A Dresser For the New Baby

I don’t always have a story about the pieces I refinish, but this time I do and it’s a good one!

I have a wonderful neighbor friend (Julia) who sent me a picture of an old chest of drawers, she wanted to know if I would like it as her friend was giving it away… Umm, yes PLEASE I replied! Unfortunately it was spoken for before I could get my hands on it, I was very disappointed! However, Julia (now my new “agent”) contacted her friend and let her know about the work I do and suggested she come see some of my stuff. Her friend (Barbara) is pregnant and just moved into a new (and bigger) house and is in need of some furniture. Barbara ended up buying the awesome stenciled chest for her husband… who LOVES it by the way… but as we were talking she showed my some pictures of the set she was giving away… I think I politely informed her that she was crazy but I can’t be sure Winking smile

So between Julia and I we convinced her to keep the set and allow me to refinish it for the baby’s room… she was only sort of convinced that she would like them, but she had her hubby drop off the pieces anyway…

Other than significant veneer loss on the sides and a few onlay wood pieces broken, it was in good condition, but better than that it was going to be just beautiful and was going to make a perfect changing table / dresser!




vintage dresser refinished painted old white chalk paint

I knew it would be beautiful, but I am just thrilled at how it turned out! I was lucky that I was able to salvage the top… after sanding down the finish (100 to 220 grit paper) I stained it Dark Walnut and then conditioned it… in order… Dark Walnut Watco Oil, Howards’ Feed-N-Wax, Annie Sloan Dark Wax & finally Annie Sloan Clear Wax! It was a lot but I wanted to be 100% sure that the top was oiled and sealed because she was using this as a changing station as well as a dresser… you just never know…


I also stained and conditioned two other areas on the front of the dresser, I love the way it breaks up the paint. I painted it in Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… she’s having a little girl!


Where I had to remove some of the onlay I highlighted the areas with my gold paint pen or gold Rub-N-Buff.

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She had the baby’s name all picked out so I stenciled the initials with gold paint…


We were both pleasantly surprised with the way the knobs turned out! This is the original finish on them… I just cleaned them by soaking them in a solution of ammonia overnight and Viola! gorgeous handles!


As I said Barbara was very concerned that she would not like this when I was done… I don’t think she is concerned anymore Smile

vintage dresser refinished painted old white chalk paint

This was the last custom piece I am doing before the Lucketts Market coming up in May. I still have to finish the tall dresser that matches this chest… but that will be for after the market! This is the before of it though… can you believe she was giving these pieces away!

I hope you like the dresser transformation! I think it is easy to see how these pieces can be beautiful once again… for me it’s all about looking at the lines and details of a piece… the color and condition are irrelevant as that can be changed!

Thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!

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  1. It is so inspiring to see your vision of each piece and then how fabulous every piece turns out!! The changing table/dresser is amazing. Who wouldn’t love it? Great work. And good luck at the Luckett’s Fair.


  2. ohhhh I love your finds and your work…good job its awesome! wish I lived closer, maybe someday a vacation when retired to Lucketts spring fling!!


  3. Susan, that’s a huge WOW!! What a fantastic piece and what you did to it is uniquely beautiful. I’m so in awe. I especially love the little monogram and the two darker areas that highlight the sweet character of the piece. You do wonderful work!


  4. Oh Susan is this one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen! I love the special touch of stenciling the babies initials on it in gold! Thanx for joining THT.


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