Redesigning My Own Dresser

In between client projects last month I was able to squeeze in a project for myself. I love when I do that!

I had painted the drawer fronts of this dresser in my own master bedroom a few years ago. You can see the full blog post about it here.



But I got a new area rug in the bedroom and I started to bring in some more blues – specifically navy. I’m loving navy right now.

I have mainly used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint since I started painting furniture. I have tried other furniture paints, but nothing has compared to the quality of Annie Sloan in my opinion. I have mixed a beautiful navy using Annie’s paints before – I used it on this cute little step stool on the other side of our master bedroom.


But, I have wanted to expand my paint choices and went on a search. I found General Finishes Milk Paint…. and I love it! They have a beautiful navy called Coastal Blue. Before I started to use this “new to me” paint on client pieces, I wanted to try it out. So, my dresser was painted again!

(I didn’t want to lug this dresser downstairs to my lighter, brighter spot to photograph, so these images just don’t do it justice! You have to see this blue in person! It’s lovely! Come over to my house!)



Did you notice that I also painted the front legs blue? PS – don’t mind the floors! Refinishing the hardwood is #127 on our list of things to do in our 1935 home!

Since it is my dresser and the added time doesn’t equate to added cost, I also painted each drawer entirely – inside and out. And lastly, I lined with paper from Spoonflower, my favorite paper source.


I finished with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax and since my brass pulls didn’t clean up as nicely as I had hoped — I sprayed them with brass/gold Krylon spray paint.


I’m so glad this project is done. When I have more time in between client work, my husband’s vintage dresser will be next!

Finally, did you notice the beautiful peonies!?!? They are from our local florist, The Flower Shop on South Avenue in Westfield. If you are ever in need of a beautiful arrangement, stop over! They are so helpful and the shop is oh so cute! Aren’t they amazing?


… Kristin


2 thoughts on “Redesigning My Own Dresser

  1. Those peonies are gorgeous! Here in Minnesota our peonies are going to burst into bloom any second now. I just love peony season. And I also just love that little stool. I have a similar stool that I originally painted in MMS Tricyle and covered with a vintage tea towel (you can see that here: and it ended up languishing on a shelf in the garage. I’d been thinking about giving it some sort of grain sack stripe makeover and now seeing yours has sealed the deal. Thanks for the inspiration!

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