Craigslist Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Craigslist Dresser Main
After moving recently, we are still in “settling in” mode…perhaps will be for some time…making furniture work in each room, making decisions about what to keep or give away or purchase, making time for the ever-dreaded task of hanging pictures.

For our master bedroom, I had been searching for a long dresser as an anchor for a tv above, and Craigslist did not disappoint!  I’ve found several pieces on Craigslist to redo, and it’s a fun challenge to find terrific deals!  (To date, this Craigslist Hutch Makeover remains my favorite redo!)

Thankfully, David tagged along on the ride to pick this puppy up.  We pulled into the driveway of what resembled a scene from Breaking Bad.  Or Cops…the Mississippi version.  Glaring reminder to always take a buddy on Craigslist adventures:).

It wasn’t until we got the dresser home that I realized how bad of shape it was actually in.  A bit disappointing, but I loved the lines of the piece and knew paint would bring it back to life in no time.  Although the photos do not do justice to the terribleness, trust me, it had been used and abused, and it showed.

See here below, she’s deceivingly pretty!  
Craigslist Dresser 3
But ohhhh no.  Just a few of her battle scars here.  Perhaps “Adam” was  a 4th grade crush…Craigslist Dresser 1
For the final look, I wanted fresh, simple, and clean.  After a few trials of mixing Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Old White, I landed with the combo of 3/4 French Linen and 1/4 Old White.  I highly recommend mixing as much as you think you’ll need for the whole project in an airtight container (tupperware or ziploc container). This way, you can seal the container during your project and come back to the paint without having to remix.  Also, another tip I read on some blog…place your wet paintbrush in a ziploc bag and refrigerate it.  It keeps beautifully, and you avoid washing brushes every time you take a break from your project.
Craigslist Dresser 5
The final finish shown is two good coats of the French Linen/Old White combo and two coats of clear Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax.  For the hardware, I removed each piece for painting the drawers, but loved the finish the way it was and did not change it.  Oil-rubbed bronze spray paint or black spray paint (the kind for painting metal) are good options for refinishing hardware easily.  Just be sure to sand the hardware with steel wool before spray painting.

After the paint cured and the hardware was back in place, the insides of the drawers were begging for a fresh look.  The previous owners must have eaten meals in the open drawers. I found this adhesive drawer liner on Amazon Prime for about $12!

The drawer liner makes these drawers pop when you open them up!  I love how they turned out.

Craigslist Dresser 2
Transformed beauty in our master bedroom!
Craigslist Dresser 5
Amazing what the simple act of paint will do to completely change a piece of furniture!  Now on to my next project…:)

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  1. You turned the rough into a real diamond. Hope you are all settling in after this first year and that things are going great. If you get back to LR, give me a call and we’ll have lunch.

    • Hey Debbie, I miss you all so!! It has been an admittedly difficult year, but summer has given me time to rest (my brain and heart, that is) and hoping to get back to blogging regularly.

  2. Very cute. I love the paper lining in the drawers!

  3. I love the way it turned out! Beautiful job! Visiting from Serenity Now 🙂

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  4. Love such rescue pets. Your heart will be connected to this piece each time you look at it.
    I’m not familiar with the chalk paint/wax combo — how is it for upkeep? Would you use this finish for kids’ furniture? Sure is pretty…

    • Katharine, Yes I would use it for kids’ furniture! You would simply need to put an extra coat of wax for protection. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  5. I love this project. It is so well done and a beautiful addition to any room. I have never shopped on Craigslist to find cool projects, but then again I am living in apartments and projects like that would take a lot of moving. I love the insides of the drawers, they really make a difference and make the drawers stand out.

  6. Gorgeous! I love a good fixer upper! 😀

  7. You did a lovely job with this piece. I love the color you used and the hardware. I’ve been wanting to try AS French Linen! (Pinning!)

  8. My daughter/blog partner found the very same dresser at a thrift shop and painted it a subtle greenish blue. It looks great. I think she paid $25.00, and it is perfect in her guest room. She got the idea after seeing one just like it that my daughter-in-law bought at a swanky second hand store in DC. It had already been redone. We love the style. You did a great job!!!