the cinderella project: a tale of a furniture makeover

I loved the maple wood,
but I could just see the dresser painted.

I could see how beautiful it would be: how a coat of paint would not only transform the tired, old dresser, but the living room too.  So, with careful consideration I chose Annie Sloan’s Chateau Gray.

After two coats of paint, I decided to take a break and look up the history of this furniture.  I googled “Yorktown for Flanders” and found an ad in “The Victoria Advocate” dated March 30, 1965.


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Then I found this photo from an auction that is exactly what the dresser looked like in my parents’ bedroom when I was a little girl.  Seeing the photo brought back a flood of childhood memories….

I had to take a deep breath and remind myself that it is still the same dresser underneath the paint…that this furniture makeover is a good change.

A beautiful furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chateau Gray. See the amazing before and after at Mrs. Hines' Class


Once I reattached the hardware and scooted the console back into place, it was like it was meant to be.

The new Chateau Gray color really brings out the colors in the rug,


A beautiful furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chateau Gray. See the amazing before and after at Mrs. Hines' Class


and these reproduction knobs that replaced the old handles are a very close match to the original knobs, which I left in place.


A beautiful furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chateau Gray. See the amazing before and after at Mrs. Hines' Class


I’m so, so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and painted this dresser.


A beautiful furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chateau Gray. See the amazing before and after at Mrs. Hines' Class

Not only are the finished results better than I imagined, this project has become my Cinderella.

A beautiful furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chateau Gray. See the amazing before and after at Mrs. Hines' Class

In the next day or two, I’ll share more about my first experience using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, or any chalk paint for that matter.  

In the meantime, I’m sharing my pride and joy at the Power of Paint Party with Domestically Speaking and The Scoop.

See you in class,

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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  1. Beautifully done, as always! Can’t wait to hear the details of how you liked Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

  2. Well, since I saw on Facebook that you had been working on it, all day, I just had to come over and take a look. Beautiful job! It looks great in it’s new coat ! :-)

  3. This came out beautiful! I love the color you used, you did a wonderful job!

  4. Thank you for coming over to see the console, Susan. And for your kind words of support. I appreciate it!!

  5. It is beautiful! I am actually off today to either pick up ASCP or CeCe Caldwell’s paint in red… yes I am painting my flaking sofa! Because otherwise I am going to cave and buy a new sofa which I am becoming increasing smitten with… yes one that is beautiful and luscious… oh it is so hard!! (its the Broyhill Tribeca… and it is on sale at one of our local furniture showrooms, actually on clearance as it just is not selling here, especially in the red… but I LOVE it!)

  6. Oh Sharon, it turned out beautifully!!! What a transformation!!! I can see why you’re so happy with it!!! Looking forward to your thoughts on chalk paint!~~Angela

  7. Oh it turned out beautiful!! My grandparents had a dresser very similar to that one. I remember it so clearly.

  8. Peggy…. I’m so torn for you…. You can’t beat a clearance sale on a piece that you love.

    I’ll be anxious to see what you decide to do and if you paint the sofa, I can’t wait to see how that turns out.

  9. Thank you Angela…the dresser makes me smile! I’m just tickled to death as my mom would say. :)

  10. Isn’t is fun to be transported back in time by memories like that?

    The great thing about this makeover is that I’ve turned my mother’s dresser into my media console… but all the memories are still in tact. Win, win.

  11. Great job Sharon! The color you chose goes perfect in your living room! :)

  12. Where do you buy the Annie Sloan paints?

  13. Marty, I bought mine from a local retailer.. Michella Marie & Co. in Old Town Spring. Are you local?

    If not, you can visit Annie Sloan Unfolded and search for a retailer in your area. If there aren’t any retailers near you, they do ship it.

  14. Thank you, Laura. It was the safer choice, but I’m so glad that I went with Chateau Gray.

  15. Looks fantastic, Sharon! LOVE, love, love it!

  16. Thank you, Julie. I have to say I’m really pleased with the outcome.

  17. That dresser looks beautiful painted and it looks perfect in your living room!

  18. thank you, thank you, Heather! I was just looking at the dresser earlier this evening thinking how pretty it looks painted. I feel like I got a new piece of furniture.

  19. THis is absolutely stunning!! Reminds me of a piece I had as a girl :)

  20. I’m so flattered by your kind words, Kristin. Stunning works for me!

  21. Sharon, this looks fantastic and you did such a wonderful job! Absolutely the color you used! You are bolstering my confidence that perhaps I can try something like this in the new year! (Maybe?!) Pinning and sharing! Hope you have a happy Sunday!

  22. What a HUGE improvement Sharon, I love it!

  23. Beautifully done! Love the color!

  24. Thank you so much, Candy. I have to admit I’m really proud of this one!

  25. love love love the after!!! Awesome makeover!

  26. Oh,thank you so much, Martina. That’s a high compliment coming from you… I love everything you do!

  27. So nicely done and a lovely piece. How cool that you found the original ad too.

  28. Thank you very much. Finding the original really made this project a little extra sentimentality.

    Thank you for visiting Mrs. Hines’ Class!

  29. Hi Gal,
    What a lovely job you did on the dresser… Such an improvement. I am so glad to see things that aren’t that aqua color everyone is using ALL the time. This color is soft and your right, brought out all the colors of the rug.
    Beautiful job also on the bookcases. Less is more. I have to keep telling myself.

  30. Much better. The hardware makes all the difference.

  31. Thank you! I think so too. :)

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