The Old Country Dresser

I am in love!!!  Sometimes things you envision in your head don’t always turn out the way you would like them to; but in this case everything went exactly the way I hoped! Yeah!!!  From start to finish, this project went smoothly from mixing my own mustard color chalk paint to applying the finishing touches!  Here’s the breakdown for all to see ~

Before shot…wish I could say I picked it up along side the road for free but that just isn’t the case!  I did however, win the bid at a local auction house.  It’s hard to come across nice dressers, much less ones that have character for a good price!
First step ~ took her outside for a cleaning and sanded down the top.  
Next came two coats of Minwax dark walnut stain.  Beautiful!!!
I mixed up a batch of homemade chalk paint using Plaster of Paris and Behr Warm Muffin 330D-4 flat paint.
(My husband cuts down his Gatorade plastic bottles for me to mix the paint in.) 
I covered her with two coats.  I have never used this color before but it came out the perfect shade of mustard.  So happy!
Then I moved on to the drawers.  Once they were painted I ran to Hobby Lobby with my coupon and picked up a couple of pretty stencils.

 Can’t believe it…this moving right along and I haven’t had any mishaps.  I’m almost scared to breath!  

Top drawer done!
Bottom three drawers got the pretty swirl treatment!
I just use the little sponges on a stick to apply my stencil.  Quick and easy clean up and use them over and over!
A shout out for my muscle man, and outside she goes again.  A little distressing was added for the final touch and she was ready for her photo shoot!
She came with pretty pulls so I was able to just clean them up and put them back on!  Bonus!!!

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  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this came it!!



  2. Nice to meet you, Judy!
    That is a great mustard color.
    It turned out great. New follower,

  3. It looks great! I’m glad that I hopped over! I’m loving your blog!! I’m your newest follower & am happy to be here! Happy 4th of July!

  4. Hi Judy! Your dresser turned out beautiful. I love that mustard color too! It looks so wonderful! Thanks for following my blog.

  5. Hi Judy,

    Ahhh, the stenciling is so cute it made me smile:D
    Also, the top looks beautiful and the dresser is so pretty now thanks to you!
    BTW, you have the same background as mine, but in different colour:)

  6. Judy, Your dresser turned out wonderful! I love the color and the stenciling is just perfect! It sure does feel great when a project comes off without a hitch. Happy 4th of July! 🙂

  7. Wow!! You did an amazing job!!! The color is perfect! The stenciling gives it that unique touch!! I love it!!

  8. Great makeover! I really love the stencil designs you chose!


  9. This turned out really pretty! I love the stencils you used and the way you used them.

  10. This dresser is adorable! I love the color and the details. Really, really nice!

  11. It looks FABULOUS!!!!!! I love everything about it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! 🙂

  12. What a beautiful piece! You did such a great job transforming it and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week! 🙂

  13. That is really wonderful – how talented you are! Thank you for sharing.

  14. stop by if you have a moment as i just posted a giveaway:

    smiles to you.


  15. that is the perfect shade of yellow! gorgeous!

  16. Judy,

    Just came to visit your blog and have to say, I LOVE this dresser makeover! Just beautiful! Thanks for following me and now I’m following back! Can’t wait to read more!



  17. You did a great job! Love your work. I haven’t tried stenciling anything yet – may have to give that a try soon. 🙂 Newest follower.

    • Thanks Stephanie! The most difficult part about stenciling is measuring and making sure everything is centered. Once that’s in place, the rest is easy! I would love to see what ever you decide to stencil when it’s finished. Thanks hanks so much for following! Blessings ~ Judy

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