My Youngest Client and Her Vintage Furniture

My youngest client so far is a 10 year old girl, one of a set of TRIPLET girls if you can just imagine that! She is one of my daughter’s closests friends and she just loved the French bedroom set we painted for Brie. As she was in the market for a new bedroom set she and her mother decided that this little “gem” of a dresser would be perfect! The dresser was shoved back behind a bunch of other furniture, patiently waiting its turn, so they really couldn’t get a good look at it… which turned out to be a good thing…

This dresser was FAR from perfect, it was extremely dirty, it looked like someone had started a refinishing process on the top and had just given up and some of the drawers were in need of repair… sounds like fun right… not so much… thank goodness the dresser is well made, has a wonderful shape and all the handles are present and accounted for!


The top that appears to have been stripped…

I first removed all of the hardware, sanded down the uneven paint finish and repaired the drawers that needed to be repaired. I painted the top with a coat of Kilz to even up the finish and remove the possibility of any of the remaining stains bleeding through the final finish.

I soaked the FILTHY hardware in a solution of 3/4 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup hot tap water in order to remove all of the buildup and finish… I let them soak overnight…



My client had a VERY specific color in mind so I worked up a few samples for her to choose from and luckily she found one she liked! It is an equal parts mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White & Greek Blue and CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Hill Green… so YUMMY!


Blue Green Painted French Dresser Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell

I am in LOVE with this beautiful shade of blue-green… I think it could make both a blue and green lover happy!


Just the right amount of distressing and a nice top coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.

Blue Green Painted French Dresser Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell

Also, because some of the drawers were pretty gross I cleaned them, sanded them where necessary and primed them with a coat of Kilz. I then painted the drawers with a can of “oops” paint from Lowe’s, it just happened to coordinate perfectly with the chalk paint!


I sprayed the handles with Rustoleum’s Chrome spray paint… How great do they look now!?

Chrome painted drawer pulls handles

I am also painting a bed for her in the same shade… I’m pretty sure she will love her new furniture and she will become a vintage furniture lover for life! Maybe that’s the key… get them hooked on quality vintage furniture while they are still young Winking smile

I seriously hope you liked this makeover as much as I do… I think this is going to be my new favorite color!

Thank you for all of the great comments week after week, I love hearing from you!

Until next time…

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  1. Bianca absolutely loves the dresser, she’ll be so excited you mentioned her on your blog, she loves the fact that you told her she was your youngest client 🙂


  2. It is never too early to start filling a young mind with the appreciatioin of beautiful things. My 2 1/2 year old niece often comes to play and to stay at our house. We have quite a few antiques and vintage French pieces. I also have a sizable collection of porcelain dogs many of which are Staffordshire.

    While I don’t let her play with my most expensive pieces, the rest she has free rein. We taught her to be “gentle” about a year ago. It is amazing how careful she is. She also loves to get out my design books and design magazines. Like the rest of us, some pictures she likes (and goes back to again and again) and others not.

    Can’t wait to help when she is ready to decorate her own room. However, maybe by then, she won’t need any help!

    BTW – I, too, love that blue-green color.

    From My Slice of Provence, Charlotte


  3. Beautiful new dresser for a lucky little girl. I am re-doing my daughter’s room now and just painted her furniture that was my grandmother’s. It is amazing how fresh paint can give an old piece new life!


  4. Beautiful job, Susan! What a great dresser ~ I love the shape of these. Love the hardware and your tip for cleaning them up. They cleaned up nicely.


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