paint, but I think I sure will soon! Visiting from The Creative Gallery, gorgeous work!!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      July 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much Kimm for stopping by and for giving our dresser some love! We like that chalk paint because it is very budget friendly and covers so well!

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    Donna Reidland
    August 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I love the dresser. It came out so nice! You’re inspiring me and I’m anything but a do-it-yourselfer! I’m visiting today from Our Home of Many Blessings. Have a great week!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      August 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Oh thank you so much Donna, that is very kind of you! So glad we could inspire you, that means a lot to us! Thank you for visiting!

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    Stacey Keeling
    October 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    This is so pretty! I love to see these transformations.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. 😉

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    Grandmas House DIY
    October 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Turned out gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party – pinned – hope to see you Wednesday when the next party starts!

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    Thea Osborne
    December 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Perfect distress work!! I love it!

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    Brenda Young
    December 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Wonderful example of layering and distressing, love the colors. I often spot paint my first layer as well to save on product, superb job ladies, and thanks for sharing at Fridays Furniture Fix!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      December 27, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks again Brenda! We adore how this turned out 🙂

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