Painted Furniture

Farmhouse Dresser Makeover

Today, I’m excited to share with you a farmhouse dresser makeover we just completed for the master bedroom at Loblolly Manor.

If you’ve been following the blog this week you already know we’ve been dedicating our posts to simple things we can all do to freshen up our homes throughout the spring season. We covered Spring Cleaning and Organization Tasks on Monday and our Easy Daily Housekeeping Habits on Tuesday. So today, I thought it would be fun to share a farmhouse dresser makeover with you because we can probably all relate to having at least one piece of furniture we’d like to update.

A few years ago, I painted this dresser to sell in my booth at The Pickers Market. You can read all about the original transformation here.   The color was completely inspired by sea glass which is what my customers preferred and I put it in my booth just weeks before I found out The Pickers Market was closing. This style of dresser can be used in a lot of different spaces so I wasn’t too sad that it didn’t sell.

To be perfectly honest, it sat in my garage for a long time just waiting to be noticed. Meanwhile, we’ve been scouring every thrift store, estate sale and antique mall looking for a small farmhouse dresser that could be used in place of a nightstand. We already have a three-drawer dresser we’ve been using as a nightstand we just needed another one that matched or was at least a close match for the other side of the bed. We’ve been looking for months but we haven’t been able to find anything we really like.

I was talking to my parents about how they wanted the bedroom refresh to feel and it was through that conversation I realized we needed to make storage a bigger priority. I knew then I had the perfect solution sitting in my garage and bonus it would be free!

We’ve decided to freshen up the color palette of Loblolly Manor using mostly whites, grays, camels and pops of black. Painting the base of the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and the top of the dresser in French Linen was the obvious choice. In fact, the three-drawer dresser we’re currently using as a nightstand has already been painted in those exact same colors I just haven’t had a chance to share it with you yet.

Because of the custom sea glass color on the coastal inspired dresser it took three coats of Pure White on the base of the dresser and two coats of French Linen on the top of the dresser. I sealed the entire piece with clear furniture paste wax.

I was going to leave the original hardware but the nightstand has glass knobs so we decided to use these vintage glass knobs with patina that were on another dresser. It might seem confusing now but you’ll see as soon as I can go through all of the pictures how we’ve moved a lot of furniture from one room to another.

Our goal was to keep the top of the farmhouse dresser very simple. In fact, my dad said, “I don’t need a lot of decorator stuff I just need room for the essentials,” which of course gave me the giggles because he was very passionate about this request. Everything you see on the top of the farmhouse dresser including the artwork was thrifted. You can find the boxwood picks at Hobby Lobby.

Given this post is about refreshing your home for Spring, I should show you what this side of the bed looked like before…

and after…

I know! We’re really getting excited about the way this space is coming together. I can’t wait to share it with you guys soon. If you’re new to painting you can find our step by step guide to painting furniture here.

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share our plans for the laundry room makeover and oh my word, you guys, it’s going to be an all hands-on deck situation! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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7 Comments

  1. I liked the dresser both ways Coco. The seaglass one was very coastal and this one was very farmhouse. I need to be on the lookout for something similar because I change my mind a lot when it comes to decorating.

  2. Looks like this is going to be another classic Coco makeover. I am loving all that white already. I can see how this helps with storage too. Can’t wait to see more.

  3. This does look fresh for Spring.
    Love the knobs.
    Lizzy

    1. I appreciate it Lizzy, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Coco the dresser turned out beautifully! I loved the seagreen colour before but the white is so pretty and classic 😉 I hope your Dad loves his new no fuss space 😉 Happy Spring!

  5. WOW! We loved when you painted this dresser the first time. But now we love this even more! This dresser looks like it came right out of a vintage farmhouse and into your parents beautiful home. We can’t wait to see more!

    1. It’s a big difference, right? even though it’s the same piece! I love it when furniture can be a chameleon like that too. Hugs, CoCo

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