Duck Egg Dresser

Duck Egg Dresser Makeover- see the before and after

Hey, hey everyone.  How are you this fine Saturday?  Me?  I had a hysterectomy yesterday, stayed over night and came back home to a quiet house.  The boys and the dog are away until Monday night and I’m taking some mild (maybe not so mild) narcotics to control pain.  I’ll be sure to super spell check this article before I hit the publish button.  I had actually meant to publish this post yesterday before going to the hospital but I deleted it by accident.  No narcotics were involved in that deletion, just stupidity and stress.

Down to business.  My ongoing love affair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint continues and today’s post is no exception.  This little dresser caught my eye a couple of weeks ago when I saw it in the Habitat for Humanity store for $55.  The top was loose and didn’t fit properly because of a missing piece of scroll work at the back.  I ripped the top completely off and re-glued it so it aligned with the back of the dresser.   Then I cleaned her up, first with Murphy’s Oil and then with TSP because she was filthy.  Even the handles felt greasy and sticky.  Poor thing.  Clearly came from a neglectful environment.

 Duck Egg Dresser Makeover- See the before and after!
I chose Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg for this little lovely.  I like how it turned out but I have to say I was a bit unsure at first.  I think in my mind this paint was going to be blue and it’s a lot more green than I was anticipating.  Color wise I may have confused Duck Egg with Robin’s Egg….clearly two different birdies.  It’s not really green but more aqua than I’d been thinking of.  Either way, it’s grown on me.
I’m still loving chalk paint and still learning how to work with it.  I added a little bit of water to the paint before starting the first coat because I don’t like seeing brush strokes in my finished work. Here she is after the first coat of paint.
I love how well this paint covers, even with one coat, without sanding or priming.  That’s a huge bonus for me because it saves so much time (and money).  Because the paint dries so quickly I was able to get a second coat done while the boys were still napping, this time adding another teaspoon of water to thin the paint even more.  It still gives great coverage and I find the paint is easier to work with if it’s thinned a bit.
I finished the piece with Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax and sanded the edges to lightly distress it.  This wax has been my nemesis and I continue to struggle between too much and too little.  I think I’ve re-done nine or ten pieces of furniture with this paint (and a ton of picture frames and mirrors) and this is the first piece that I’ve done that I feel like I’ve managed to hit a balance with the wax.  I love the texture and consistency of the wax but my pieces have either been streaking from too much wax or dragging from too little.  It’s kind of hard to explain but if you haven’t used enough, you’ll know what I mean.
I really liked the worn bronze of the original handles but they were dirty, sticky and in rough shape.  I tried cleaning them with a bunch of different things and had almost given up on them when I decided to try spray painting them.  I used Krylon’s Oil Rubbed Bronze but they came out way too dark and way too new looking for this old dresser.
 Drawer pulls for duck egg dresser. Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
So I fussed and puttered and browsed on e-bay for drawer pulls until I finally took some sandpaper to them to make them look old and battered again.  But not dirty or gross.  Distressed is good, filthy is not.
Oil Rubbed Bronze spray painted drawer pulls after distressing.
The one on the right is way better, no?  I thought so.  You might remember my “I Do Stupid Things” post from earlier this week where I write about not putting things away and losing stuff.  Yup, it was one of those days.  Couldn’t find the appropriate screw driver.  Thankfully I have some very stylish cheese spreaders on hand to help out.
duck egg flamingo
Believe it or not, this makes a great flat head screwdriver.  As does a butter knife.  So, yes, I re-attached all of the handles with a cheese spreader.
I lined the drawers with some pretty $1 Walmart gift wrap.  Just spray adhesive and cut the wrap to size and it was done.
 Drawer liner for vintage dresser
And here’s the newest member of our foyer family, chosen for her pretty curves, nice legs, and loads of storage.
 duck egg 1
 duck egg 2
 duck egg 3
 Duck egg dresser before and after
 Going back to bed now.  Happy weekend everyone.

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  1. The chest turned out so pretty. You did a really great job! Take it easy and give yourself some TLC. I had that surgery and I tried to rush it and that was not a good thing. Hugs!

  2. I love it! The color is beautiful! (Glad it has grown on ya!) Thanks for explaining all your steps too. I'm going to pin this so I can remember it for someday when I find a dresser to re-do. 🙂

  3. It's gorgeous!!! Now get back to bed!! How you have the energy to do anything after such surgery, I don't know. I'm in awe. I would be flat on my back for a week at least.

    As for the Duck Egg/Robins Egg conundrum – I'm with you – Duck Egg is WAY greener than I thought. But I still love it! The contrast with the knobs is terrific.

    Feel better soon – and don't push yourself.

    • Hey Ashley

      Love the title of your blog! No, I didn't have to put anything over the wrap. At least, I haven't so far. We're just using the drawers for the boy's and baby's hats, mitts etc. so it's not getting a lot of heavy use just yet.


  4. Thanks for the tutorial part. I have used the chalk paint and found it unforgiving, but I didn't try thinning it. Maybe I won't be afraid to work with it again. I love the color. The piece turned out great. Jennifer

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