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Guest Room Dresser Before & After

I have been painting up a storm this week and it’s been a blast.  I love playing with new products and I’ve recently discovered some amazing ones that I can’t wait to share with you.  One of the best things about experimenting is that I have to experiment on my own stuff, so I don’t mess up pieces I need to sell…right?  Sounds good to me.  So, I’ve been painting a bunch of pieces that have been on my list for a while and I’ve been really inspired.

Here’s what the dresser looked like before.  It was a nice piece off Craig’s List, but it just didn’t look that special in the room.  I really wanted to add a color that would compliment the red drapes and a greenish blue was perfect.  
The way this piece distressed is so yummy.  It may be too far for some people, but I just love the chippy, scratched look. 

Since the wood in this piece is so pretty, I decided to leave the top natural.  I also just prefer a wood top to a painted one. 

I swapped out the heavy wood knobs for glass to add a little sparkle. 

More details to come…
After enduring rain (cats and dogs) since Wednesday, we have a beautiful sunny day and I’m going to go play outside with my boys. 

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  1. Oh I love it!! That color is perfect!! Vanna

  2. Wow! It's really beautiful! I love it! And the vignette is very pretty too.

  3. This dresser turned out GREAT! Love the color. And I like the top left natural. Love & blessings from NC!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! No way is it too chippy. I think it's the perfect amount of chippy! And how fortunate for you that you HAD to practice this new technique on your own piece 😉 Did I mention I LOVE it?

  5. That is one of the prettiest peices I have seen refinished. I love it..

  6. LOVE the uneven finish. It's so realistic! But I'm with the others I'm afraid. We would devour more details. :)


  7. I have to tell you, I'm not crafty or creative in the least bit, but I seriously love EVERYTHING you do. You have such an amazing talent! Love your work and blog!


  8. Okay, I think this is my new favorite piece of yours! And it is most definitely NOT too distressed. It is perfect. I love this look and you are so talented to pull it off so perfectly.

  9. I can't wait for the details! I love the color and the glass knobs, but have a hard time painting over good wood, but love the results when I see it done.

  10. The painted dresser is fabulous!! Well done!!
    It is so beautiful!

  11. Hope you had a fabulous day with your boys! The dresser is beatiful. You truly do have an amazing gift and vision … thanks for sharing with all of us, Becca

  12. I love that chippy look! Will you be doing a tutorial on how to get that look? Your tutorial are so awesome!

  13. That looks so beautiful!! My goal is to find a lovely piece to redo this week. Thank you for the inspiration!

  14. Gorgeous!!!! How do you get that chippy look????? I would love to know….Thanks!

  15. Love it! I did a very similar piece a while ago

  16. I'd love to watch you in action…if just for a day….beautiful piece!!

  17. That green with the red showing through – wonderful.
    – Joy

  18. I thought your before pic was the adorable blue, and I couldn't figure out for the life of me why you would change it! :) Looks so sweet!!!

  19. I LOVE this!!! I love the color, the knobs and that you left the top brown!!!

    Audrey @

  20. It's lovely!

  21. Brava Marian…..another masterpiece. I painted a piece in that same shade and I love it. While I appreciate the cottage white and gray love out there, it warms my heart to see that the use of color is not dead. Thank you for demonstrating that once again! The contrast and distressing is dare I say……..Perfectly imperfect…:)

  22. Simply Stunning! I love the heavily distressed look and the color is amazing.

  23. Not to far for me. I love it. The more distressed the better I say.


  24. **sigh** I'm in love.

  25. Will you be doing a tutorial on how you distress furniture – this piece looks great – great job!

  26. Love the color of this piece!

  27. Cannot wait to see how you did this!! LOVE your blog and cherish every tutorial or advice!

  28. It looks so inviting. I love the very, chippy scratched look, it looks like it has been around for a long time and has some good stories to tell. Can't wait to hear about what new products you discovered!

  29. Very nice. Love that look. And the glass knobs set it off just right.

  30. thanks for you feedback! I'm thinking this weekend, I may tackle my armoire project. I'll post after pictures and let you know how it turns out. I, too, am interested in finding out what new paint your using. I plan on using red milk paint.

  31. Wow! Love this – is this also done in this amazing paint ur on about? Do you have to prime with this mystery paint? Doesn't look like you did on this piece. So since I hate to prime you have to tell us what kind of paint this is. I love it – amazing. I love the natural wood top too. Painted tops always get so messed up.

  32. Beautiful, I am totally in love with the whole paint then distress look. It puts a whole new look onto the piece. I am eager to try it out. As a I am a newbe to furniture refurbishing, do you recommend it try this technique with a chair first. Thanks so much. I just love reading your blog, it is so inspiring and gets my mind running!

  33. I tend to shy away from so much distressing but this looks great! Maybe on my next piece I'll find more courage. Did you only paint one coat?

  34. Anonymous says:

    wow! gorgeous!!!!

  35. Looking all over you blog for the name of the color you used on this dresser. Could you tell me? I love it!

  36. charlotte chapman says:

    where do I find your tutorials for chalk painting furniture on your blog?

  37. Amanda says:

    I love this piece so much. Did you use milk paint? I would love to know the process you used so I can attempt to recreate this look.


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