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Old Dresser Makeover



I love furniture that I inherited from my grandmother. It brings back memories of my childhood, family gatherings and celebrations. It holds stories and smells of history and I treasure everything she left to me. However, some pieces are better quality and have stood the test of time better than others.


This is the story of how I salvaged and transformed one of those pieces that had seen better days. Here it is in all its old, faded and chipping glory.




I wanted to transform it, but truthfully, I was nervous. What if I messed it up? What if I didn’t do it justice? What if I insulted it? Oh the What Ifs…don’t you just hate them?


But then I remembered what all my amazing DIY blogger friends always say…”It’s just paint!” There…I was ready.

I headed off to Bagbey House and had a little consultation with my friend Kris Bagbey and he eased my fear and angst. Again he said…”It’s just paint.”


Bagbey House sells Vintage Market & Design Furniture Paint. I wanted a French Country look because anything French in my book is always a good idea. After what seemed like forever, I chose French Grey and Espresso for the top of the dresser.


Normally you wouldn’t have to do any prep but in my case a little sanding was needed.


I USED A FNE SAND PAPER TO REMOVE ANY OBVIOUS WATER MARKS. AND ALL THOSE LITTLE ROUND MARKS ARE CANDLE WAX FROM CHRISTMASES PAST. APPARENTLY I DIDN’T GET IT ALL OFF.

While I was sanding…Emmie found a cozy place to hang out in one of the drawers.



I moved everything to the garage and with great trepidation…I began. The paint goes on so easily and dries very quickly in spite of the humidity. Did I mention it’s been like 550 degrees with a lot of humidity? Still – the paint dried.


I applied two coats of the French Grey all over the dresser. Next it was time for the Espresso Color on the top. In an instant everything started coming together. I really love the contrast.



I used a 2 inch brush for the large areas and a 1/2 inch brush for the nooks and crannies.


I applied two coats of paint and let it completely dry. Once it was totally dry I got into it with a fine sand paper to distress it a bit…but NOT TOO MUCH! Don’t go crazy with distressing. Start off with an easy touch and then decide where it might need more. I sanded more around the outline of the indentations and details on the dresser.


I took my time with the sanding because I didn’t want to have to go back and paint again. Once I was satisfied it was time for the final step which is applying the wax. I decided on the clear wax, however VM&D makes a dark wax if that’s your preference. Remember I was going for a French Country Look.


The wax seals the paint and gives the piece a lovely, very light sheen. It’s NOT glossy.



My husband Dominic put the original handles back on the dresser. I kept the handles in their tarnished original state on purpose. If I had cleaned them, it would have ruined the outcome.



So here it is…my new, old dresser makeover.


I REALLY LOVE IT AND IT LOOKS JUST PERFECT IN MY ROOM.

It’s true…everything old is new again. I’m becoming addicted to painting furniture. It’s therapeutic and it’s a blast to play with this new easy-to-use, luscious paint.


If you want more information on Vintage Market & Design Furniture Paint, visit their website for colors and tutorials, but if you live in Franklin or are planning to visit – go see Kris Bagbey.


How did I do? Do you like it?


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