Shabby Dresser

This piece was in great condition and it was all wood. It just had a dated look.

Once again I was overcome with excitement and this is my only before picture 😉

I painted it all over with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.

I always use a Purdy paint brush, you never have to worry about

the bristles coming out!  They are awesome!

How many times have I said how much I love being able to distress with a wet cloth?

I may have to quit saying it, I don’t want you to get sick of it.

I loved the shape of the handles, to dress them up a little,

I applied Rub ‘n Buff in Turquoise.

Don’t you just love being able to reuse the hardware!

A few more close-ups.

The beachy cutie turned out looking good, and she already sold :)


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  1. 1
    cassie says:

    rub n buff comes in turquoise?!?!?!? nothing is safe now…. muah ha ha!!!
    love your dresser!

  2. 2
    Gina says:

    Oh gorgeous! Distressed to perfection!

    You distressed this with a wet cloth, instead of sanding? Also, how do you apply the wax, with a brush or rag? Thanks!

  3. 3
    Martina says:

    Awesome transformation Debbie! I love the way paint updates a piece!

  4. 4

    wow!! great piece. never heard of rub n buff in turquoise.

  5. 5
    Vicky says:

    Oh my Gosh! Rub n’ buff comes in turquoise :) I’m doing the happy dance. Your restyle is fabulous I love the dresser! Now I’m on my way to order Rub n’ buff…… should get commission sales are about to go up!!

  6. 6
    Jennifer says:

    Oh my, that is BEAUTIFUL!! Great job!

  7. 7

    Gorge Manorge!!! What is rub n’ buff? Please do tell…I feel like I am missing out on something fabulous!


  8. 8

    WOAH. That is AWESOME! That would be fantastic on my sideboard! Totally ordering some rub n’ buff!

  9. 9
    Diane says:

    What a great dresser! Love that subtle touch of the turquoise rub n buff too!

  10. 10
    Emily says:

    I love it!! I didn’t know rub n’ buff came in turquoise– fun!

  11. 11
    Bliss says:

    You nailed that description…….. beachy cutie!


  12. 12

    That is beautiful, Debbie – I love it!

    I wish you lived closer, so that I could buy some of your makeovers!

  13. 13
    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    She looks outstanding Debbie. I have never used rub and buff…gotta get me some.


  14. 14

    OMG! I didn’t know that Rub n’ Buff comes in turquoise! Running, not walking, to check out the other colors they offer! Beautiful dresser!

  15. 15

    Very pretty! I don’t have any turquoise, but I’ll order some now… the dresser is lucky you saved it :)

  16. 16
    Shannon Fox says:

    I’ll bet. That is gorgeous! I never stop being amazed at what paint {and you!} can do!!
    I have never rub n buffed, but turquoise??? I will have to try it out. It was perfect on this piece.

    I turned out great Debbie =)

  17. 17
    Kathy says:

    What a beautiful transformation! Love, love, love your use of turquoise Rub-n-Buff!! Great idea…thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  18. 18
    katie says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your dressers… it’s everything I want in the dresser I’m currently working on! What is this wet cloth distressing you speak of?

  19. 19

    Wow! Good for you seeing the potential in the dated dresser. It had “good bones” and now looks like a million $. I have a friend who is recently obsessed with rub n buff. I’ll have to tell her about your post. Robyn

  20. 20
    Becky says:

    Another terrific redo! So nice to see the Turquoise Rub ‘n Buff in action. I’m going to link this on our Facebook page.

  21. 21
    Sharon says:

    I HAVE THIS EXACT DRESSER!!! It used to be my in-laws when my husband was a child. I painted it cream several years ago and used it in my bedroom in my last house. It ended up in the garage here at this house for the past few years and I JUST brought it back into my bedroom this week. I have plans to do a little distressing and to fix up the old hardware. I’ll be doing a post when I get it done.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  22. 22

    Fabulous job with the distressing – it looks gorgeous!

  23. 23
    Debbie says:

    I didn’t like anything about that dresser till you were finished with it. I haven’t your eye for treasures. Now I like everything about it including the hardware! You’re good!

  24. 24
    Rebecca says:

    This is a favorite!!! Such a great job! I did a very similar piece! I love the “bones” but my hardware was not as pretty. I LOVE THE TURQUOISE!!! Love, Reb

  25. 25

    Looks beautiful! I love using original hardware when possible. I’ll have to try this turquoise rub n buff! Didn’t know it existed. Thanks for sharing!

  26. 26

    Nice to meet you Debbie! This piece is so beautiful. I’m a new subscriber!
    Deb @LakeGirlPaints

  27. 27
    debbie says:

    You sure are perfecting this Debbie! Looks fantastic.

  28. 28
    joanne says:

    love what you did….it looks gorgeous !

  29. 29

    LOVE this dresser makeover!! Looks amazing :)

  30. 30

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful transformation!

  31. 31
    Pat says:

    Wow, it turned out to be gorgeous! I guess I need that “vision” that so many have. Two questions please ~
    1. How do you do the distressing with a wet cloth? LOVE the idea.
    2.Where did you find the turquoise rub ‘n buff?

    Thanks a million!

  32. 32
    Pat says:

    Wow, it turned out to be gorgeous! I guess I need that “vision” that so many have. Two questions please ~
    1. How do you do the distressing with a wet cloth? LOVE the idea.
    2.Where did you find the turquoise rub ‘n buff?

    Thanks a million!

  33. 33
    Jill says:

    This piece turned out fabulous! I always ignore this style but now I will take a 2nd look!

  34. 34
    karen says:

    So cute!! It has a breezy beachy feel to it now. Love it, great work!

  35. 35

    This looks awesome!! You did a great job on this dresser. Isn’t it fun to bring an old piece back to life, better than ever??

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  36. 36
    Pat Good says:

    You always do such a beautiful job. I would like to distress using a wet rag but need some direction! Thanks so much for all you share.

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