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Dresser After bw

Moving the whole household to a new location, whether it be in the same city or cross country, always has its challenges. One of those challenges is not knowing whether all currently owned furniture would fit into the new house.

Although a move is a wonderful opportunity to get rid of that hideous recliner or ghastly guest room dresser, some of us get attached to certain pieces of furniture and don’t want to part with them either for sentimental or financial reasons. Sometimes we don’t even like those pieces very much, but they are functional, and saving the old ho-hum piece of furniture certainly fits the budget better than spending money on a new one.

The latter was the case with a tall dresser we moved from our old house to our new one. It provided a good storage solution for the bedroom, we already had it (so no money would be spent in addition to all the moving expenses), and even though it wasn’t a solid wood dresser, it still looked decent.

Dresser Before 2

Well, that was just it – decent, but not particularly attractive. So, I decided to do something about it…

With the help of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Linen, Lucketts Green, and Boxwood this little ho-hum piece of furniture was transformed into a whimsical addition to our new bedroom.

Dresser Collage

I only painted the drawers and left the top and frame as it was in order to tie the piece in with the rest of our bedroom furniture, because the color matched that of our newly acquired solid wood bed. As the dresser had a shiny “commercial” finish on it, I added some Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent to the first coat of paint to improve adhesion and prevent chipping as I didn’t want the dresser to have too much of a distressed look.

Drawer fronts were first covered with two coats of milk paint in Linen, and then, I painted the floral design freehand combining milk paint in Lucketts Green (the lighter green) and Boxwood (darker green). When the paint was dry, drawers were finished with Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax and accented with antiquing wax. Last but not least, I added new, oval drawer pulls in oil rubbed bronze finish.

Dresser After

The result was ho-hum no more. It was worthy of a country cottage or maybe even a fairytale bedroom.

Do you have stories of transforming a ho-hum piece of furniture into a whimsical creation? Please feel free to share.