Wednesday, September 19, 2012

French Dresser

This sweet highboy was dropped off at my shop. The front looked great, but the veneer on the sides was all ripply (is that a word?) and peeling off. Greeeeaaaatt! Well, considering how much veneer I've been peeling lately I thought I might as well get this one out of the way, too. I used my trusty iron again (it really is looking rough and not smelling too much better!) and peeled just the sides off. I recently bought myself a quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) because I've heard so much about it. It was my birthday present to myself (if you knew how much I paid for it you would understand why!). One of the benefits of chalk paint is there is no sanding or priming, so of course I was excited to save myself a little bit of work!

 I had a vision for this little dresser, but went back and forth with myself (totally like the angel/devil thing on the shoulder in the cartoons! I'm not even kidding.) because I knew what I WANTED to do with it, but I also know what SELLS. I hate having to make that decision, but that's just the way it is. I had a great conversation with one of my friends (who also happens to work for herself) and she inspired me to go ahead and give my vision a go. So glad she did! I couldn't stop smiling when I finished!


Some people have asked me what is under the veneer.  It usually depends on how old the piece is.  More often than not this is what's under there.  Mystery solved!! :)  It can be pretty rough so I sanded it with 80 and then 180.  It's not perfect, but it is an antique dresser after all.  ;)


This is Paris Gray and they were right!  No sanding, no priming, and it distressed like a dream (another benefit).  I loved working with it, now if I could only find a way to pay half price for it!! ;)

It's a beautiful, soft, light gray, and there's a lot of variation in the color.  I love that about it.  It gives a lot of depth (which you can't really see in the pics).

These knobs are just gorgeous.  I think I've told you before that I love all different textures together and I love mixing old with new.  I like the "bling" of the hardware against the aged look of the paint and the dark tones of the wood.  Oooh la la!  :)

Yum!!  These are so great.

I used crystal knobs on the top drawer just because I like that they are a little smaller and a little more subtle. 

I like that the top has a more rustic feel.  

Love the "backsplash", too (is there a real name for that piece??).

And, of course, I had to line the drawers with this beautiful French typography fabric!

dimensions:   32"W x 19"D x 45"H

Linked up here:                                          Carter's Cottage



  1. I just bought that same fabric! lol~ You do have amazing taste darling~ :) Would love for you to link up to My Monday Muse at Carter's Cottage!

    1. lol--thanks! :) And thank you for the invite. :)

  2. Lisa, Ooh la lah is right!! That dresser turned out so great. I love your choice of knobs. I really need to try that chalk paint out. Thanks for your visit to my blog. I'm your newest follower :) I would love if you'd follow me back.

  3. Just a little helpful hint that another blogger told me might want to turn off word verification and you may not even know that you have it on, but it prevents a lot of bloggers from commenting because it's so annoying. I hope you don't mind me telling you. xo

  4. Thanks Kitty! I didn't even know it was on! I hate when I annoy people. ;)

  5. Oh she is just pretty as can be!
    Love her legs!
    Thanks for linking up this week...hope to see you next week at the Autumn Inspiration Linky Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. Lisa,it is so lovely...I might have to peak at the envelope! My whole room idea is changing... you have such a gift. I think it is a great accomplishment when someone can see one of your creations, and just know that you did it. You put your mark on every piece, and I think you leave a little bit of your spirit with it.

  7. Thanks for linking up last week! This week is the big GIVE-A-WAY!
    Hope you link up this week!

  8. Beautiful job! I jsut painted an old oak dresser in Paris Gray, with an overlay accent in Old White. I need to find the perfect knobs and drawer pulls like yours, and so far no luck! Would you be able to tell me where you found the 6 beauties you have here?

  9. I may have missed it but where did you buy the knobs?

  10. Beautiful!!! Do you mind me asking what stain you used for the top?


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