Revamped old green dresser

It’s an old green dresser that desperately needed to come out of the 70’sshade of pea green & into a more vibrant, fun, modern shade.

I absolutely fell in love with this dresser when I saw it!
I wasn’t really feeling this shade of green though.
When I got it home & inspected it better I noticed there were a couple of different shades of green showing through.

Hmmmmm….maybe I’m seeing layers in this little one’s future?
This had obviously been a very well-loved piece & it wore the scars to prove it.


A little graffiti on the side, a couple of drawers with some kind of grease or gunk in them & a scarred up top.
I gave the entire body a light sanding, not enough to remove the paint…. since I knew I wanted those base shades of green peeking through later.
But when I moved on to sand down the top I realized it would be better if I just removed the veneer.
It looked good at first, but upon closer inspection, it was warped beyond smoothing out.
For those of you who have done this….you know how much fun it can be.

I’ve found that using a wide metal paint scraper helps tremendously in the removal process.

Just be very careful to hold it at an angle to get under the veneer without gouging into the wood.
{Keeping my scrapers sharpened makes this process go even smoother.}
Once I got the top layer off, I sanded it down again.
Then……..

Oh SNAP!!!
Yep, a corner piece broke off.

You can really see the 2 different shades of green this dresser started within this picture. I was trying to avoid doing so, but I went ahead & took it back outside & chipped off the last layer to get down to the pine planks.
Just a little wood filler in of gaps was all it took to get a perfect finish.
I kind of sort of fell in love with the Antibes green color from Annie Sloan, but couldn’t find a shade even close to it at the paint store.
This is where having a relationship with your paint guy comes in super handy.
We stood there & mixed & tweaked & shook & tweaked some more until we came up with a color I was satisfied with.
If anyone would like the original color & the formula tweaking just let me know & I’ll post it.
I did a really rough first coat with my fun new custom color, even using a chip brush to get some more texture in there.

Most of the time I don’t paint the back, but on this piece, I chose to since it was in the same shape as some of the drawers.
Ummmmm not pretty.

I was already loving the texture that was showing up!
A very light sanding & a very sloppy, light, sporadic 2nd coat went on.
I kind of just felt my way through it.
Stood back….looked it over…..added a little more here or there…& so on.

When it was all dry I went at it with varying grits of sandpaper to distress it.
Not heavily though, just a nice light scuffing with a touch more wearing away on the drawers.
Speaking of drawers…
I went to those with some TSP & a light sanding.
I chose to paint them in a soft shade of grey.
Something about grey & green together that just makes me happy.

When the drawers were nice & dry I used a little wax action to smooth up the edges & glides.

Yes, it’s a tea light. It works! Yes, I need a manicure….but it would be a waste of time 🙂

The hardware on this beauty grabbed my heart from the outset.
Maybe not everyone’s taste, but I loved those little guys.
I knew all it would take was a good cleaning & they’d be perfect!

Once it was all sanded I used a walnut stain to glaze the dresser.
It gave it more depth & really grabbed the colors & the wood peeking through beautifully.
Three coats of wax called it finished!

The hardware cleaned up very well in a hot vinegar bath with a little help from a toothbrush & scrub pad.
I’m still on the fence about adding a little rub n’ buff.

The top got 2 coats of dark walnut stain to get the depth of color I was going for & then 3 coats of satin polycrylic, sanding between each coat.

I love how this one turned out!
I could not get the pictures to capture the layers & shades, but I suppose it doesn’t help that I was being impatient & taking pictures right at dusk either. Flash is unflattering.

Love those legs! Nothing fancy, but they give this overall boxy dresser some movement.

A soft pop of color when you open the drawers adds some fun to this piece.
One more before & after just because I love them.

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