Category Archives: Dresser

Girly Dresser Makeover in Calypso

My crew headed back to school today and I think it was all a success…if you overlook the part where I wasn’t nearly as prepared as I thought I was, the kids were wound up trying to get ready, Sam didn’t want to take pictures, and we were late. BUT other than that it was awesome! Naaaahhh….there were some challenges in the morning but we’ll get the kinks worked out. The most important part they love school! That is enough to make this mama happy. 

I finished up this dresser a couple weeks ago now and I was thinking it was time to show it off here. 

This dresser belongs to a spunky little chick, Lyndi. I have enjoyed working with Janet, Lyndi’s mom, on a few projects now but I loved how excited Lyndi was about her dresser makeover. 

Before…a blank canvas…

In process…and yes, Minnie was keeping me company.

**EDITED to answer your questions on how I achieved this look… I prepped, primed, and painted as usual. Then I grabbed an oh so lovely roll of wood grain contact paper…of course any pattern will do it is ultimately going to the garbage anyway. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the stencil. I LOVE the Cameo because I was able to create the whole pattern in one length per drawer. I CAREFULLY peeled the backing from the contact paper and placed it down on the drawer front. Next, I peeled up all the swirls and then filled in with white paint. Two coats of white and then the contact paper came back up and VOILA!


This picture shows the most true color, SW Calypso. More blue, less green in the other pics. 

There you have it…a super fun makeover!

Primitive and Proper

Weathered Blues

Whew! It’s been a busy month full of custom goodness. I am so thankful and enjoying it so much! 

I have a fun little rehab to show off today that I just completed for a friend. Christy brought me this fabulous antique dresser she wanted to use in her craft room. I was excited to do something really fun for a creative space! 

Here is the dresser before…


Vintage inspired papers line the drawers…

This piece is quite the mix of colors. After a good cleaning and priming I painted it with a slate blue. It was a little too slate and not enough blue…happy accident. I added two more thin coats of a pale blue oops paint. I allowed the slate color to show through in areas which gave a really nice result thus the happy accident. I am on a bit of a kick with the Silhouette, so I churned out some cutesy tall stemmed flowers. After getting them positioned perfectly I painted two more thin coats of Annie Sloan Graphite over everything but the top surface. Lots-o-distressing and sealer coats later..she’s all loverly!

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Happy lil’ dresser for baby girl

For the love of the baby in this family I flipped this antique pine dresser for her big girl room. I actually did this a couple months ago but had a hardware issue so I just now getting around to sharing it with you all.

The dresser before (actually lovely as it was but it did have some deep scratches you can’t see in the photo)…

I used Homestead Resort Jefferson White by Valspar and added the teal flowers in Catalina by Olympic. I stripped and stained the top dark walnut and the pine soaked the stain up. I love the rich color it left behind. Gave it a good ol’ distressin’ and sealed it up. I found the perfect glass knobs at Hobby Lobby and they had the exact quantity I needed. Umm yea that was perfect until I broke one of them and HL never restocked them. Believe me I checked and checked and checked. So plan B…started over with different knobs and I believe these are better than the first. Check it out…

This mirror was left over from a dresser I painted awhile back but the mirror was cracked so I did not sell it with the dresser. Since the crack was positioned in the corner it was nothing a few rosettes couldn’t fix. Now see if I hadn’t told you you would have never known.

Ohhh and this sweet canvas Auntie Amanda painted for Cate while she was visiting. Perfect in in missy’s room!
I have a few more ideas for her big girl room we will see if all of those actually happen. My plate is full right now and I am loving it!

Aqua Happiness

Whoa! What a crazy couple weeks it has been around here! Things are finally settling down again and I am really trying to knock out my collection of furniture. My goals are always ridiculously unrealistic but it keeps me on my toes I guess. Anyone else suffer from the endless list syndrome? I have discovered since Cate has started Parent’s Day Out on Fridays and I am kid free for a few hours my list for those days are particularly crazy. As soon as I drop off the two eldest my wheels are turning. Silly, I know.

I have a fun redo to share with you that I definitely is one of my most favorite to date. I picked up this pair from Craigslist.


I chose Annie Sloan Provence with Dark Wax. I was so happy all the original hardware was intact because I looooove it. I cleaned it up a bit and reassembled. I stripped and stained the tops dark walnut. Finally, I found a fun print fabric to line all the drawers with.


LAST CALL for October’s workshop! Today is the last day to sign up and pay for your sign. Need more info? Go here.

My fellas are headed out camping again this weekend. I can’t tell you what it does for my heart to see them have their time together. I do love getting my girls all to myself too! I see a round or 12 of Pretty Pretty Princess in my near future. Happy Weekend!

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Pretty in White

This sad puppy was a Craigslist find I actually bought for myself…gasp! I really need some sort of buffet in my dining room and I thought I could transform this baby for just that purpose. Alas, I sold it before I could have my way with it. Not complaining, believe me. My client saw it just as you see it now and wanted it for her daughter’s bedroom in white and distressed.

I was bummed the majority of the drawer pulls were missing. They were so dainty and cute but I was able to use the top row of pulls. I filled the holes on the bottom six drawers, sanded, refilled, and sanded again to replace the pulls with knobs. It turned out nice and smooth, you would never know!

Here she is pretty in white…

I already have found my replacement “buffet.” You love it, I know you do. Ok, maybe not yet but you will. 🙂

We are off to Hotlanta this weekend for some fun with the babes and family. Wishing you all an awesome weekend!


I found this little french inspired beauty on craigslist and I knew there was a pretty little lady under all the blue and pink sponge paint. Yea…you read that right. The look was well…special. She had good bones so it was worth a whirl.

The sponge paint look brings back memories of my childhood room. Bold pink with white paint sponged on. Wowza!

Sanded and primed she was ready for a bit of color. It seemed like a great dresser for a little girl so I went with Seashore Bud by Valspar for the color. It is a creamy color with a hint of pink. The drawer pulls were nailed in and while I could have taken them out I really didn’t see the need so I painted them as well. Then the mouse and I gave it a light distressing. Finally, I used a polycrylic to seal all surfaces with a paste wax finish for the top. Smooooooth as can be.

The drawers weren’t terrible but with all the frills of the dresser I thought they needed a little pizazz. I Mod Podged some paper in the drawer bottoms with a dainty little print in a pale pink.

The dresser has already found a new home with a sweet family. I hope their little girl enjoys her new dresser for many years to come.

Pool day with my kiddos today and finishing up a project or two. Loving Summertime!

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