Transformation Tuesday

It is Tuesday, right?  I can barely keep my days straight these days.  I think a vacation is in order!

Now that the barn sale is over, I’ve finally had a little time to do some refurbishing and redecorating for us.  Do you recall in my Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Summertime post I showed you the little dresser we have in our living room?

I picked up this dresser at an estate sale about 3, maybe 4, years ago when I first moved here and if I remember correctly, I believe it cost a mere $30.  It houses our photo albums, board games and what-nots.  It’s a great little storage piece and I’ve always loved its shape and its curves.  I am a sucker for pretty legs (think Chippendale, Queen Anne, French Provincial)!  But this dresser felt very heavy to me in its dark brown color.  So, since we’re adding pale blue to our living room and it’s lightening up the mood, and since I’ve fallen in love with the color “Louie Blue” in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I just had to do the deed.

Here she is today:

I fell in love with this piece of furniture on a whole new level.  The detail was lost in all of the brown, and now it’s completely accentuated by the new paint.
I mean just look at the legs now:
It’s okay.  You can whistle.  Go ahead.  They’re gorgeous!
And the beautiful shine that the wax adds . . . is perfect!

The knobs are original and are now highlighted by the paint color

I had originally thought about changing the knobs, but have decided to leave them alone.  I want the dresser to remain as original as possible.  I had thought about adding crystal knobs, but even though I want our living room to be elegant, I don’t want it to feel too stuffy.  I want it to be sophisticated, but comfortable enough that people feel like they can take their shoes off, lie down on the pillows and hang out.  I don’t want people walking on egg shells in my house worried about touching things.  Glass knobs would just make this piece feel too pretentious and that’s not what I’m going for.  Now there’s certainly nothing wrong with a little hoity-toity once in a while, but not here.

I am really happy with the way it turned out and it was nice to work on a piece for us for a change.

I painted it in one coat of Louie Blue Chalk Paint.  I don’t cover a piece completely in a solid, heavy coat of paint.  I let the wood come through the streaks of my brush right from the very beginning.  It looks more authentic, requires less paint and it also means less sanding later.  I then sanded it in all the right places, slowly looking at it as I went to judge if I needed more or less sanding in each carefully placed location.  Once I decided the sanding was done, I went over it with a generous coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural, then buffed it with a soft cloth.

One of these days, I promise I will do a step-by-step photo tutorial of a furniture transformation.  I did this last night at 9 pm (yes, I’m crazy), and because I don’t have a very good camera (gee, can’t you tell?), step-by-step pictures in the dark would not have turned out well.

So there you have it!  A couple of hours of hard work on a Monday night turned in to a Transformation Tuesday and I adore the transformation!

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Linking to:


Transformation Thursday

Furniture Feature Fridays
The Shabby Nest

Stuff and Nonsense

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

SAS Interiors

Molly Susan Strong: Market Monday with Linky — My REAL reasons for loving Chalk Paint!
2805 Blog



  1. absolutely beautiful and love the color. What’s the benefit of using the wax over something like a water based verathane?

  2. I agree with Erin….absolutely beautiful! Great job.

  3. I love it in the new color! It looks like a different piece of furniture! Great job!

  4. I love a good leg(s). She’s so pretty :)I can’t wait to give chalk paint a try. I have two quarts waiting to be used, I’m looking forward to this weekend to give it a try.

  5. I LOVE it! Great job! I’ve never used the wax, but thinking I need to try it on a piece I’m working on right now.

  6. Laura…it’s gorgeous!! You did a wonderful job! Where did you buy the Annie Sloan paint? I haven’t seen it anywhere and I love that it cover in one coat! Gosh, this is beautiful!


  7. Very gorgeous indeed. I love the wax and what a difference it makes on chalk paint. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  8. Wow, what a transformation!! Great job and love the color! Oh yes I’m visiting from Debbie’s party and now one of your new followers!!

  9. Great transformation!!

  10. The Louie Blue definitely changed the looks of the piece entirely. Beautiful job!

  11. It’s absolutely gorgeous!! The color and distressing is perfect and thank you for letting us know the colors and the wax, etc. That’s always a plus in my book!

    Joining you from Debbie’s Party.

    I am your newest follower !

  12. That dresser looks so great! Nice job! The paint has it – love that color too! Is chanlk paint all it’s cracked up to be?? I would like to know before I buy it!
    stacey of embracing change

  13. SUCH a beautiful transformation!! WOW!! (I love Louis Blue too)

  14. The paint really brings out the details. And the hardware–swoon!

  15. I am seeing all of the chalk paint. Is there no need for priming the furniture before painting? That would be wonderful. Would love to hear your reply. Enjoy your great job. Truly lovely.

  16. This is just gorgeous~ love the color and distressing on this charming piece!

  17. it’s a beautiful piece of furniture and looks wonderful with the Louis Blue. You did a great job. I’m so with you on the hardware – the original drawer pulls look perfect. So pretty :)

  18. This is gorgeous, you did a great job! Thanks for sharing the inspiration at Vintage Inspiration Friday! xo Debra

  19. Those are some sexy legs! It looks gorgeous – i really need to try the chalk paint :)

  20. I love it!!! Such a darling color, so calm and classic:-) Great job!:-)


  21. looks great–love the blue. i would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

  22. the piece came out so pretty! I love that color too, although I only have a small sample.

  23. And another gorgeous piece! I’m getting the feeling that you never sit down!!! And you’ve got a really lovely style of writing. I was smiling all the way through!


  24. Absolutely love this dresser…you’ve inspired me to try a piece like this I have…thank you!

  25. Love the Louis Blue on that piece, beautiful transformation.

  26. So lovely and I love the colour, perfect! x

  27. just beautiful- i love it in the louis blue and the shape of that dresser is amazing! it’s so soft and pretty!

  28. Louis Blue is such a great color, beautiful!

    Would love to have you stop by and link up to my weekly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Link party

  29. I love it!

  30. Lovely. Thanks for coming to my party…come again next Market Monday!

  31. it’s perfect!

  32. I love what you did here! That Louis Blue is very pretty. I am sanding my two end tables for the first time after giving them 2 coats of ASCP. I think I need to go a little lighter…I was sanding waaay too hard and taking off the paint too much. You have nice close ups to show how you sanded yours. Thank you!


  33. I am whistling! What great legs and terrific color! She is a beauty!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you and hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

  34. What a wonderful transformation, it’s beautiful. Love the color too!!!
    Hugs~~~ Daphne

  35. Another great piece, and yes this new look did bring out the finer details. Love it.

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