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Dresser Makeover with Stain and Paint

Today I’m sharing my latest refreshed project:

Dresser Makeover with Stain and PaintDresser Makeover - paint and stain

After moving last year, last year – that sounds like a long time ago, I found that I  needed a few new refreshed pieces of furniture.  Lucky for me we moved to an area with lots of antique/junk stores.  When I saw this piece I knew it was the perfect size for the guest bedroom. I also knew exactly how I wanted to paint it, I had pinned a similar one to my “dresser ideas” board.

Dresser Makeover Before and awesome makeover


It looked pretty rough, but that didn’t scare me 😉

Here’s what you need for the makeover:

  • Sander or sanding block
  • Dust mask
  • Stain (I used Kona)
  • Gloves
  • Chalk based Paint in two shades
  • Your choice of a top coat for paint and stain – wax, varnish wipe on poly, etc

I used my sander to sand the top and the drawer fronts, be sure to wear your dust mask.  Sand until the old finish is off. I started sanding with 60 grit and finished with 120 grit sand paper. Clean the dust/dirt off the piece.  I used a damp cloth, which served two purposes. The wet cloth opens the wood grain so that it excepts the stain better. Use a lint free cloth to wipe on the stain.  Don’t put it on too heavy, if you do, just wipe off excess. While the stain is drying, paint on the base color of paint, I used Maison Blanche White for the based coat.  When it dried I painted Maison Blanche Creme de Menthe over the white. I love waiting for paint to dry 😉 that’s when I took the opportunity to use the matte varnish on the stain.  After the varnish dried, I used a sanding block to sand the painted areas to reveal the base coat and the old finish.  I wiped the painted area to remove the dust from the sanded area and applied the top coat. This was a two day process. I made sure each area was dry before moving on to the next step.

Dresser makeover stain and paint

In these photos you can see the two layers of paint and the original stained areas, after I sanded.

Dresser makeover with layered paint colors and stain

The sanded areas look like the piece has aged over time. Or that was my intent!

Dresser Makeover with Kona stain and Creme de Menthe chalk based paint

Dresser Makeover Kona and Creme de MentheEven though my husband thinks it looks great sitting right here in the gathering room, it will be making it’s way upstairs to the guest room!

Dresser Makeover using chalk based paint and stainHere’s to another project checked off the list, I didn’t realize how many projects I’d have after the move!

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Thanks to Miss Mustard Seed for the inspiration:

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  1. I love how this turned out. Looks great with the contrast of the drawers and painted surfaces. Good job!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the color! Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Link Party. Emily @ The Benson Street.

  3. Love the color choice for this piece! Miss Mustard Seed is perfect inspiration for all things painted:)
    Hope you have a great day!

  4. Love this! I love the mix of the turquoise with the dark wood, so pretty!

  5. i love your cow print! I’ve searched for it online, can you give me any info on how I might locate it?

  6. I absolutely adore this dresser Debbie!! Gorgeous!

  7. I have this exact piece in a light oak finish have been wanting to strip and stain forever but it has so many coats of build up polish/wax on it. After seeing this pic I know it will be worth the effort put into it!! Only thing is I absolutely love the mint choice can you please share with me the two paint brand and cord you used? I don’t want to begin on this until I know this I have tried too many different paints trying to get a true mint color only with failure! Thanks for the share!

  8. So pretty! I am working on a dresser re-do myself and can not decide between dark turquoise or light mint… this was a great idea!

  9. I really love the dark wood with the mint colored paint! It turned out SO gorgeous. I’m working on refinishing a dresser as we speak. I love antique furniture!

  10. Oh my goodness I love everything about this makeover! Including that cow print : ) Amazing work on the finish!

  11. Just gorgeous! I love the two toned and the distress on the paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Just gorgeous Debbie. I did a similar piece with this look a year or so ago but I like yours much better!

  13. This looks really nice! I have a dresser that desperately needs a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  14. This is lovely! Could you please give me the name of the artist who painted the cow? It reminds me so much of my niece’s work. Thanks.

  15. I love that you kept the wood showing it has such a beautiful grain and your choice of colour is just perfection.

  16. Love it! I love mixing finishes like that.

  17. Melody @ My Passion For Decor

    I don’t know what I love more, this gorgeous dresser makeover or the cow art!! This is a fantastic makeover, and that color combo is perfect. Beautiful!

  18. Okay, now I want to do a piece with paint and stain!!! Simply stunning. I love the dark stain you used. Pinning! Jeanette

  19. This is GORGEOUS!! I love how rich the wood looks and mint color is perfection!

  20. Love the look of this dresser. It is so pretty. We are going to feature this as one of our selections tomorrow for our Seasons Saturday Selections! Happy Friday!

  21. I love the combination of stain and paint and the colors you chose are beautiful…great job…I love it!….and looks like the cow does too!!! Have a great weekend!

  22. Ooh, I love to see the stain mixed with paint! You did a fantastic job, Debbie!

  23. Ok, Debbie. I’m usually not a stain girl, but I LOVE this paint and stain combination. And that cow print – I die! Fab job, gal!

  24. Just beautiful, Debbie! I love the mix or the paint and stain! XO

  25. Love your distressing and that cow! Beautiful job!!!!


  26. The dark Kona with the mint is delish–looks like Grasshopper Pie in legs! Oh, great….now I’m hungry!

  27. Debbie, everything you do is amazing..but I LOVE this. I just love the combination of paint and stain. Such a rich elegant yet rustic feel.

  28. You did a beautiful job on that dresser Debbie!! 🙂 Love it!!

  29. She’s a beauty, Debbie! Love your paint and stain color choices. You have the perfect touch when it comes to distressing too.

  30. I really like this piece with the paint and stain and the way the different colors show through the distressing. And it really does look great in that spot! Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. This looks awesome! I love the cow picture…Wow…it looks so good together. Love that paint color and the stain together…excellent work! Thanks for sharing:)

  32. Simply stunning, my friend! And perfectly accessorized with the perfect cow pic! 🙂 Linda

  33. oooh i love this! such a pretty color and love the dark stain!

  34. Beautiful, Debbie! I love the two tone finish.

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