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Emerald Green Dresser

Emerald green dresser makeover –

painted furniture idea that you can do yourself!

Emerald green dresser makeover - painted furniture idea that you can do yourselfAlways my color of the year, emerald green. I decided to pair it with dark walnut.

DIY steps for makeover

Steps for makeover:

Apply a general amount of Citristrip on the area that you want to remove paint and varnish. You will notice the striper starting to work. Use a scraper to remove the paint. Use the t-shirts to wipe off excess. When all the paint and varnish are removed, clean the piece well with warm water. When is the piece is completely dry, use a dry cloth to or paint brush to apply the stain, follow directions on the can. For the base of this dresser, I used Annie Sloan Florence and dark wax. I applied two coats of the Chalk Paint and lightly sanded for a distressed look. To finish, I applied dark wax after the wax dried, I buffed the painted area with a clean t-shirt.

From trash to treasure Emerald green dresser makeover - painted furniture idea that you can do yourself

She was in rough shape when I found her.  Old, dirty and 3 layers deep.

How to remove stain and varnish Emerald green dresser makeover - painted furniture idea that you can do yourself

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She loved that she’d be sporting the color of the year and the dark walnut stain..  She reminded me of Florida’s emerald coast.

One of the prettiest places in the world 🙂

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Awesome Emerald green dresser makeover - painted furniture idea that you can do yourself


If you’re out and you find a piece like this, grab it up! Create your own awesome emerald green dresser makeover – painted furniture idea that you can do yourself.


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  1. I will be using your technique on a gossip bench that has been sitting in the corner of my living room. Thanks Debbie. Just love your posts and your site.

  2. I looked into the color you used provence and it’s a powder blue. Did you get the dark green due to the dark wood color and stain? I have a pine dresser i want to paint like yours. Can you please clarify the color of chalk paint you used?

  3. I just Love your Emerald Green dresser, it just show you that no matter how bed things look.

  4. Woman, I’m going to send you some Heirloom Traditions chalk based paint so you know there’s other good paints out there. Send me your address.

  5. Where are the directions? Thank you!

  6. Amazing job! I’m wanting to do something like this to my dresser it really needs a makeover! On the drawers did you just swipe the stain over the emerald green? If not could you please share with me how you did it? I’m thinking of doing different colors than yours! If you could please give me any other advice I would greatly appreciate it. I completely understand if you don’t want to share any secrets you may have or anything. I don’t mean any disrespect or anything. I’m just looking for helpful hints. I’m in the process of starting my own crafty/restoring type of business. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated also. You do amazing work!!!! Thank you

  7. Is the name of your blog ever true to what you have done to this dresser! How beautiful!!

  8. That is so beautiful, Debbie. Thank you for sharing….love the green….

  9. Absolutely devine! I love it so much. I shared your before pic on my page for the FB blogtalk group. It was too good not to share!

  10. I love emerald. I’ve painted a few pieces and they are vibrant. Why didn’t I think of the walnut stain???? Gonna try this!

  11. This is beautiful. Did you use a paint for the emerald color or is it a stain? Do you sell your pieces? Would love to have this piece in my dining room!!!

    • Hi Sara,
      This piece was sold at Two Women and a Warehouse in Savannah GA…I am no longer selling my pieces. It was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence and waxed with dark wax. After adding the dark wax, the blue/green color resembled the color of the emerald water in Destin, therefor named the Emerald Green Dresser.

  12. I’m showing this wonderful makeover to my partner. He always turns his nose up at furniture i bring home that looks like it should be trashed. I can always see potential where he cannot until he actually sees it transformed. What a great looking dresser! Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Is the body of the dresser done with a Milk Paint and wax method?

  14. Hello!!
    First of all I absolutely loved it. I am in process of redoing my dresser for my bedroom. I was going for wood stain and yellow paint. if you don’t mind me asking how did you get the stain on the paint? I was thinking maybe you put on the stain one coat and paint the color over it or you paint it first and put a lightly coat of stain. I have been going over possibility of how that works?
    Thank you!

  15. Would it be possible to get the instructions and the color choice?

  16. Love the colour. What company makes this one?

  17. Wow, the emerald chest looks fantastic! Normally I like yellow greens, but I like the emerald you used to paint the dresser. It’s distressed the perfect amount, too! LOVE it!

  18. Debbie,
    You did one beautiful job on this dresser…luv her new look!!


  19. One of my favorite dressers! But I hadn’t seen the before… Wow! You saved this piece! Love it!

  20. Beautiful transformation! I love the wood with the green ….contrast, so nice.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely piece!

  21. This is so gorgeous! I love this color with a dark walnut stain. Great work! I would live it if you can link up this weekend with me, I would love to share this! Thanks Debbie!

  22. You do gorgeous work Debbie. My favorite thing to do with furniture is stain the top and paint the body and your choice of dark walnut was perfect. Love it!

  23. Love this beautiful dresser. Can you share what paint and color you used and if you used a wax or glaze? Also, I want to make a book page flower. Did you make that? Can you share how you did it or where you got it? Thx!

  24. Yep, the Emerald Coast for sure! Love this piece, Debbie — what did you finish the top with?
    xo Heidi

  25. Refreshed and beachy too! Nice job Debbie.

  26. Wow…what a beautiful piece!
    Glad I stopped in!

  27. Simply stunning. I love the emerald green. It’s a color I want to work more with. It looks fab with the walnut stain and dark wax.

  28. Beautiful job!! I love the color! I’d definitely buy her! I haven’t been to your blog in awhile and absolutely LOVE the re-design. I’ve been home sick and have been able to catch up with my fav bloggers. Hope your household is staying well. 🙂

  29. She reminds me an old lady who needs, absoluteky needs, lipstick and her best hat to go buy the bread.
    Lovely! And the color oh so Happy. Well done!

  30. I hear this is the new and upcoming color for 2013… You did a beautiful job on this.

  31. So beautiful. You are always so forward thinking..I love your emerald green

  32. I have concluded that the furniture redo’s that I really love are the ones with the wood tops stained. Beautiful, and styling in her color of the year.

    Pinning that stunner.


  33. That is a gorgeous color Debbie. Your the first I see use it. Pretty, pretty!

  34. Oh Debbie . . . that color caught my attention right away. It is one of my favorite colors to wear and it is divine in this piece of furniture. Thank you so much for sharing. Patti@OldThingsNew

  35. Oh my gosh, Debbie!!!!! That is beyond GORGEOUS! I love that color!!!! Fantastic re-no, lady! Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!

  36. She is beautiful Debbie!! I love that shade of emerald!! I love it paired with that dark stain!! Fabulous work my dear!! ~ lori

  37. Love it! I so wish I had room for all of your fabulous creations in my home…I would buy them all!

  38. Adore! Adore! Adore! I love what you’ve done to this chest….accolades from Florida’s Treasure Coast. Do you ever do tutorials?

  39. It’s gorgeous with the walnut top! I shared an emerald dresser today, too ~ looks like it’s going to be a popular choice! 🙂

  40. SO PRETTY!!! You did a spectacular job Debbie!! Love the green paired with the dark stain! GORGEOUS!

  41. She’s gorgeous! Love that color a lot. Also love your book page flower.

  42. ah, she is so pretty! and i suddenly feel the need to speak of the lass with an irish accend, i do. 🙂

  43. Debbie, you truly do stunning work!! It’s such a pretty shade, almost a deep, turquoise green. Bee-you-tee-full 🙂

  44. What a beautiful transformation Debbie! I love the emerald green with the dark walnut stained top.

  45. what an amazing transformation, I would never have believed that it was the same dresser! love the great color!

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