Old Dresser…New Memories.

I grew up with an antique oak dresser in my bedroom. It had a mirror on top that could tilt. I remember tilting it down so I could see into it when I was small and then tilting it up so I could see into it when I was much taller in high school. I used to shove photos of my friends, my dog, ticket stubs and more in the frame around the mirror. I remember the {clink} of the brass handles as I opened and closed each drawer.

E dresser 1 E dresser 2

I wanted my daughter to have my dresser… push her own photos in the mirror frame, see herself grow up in the same mirror.

But, it was oak. I’m not very fond of oak. With brass handles. Same sentiment. Something had to happen if this piece was going to make it into my little girl’s new bedroom. So… I decided to paint my childhood dresser!

I painted the body of the dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White. The drawer fronts are a custom mix of Annie Sloan Louis Blue and Old White to work with the beautiful blue wall color that Shady Lady Colors helped me select. I painted right over the brass hardware. The entire piece was lightly distressed and then waxed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.


I hope you will enjoy my furniture transformations as much as my daughter does. She adores her new dresser and already has plans to make the bottom drawer into a bed for her dolls. Why didn’t I ever think of that at age four!?

Do you have a sentimental piece of furniture in your home that could use an update? I can help! Contact me at HazelMaeHome@yahoo.com or 973.727.2107.

… Kristin

After Photos Courtesy of Abigail Thomas Photography

Check out this blog post if you’d like a peek at the other side of my daughter’s bedroom!

Or to see another childhood dresser redesigned click here!


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