Revisiting My Most Popular Post....White and Neglected Dresser

A little more than two years ago, I refinished a dresser I purchased on Craigslist.  The dresser had great bones, but needed a lot of TLC.  Here's a link to the original post White and Neglected Craigslist Dresser Turned Green Beauty

In case you haven't seen this post, or you've forgotten what it looked like before,  here's how it looked before.


 One of the things I loved about this dresser was the sides.  I'm a sucker for slats!!


When I did this piece I had been working with Chalk Paint™ for six months.  I'd heard a lot of buzz about making DIY chalky paint, so I figured I'd see if it was as great as everyone said it was!  I found my color, Behr's Happy Camper, then used a recipe for DIY chalky paint I found on Pinterest.  

Before I could start painting, I needed to strip and sand the top as well as scrape off peeling paint from the rest of the dresser.   I stained the top in a mix of stain until I was happy with the color.  



I began painting the body of the dresser in my DIY chalky paint in Happy Camper green.  I really love the name of this paint, not to mention the fun color!

This is how the dresser looked as the paint was drying.







After the paint was nice and dry, I went over the paint with a coat of Annie Sloan soft clear wax, then a coat of dark wax.  I lightly distressed the high points and the areas I wanted to highlight.  For the drawer hardware, I spray painted the existing hardware with Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze (my fav spray paint and color!).

Here's the finished dresser.....









I can see why this is my most popular post.  I love this dresser and honestly never thought I would part with this one.  However, after I had the dresser for a bit, I sold it to a friend of mine.  She had always loved this piece and I knew she would give the dresser a good home.  My house is a revolving door for furniture.  There are pieces I love and will never sell, or at least I think I won't sell them!  You never know! 

I hope you enjoyed going back in time with me today.  It was fun to revisit this project.  I think it's important to look back and reminisce from time to time.  

Thank you for reading!!  Have a wonderful 4th of July!  


10 comments:

  1. Fabulous & Gorgeous! You are the DIY painted furniture Queen my friend!

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    1. Awww thank you Mrs Major Hoff :-) You made me smile from ear to ear! (HUGS)

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  2. That is a really gorgeous color, Melody! The whole dresser is fantastic. Gives me a little push to finish up one of the pieces I have waiting for me out in the garage which has a similar shape... I really love the look of a dresser with legs - all the dressers in my life have just sat right on the ground!
    Great work!
    -breida

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    1. Thank you Breida! That means a lot to me because you're one of the bloggers I follow regularly and love everything you touch! I can't wait to see your finished dresser project :-)

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  3. I love the key holes! The dark wax looks awesome too.

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  4. Visiting from Haven Newbies. Love the green! (My favorite color.) How did you strip the paint? I have never refinished furniture! Love how your dresser came out!

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    1. I use Citristrip a lot. It's a good one to use because it's not toxic and it's water clean up. Thanks for visiting and for the comment!

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  5. Melody, I can totally see why this is your most popular post! I'm looking for a green furniture paint color, and I'll definitely be checking out Happy Camper. It's a really great color! I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you're interested!

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    1. Thank you Jena! Love Happy Camper! I'd love for you to feature this on your blog. Thanks so much :-)

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