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.
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.
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,
and these reproduction knobs that replaced the old handles are a very close match to the original knobs, which I left in place.
I’m so, so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and painted this dresser.
Not only are the finished results better than I imagined, this project has become my Cinderella.
UPDATE: Four years later, I’m still glad I painted the dresser and have painted many pieces since. And if you’re ready to start your first furniture painting project, be sure to read my beginner’s guide to Chalk Painting.
See you in class,