Chalk Painted Chest of Drawers

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in chalk paint, painted furniture | 53 comments

My friend Abby is having a new sunroom added to her house.

It is going to be beautiful!

Maybe I will be able to show you a few pictures when it is done!

This addition is creating a need for some new furniture.

(One project leads to another. . . and another. . . )

She was inspired by some of my yard sale finds and set out early one Saturday morning and found a beauty!

She knew that she wanted to paint it. . . and she knew that she had a friend who loved to paint furniture!

So, last week, we let the kids play and we painted!

Here are the results:

Here is the before of this chest.

Very cute, but needing some attention!

We started with a quick field trip to Cest Moi in Brentwood, TN for the paint.

I already had a few colors, but all of my colors were very neutral.

Abby knew she wanted a color, and Duck Egg blue was the winner!

We ended up using 3 different colors to accent the piece more.

The colors are a little shocking before the distressing and the waxing!

That is normal!

After much sanding and waxing, here is what we ended up with.

If I want a really distressed look, I like to sand before I wax.

“They” will tell you that you are supposed to wax first and then sand.

I have tried both ways, and I like to sand first!

Abby and I were so pleased with the results!

But, one of her daughters was a little disappointed!

Her words exactly, “Why did you make it look so dirty? It looks like it has smoke damage.”

Oh well, we like the dirty, smoke damaged look!

We opted to use dark wax.

I think it really tied the colors together.

I love the little details on this piece!

We did”nt do a thing to the hardware.

It was just perfect!

I can’t wait to see this beautiful chest in the new sunroom!

By the way, my friend Abby is an amazing writer!

She is going to have a book published soon!

I have had the good fortune of reading it already!  It is a great story!

You can check her blog out to learn a little more about her life and her book – Oh To Grace.

They are also in the process of adopting a precious little boy from the Congo.

You can read a little about that process as well!

You should check out her blog:

Blessed in the Boro

Life to the full to you today!


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  1. This is about THE sweetest paint job on a dresser EVER. What a great choice of colors and techniques. I’m in love with it. You have taken an heirloom and ratcheted up it’s value. I just bet that sunroom is going to be stunning. Hope you’ll show us the piece in its new setting once it’s all set up.

  2. Hey Melissa!!!

    So, what exactly IS chalk paint? could you tell me a little more about it, and where you get it? The dresser looks great!!!

  3. Beautiful, Melissa! Each color really accentuates the details on this dresser. Such a great find, too.

  4. Love the chest it is fantastic. Love the colors. Really a great job.


  5. I LOVE this dresser. The color combinations are unexpected and perfect. The amount of distressing is amazing as well. I love this piece. Well done.

  6. This turned out gorgeous – so perfectly aged!
    Your newest follower – would love to have you come by for a visit and follow back;)))

  7. Wow! That is so pretty.

  8. Oh my goodness!! That’s so beautiful!! Wonder how much she got that for it!?? I don’t go to garage sales. Always figure I wouldn’t find something like that or
    If I did, that it would cost too much!? What a find!! Looks amazing before and after!!

    Kendra @

  9. Hello, Melissa. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my 4th of July table–they brought me to you! This piece is unbelievable; I love it! I just bought my first ASCP in Duck Blue and white. Have only worked with white; anxious to go with that beautiful blue. Thanks for the courage and inspiration! ~Zuni

  10. Cute! What fun colors, I love the cottage-y, less formal feel…

  11. What an amazing look you achieved using the waxes- the colors changed dramatically and the chest looks wonderful! visiting from Nita’s party. 🙂 Sue

  12. This is gorgeous! I love the “dirty” look. Great job. I am adding this to my pinterest board for inspiration!
    Come visit me over at

  13. Oh my word, this dresser is fantastic and I totally love your paint job. Stunning. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. Great color combination!
    And I always sand prior to waxing too!

  15. I’m not usually a fan of chalk paint and distressing, but I think they were perfect choices for this piece. I love how the different colors are subtle enough, but they still bring out the unique designs carved into the chest.

  16. Your dresser looks absolutely fabulous! I love the new distressed finish. stopping by from Domestically Speaking.

  17. Well I love the smoke damaged look also! Young people want everything shiny and new. lol That chest is just gorgeous. I love how the colors blended after you waxed and distressed. TFS. 🙂 Peggy

  18. So sweet, just love the dark wax on this piece with the colors.

  19. OH-MY-GOSH Melissa!! The paint job on your dresser is SO COOL! I love how you broke the colors down into different areas. Very, very unique!! Great job!! Shelly Andrade

  20. What a gorgeous makeover! This is just the style I love and the colors you chose are so wonderful! I can’t wait to pin this one to my “Paint it Annie!” inspiration board! Thank you for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  21. I want to follow you around! You are one talented lady! Thanks for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. really love this look. great choice. i have done my share of stripping furniture off of antiques and say to myself “what where they thinking” but this piece is awesome!!!

  23. What a beautiful and unique piece. I love how you used contrasting colors to bring out the details. Great job!

  24. That turned out nice! I still haven’t tried chalk paint yet, but I guess I really need to!

  25. I love it! Duck Egg Blue is such a lovely color. Like you, I am also a “chalk paint rebel”….I always distress before waxing. Either way, it makes a mess, so I figure I might as well save some wax/money! Have you ever tried distressing with a damp rag? I do that sometimes too and there is no mess from it.

    • I’m with you; I almost always use a damp rag to distress. I love the look and control I get by doing it this way; plus who wants the mess and if you pull it back to the wood and wax after, it looks awesome!

  26. Fabulous makeover! It looks like your piece has history. So what if it has smoke damage?!

  27. I sure am in love with this dresser. I am getting ready
    to paint a piece with chalk paint. I am so excited to try it!

  28. This turned out lovely! I really like how you used the 3 colors! well done!

  29. That is really a unique dresser and you did a wonderful job giving it a new life! Woo-Hoo!

  30. Your dresser looks beautiful! I love the two colors and the distressing effect! It looks beautiful!

  31. Hi, I’v just popped over from Debbie’s Linky party! I’ve pinned your chest of draws on my decorator board! Your blog is lovely and I’ve enjoyed reading about you and your daughters, I love their names! I also enjoy painting furniture and have done a few pieces in our cottage. Well, I’m off to read more about you and become your newest Follower!


  32. Great transformation, it turned out into a masterpiece, you did a great job, thanks for sharing it.

  33. wow it turned out beautiful it would be great if you could come and link up at my party if you get the chance over at

    have a great weekend xxxx

  34. Hey Girl! Congratulations on your feature regarding your blue chest! Awesome job! LindaC

  35. The chest is gorgeous. GREAT MAKEOVER. It’s amazing what a little paint can do. Visiting from

  36. My previous comment didn’t make a great deal of sense to me after I posted it….lol This was what the ‘congratulations’ were for… I had a senior moment! LindaC

  37. So Sweet. Love what you did. I’m working on a few pieces with ASCP too. Love the stuff.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  38. I guess I must love dirty, smokey furniture, too!! LOL! What an amazing paint job! Just beautiful!


  39. I love the way your high boy turned out. I used Duck Egg Blue on some pieces for our beach condo in Destin, Florida. I like the heavy distressed look you gave the piece. Nice Job!

  40. What a great mix of colors and a fun vintage feel!

  41. Wow, this is so beautiful! Good job.

  42. Absolutely gorgeous!

  43. I love this project! The chalk paint and technique you used is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays!


  44. Wow, this looks like something from a really cool catalog or magazine. Great job with the colors too!

    Warmly, Michelle

  45. Oh, my!
    I have been hunting for a Chalk Paint combo to use on my kitchen island…THIS IS IT!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing…this piece is BEAUTIFUL!!

    (love your daughter’s names & “they can never leave the south”…awesome!) 🙂

  46. Holy Moly! I love it! I have a piece of furniture like this that I had to beg my husband not to throw out. He wasn’t confident that we could do something cool with it, but now I can prove him wrong! This looks so easy to pull off too. Easy is always good in my book since, between my job at Dish and running around with the family, I don’t have a lot of time to decorate. I would’ve never known about chalk paint either! How do you find out about all this stuff? The only places I know for DIY help are HGTV and DIY Network (and now your blog)! I record everything on these channels that relates to home renovations. Luckily, I have the Hopper DVR, with tons of recording space, because I may have a slight addiction to DIY. I can’t wait to see how this turns out for me! Thanks for the inspiration!

  47. oh my goodness I love this! What a great makeover. I would love it if you would share it at my linky party

    Look forward to seeing it again

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  51. Love this piece! I also sand before waxing. Just wondering though if you used clear was before you used the dark wax on the piece and whether or not you used two coats of the chalk paint or just opted for one. Gorgeous!

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