Pink and White Dresser Makeover



I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was helping our daycare provider pull together her baby girl nursery and one of the things I committed to doing was painting the dressers.  I hauled them home over a month ago and then they sat in my garage taking up space for what felt like forever.  I went to Florida, I did Halloween things, we had a holiday or two and then I noticed the baby would be coming in a few weeks and panicked. Also, I couldn’t reach my garbage cans or get my lawn mower out.  Not pretty.

I forgot to take before pictures but here they are scattered all over the drive way getting prepped.  They were a dark seventies brown finish.



Since we were being very specific about the colors used in the nursery, I didn’t chalk paint these gals the way I normally would because I didn’t have any idea how to mix the colors to get the pink I was after.  I also couldn’t find the exact pink I wanted anywhere so I had Home Depot custom blend a quart of Behr Paint and Primer with a color based on some craft paint I had sitting in the basement.  Turned out to be a perfect match.



Originally we were planning to paint both dressers in this bright pink but after sanding (ugh!) and priming (ugh! and ugh again!), I had a last minute change of heart and went with white and pink.  So glad we did since I love how they turned out and think all pink would have been way too much.

Here’s a shot of the drawers drying in my dining room.

And some on the kitchen island….

I loved the handles and wasn’t sure what to do with them at first.  I cleaned them up and tried putting them back on but they felt too dark. Then I considered spray painting them gold but that didn’t feel quite right either.  In the end, it was back to the Annie Sloan.  I painted them with Pure White, waxed them up, and distressed them a little bit. Perfect.


And here they are all finished up and sitting in my garage waiting for pick up. Excuse the garage type mess but they’re far too heavy to lug around for staging.




And still more pictures….I’m so in love.





A close up of the little middle drawers.



One quick before and after.


What do you think?  Swoon….. I’m so in love with these babies, it’s hard to give them back.

UPDATE– I’ve had a ton of emails asking for the paint colors and how I get the paint to be so smooth. The white is the same white I use everywhere…Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White. You can find the formula for the custom pink here.

I used foam rollers and craft paint brushes to apply the paint. I also use Floetrol. It’s truly my secret weapon in getting the paint to dry with minimal brush marks. If I had my paint sprayer back then, I totally would have have used that since I could have finished this project in less than an hour 😉

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  1. oh wow!! love the color combination♥ what an awesome transformation! i normally do not like distressed anything but those distressed pulls are too cute…love it!

  2. You did an amazing job with this transformation, Jenna! Hubby was peeking over my shoulder when I pulled up your site from the link party. Both of us were inspired!

  3. This is absolutely STUNNING. I have always loved color with white, but this beautiful pink takes the cake. It just pops SO perfect and is so pretty. You did a fabulous job on it. Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

  4. Really beautiful job – they are so vibrant and pretty!! You're a good friend! 🙂 I feel your pain on that sanding and priming stuff, no fun at all. Glad I found you at Serendipity and Spice, I'll be back for sure! 🙂

  5. Oh gosh! Jenna! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. What a fantastic makeover! I hopped across from 'The Dedicated House' your drawers stood out and as I am fascinated with people using chalk paint as it has just reached the shores of New Zealand. I do realise you didn't use chalk paint for this particular project but was interested to see you used Annie Sloans soft wax on the handles. I am currently doing some makeovers myself to help launch Annie's paint in New Zealand. I have just received my paint and so excited about getting started. My first project is a chest of drawers and a piano stool of which I have Paris Grey and Old White. Not sure where to begin so will look a little more around yours site for inspiration.

    Lee 🙂

  7. I absolutely ADORE this! I am pinning, clipping to Hometalk & sharing! Thanks for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow–hope to see more of your fabulousness this week! 😉

    ~ Brooke ~

  8. I have a dresser I want to paint like this but there is no framework inbetween the drawers. It would be solid pink and I don't feel like it would present as nicely. Any suggestions. Currently the dresser is white with green leafy stencils I'm sure will be fun to cover. Also, there are no handles. THere is an indented area on the bottom of the drawers that act as pulls. SHould I add new handles? New at this … help!?!?

  9. I have a similar dresser, nightstand, chest of drawers from when I was a child. It is currently in my daughter’s room. I’d love to paint over them but I am worried because the tops of each have something on them that makes them waterproof. It’s shiny – I’d love to repaint each piece and have that same waterproof top, only in a different color. I’ve never before painted any piece of furniture so I’m very cautious. So my two questions are 1. how to remove all of it without destroying the furniture. and 2. what do you use to make the new paint on top that shiny, water resistant?

    • Hi Anita
      You will need to lightly sand the dresser and drawers to give the paint something to adhere to and use a good primer. You don’t need to sand down to bare would but scuff it up a bit. KILZ is a good primer and I always have great results. Once the paint is fully dry, let it cure for a few days and then go over it with a polyacrylic top coat. Don’t use polyurethane as it will yellow over time. Apply it lightly and then use a 320 grit sand paper to very lightly sand between coats and it should hold up well. The polyacrylic comes in matte and glossy versions so you’re probably wanting the semi or high gloss one. I’d love to see pictures when you’ve done the makeover!
      Hope it goes well,

  10. The link to get the pink is gonr. The one for “The pink and white dressers”. I know its older but do you still have it?

  11. Do you still have the link for the color of pink you used ??? It’s not working and this is the color I’ve been looking for to use in a project for my daughter’s room! I love it!

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