From Drab to Fab

I told you I would be back yesterday to show you a furniture makeover.

I lied.


I spent most of the day feeding the fireplace and buried under a blanket watching Hallmark movies.

18 degrees with a 3 degree windchill is just ridiculous.

I’m not made for cold weather.


A few months ago…while it was still warm outside, I bought several pieces of furniture for $100 bucks.

And when I say several I mean 4 -5 pieces.

Beautiful, antique pieces.

This dresser was just one of the pretty pieces.


While it doesn’t look all that bad in the pictures I can assure you…

it had seen it’s better days.

IMG_7444The pulls were missing on the top drawer, the second drawer was missing the stopper that made it stop and the top was just all yucky and beat up.

I did a few minor repairs, cleaned her up and gave the top a good sanding.





She looked much better by the time I was done.

I decided she needed to be painted a chalky mint green.

But I didn’t have any and I wasn’t about to go out and buy any.

I’m cheap.

And lazy.

So I just mixed up my own.

I had on hand a pretty emerald green color by Pantone and a shimmery pale yellow color (Lunar Tide) by Valspar.


I just mixed until I had the most perfect mint green ever. Then I added my POP mixture little by little until I had the perfect mint green chalk paint that I wanted. You can find recipes for chalk paint all over the interwebs.  I used the 2 tbsp POP, 2 tbsp Wa, and then 2 c of paint. The 2’s are just easy for me to remember. This paint goes a long way and you will have plenty to finish your piece.


It doesn’t look perfect in the picture but whatever.

I started with the drawers and then went on to the body of dresser.



I also decided to stain the top and boy am I glad I did. I used Minwax woodfinish in Jacobean.  It is absolutely beautiful. The color itself is a great, cool neutral that isn’t too orange, red or yellow. It really brings out the grain in wood giving it a beautiful, aged (but not worn) look. It’s very forgiving and doesn’t show uneven application.



I mean seriously look how pretty that is.




I spray painted the original hard with Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze.

Seriously love that stuff.








See what I mean about the perfect mint green color.

So soft.

So pretty.



As you can see I heavily distressed her.

She is…afterall…


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9 thoughts on “From Drab to Fab

  1. Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope you make it back this week girl! i just adore this and the color so much and I am glad you got to share it with my readers!! I will be doing a post with this included in it soon!! So be on the lookout!!
    Have a wonderful week!! I cant wait to see what you bring this week!
    Jess @liverandomlysimple

  2. OMG I love this! I would be totally honored if you would pop over to my blog and link this up. My readers would LOVE it like I do! This is my kinda project right here lol. I actually opened a craft store last year and this is what we do..we upcycle, refurb and create one of a kind pieces for our store! PS..that color kills me! I need it! Ahh dreamy!
    Jess @LiveRandomlySimple

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