Rustic Oak Dresser Makeover

If it seems like I’ve been cranking out more furniture makeovers than normal lately . . . well, I have :) I wrote last week about the selling binge that has been going on at my mall and my meager efforts to keep up with the demand. This great antique oak dresser was next on my list of pieces to finish up in my garage, but it needed a good deal of work.  So, needless to day I was so glad last week when my hubby asked if there was anything he could do to help me on any of my projects! repainting with chalk paint I knew I wanted to go back to a natural top, so I sent him to work with the Citristrip and orbital sander.  He was a good worker, and had it ready for me to work on this weekend.  I wasn’t sure exactly what direction to take it, but knew it would be a good piece to practice some more hand painting techniques. repainting with chalk paint More inspiration struck after I refinished the top.  The beautiful oak grain showed through so well once all that pink latex was gone, all I could see in my mind was a natural colors scheme to compliment that great oak.

After some hunting around at my local Maison Blanche paint dealer, I found the perfect new color to try, a very muted green-gray called Hurricane. how to use chalk paint Of course it painted on like a dream (another great chalk paint success!) and was ready for its hand-painted design in about an hour. how to use chalk paint I loved the motif of my Cherry Blossom Dresser I painted a few months ago, so I decided to try it again with a twist.   how to use chalk paint Here it is, the “Nature Dresser” as I like to call it :)

If hand-painting scares you, it shouldn’t!  This design took about an hour and a half to paint, and trust me, I am no artist.  I drew out the design on paper first, then lightly drew it in on the chest in chalk.  how to use chalk paint The blossoms are collections of “comma” strokes, and I’ve learned that the less perfect they are, the better. how to use chalk paint

I really like how the muted green and hand painted details coordinate with the oak top. how to use chalk paint Look at that beautiful grain!  I finished it in just one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut and two coats of Plaster Paint Soft Wax.   how to use chalk paint There’s still a little bit of pink latex running along the edge, but it does’t bother me.  I’m not going for perfection, more for character–and I think the little bit of old paint shows that this dresser has lived a long life. how to use chalk paint how to use chalk paint The red knobs are from Hobby Lobby, and I think add a fun color contrast to a pretty muted piece. how to use chalk paint how to use chalk paint This piece will be up at my ACM space shortly, priced at $275.  I hope you like it!

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5 Comments on Rustic Oak Dresser Makeover

  1. Erica
    August 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm (12 months ago)

    So gorgeous! LOVE the little knobs and flower detailing!

    • Melanie
      August 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm (12 months ago)

      Thank you Erica! I’m glad you like the knobs, I thought they were the perfect touch.

  2. Patti
    August 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm (12 months ago)

    Love the beautiful job you did with this piece! The painting on the front is so creative and the knobs are the perfect little jewels. We’d love to have you share at WIW, hope you can join us.

  3. Carrie This Home
    August 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm (12 months ago)

    I’m really impressed with the hand painting you did on this dresser! The white flowers on top of the creamy paint color looks so beautiful! This will be one of my features at the next Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    • Melanie
      August 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much Carrie! I’m so excited to see it featured, I appreciate it :)


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