French Linen Painted Dresser

I was this close to sharing the rest of the Thanksgiving inspiration I have sprinkled throughout the house. Then I started receiving emails, direct messages on facebook and instagram with questions about painted furniture. Those messages made me change my mind. I realized some of you were spending the weekends preparing for Thanksgiving company by making your homes look amazing and that includes loving an old piece of furniture back to life with paint.

The day I wrote the post, Update on Pickers Market Booth this table sold. You may remember I painted it in a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg and Pure White.

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Thankfully, I had gone to visit my family the weekend before and my baby sister had a dresser waiting for me. They’ve all been so sweet to help me look out for pieces of furniture to help keep my booth continually stocked.

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The dresser had beautiful lines and it was solid maple. With 5 roomy drawers I knew it would definitely be something that my customers would like.

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The only problem was that it had been spray painted black.

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Yikes! I can’t even. Look at that splotchy finish!

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I wasn’t really sure how the chalk paint would adhere to the spray paint but I knew I had to give it a try. I wanted to make certain I had good coverage with 2 coats so light colors were not an option. I already have a few pieces of Duck Egg in my booth so I chose to paint the dresser in French Linen. The first coat was so scary I didn’t even take a picture of it. It was beyond the “ugly stage” it was more like the “what have I done stage.” Two full coats later, I was relaxed and ready to sand with 220-grit sandpaper and seal with clear furniture paste wax.

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The original hardware had been spray painted shade of hammered silver. I gave each drawer pull a wash of white and sanded with 220-grit sand paper to bring out the hammered effect a bit. The white hardware gives the dresser that coastal vibe my customers prefer yet is still neutral enough for customers that have a different cottage aesthetic.

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If you’re in the midst of painting furniture to give your house a fresh look before the holiday company arrives remember these 3 tips:

• Buy the highest quality paint you can afford, it makes a huge difference
• Use a good quality brush, you’ll gain a more polished finish
• Take your time to make it right, it will be worth the effort if you don’t rush through the project just to “get it done”

See you guys on Facebook, on Instagram and on Pinterest over the weekend and back here on Monday for the Something to Talk About Link Party!

Many blessings for a safe and happy weekend!



    • says

      Thank you bunches for your sweet words, Mary Beth! I’m usually ok in the energy department until I have to be in 4 different cities in the same week like last week. I was taking cat naps at every available moment 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  1. says

    You took that from scary to beautiful! Great job CoCo! Thanks for the great painting tips. My next furniture project is going to be my Queen Ann desk I use every day. I’m collecting inspiring pieces to help me decide what I want to do with it. I pinned this one!

    • says

      I can’t wait to see how your desk turns out, Nancy, I bet it’s going to be really beautiful. I’ve been painting a lot of private pay pieces lately and it seems like French Linen has been the most requested. I don’t blame them though, I think I’m going to use it in my office too 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  2. says

    Coco, I love your vision to be able to see pieces and see what they will be. Also your eye for detail with just sanding enough for the perfect old meets new look. Wonderful job on this dresser. Your so talented.