Refinished gray painted dresser chest of drawers

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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  1. 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!


  2. 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!


  3. 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…!


  4. 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


  5. 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.


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


  7. 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!


  8. 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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