French Poem Dresser Using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint


*Disclaimer:  I received product in exchange for writing this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I would never suggest a product I don't love!



Let's face it, we all have our obsessions.  My obsessions are too lengthy to list here, but I will admit to having an obsession with Paris and French themed.  

I came across this cute vintage pine dresser that needed some help.  It was boring, the varnish was peeling off and it was missing most of it's drawer hardware.   I enjoy working on pieces that are simple and a bit boring because those are the projects that deliver the WOW factor.  

I got a bit ahead of myself (what's new?!) and started sanding the top of the dresser before I got a picture.  Here's the best picture I have before.  


I started by cleaning the dresser, then sanding the top.  This isn't a dresser with a lot of detailing or anything that makes it stand out, which made me think it would be great to stain the top.  I bought a new stain that I hadn't tried before in gray.  I applied the gray stain to the top and immediately I couldn't stand it.  Then I added another coat of stain in dark walnut, still not happy with the color.  Lastly, I added another coat of antique oak and the color was what I was looking for.  

I will try the gray stain again on another type of wood and see how I like it then.



Once the top was done, I painted the body of the dresser in DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Lace.  In-between coats I sanded the painted finish with 400 grit sandpaper to give it a nice smooth finish.  

Next I got to work on the drawers.  I painted the outside trim of the drawers using the Lace color.  The middle panel of the drawers I painted in Yesteryear, also by DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint.  

To add a bit of 'wow factor' I used my Royal Design Studio Springtime In Paris Stencil on the front of the drawers.  I used a bit more of the Lace paint and stenciled on a few lines of the poem.   I waxed the drawers to seal and protect the finish, then added new mercury glass drawer knobs for the final touch. 

Here's how the dresser looks now!




The lighting was perfect the evening I took the pictures so I decided to take them outside.  I've always loved photographing my pieces outside, but that's not easy when you live in Illinois!!  






















This dresser has already found a new home.  It's going in a sweet baby girl's room.   I love working on projects for girls, it's nice to get my girlie on and do something feminine!

I'm on the hunt now for something similar for my master bedroom!!

Let me know what you think.  I always enjoy hearing from you!

Take care and thanks for reading!















The Paris Dresser That Didn't Want To Cooperate

DISCLAIMER:  I was provided with product for this post.  All the opinions are my own. If I don't love a product, I won't share it with you.




I'm REALLY happy that I finally get to share this dresser makeover with you!  

Last year I found this beat up waterfall dresser at ReStore.  I wasn't going to buy this one.  Waterfall dressers aren't one of my favorite styles.  When I went to leave the store, I knew I couldn't leave it there, I felt like it needed my help.  So, of course I went back in and bought the dresser.  I'm a sucker for an ugly duckling!

Dresser Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

There are times when I honestly wonder how I made it through another day!  I don't mean that in the sad sense, I mean I'm constantly forgetting where I put something, what I'm doing in a room and locking both sets of smart keys for my Mini Cooper in the car.  You might be wondering how that last one is even possible.....even I don't know.  Welcome to my life!  

I'm writing about all of this to explain, I wrote a post about a milk painted dresser awhile back.  I'm re-writing it because,  well.....I somehow deleted the post the same day it was posted and I could not get up the energy to write it over again.  I put the post on the back burner where it stayed for months.  

The back burner is off and it's moved up in the rotation! 

I bought this dresser and a vanity at an estate sale in Connecticut.  I went to the sale two days in a row.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to pay more than I normally would for this set.  I knew I'd keep them both for us, so I made the investment and took them home.  

I knew I had to paint the pieces.  They were both in pretty good condition on the exterior, but amazing on the interior. 

Unfortunately, I don't have a before picture for this piece.  That's a whole different story and I don't want to talk about that one!  HA HA  

I'll jump right to what I did to makeover the dresser. 

 I mixed up my Ironstone and Flow Blue Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.  I'd been planning on trying this brand of milk paint for awhile.  I have since used it many times, but this was my first experience with the paint.  

I gave the dresser one scant coat of Flow Blue.  I wanted a small pop of color to show through on the top.  I let the paint and dry, about an hour, and applied another coat.  I let the paint dry completely and the flaking began.  I sanded and scraped all the flaking paint off the top.  I painted the entire dresser with two coats of Ironstone.  The rest of the paint on the piece flaked off just as I had hoped!  

The fun about using milk paint is you won't know if the paint will flake at all, where or how much.  There are ways to help that along, wax or vaseline.  If you don't want any surprises, you can add the bonding agent to the milk paint and it will prevent flaking. 

When the paint was completely dry, I began sanding off the flaky areas.  After sanding, I used a plastic putty knife to scrape off all the flaking painted areas.  I sealed the paint with hemp oil and changed the knobs.  She was done and a real shabby chic beauty!


Here's the finished dresser


I love how the milk paint flaked in all the right places!










I love this dresser and I've enjoyed having it in my home.  It's one of those, "I could never part with this one."  That is until your tastes change, which happens all the time to me, and you want to go another way.  This one is for sale and looking for a new home!

Thank you for reading.  Have a great week!


Vintage China Cabinet Makeover--Off White Chalk Paint™


Hello!!!  I have a project I've been dying to share with you.  I put lots of blood, sweat and tears into this one and I couldn't be more in love with the results.

Let's start at the very beginning....do you have the song from the Sound of Music in your head now?  Yes, let's start at the beginning.  I found a china cabinet for sale on a local FB sales group and liked it right away.  Honestly I wasn't going to buy it becasue I knew just from the picture this was going to be a huge job.  I gave it a more little thought then decided it was a good fit for my dining room.   

Beach Inspired Cabinet Using Nautica Paint

Disclosure:  I was provided a gift card to Menard's to purchase the Nautica Paint and supplies.  All opinions and comments are my own.  I wouldn't recommend a product unless I loved it!


I've you follow along with me on my blogging journey, you know I'm always switching things up around here!  So when Nautica Paints approached me with the idea of working with them on a beach inspired room makeover I was all over that idea!!

This is the first part of a three part post.  This first post is about the cabinet I reworked and painted with Nautica Paint.  

A New Look For a Purple Cabinet



Hello!!!  I have a fun project to share with you today.  A few months ago one of my neighbors asked me to paint a purple cabinet she had bought at a garage sale.  She's got the patience of a saint because it took me a long time to get to this one.  I had a lot of other commitments and finally had time to give this purple cabinet a new look.

Furniture Refresh Girls October Theme "Inspired By"





Hello!!!  I'm happy you're here!  This is a big occasion for My Passion For Decor and several other bloggers because this is our first installment of 'Furniture Refresh'.   Each month myself and the other bloggers will share our project for our 'Furniture Refresh' theme.  This month our theme is Inspired By....this can be anything from Fall, to the color white or in my case French country design.  
Let's get this party started shall we?!