When we found this dresser in a thrift shop it was a mess of peeling veneer and splattered paint. The body was in fantastic shape though, and the drawers were in great condition. So we took her home and added her to our pile of misfit furniture to await her makeover.
Here’s a picture I took at the thrift shop with my phone. You can’t really tell in the picture but there was peeling veneer on both sides, gouges in the top and for some reason the previous owner replaced the hardware and drilled extra holes but didn’t fill any of them in. Each drawer had 8 holes that needed to be filled. It was also covered in splattered paint. Doesn’t it look sad and lonely?
My mom, Vicki, took the reins on this one. After filling the holes and repairing the veneer (you can read our method for repairing veneer here), she gave it a couple coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in “Coco”.
The graphic was painted using Annie Sloan’s “Graphite” and the flowers are a custom mix. The base color of the flowers is Annie Sloan’s “Emile”, but we mixed several different colors in to create different shades of purple for some depth. We painted the flower buds on by dabbing with a q-tip. (For detailed instructions on how we paint graphics on furniture, click here).
We replaced the handles with black knobs from Hobby Lobby.
We finished with both clear wax and dark wax, and we chose not to do any distressing on this one.
It’s currently in our booth awaiting its new owner.
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