ASCP Country Grey Dresser Makeover

I was at the Renninger’s Extravaganza with my Mom last Friday when I heard the sounds of my voicemail ringing. It was late in the day and we had been walking for what seemed like hours. My muscles were aching and my back was so sore. I quickly checked the message before we headed out. It was Judy from The Pickers Market letting me know this dresser had sold and I had a huge hole in my booth.

082714-8 Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone

No worries, I thought, I have a dresser waiting to be worked on in the garage. I didn’t make it home from Mount Dora until after 9pm on Friday night, which was way later than I had anticipated. Bright and early on Saturday morning I started working on this piece.


It was so cold I decided to paint the drawers inside and wait for the sun to come out and warm things up.


The dresser needed a small repair but it wasn’t anything a little wood putty couldn’t fix.


Thankfully once the putty was dried and sanded I was ready to start painting the body of the piece.


I may have told you that all of my family got me presents related to The Year of the Goat for Christmas this year. One of the presents I was really excited about was a new paint color. This one is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Country Grey. It’s sort of a hard color to describe. It’s not grey but it’s not beige. It seems to have a tint of green in some light and others a tint of yellow. Either way it’s a beautiful neutral and I’m excited to try in the booth.

012115-5 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Country Grey

This was after one coat of Country Grey. If you haven’t been painting long, I just want to reassure you there is always a stage where you may feel like you’ve ruined a piece because the color or texture doesn’t come out the way you think that it should.   I’ve been painting for a while now and my first coat almost never turns out like I think it should.


But keep it at and you’ll have a masterpiece.


After the body and the drawers were painted, I decided to highlight the details. They were my favorite part of the dresser because they were so pretty. To highlight my favorite areas I used Old White. This is the detail without paint.


This is with the Country Grey


This is Country Grey distressed.


Here’s a shot of the details highlighted in Old White.


Distressed and highlighted. The details make the entire dresser, am I right?


The hardware alone is magnificent.


I used two coats of paint, waxed with clear furniture paste wax and buffed the entire piece with a white, lint free cloth. As always, I sanded by hand using 220 fine grit sandpaper.


This church painting will be headed to the store soon. I hope I can let it go when the time comes.


I delivered this piece to the store on this past Sunday around 11:40 and it sold about an hour and a half later. I was stunned.

012115-16 Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Dresser in Country Grey

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll have a full recap of my day at Renninger’s.

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Many blessings,


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  1. Dearest CoCo…I can definitely see why your furniture sells so quickly. You are an excellent painter and your finished pieces are gorgeous! This piece is beautiful and the detailing is so pretty! I have never used wood putty but will be giving it a try on one of our pieces soon. Great job my friend!

    1. You’re so kind to say all of those sweet compliments about my painting Vicki. It had such great bones it was an easy piece to paint but a hard piece to let go of. I know the new owner is going to love it though. PS: Wood putty has been like my bff lately!

  2. Love the piece!. I want that painting!!!

    1. I know LiLi, that painting is totally awesome. It’s one more thing I’m going to have to hate to part with! Thanks for your sweet comments on my dresser 🙂

  3. Liz Bonin says:

    Wow! No wonder it didn’t stay in the booth for long! You are really selling the furniture these days. Kudos!

    1. Thank you bunches Liz, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen!

  4. I can see why it sold so quickly! It turned out beautiful. I love the new grey color and the details on the piece. You did a wonderful job with this one.


    1. Thanks so much Nancy, I appreciate it!

  5. You have the gift for furniture CoCo! This piece turned out beautifully. The details and the hardware really make the piece ~ and I can see why it sold in a minute! How do you update these pieces so quickly? Good that you can do it quickly as fast as things as selling. 2015 is off to a huge start for you! Bwg ~~~

    1. Thank you for your sweet compliments Bobbi! I’ve had a lot of practice and thankfully, I don’t think it’s going to let up any time soon.

  6. Coco, that dresser is AHH mazing!! I can’t believe you paint like that. I need to learn how to paint furniture. It’s no surprise it got scooped up in an hour. beautiful xo Lisa

    1. You’re so sweet, Lisa, we need to swap services…painting for slipcovers! I wish you lived closer 🙂

    1. Renee, what a sweet compliment, thank you so much!

  7. I love the ironstone detail. The church painting is so charming. There is one in the Smokiey Mtns that it reminds me of. Haven;t seen in in more that a few years. Happy Monday! Linda

    1. I love ironstone too, Linda! I could have stacks of it all over 🙂 I wish the church painting had come with a label with more details but I haven’t been able to find anything on it so I’ll keep looking. Hope you had a happy Monday too!

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