Baby Boy Dresser

Whew! It is sooo hot outside, these are the days when I really should be painting inside!

Anyway, this is a dresser for a client of mine in Northern Virginia. She is having a baby boy in August and wanted a special piece for the nursery… So I found this piece at auction and fell in love with the little drawers…

Can’t you just see all of the tiny baby socks going in the little drawers?


It was very roughed up, but was solid maple and VERY heavy! Check out the side handles!


The front fascia foot board had come loose so I screwed it back on and filled the holes. I also had to fill in a few areas of missing veneer as well… but over all this piece was in great shape!

This is the top after it was sanded down, so much better!


Here it is after a coat of grey tinted Kilz… huge difference already! I know with ASCP you don’t need to prime, but I was concerned with bleed through of the “ugly” on the top!


I lightly distressed the piece by using 150-220 grit sandpaper on the highlights, this picture shows you the difference in the color of the paint once I applied the wax to it (the waxed side is on the right). The color is a 50/50 mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Louis Blue & Old White.


This is my handy-dandy way of softening the wax… stick it in the 95 degree sunshine on my scoot-n-go! I makes the paste wax go on like butter!


These knobs won’t be the final knobs as my client is providing the knobs for the piece… I like these though, just not for a baby boy’s room… I really like the way the original maple is peeking through the paint, just enough to show some depth.


You can see how even a light distressing on the side brings out the faint ridges where the boards were joined.


The sheen that the wax provides really stands out in this shot! Seriously the piece is super smooth… I just love this little front fascia foot board!


I also wanted to share an interesting thing happened to me during this project… I had painted (after priming) some of the drawer fronts sample colors to show my client knowing I could easily wipe the paint off with water after she choose a color… well the chalk paint CLUNG to the primer and didn’t want to come off! I was very surprised and I ended up having to sand the drawer fronts down… just food for thought for those of you out there using ASCP.

Also, many of you may know this but in case you didn’t I also wanted to let you know that if you have drawers that don’t open smoothly anymore all you need to do is apply wax on the wooden drawer glides, both in the cabinet and on the drawers, and they will open smoothly again. I heard you can also use a bar of soap, but I had wax so that is what I used.

I hope you all are trying to stay cool in these super hot days! What happened to our Spring?

Thanks for stopping by… and as always I love reading you comments!

Until next time…

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  1. It looks great Susan! Thanks for the tip about chalk paint on primer. I’ve never done that, so good to know it will stick. Stay cool this weekend — paint indoors!


  2. You made it a gem! Thanks for the tips too. I haven’t used the paint yet, but these things are good to know for when that day comes.


  3. This is seriously the cutest dresser for a baby – loving it!
    Your newest follower – would love to have you visit and follow back


  4. This is really lovely. You left a nice comment on my blog so I thought I’d come on over and visit. I see you have a picture of a weimeraner, I have one in my family too:)


  5. I accidentally left my wax outside to long a few weeks ago before using it and also discovered how smooth it goes on when it’s a little melty. Great dresser, perfect for a nursery!


  6. I used a similar dresser for my children, all freshly painted and had a mat on top and it doubled as a diaper changing station. You did a great job with this. It’s terribly cute with those handles!! Saw you at T-Da Tuesday!


  7. Hi Susan, I am completely obsessed with this dresser. We just had a baby boy and this piece would be perfect for his nursery. How would I go about finding something similar?


    1. I know, it’s like the perfect baby dresser with those little drawers! I bought this at auction so I’m sorry to say I would have no way to help you find one similar, but check Etsy or your local Craig’s List, you may find something that will work! Good luck with the new baby!


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