Aubusson Blue Dresser and Mirror

Wow. It’s been awhile since I blogged! I haven’t been very good at documenting my work these last few months, but this blue dresser will change that!

Irene Reilly, a local interior designer, reached out to me to update this sad dresser for her client, Beth. Beth told us that this dresser had been left in their home by the previous owner. And now it will live in her guest room.



It was paint splattered, had missing and chipping veneer, water rings and rusting hardware. But we all loved the shape and it fit the corner in the guest bedroom perfectly.

Irene and Beth agreed upon a beautiful design for the room which included this bedding set. Window treatments were also done in the large print.

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Irene and Beth decided on Annie Sloan’s Aubusson Blue. It is a lovely blue, but Irene rightly suggested that we deepen the color. And so after paint and Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax, I finished the dresser with Annie Sloan’s Black Wax. This was my first time using her Black Wax and I am in love.


I sprayed the pulls with Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze.


And lined the drawers with a fun paper from Spoonflower that ties into the above fabrics in the room.


As I was painting this piece I was thinking about a mirror that I have had in my inventory for many months. It seemed a perfect piece to paint and use to stage this dresser. So I went ahead and painted and waxed it the same as the dresser.


As it turned out, Beth loved the mirror too. And now they are both happily living in Beth’s guest room. (The mirror is hung a bit high in my photo below. I was too lazy to put another hole in my wall to get it at the right height. But, you get the picture.)


I love when two random antiques come together and seem meant for each other. This happened once before to me with the desk, mirror and bench below. See full blog post here.


Looking forward to our next project Beth and Irene!

… Kristin

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