Coastal Blue and Weathered Inspired Dresser Makeover

A few weeks ago, I found this four-drawer dresser at an estate sale.  I loved the shape and knew my customers would love it too.  In fact, while I was at the check out a fellow shopper at the estate sale asked if she could buy it from me.  As you guys already know, it’s not always easy for me to find pieces of furniture to paint so I had to turn her down.


I mean look at this extra room


and the hardware was in perfect shape.


When I got the dresser home, I realized the top had way more scratches and water rings than I originally thought it did at the sale.  Sometimes the lighting at this venue in particular can be a bit tricky.


I decided to use my orbital sander with 40-grit sandpaper and sand the top down to the bare wood.  It’s a really rough grade of sandpaper so I had to follow up with 80 and 220-grit sandpaper as well.  You can see the 40-grit on the left and the 220-is on the right.


Once the top was back to the bare wood, I created a weathered stain using vinegar and steel wool.


While the weathered inspired stain was drying on the top, I started painting the bottom.  Last week, the sea glass and driftwood inspired dresser sold which meant I needed to find another coastal color to replace it with.  I’ve painted so many pieces of furniture in Duck Egg lately I started looking around my paint supplies to find something else that would give a coastal feel.  In July, when I attended the Haven conference for bloggers, Fusion gave us pots of mineral based furniture paint to try out.  I combined Homestead Blue and Lamp White to create a color I thought my customers would like.


It’s definitely bolder than the sea glass colors I normally use when I paint.


Two coats of mineral paint later, the coverage was amazing and


it was easy to distress too.


The mineral paint definitely dried a darker shade than I was expecting but it went perfectly with the weathered wood inspired top.


I still can’t believe you don’t need a topcoat with mineral paint.  The finish is really nice.

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The painting and mask head jug are a few things I’ve picked up recently.


I’m hoping to deliver this dresser to my booth at the Pickers Market later this week. I can’t wait to see what customers think of this bold color and new paint.

Coastal and Weathered Inspired Dresser Makeover

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – this dresser turned out beautifully! The color is so pretty – your customers will love it. We are so glad to hear your praise for the Fusion Mineral Paint. We hear nothing but great things about it and need to give it a try for ourselves. Your custom color mix hits the mark for a coastal color. Great job!

    1. Thank you bunches, ladies! Check your bags for the sample pots from Haven I really think you’ll both like this paint. I can’t wait to try it again. Hugs, Coco

  2. Liz Bonin says:

    What a great dresser! I’m sure it won’t stay long at your booth!

    1. You’re so sweet, Liz, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Love the color you created. I’m not familiar with Fusion’s mineral paint but it looks great! Have to give it a try!

    1. Thank you, Angie, this was my first time using this brand of because it was in our Haven bags but it’s awesome. I would definitely try it out again. Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

  4. I LOVE Fusion mineral paint, I think it goes on so smooth and gets great coverage. You custom color turned out great!

    1. This was the first time I’ve used this paint, Shayla and it was awesome. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough because the pots were so tiny but the coverage was really good. Hope your day has been a happy one, CoCo

  5. Coco, this dresser turned out so beautiful and I LOVE the color. have a fabulous day, Lisa

    1. I really appreciate it, Lisa, thank so much! Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  6. That turned out beautifully Coco! I have been using Fusion Mineral Paint lately too and am absolutely loving how nicely it goes on (and the colours!!) I have used Limestone, Laurentien and Coal Black so far and have loved them all. Next up for me is Buttermilk and I can’t wait to see how lovely the pale yellow comes out. I will definitely have to try mixing some to make some custom colours; yours is so lovely! Another gorgeous piece <3

    1. I appreciate it, Lisa, thank you so much! I would definitely use these paints again. I took the piece in yesterday and the vendors were excited about the new paint and colors so I’m hopeful the customers will be too. You paint such beautiful pieces of furniture, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next. Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  7. What a beautiful color! I have tried the Fusion paints on a couple of frames, but nothing large, and I love the finish too. Will keep experimenting! I’m sure that beauty will sell fast!

    1. This was my first time using them too, Kimm, I couldn’t believe they didn’t need a top coat. The sample size pots they gave us really went a long way which was another thing that surprised me. I can’t wait to see what you do with your paints. Hope you have a happy day, CoCo

  8. The deeper color is perfect with the aged wood top. I’ve got the pots from Haven and was waiting to use for a project. Great to hear there is a lot of coverage in the small pots! I predict this one will not be around long CoCo 🙂 Bwg ~~~

    1. Thanks so much, Bobbi, I really think you’ll like the coverage. It almost has the coverage of latex paint but goes on as smooth as chalk paint. You just have to make sure you’ve given it plenty of time to cure between coats. It’s definitely worth trying. Can’t wait to see your next project. Hugs, Coco

  9. Great color mix CoCo, you know how fond I am of blue, and love the stain too nice pairing!

    1. Such a sweet compliment, Brenda, thank you! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my customers like the bolder shade. Hope your weekend has been a fun one, CoCo

  10. Your dresser turned out beautiful, CoCo! I’ve been hearing so many good things about Fusion. I actually just emailed them a few days ago to see about trying their paint. I’m glad to hear you liked it!

    1. I wasn’t really sure what to think at first, Amy but after using the paint I would definitely give it another try with another piece of furniture. The coverage is like chalk paint and the finish is a bit like latex in that it doesn’t need a top coat. I can’t wait to see what you do with your piece. Hugs, Coco

  11. SOOO beautiful, Coco! Duck Egg is my favorite too and Homestead Blue is quickly becoming my second favorite, so you totally just won my heart with this one. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lauren! I was shocked those little pots we got in our Haven swag bag gave as much coverage as they did. I can’t wait to find a few more pieces of furniture to use the Homestead Blue on now. Hope your day has been a fun one, Coco

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