Mid-Century Dresser turned Sideboard

Last year was my year to discover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and actually paint some pieces that I really needed in my house.

For years we have only had a table in our dining room. While there is nothing wrong with having just a table, I have really wanted a hutch or other piece to store dining room linens and just clear some clutter from the kitchen.

At the end of the summer I stopped by my friend’s garage sale and found a perfect mid-century modern triple drawer dresser she had for sale. I didn’t know for sure if it would work in the dining room, but I knew I could use the piece in multiple places in my house. My friend got this dresser from her grandpa and he was the original owner so it was in great shape.

Here is the before picture, texted from her phone to mine!

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I wasn’t sure at first if I would change the pulls on the drawers or not. After looking at the drawers and thinking of all the work it would take to move the pulls to a different spot, I decided to just spray paint them.

I had been wanting to use French Linen since I saw it on some samples in the store.


I need to get better at taking “during” pictures, but I worked on this off and on during the fall and had it done right before Christmas.

It’s perfect for the dining room! I now have a place for placemats, tablecloths and napkins. Since there are so many drawers, we put art supplies in the bottom drawers to make it easier for Isabelle to keep that all organized.

Here is what it looks like now:

ASCP: French Linen Dresser

I used an oil-rubbed bronze spray paint for the handles and am happy with how they look like against the gray. The chalkboard I made from an old picture someone gave me and I’ve been having fun finding new things to draw on it.

Surprisingly it hasn’t felt as cramped in the dining room as I thought it would be, which is nice.

I’m linking this to a couple of Link Parties this week so next week I’ll finally show you the desk I worked for the guest room.

Linking to:

Shades of Amber

DIY Show Off

Read more at http://diyshowoff.com/2013/02/10/that-diy-party-3/#8u0EqlJI5zW0uVZ8.99



Step One: Get the paint

This morning I stopped by the stockist in town for ASCP. I have a feeling I’m going to painting a lot of furniture in the near future (or at least thinking about it a lot!). 

This shop was great because besides they had 6×6 wood square samples with each color in a clear wax and an added piece in the dark wax. So you could really see what the colors would look like. 

I went to see what I could get for my desk. Originally I was thinking I would get Paris Grey or Louis Blue. After seeing the samples and talking about the wax. I decided that I only liked Louis Blue with a dark wax, so I am waiting on that until I get some practice applying the wax. 

I ended up getting Duck Egg Blue because I liked it with the clear wax and then I can decide to add the dark wax later if I want. It’s a nice blue green that looks great next to the tan color that I want to paint on the walls in the guest room. 

I was so excited that I got one coat on the front of one drawer to see what it’ll look like. I think it’s going to turn out nice. I need to do some prep work on the desk itself still so I’ll get that going before I can keep painting it. So far I’m just sad I hadn’t found this when I was doing Isabelle’s bed last summer- this would have been perfect for it! 

Desk update

Well, I posted that I found that great desk to turn into a vanity/dresser for our guest room and then summer happened!

I haven’t finished it yet, but, I did find a shop in town that actually carries the paint line I want so I’m checking it out tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll find a good color to use and I can get going on it.

In the meantime I think I found another furniture project. My friend is selling is mid-century-ish dresser that I want to use for a sideboard in our dining room. We have no dining linen storage and I would like some drawers for kid art supplies. The dresser has nine drawers so it would be perfect.

I don’t have pictures of that one, but when I get it, I’ll post them.

This time of year is always crazy because everything starts up again that I am involved with- so hopefully I’ll get some time in to work on some projects. I am making myself not start any new sewing projects until I finish my stack of current projects, maybe I should add furniture/home projects to that list too.

A little progress

My last post was about the desk I found at a garage sale. I’ve been trying to decide how to proceed with this rehab. I don’t want to rush it and really want to make sure I love the piece when I’m done.

I had a chance last weekend to go to a great antique show and luckily one of the stores that sells Chalk Paint was there! I was glad that they had their paint samples. They also had a sample based on paint with a clear wax and paint with a dark wax.

After checking it all out, here is what I’ve narrowed it down to.

First choice would be Paris Grey with a clear wax.


This is pretty much how it would turn out. The clear wax would be clean and crisp and not look distressed.

My second choice is Louis Blue with dark wax.


The dark wax will actually darken it quite a bit and give it a very distressed look.

Here is an example of Louis Blue without the dark wax. Then here is a desk that looks similar to mine with Paris Grey and some dark for distressing.

What do you think? Any ideas?  I still need to get a picture of the wall color it will be next to. It’s a medium tan so I think those colors would work either way.

p.s. Shades of Amber is a great blog to see examples of the paint in use. Check it out!