Painted French Dresser

Today I am sharing a familiar dresser… When things get moved around in my house they often are up for a makeover.  This little dresser has had a few.  She was one of the first pieces I bought when we moved here to Texas.  Poor thing was in desperate shape in need of lots of love.  I wasn’t blogging then but I painted her out the old fashioned way {clean, sand, wood filled the top a ton, sand some more, prime, and then used latex}.  She held up great and was cream.  I think I can find a picture- she sat in my entry for 2 years before I painted her red and put her in my son’s room… the drawers are too shallow so that wasn’t any good.  I couldn’t put her back in my entry as there was already a new piece in the spot and I like it better…. what’s a girl to do?? Paint and put her in the loft.

So here she is today… and a look back at where she started…


Like I said she started out cream….


And was in horrible shape to start… When I painted her red- I really wanted a stained top but that couldn’t happen with the top being in such bad shape.  So, I painted it chocolate and then stained over the chalk paint.. You can find out more on that here in this post.



I think I really like it now.  It’s perfect for storing school supplies.  And makes for stylish storage in kinda of a masculine way now… but I still love it!!

Colors are American Paint Company Freedom Road and Home Plate.  The top was refreshed with a quick coat of General Finishes Java Gel stain.  And the handles were freshened up with Modern Masters Bronze.




And while I took a few new pics today because we got new carpet and the dresser just looks perfect with it… a little girl decided to play along… So these next few are just for your smiles and enjoyment!! She’s extra cheesy as she had just had some chips and queso for lunch!!

Pretending to be out of my way….



and still saying cheese…


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  1. Karen says:

    Lori I just came across this on Pinterest. So gorgeous!

  2. Cherry says:

    what great makeovers, love them all! I think the red was my favorite though.

  3. How sweet!! My little ones are all grown up now and aren’t around when I’m taking photos but my furry “child” (I call her my third child! 😉 ) is always sneaking into my shots! 😉 But I love it!
    Your dresser is fabulous …and like me, I am always re-doing and moving things from room to room!

  4. Thereasa Gargan says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Thereasa Gargan says:

    and the little one is adorable too!

  6. […] out with American Paint Company Freedom Road.  It’s a great deep charcoal grey. {I have used it before here.} I used American Paint Company Born on the 4th for the harlequin pattern and then finished it […]


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