Sea Glass Inspired Dresser Makeover

It wasn’t my intention to spend last Friday painting a 9-drawer dresser but as soon as I checked my emails and realized that this china hutch  had sold late last week, I knew I needed to get something painted stat. If you’re a vendor you know the importance of having a piece at the ready. You never know when an anchor piece in your space will sell and you have to able to fill in the gaps as quickly as possible.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I found this dresser in early February when I was out shopping at an estate sale with my mom. We almost didn’t get it because there was no room in my car. But it was reasonably priced and my Mom encouraged me to buy it anyway. I’m so glad she did. Needless to say the dresser has been waiting its turn to be painted in the middle of the front entry. We have an open floor plan which is great when you want to entertain but not so great when it’s cold and raining outside multiple days in a row and you have a business to run.


The pieces I’ve painted in shades of blues and pale greens have been really selling well lately. But I’ve also wanted to spread my wings a bit and start mixing custom color chalk paints. This sea glass inspired color is a mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg, Country Grey and French Linen. It took a few tries to get the color I was after but I’m really happy with this combination.


I left the hardware in tact as it has a salty mix of bronze and worn patina.


I’m also trying to challenge myself try different techniques on finishes too. This is a weathered look I’m trialing using stain and clear wax. The drawers to the far left and the small one on the bottom have been waxed. The top the middle two drawers and all of the drawers to the right have not been waxed.


Of course, a light distressing has become a signature in my booth space and will continue to be a keeper for as long as my customers want it. I hope they always love it as much as I do.


You may recognize the painting from my spring mantle post yesterday. I thought the colors went perfectly with the dresser. The books aren’t old but I like the neutral shade of the binding. The little green postal scale has been with me for a while now. I’m hoping to show you my spring console table next week. It’s borrowed from that vignette. I bought this galvanized can at Renningers probably two or may be even three years ago. It’s so versatile I used it both inside and outside.


I finished painting this dresser on Friday and we delivered it to the store late Sunday afternoon.


Needing to deliver it so soon wasn’t in my plans either but that’s the real life of a vendor. You never know what the week will hold.


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Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – LOVE this piece of furniture and your custom color is gorgeous! I think the “salty” drawer pulls are perfect for this piece! I’m sure it will sell quickly! You better have another back-up pice 🙂 Hugs for a great day!

    1. Girl you are speaking it out for me, thank you! The last time you said “hope you have a back up piece” the china cabinet sold. I’ve gotta keep my peepers open for more furniture! Hugs and love, CoCo

  2. Liz Bonin says:

    I love your custom mixed color! Great job as always

    1. Thanks so much Liz, that means a lot to me coming from you 🙂

  3. Love this color and that aged brass hardware CoCo! Another wonderful transformation, in spite of the weather. I knew that china cabinet would sell in a quick minute, so it’s great you had another piece waiting in the wings. Your 2015 is roaring into spring! Hope you have a happy week 🙁 Bwg ~~~

    1. For sure Bobbi, you totally called it on that china cabinet! It went to a really sweet lady and I’m glad she’s going to enjoy it in her new dining room. It blows my mind how fast this year is flying by already. Hugs, CoCo

  4. What a beautiful color! Love how it turned out and your painting is gorgeous.
    xo Sally

    1. Sally, you’re really sweet! Thank you so much. Hope you’re having a great day, Coco

  5. Coco, this color, and piece turned out so beautiful! You definitely have a knack for mixing your own paint! That detail shot is breathtaking!

    1. Thanks so much, Iris, I really appreciate your kind words. I am learning a lot by mixing my own paints and with my picture taking skills too 🙂 Hugs for a happy day, Coco

  6. Beautiful! I need something like this in my house; will you deliver 😉

    1. Oh my goodness, wouldn’t that just be so much fun Kelly! We could get into so much shopping and decorating trouble!

  7. This is fabulous! Please never stop that distressed look, it is gorgeous! Someday I’m coming to visit you and your shop all the way from up here in Atlantic Canada! It’s GOING to happen!
    Have a great day!

    1. You’re going to make me misty eyed Colette! That is the sweetest thing I’ve heard all week. We could definitely have so much fun together. I think all the time it would be a blast to have a big IG meet up one day. I’m putting it on my dream list. Hope you have an awesome day sweet friend, CoCo

  8. I LOVE this! I did a french provincial china cabinet (that I got for FREE on craigslist) in almost the same exact way and it’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture! I’m inspired now to do some more after seeing this dresser. Thanks for sharing! #homemattersparty

    1. Thanks so much, Sherri, you’re really sweet to say so! I can’t believe you found a china cabinet for free on Craigslist that is so awesome 🙂

  9. This is gorgeous – love the custom color! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Brittany!

  10. I love the distressed look furniture. It’s so classic! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you can join us again this week.

    1. Thank you bumches, Sherry, I really appreciate it! CoCo

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