It Was Just Right: The Tale of a Furniture Makeover


It’s been four years since I first saw the image of the blue bench in Veranda magazine. It was love at first sight, and I’ve been looking for just the right piece to paint ever since.

I first tried painting my husband’s childhood toy box with  some leftover blue paint in my garage, but it was too light.

Then I painted an accent wall, but it was too….well, it was a wall.

But, the other night I painted this two drawer chest,

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 with newly golden hardware, and

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wood peeking through the chipping paint,

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and it was just right.

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Here it is before,

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and after… a very happy after.

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And just in case you see a photo of a beautiful blue chest and want to create your own furniture makeover, here are the supplies you’ll need when you find that just right piece:

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Legacy

DecoArt Americana Clear Creme Wax

DecoArt Americana Deep Brown Creme Wax

Paint brush

Clean, white rags

Gold Rub N Buff



Clean the furniture piece with a damp cloth.

Paint the furniture in Legacy

Add water to some Dark Wax and use brush to create a wash over paint

Coat furniture with Clear Wax

Add a coat of Dark Wax

Buff with a clean, white cloth

Use Rub N Buff on hardware.  I apply it with my finger, then buff with a clean white cloth. 

I’m sharing this furniture makeover with Miss Mustard Seed at Furniture Feature Friday.


See you in class,

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  1. This is perfect! I love it and had to create a new Pinterest board just for that beautiful little dresser. You’ve got great vision.

  2. Donnamae says:

    Really lovely…great color…you made it come to life! 😉

  3. Mary Jo Hamilton says:

    I love it!!!

  4. Wow! What a transformation. Love it, Sharon.

  5. Beautiful color!!! Don’t you love it when something turns out perfect??!! Luv it!~~Angela

  6. Patt Butti says:

    Sharon, Beautiful job…you’re so right…just the perfect piece for it. Love the blue accents also. I know what you mean about trying it out in other areas. My porch at the TV…had brown and aqua accents. Cushions, etc. I got the aqua paint and painted a little nightstand. Instead of an accent, it just stood out. Have to keep looking… After massive paint done here, finally got it all back in place, then ripped it apart for a garage sale….now…I’m just on overload and trying to recoop. Great job…Patt

  7. Beautiful transformation, Sharon. You did a great job on this piece! ❤️

  8. Sharon this is so pretty and the perfect shade of blue. I am going to check their paint out, I have heard so many great things about the product.


  9. What a gorgeous color Sharon! You did an awesome job and the piece looks lovely in your home.

  10. I love it! Gorgeous shade of blue- great job on this, Sharon!
    I’m not getting my emails from you…signing up again.

  11. bummer…I switched from feedburner to mail chimp hoping that would fix the problem. I hope you start getting the emails again.

    And thank you for the compliment…I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

  12. Thank you so much! It’s my favorite makeover so far. I actually thought of you when doing this since we both like color.

  13. Cynthia it is a good product…great coverage, no prep or sanding needed and it’s affordable.

  14. Why, thank you, Tami! Come see it in person!!

  15. Thank you, Patt. You’ve been busy! Painting can wear you out…it does me. Glad you’re in recoop mode.

  16. I’m so tickled, Angela. This one turned out better than I imagined, and yes it’s a great feeling.

  17. Thank you!

  18. Thank you, Mary Jo. I am really happy with it, but was even more excited when my husband and daughter both said they love it, too.

  19. Great description, Donnamae. Thank you! …so glad I took the plunge and painted it.

  20. Oh my goodness, I’m not sure I can get a better compliment than that. Thank you!

  21. LOVE this. The blue is absolutely perfect.

  22. That is just wonderfully perfect! Great job!

  23. I am so flattered that you love it! Thank you!!

  24. Wow, what a compliment. Thank you, Jill.

  25. It looks sensational. The painted version is so much better! Great makeover Sharon!!

  26. Thank you, thank you… and to think I was nervous about painting it.

  27. It is stunning Sharon! Blue perfection!

  28. Simply gorgeous, love the color

  29. Your dresser looks beautiful painted, so much better! I love how you’ve paired the brown leather with blue, I just bought some leather couches and was wondering what I should do with it… I was going to go red but after seeing that beautiful blue, I think I’ll go with blue. Thanks for the lovely inspiration!!

  30. Red would look great too. And any day I inspire someone is a good day!

  31. Anonymous says:

    So pretty! The blue cabinet immediately caught my eye from your feature at Pamela’s blog and I had to pop over to see more detail. I love blue in decor and this is such a pretty shade. I especially like it against the brown leather.

  32. Perfect color, Sharon! I love it!

  33. Gaa-orgeous Sharon!! I love this blue color too! I fell in love with this color when my husband brought me back a beautiful Lapis necklace from his deployment to Afghanistan – it’s the same color…. a rich blue – not navy and not royal blue but somewhere in between! The dark brown wax is a clever idea to layer with the blue and clear wax! Love! xo Heather

  34. Thank you, Heather. And, I bet that necklace is stunning!

  35. What an amazing piece! What a beautiful, rich blue, I Love it Sharon!

  36. SO pretty! That blue is fabulous- perfect for your living room.

  37. Love the design of this piece and the way your painted it. A+

  38. Kimberly says:

    Hi. I love this piece! I never used the wax as a wash before. Did you buff it before the coat of clear wax and what was the water to wax ratio? I’m looking forward to trying this!

  39. Thank you, Kimberly. I did not buff the piece before the clear wax. I didn’t have an exact water to was ratio…just thinned out the was a little with some water to give it a glaze like consistency. I know that’s vague..sorry. But the American was is more liquidy than other soft waxes to start with, so it doesn’t take much water to thin out.

  40. That came out so great! I love that color! Congrats on your upcoming blogiversary!

  41. Hey there, Sara! Thank you!! I can’t believe it’s been 3 years.

  42. Your project came out beautifully! I really love the layering of colors. So pretty!

  43. Thank you, Lauren.

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