Loblolly Manor: Pure White Dresser Makeover

Today we’re back at my childhood home, Loblolly Manor, sharing the Pure White dresser makeover we created for one of the guest rooms. As with most makeovers, it wasn’t without a hiccup though.

One of my aunts recently asked if every room makeover we undertake turns out exactly as we plan. Of course, I immediately started giggling thinking of all the times we’ve had to pivot and readjust our plans.

Planning a room makeover for someone else kind of feels like planning a wedding, which I hope doesn’t scare you off. I mean, most of the time you start out with a fabulous plan and high expectations.

Yet as the weeks turn into months things start to slowly evolve and change based on budget, product availability and the personal taste or style of the client.

This was also the case at Loblolly Manor.  While we mostly stuck with the vision my Mom had planned for each space, there were also ideas we had to modify along the way.  For example, once we decided to add the French Linen painted vanity in the master bedroom, it meant the large and still functional dresser they had been using needed to find a new home.

So, we moved around the armoire that was in one guest bedroom to another guest bedroom to make room for the dresser they wanted to keep. The only caveat was that the dresser needed to be repainted because the gray didn’t suit the vision of the new space in any way.

I initially painted the dresser in Shiplap from the Magnolia Paint line, until my Dad walked in on what was supposed to be the second and final coat of paint and said, “CoCo, why are you painting your Mom’s dresser green?”

Well, no offense to my Dad at all but I immediately called my Mom in for her opinion and the minute she put her hand over her heart and said, “Oh, CoCo, I’m so sorry,” I knew I would be repainting the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

Two full coats of Pure White, a coat of clear furniture paste wax, brand new hardware and a few days later, the guest bedroom dresser makeover was back on track.

My Mom even took some time to create this gorgeous floral arrangement in a vintage basket we picked up at thrift store for around $2.  Given Loblolly is not their full-time residence, it doesn’t make sense to use real flowers in every room, so we have a fun mix of real and faux flowers sprinkled throughout the house.

I still need to take a photographs of the guestroom’s new rug and as I shared in yesterday’s post, my Dad installed a chandelier in this guestroom over the holidays I need to take pictures of as well.

I’ve actually never even seen the chandeliers that were installed but my Mom found them and loved them immediately so I’m excited to see how all the last-minute details came together.  She normally doesn’t make those kinds of decisions without me, but I could hear in her voice how thrilled she was to have found them which makes me even more excited to see this guestroom.

Honestly, this Pure White dresser makeover is a great example of how easy it is to take a piece of furniture that was once a different color and meant for a completely different room and turn it into something that has a fresh feel and currently serves your needs.  Honestly, it’s not always about buying something new, it’s about giving the pieces that are already in your home a new lease on life and looking at them in new way.

I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow.  You can see a peek of the bed in this post but I haven’t shared the headboard my Dad made for this guestroom.  It’s totally gorgeous! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – y’all are the most talented family! BUT – we cannot imagine having to re-paint this piece of furniture midstream!! You are definitely a champ! Love the clean and bright finish – can’t wait to see what’s next! Much love!

    1. I know! I was so bummed to have to repaint it but it had to be done. The Magnolia paint was super easy to use though. I would definitely try it again in another color. Hopefully, the rest of the projects will be a breeze 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  2. This dresser transformation is pretty Coco. I wanted to use the Shiplap from the Magnolia line too but I didnt realize it bad a green tint. I thought it would be pure white.

    1. I did not realize that either, Sarah, in fact I thought it was pure white until my parents noticed otherwise. If you have a chance to try the Shiplap in a smaller container you might want to try it anyway. Loblolly is covered in trees and this piece of furniture has been previously painted so you never know what kind of hues are coming through the paint.

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