Tuesday, February 5, 2013

French Dresser Makeover

Part of my slowly-evolving bedroom makeover began with this dresser…
It’s the companion piece to the Chevron Side Table that I redid for my office area.  I actually stalked Craigslist for this type of dresser for a while and was so lucky to find both pieces for $75.  My sweet hubby made the trek to pick these up after working one day.  He’s a keeper ;).
Here she is now, all dressed up and in her new home…
french dresser redo
I painted this dresser in Annie Sloan French Linen, a lovely color that is the perfect combination of beige and gray.  I love the way the color morphs between light and dark depending on the amount of light in the room
french linen dresser home
I liked the original hardware (and didn’t want to spend money on replacing nine handles), so I gave them a good cleaning and reinstalled.  This is a traditional French provincial piece, and I want it to look as such, so the flourish hardware remained.
french linen dresser close
I also did not distress this piece (at least not yet).  I used the same chalk paint technique that I used on the Curio Transformation and the Nautical Aubusson Blue Desk to achieve a smooth, even color.  I did run into some trouble with the laminate top.  My second coat of chalk paint started pulling up the first coat (pretty sure it was due to humidity), so I sanded the top to rough it up a bit and then had no problem after that. 
french linen dresser
I’m still slowly finishing up the details of my bedroom makeover… it takes time when you’re on a budget, you know?  You can see some glimpses in these photos if you look closely: new wall and trim paint, new curtains… now I just need to commit to some wall art.  Anyone else have trouble with that part of decorating or is it just me?
I have a couple more projects in the works in addition to the bedroom makeover, so stay tuned.  Coming up later this week: a fun little spruce up to my front entry, inspired by the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in Texas lately.
Have a great week!

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  1. looks awesome this color, rhonda!

    :) popping by via tuesday's treasures and would love to have you visit my blog when you have a moment.

    smiles to you.


  2. You did a great job! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  3. Very lovely. I have a similar dresser which is part of my ongoing master bedroom makeover.

  4. What a pretty piece- great job on the makeover! I absolutely love the color.

  5. Beautiful piece! Those dressers always clean up so nice. Great staging, looks great in your BR.

  6. This dresser is gorgeous. I love that color. The hardware fits it perfectly.

  7. Hi Rhonda...wanted to let you know that we featured your beautiful makeover at The Inspiration Gallery. Thank you so much for sharing. http://www.craftberrybush.com/2013/02/the-inspiration-gallery-features_9.html

  8. Beautiful....such a nice makeover...LOVE painting dressers and bringing them to life again as you have. I have a similar triple dresser that I gave a facelift too as well...come on over and visit and check it out...It's on my sidebar...Happy Monday, Mariaelena

  9. Can't wait to do this myself love your blog :) stay blessed! !


  10. Can't wait to do this myself love your blog :) stay blessed! !



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