It is a well known fact that I am a huge fan of Annie Sloan paints. But at $38 for a quart I REALLY have to be married to the color before I’ll buy it in the quart size. I keep three of her colors ( in quarts) in my paint cabinet all the time: Duck Egg, Provence and of course Old White. These are my very favorite ones. So when I need to replenish any one of them I almost always pick up a sample size of a new fun color while I’m there.
Now there is one thing that I consistently use these 4 ounce sample size paints for and that’s lamps. Most recently I found some interesting tweed lampshades and wanted just enough of one particular color to match. I can probably paint about five pairs of lamps out of one sample paint pot but I’ve often wondered about painting an actual piece of furniture. I mean I know I can get a small table or chair out of one sample pot.
I decided to go bigger.
Like a piece that it would take two people to move.
That kinda thing.
Here’s what I came up with:
I found this probably 1950’s maple dresser on Craigslist for a nice price but it came with a mirror that I was not at all interested in so I negotiated the price down a bit and pounced.
The nice older couple I got it from were down sizing in to a townhouse and had A LOT of furniture to sell. I managed to control myself and drove away with only this dresser.
This is what it looked like when I got it home. So here’s the real story. It just so happened that a day or two before I found the dresser I also saw an ad, also on Craigslist for 10 drawer pulls for $10 dollars.
I’m crapping y’all negative.
Bail pulls are my absolute favorites 🙂
But being the thrifty girl that I am, I did not jump because I had nothing in the hopper to use them on. As soon as I secured the dresser, I texted the guy with the pulls and was in the process of arranging to meet him at a local grocery store to make the exchange when my cell rang from the same number of the guy with the 10 drawer pulls.
He says, ‘Is this Paige?’
Turns out he and his wife are our next door neighbors!
Bless their hearts.
They are not at all aware of the extent of my Crazy.
I love these pulls!!
As my luck would have it, they did not line up with the original holes so first things first, I had to fill those holes and Big Daddy drilled me some new ones.
I sanded down the top and refinished it with Annie Sloan dark wax
and painted the body of the dresser with French Linen.
It is a dreamy gray.
And I did it all with one 4 ounce sample paint. I did not paint the back or the top and I mean I was scraping the bottom with my paint brush at the end of the project, but I did it! By the way, this dresser measures:
31 1/2″ H x 40″ L x 17″ D.
Four ounces of gray paint never looked so good to me. It’s sitting in the eating area my kitchen right now and I’m loving it as a sideboard , of sorts. It looks pretty there , the height is perfect and it’s a bunch of storage. I’m going to enjoy it for a bit before it makes it’s way to my shop.
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