Sometimes You Just Never Know

Sometimes I never know how a piece will turn out until I start on it… ok, if I’m really being honest I frequently have no idea how it will turn out, but I love the process of finding out!

This was a beautiful chest of drawers, but it had drawer front veneer issues which didn’t allow me to just refinish the whole piece, I needed to paint it, trust me on this one…


It came with a mirror too!

Here it is a Lucketts! The top I sanded down and stained Dark Walnut. I also added a couple of coats of Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut to put moisture back into the surface. I finished it off with a coat of dark wax… it truly came out GORGEOUS!

Stonington gray painted vintage chest of drawers dresser

See what I mean about the top? Look at that shine!

Stonington gray painted vintage chest of drawers

The cabinet I painted with a product I LOVE called Cabinet Coat, I painted my kitchen cabinets in it over 4 years ago and they’re still in great shape. My favorite paint store, Virginia Paint, carries it and tinted it for me in Stonington Gray. Yes, I know it may look white but it’s not… it’s just the lightest of gray… FYI the only “downside” to Cabinet Coat is that they can only tint it in light colors Crying face

Stonington gray painted vintage chest of drawers

I just have to show you a close up of the knobs… they are by far my favorite! I soaked them overnight in a solution of ammonia and water (4:1), brushed them with a soft bristle brush and rinsed them off. I think they are pewter… I’m a sucker for great hardware I know!

Beutiful vintage pewter dresser hardware

A soon-to-be Mom bought this chest at Lucketts, but she didn’t want the mirror because she was going to be using it as a changing table / dresser. So now I have the mirror left over if anyone needs one, it’s painted the same Stonington Gray, let me know if you are interested!

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Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on June 17, 2013, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Love it


  2. Oh Susan this is gorgeous!
    I’m working on a similar one – and I’ve added a mirror – I figured they could take the mirror for when it’s no longer a changing table ( most of my dressers go in nurseries for some reason )
    Beautiful job!


  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    What a beauty! I love the process too – at least most of the time. Never heard of that paint, but it sure sounds like a good find. And doesn’t it make you smile to think about having this piece in a new baby’s room! It may become a family heirloom!


  4. I love this! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t know how something is going to turn out until it’s finished. I always think I’m supposed to have some great plan, but I rarely do. And rarely does something end up like I think it might…!


  5. Hi Susan, This turned out beautiful, love the color of the top, and the Paris Grey is great too.
    It is always a surprise in the end, and what a pleasant surprise this was, right? Lovely


  6. Nice rehab, Susan! It’s great to hear that Cabinet Coat is good paint … because I ended up with a quart of it by mistake when I sent The Husband for trim paint. Now, I just have to wait till I have something to paint white.


  7. My mom and I have been nervous to try this, but now I think we can do it. Thanks for posting it on Make it Pretty Monday.


  8. Beautiful, beautiful. Love the color and the top color. I want to do something in that color. Thanks for sharing. Karie


  9. Your chest looks amazing!Love the color! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria


  10. My daughter said I needed to check out your site and get inspired to tackle some furniture pieces that she has had in mind. That looks beautiful. Now I’m inspired! Thanks


  11. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    The dresser looks so pretty. What a great color and it turned out beautiful. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


  12. What a beautiful dresser! Great job!


  13. Oh lovely! You may not have known how it would turn out, but it sure looks a whole lot better. Very fresh and stylish now and I’m sure the new owner will love it for her nursery.


  14. OK Im a total sucker for furniture redos!!! You should come show it off at a Linky Party I cohost every week “DIY Showcase”! It opens every Sunday!!! Hope to see ya there!


  15. I almost bought one of these last week! Now I am regretting it!!
    I am having a Paint Party on my Blog and I would love you to come link up
    Hope to see you soon



  16. I love the way your dresser turned out! I was wondering what kind of wax you used on the top? I dark waxed a coffee table after stripping and staining and it’s so streaky. So sad after all that work!


  17. Beautiful! Question: I bought a similar piece and the mirror shows “age spots” that I haven’t been able to get off. It looks like you got yours pretty new looking..any tips there?


  18. lilyfieldlife

    hi Susan , it’s absolutely beautiful and I’m sure was snapped up. I love it when you strip back an old top of a cabinet and it’s beautiful wood underneath. love the paint colour you chose also
    Fiona, Lilyfield Life


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