The Paris Dresser That Didn't Want To Cooperate

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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!

I'm sad to say I don't have any before pictures!  I lost them  when my last computer crashed and burned on me.   Take my word for it, this dresser was a mess.  It had peeling veneer, tons of deep scratches and it was pretty beat up.

I knew I wanted to take advantage of the dresser's flat front.  I don't come across a lot of dressers that have nice flat fronts.  I purchased a couple of Paris prints from the Paper Source to apply to the drawer fronts.

I started painting the whole piece in a blue-gray chalky finish paint.  I wanted to bring out the blue in the print.  When I was finished painting, I wasn't in love with the color.  I figured I'd go ahead and finish with the color, then see what I thought.   Sometimes it's best to reserve judgment until you're done.  

I decoupaged the print onto the drawer fronts and made a huge mess!!  I had to pull the it all off and start again.  

Then on my second try,  I got the order of my drawers mixed up. When I attached the print this time went on perfectly.  I put the drawers back in the dresser and quickly realized my mistake and messed up the order of the drawers.  They needed to go in their original order to fit.  I might have said a few choice words after realizing my mistake.  After this absentminded mistake, I decided it was time to give up on this one for awhile.  

I felt defeated and disappointed that I'd made such a dumb, rookie mistake!!  We moved the dresser  into the basement where it sat for months.  

Here's mistake #2, the mixed up drawers!


I ordered two more of the Paris prints from Paper Source.  When they arrived, I still wasn't ready to try again so they sat in the closet waiting patiently.   

This week I decided it was time to get that dresser done.  I started by painting the entire dresser with DecoArt Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Lace.  Lace is a beautiful off white.  

I painted three coats of Lace, then sealed the whole dresser in DecoArt's Soft Touch Varnish.   

Once that was done, I attempted to decoupage the Paris print on the drawer fronts.  Again, this dresser and the print were not getting along.  I had to pull the print off once more.  To say I was discouraged is an understatement!  

Luckily I had one more print, and yes this was the fourth one I had to use.  

Thankfully, this one went on just as planned!  I used DecoArt Paper Decou-Page™to attach the print to the drawer fronts, then sealed them with three coats of the Deco-Page™.  

My last step was to add new drawer knobs.  I had five different options I was trying to decide between.  I finally settled on black ceramic knobs.  I've had these knobs for four years and I've been waiting for just the right project to use them on.  

I'm beyond thrilled to say this dresser, that didn't want to cooperate, finally did decided to go with the flow!  

Here's the finished dresser.
















There are times when it's best to walk away from a project and comeback to it later when you've had a break.  I didn't think this one would ever get done, but my patience paid off and I'm thrilled with the results!

Has this happened to you with a project?  I'd love to hear about yours!!

Take care, 








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?!

Modern Farmhouse Inspired Kid's Desk



Hello!!  I have a fun project to tell you about today!!

Last week I was out shopping with some friends.  It just so happened the one friend was picking up a vintage table they bought on a local Facebook garage sale page.  When we got to the house the owner had quite a few great pieces for sale.  

I spied this beat up, dirty and stained solid oak school desk.  I have a true love of desks.  They're not the easiest to refinish, but I'm always drawn to desks and I enjoy working on them.  Luckily I was able to purchase the desk and get it home the same day, thanks to my friends big SUV!