A Masculine Dresser Makeover For The Hubby





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Two years ago, while my friend was visiting from Canada, she and I went to one of the best estate sales I've ever come across.  I found so many pieces of furniture that needed to be made over.  The best part of this sale?  The prices!!  There were so many furniture pieces, that by the time I went back to the sale for a 3rd day in a row, I was able to score most of the pieces for a song.  

One of the pieces I found at this sale, was a very solid and heavy rock maple dresser.  It was sitting in the smelly basement at the sale and it was calling my name.  It's been moved around to three different houses, patiently waiting for it's makeover time to come.  Well, that time finally arrived last week.  

Here are some before shots of the dresser.


The dresser was in serious need of some love.  The top was peeling and had some water damage and gouges.  The rest of the piece was dirty and scratched up.

This piece was beat up, but incredibly solid.



I'm not a fan of colonial style drawer hardware, so that also needed to be updated.  



The main reason this piece kept getting pushed to the bottom of the to-do list was the fact I had no idea what I wanted to do with it.  I knew for sure I would paint the piece and change the hardware, but that's where the inspiration stopped.  

My hubby's birthday is coming up next week and I've been working on getting his home office set up and decorated for him.  The office has been the dumping ground for everything under the sun.  He's been pretty patient throughout the process, but this office is at the front of the house and it's the first thing you see when you walk up.  This was bothering him and as much as I refused to admit it, it was bothering me as well.  Time to get to work!

In thinking of what I wanted his office to look like, I knew I wanted reclaimed wood and masculine colors.  We found a desk at the Restoration Hardware Outlet a few weeks ago and this was my jumping off point.  I finally had an idea for that maple dresser!!

I recently received some new paint to try from DecoArt.  It's a chalky finish paint called Americana Decor.  I received two colors for this project Everlasting and Relic, as well as their Clear Cream Wax.    The colors worked perfectly for the hubby's office.  I was interested to try the paint and see how it stacked up to my other favorites.  Before I go into more detail about the paint, I want to talk price.   There is a price point difference compared to others types of chalky finish paints I've used.  The price for this paint at Home Depot is $8.48 for 8 ounces, which is a great price.  The wax for the same size runs $11.49.  

I started my project by stripping and sanding the top of the dresser.  I removed the hardware and filled the holes so I could replace the hardware with new pulls.  I wanted to stain the top and paint the rest of the piece.  For stain I used a dark walnut gel stain, then finished the top off with DecoArt Clear Cream Wax.  I do have to say the wax was easy to use.  It has a more liquid consistency than a wax consistency.  I just wiped it on with a lint free cloth, there was no need for a wax brush. 

For the rest of the piece, I painted 2 coats of Everlasting, which is a nice, bright white.  Then on top of that I applied one coat of Relic.  Relic is a great grey...it has a hint of blue and depending on the light the color changes.  I really love it!  I wanted the Everlasting to show when I lightly distressed the piece to give it that layered and aged look.  Instead of sanding the piece with sand paper to achieve this look, after the paint was dry, I used a wet rag and wiped the paint off where I wanted the color to show through.  I picked areas where there would be wear over the years, like edges and high points. 

Once the wax was all dry, I buffed it to a bit of a shine.  I drilled holes for my knew hardware, attached the hardware and I was done!   

Here's this beauty all done and staged for some pictures.



I'm quite happy with how this piece turned out!  It's masculine enough for the hubby's office, but if we ever needed to put it to use it in another room, it would work anywhere.


When I first bought the dresser I wasn't in love with the curvy part under the top, but now that it's painted I like it!










I'm glad I changed the drawer hardware as well.  The drawer pulls are from Hobby Lobby.  They were on clearance for $1.36,  if you can believe it, so for a little over $7 I got all six drawer pulls. The hubby thinks they're concrete. They feel a bit like stone, but they're not rough so they've been tumbled or smoothed.   I really like how the grey veining ties in with the paint color.












It was fun to use a new-to-me paint brand.  I've used so many paints and I was skeptical about this brand, but I was very pleasantly surprised.  It went on nicely, the consistency was good and the coverage, especially for Epic, was phenomenal.  I will definitely use this paint and wax again in the future.  I do have one small complaint however, I wish the paint came in a larger container.  Eight ounces just isn't enough.  For someone like me, I like to go buy my paint in larger containers, especially for the colors I really like.  If I'm sampling a paint, I don't want a big container.  However, when you paint a lot of furniture and do DIY projects, it's nice to have your go-to paint colors on hand.  I used my whole eight ounce container of Epic on this piece, as well as the entire container of Everlasting.


Now I just need to get the rest of the hubby's office done.  Baby steps, baby steps....that's what I keep telling myself.  I want him to have a space that reflects his personality, where he can shut the door, work or relax and take conference calls in comfort.  He works very hard for our family and he deserves a special place to call his own.

I want to know, have you tried DecoArt chalky finish paint?  What's your favorite go to paint brand?

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22 comments:

  1. What a beautiful makeover! I love the two colors you chose and the piece looks totally transformed! I was impressed with their paint line too!

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    1. Thank you Shanna!! I must say the paint was a lot better than I expected. I tend to get stuck in that 'you get what you pay for' mentality and with this paint, that's not the case. I will definitely try some more colors!!

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    1. Me too!! Give it a shot. I heard the colors are not so readily available in the CT HD and Michaels. So maybe order them online or just see what they have in stock. You'll like the wax too.

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  3. Love this! And your staging is perfect!

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  4. Another beauty!! I'm impressed with the coverage, look, and price. I will have to give it a try. But, I do have a question: what do you use to fill the holes where the unwanted hardware was? It is impossible to tell you've even done it. Very impressive!

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    1. Thank you so much Storybooker! For the holes, I used Elmer's Interior and Exterior Wood Filler Max, Carpenter's Wood Filler. It worked great. I apply it with a Bondo application and I find it's a lot easier to get a smooth finish. Of course I had to sand a lot as well to get it smooth. I hope this helps!!

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  5. It looks great! I love the color! I have tried the paint and I really like it. I just wish I could find it in larger quantities. I am still sold on ASCP. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! Yes Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan is great I love it too. I really enjoy trying new paints and colors and this was a great option for sure. Will it be my go-to? No. Like you I want it in a larger container. :-)

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  6. That looks amazing! I totally have a dresser that needs paint and I've been dieing to try this paint. Maybe they'll send me some? ;) I've been to one estate sale and the prices were crazy high, but it was very cool to walk through and day dream.

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    1. Thank you Laurie! There are a lot of those estate sales out there, that are insanely pricey. I've been to a lot of those. I want to go to some auctions, but haven't figured out where they're held here yet. Hoping soon!! Do they sell DecoArt in Canada???

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  7. What a transformation! Love how it turned out, and I love how you accessorized it! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I want to say really "pretty" but that not's very masculine, is it?! Lol! Such a handsome, rich piece now, and you are right, I'm totally loving that curve now that it is painted. The new knobs were a great find!! I'm new to the whole painting furniture world, have only tried ASCP and MMS milk paint. Glad to have found a new blog to come back to! Great work!!! Love the staging too:)

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    1. I think it's pretty too! It's masculine and pretty at the same time, if that's possible LOL. Thank you for kind comments!

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  9. I love it Melody!!! I have one very similar to this...and, it is sitting in my basement from oh about a year ago..oops! I am working my way to it!

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    1. Thank you Lynn! Don't worry about it! Mine was sitting in the basement for 2 years. I always buy when I see something I like and it's a good price, which means sometimes it sits for awhile waiting to be done :-)

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  11. What do you do on the inside of the drawers? Do you just paint the face and leave the drawers?

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    1. Nancy, it depends on the condition of the drawers. If they're in good condition, I only paint the fronts. I find that if I paint the sides of the drawers, the paint gets scratched over time.

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