Friday, October 18, 2013

Cottage Green Dresser

Little cottage style dressers are just my very favorite pieces of furniture and I'm totally loving this one!


And the funny thing is, it's been sitting in my garage for several months. I just wasn't feeling very inspired by it. A neighbor dropped it off and it just looked so sad.


But once I finally looked beyond the shiny finish, the wonky drawers and the dangling hardware, it really was in surprisingly good shape.

 
I know, hard to believe right?


And it's getting to be that time of year. Our holiday sale is right around the corner and I need to wrap up painting so my car can reclaim the garage for winter. So I've been a woman on a mission this week - a woman with a paint brush in her hand!


Once I sanded her down, I was excited to see that just maybe the top was in good enough shape to stain.

 
Actually, the top was in near perfect condition!


I used a pre-stain conditioner, dark walnut stain and two coats of poly. Be sure to sand lightly between coats of poly, it makes all the difference!


The body of the dresser is a custom mix of Annie Sloan Antibes Green Chalk Paint and some leftover aqua paint (remember I'm cleaning out the garage). I personally love the color Antibes Green, but some people find it a bit bright. My friend Karen at Restyled Vintage (her dining set was featured at the party on Tuesday) has painted quite a few pieces in a custom mix using Antibes Green and she inspired me to do a little mixing of my own. I just love the resulting shade of cottage green!

 
And don't you just love sweet little details like keyholes!


I just happen to be married to the drawer whisperer so that wasn't a problem and of course shiny new hardware was a must!

 
After painting, I gave the body a light distressing and finished up with a coat of wax.


I'm really excited about the way this one turned out! Now it's back to the garage. I have the cutest white cottage style china cabinet to finish. And like I said, I'm a woman on a mission!

I'm sharing with...
My Repurposed Life
 
 

31 comments:

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What an amazing color choice and I love the top too! You've got a nice day for painting here today. Enjoy!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is a super cute piece! The glass knobs look great against the green.

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Love it... so sweet & fresh!!

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Love it... so sweet & fresh!!

Allison@FabRehab said...

Excellent work!! I didn't realize you can mix chalk paint with latex...great tip!!

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

Just beautiful!! The color is truly stunning on this piece! Lovely job.

RPK Interiors said...

It really did look tired and unloved, but your color choice and saving the top was just what the doctor ordered! It's beautiful!
Robin

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love it!! Love those knobs!

Dawn said...

It's perfect now, I love the color.

Curtains in My Tree said...

As Larry The cable Guy would say
Get Er Done LOL
(i'm not red neck ) really

You did a fabulous job on the little dresser
I have some old drawer pulls like was on it originally and I painted them on a little with dresser and they look great

I am in the mood to paint also

Melinda Hartzog said...

What a great transformation...love the color too!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

That color makes the piece stunning! Love this Sharon!

Katie said...

It's gorgeous Sharon! Love the stained wood with the green!

GirlRural.com said...

This is perfect! I see this living in the dining room with silverware and linens in the drawers. Or, perhaps an entryway piece would be great! Love it!

Susan D said...

I love this color! You did a perfect job on it!

Barbara said...

Sharon your dresser came out beautifully! I love the fact that you mixed another paint color in the with Antibes green. I have some of that paint color in my arsenal...now I am thinking why not go ahead and paint my roadside find nightstand with some tweaked AS chalk paint. Great idea!!!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!
XO Barbara

BlueClearSky Elizabeth said...

Wow, such a pretty piece and what a striking difference from the before. I love love the wood top and knobs too. Oh, and the keyholes! Good luck with the rest of your painting. I have three dressers and two night tables in our garage.

priscilla said...

So pretty ! Love the wood top and the paint color !

Cindy DIYbeautify said...

This one is a real little beauty! Just love it :)
Cindy @ Diy beautify

Hetty said...

Love it Sharon, that color is spot on!

Good Time Charlie said...

What a great makeover! Very pretty. I cannot believe you have another sale coming up. It seems like you just had one!

Restyled Vintage said...

Sharon that dresser looks amazing and I LOVE the colour you mixed! Thanks so much for linking back to me, glad I inspired you :)

xx Karen

Wendy@Sometimes Twice said...

I love this dresser! The color is absolutely perfect!

I Restore Stuff said...

Found you via Restyled Vintage on Facebook. What can I say, but I LOVE this dresser. Nice work!
- Sharon. (Australia)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Great piece You clever girl you saved and salvaged

Jane @ urbanejane. said...

What a transformation! I love the colour you picked :D

Danielle said...

Love the color, Sharon. x

Laurel Stephens said...

I love it when you clean out your garage! I can hardly believe this is the same dresser after you worked your magic on it. It's gorgeous! The top is so pretty, and I think you made a brilliant choice to stain it. Hat's off to you for mixing that lovely shade of cottage green, too.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

LOVE that color! and the new hardware and the wood top!!! love love love!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Sharon! I love the color and I love the top stained. I have to go through some things I stashed in my craft/sewing room. Small things, but I should just get them painted and get them out of there.

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