Herringbone Dresser … and an announcement!

I finally get to reveal my latest project!  My blue and white herringbone dresser!

Here is the dresser before I got my hands on it!  

I got it via Craigslist.  It was in great shape, the family just didn’t need it anymore.  I fell in love with it the instant I laid eyes on it!  :)

As you can see in the before shot, the mirror was the only part that really wasn’t in great shape.  Even though the old mirror definitely had character, I prefer a crisp, clean mirror.  So, in this case, out with the old, in with the new!  Just take this piece of advice from me if you ever decide to cut a mirror…cut it by hand, not on a tile saw.  It will lead you down a path of much less frustration!  ;)

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White and Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue on this piece.  ASCP didn’t have quite the blue I was looking for, so I made the SW paint into homemade chalk paint to get the color I wanted.  Homemade chalk paint definitely does not even compare to ASCP in my opinion, especially while distressing it, but it works if you’re looking for a specific color.  Another option would be to mix ASCP colors until you get the color you want, but that could quickly lead to wasting a lot of paint if you aren’t careful!

I did two light coats of Old White on the top of the dresser.  Once that was dry, I used a paint and wax mixture to give it a milky look and to help seal it.  I love how it turned out.  It almost looks like stone!

The stripes were kind of a pain in the butt, to tell you the truth!  You definitely need patience if you ever want to attempt anything like this.  But it’s totally worth the result if you’re willing to commit some time to it!  I love the contrasting colors!

So … on to the announcement…

I found a place to sell my painted furniture pieces!  The Town Peddler is a huge craft and antique mall that isn’t too far from home for me.  I got a 6×7 booth and have committed to selling there for the next six months!  I’m so excited about it!  I feel like the commitment to having a booth is just making me take this whole business that much more seriously and it’s even helping my creativity to blossom!  Both great things!  :)  So make sure to check out The Town Peddler in Livonia (starting August 1st) if you’re ever in the area to see my finished pieces in person!

*(PS – I now sell my furniture at Painted Farmgirl & Friends in Hudsonville, MI)

Thanks for stopping by my new blog!  I just picked up a ton of furniture the past couple days, so I’ll definitely have more projects coming soon!

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  1. Looks great!

  2. Great job Allison and congrats on the booth!!! Amazing news! I can’t wait to see what you do next :-)

  3. Amber White says:

    Great Job! Can’t wait to check out your booth when we come to visit next month!!!

  4. I LOVE THE DRESSER! A girl after my own heart…take…sand….paint…reuse! Last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST on my blog hop for the day! Following! YAY!

    Ramblings of a Southern Belle

  5. Came over from the Charmer to see this beautiful piece. The stripes give the dresser so much depth. Good Luck with your booth. I have been doing resell for 14 years and don’t regret a minute of it!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. An incredibly beautiful transformation! Love everything about it. Congrats on your booth, I have one and it can be a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you help to make it a great par.tay! Following you on Facebook, hope you “like” me back!

  7. That looks so great!

    New follower from July’s blog hop! I am having so much fun meeting new blogs. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. I am also hosting Mom’s Monday Mingle now. Love for you to link up. Last week we had over 200! Hope you can stop by ;)


  8. loooove this!!! I usually don’t like the herringbone but you pulled it off beautifully. Its gorgeous.

  9. Wow, you are AMAZING!! I found you via the July Blog Hop and am happy to be your newest follower! I’d love a follow back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com! :)

  10. What a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the herringbone design! I too am wanting to find a place to sell my painted furniture! I am hoping to start looking soon! I have been traveling too much this summer to get a chance to find a place! Good luck with your new place! I am your newest follower!

  11. Stunning! Im your newest follower friend so glad you stopped by my blog!

  12. How cute is this?? We have a very similar style dresser, and I’ve never thought of painting it before…now you have my wheels turning :-) Visiting from the blog hop. So nice to “meet” ya!

  13. Wow I love the finished product! I have a dresser I really need to do this to. I’m coming over form a blog hop and am excited to be a new follower! Feel free to follow me back http://www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

  14. WOW – WOW – WOW -
    OMG – WOW
    Gorgeous beyond belief!
    I’m your newest follower – have to see what else you come up with!
    Would love to have you visit and follow back :)
    did I mention WOW, lol

  15. so pretty i love the design, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,

  16. holy moly i am in love!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did here! it’s amazing- the pattern, colors, finish, the lines between the herringbone…. love it all!

  17. So beautiful! I love every detail. Im sure your pieces will sell quickly at the new place :)

  18. I saw this on POWW and had to click to see all the details! You did such a great job!!!

  19. Congrats of finding a place to sell your furniture! That is a dream of mine that I hope one day I’ll be able to do! Your dresser redo is absolutely stunning! I love the colors you chose. I am so glad I found your blog.. and I am your newest follower! If you have a chance I’d love for you to stop by mine!


  20. This is just stunning! You did an amazing job on it! Good luck on your newest adventure!

  21. Love how you did your herringbone design on that gorgeous dresser! I painted the herringbone on a nightstand a while back using the comb tool. Found you on Uncommonly Yours Link Party.

  22. OMGosh! It is amazing! Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Primp. Would love it if you would share this on my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-7.html Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  23. Really cool! I don’t have the patience for that stuff, but I’m glad you do. Great job! And congrats on the new booth, sounds like fun :)

  24. WOW!!!! This looks amazing! I don’t have the patience for stripes but it paid off in the end! Amazing job!I am visiting from thee blog hop. I am a little late but wanted to drop by. I am a new follower! I blog over at http://garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ I hope you will stop by and do the same. I also have an awesome giveaway going on right now with a Cricut Machine! i would love it if you would enter!


  25. Very nice! This is definitely a labor of love!

    Visiting from Savvy Southern Style and am a new follower!

    ~Ashleigh @ rusticanthology.blogspot.com

  26. This is seriously amazing! I love it! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I am so thrilled to be your newest subscriber! You have brilliant taste! Love it all! Have a blessed day!

  27. saw this on MMS furniture feature friday and could not take my eyes off it! beautiful job!

  28. What a makeover, I adore your blue and white herringbone pattern. I was thinking about doing a grey and white pattern on my dresser to! This inspired me to do it. I”m now your newest follower you have a lovely blog!

  29. Hello beautiful! Your dresser is absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  30. This is very cool. I love how it came out.

  31. I have been seeing you at EVERY party there is lately! How do I know? Because of this BEAUTIFUL DRESSER! I have been dying to do something herringbone. This is definitely the most gorgeous reason to get into gear and get it done!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

  32. What a great find!!! What a beautiful transformation! Congrats on your new lease, that’s awesome! Hopped over from MMS and I’m happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @ http://www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

  33. This piece was gorgeous to begin with, but you totally rocked it with the herringbone! LOVE!

  34. Congrats on the feature on 1929 Charmer! :-)

  35. This piece is just awesome!

  36. I love it!!!! I featured it last night.

  37. This is such a beautiful dresser re-do!! I love the herringbone patttern!

  38. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  39. I love this piece. So great that you have a place to sell your pieces. The antique mall here wants a six month commitment, too and I just haven’t bit that bullet. I would love to sell some painted pieces. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  40. This is beautiful!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

  41. Gorgeous.

  42. Congrats for your work on this piece! Beautiful!
    And wishing you the best @ The Town Peddler!

  43. Visiting from Simple Home Life linky…this is gorgeous!
    Newest follower,
    Dori @ belljarvintage.blogspot.com

  44. This is absolutely beautiful! I am featuring you today! : )

  45. This dresser GRABBED my eyeballs! I love it, the color is amazing and love the design overall!

  46. :) so glad you aren’t afraid to go bold with a piece either!! I’ve dona my fair share of unique and bold pieces! love it! I guss that;s where they come up with “no risk, no reward”! Following along to see what else you come up with! :)

  47. This dresser is amazing! Is the dark outline of the stripes the original dresser color, or is that paint, also? How did you get those lines so perfectly straight and even? I have an old dresser I’d love to paint like this to use as an entertainent center in the gameroom for when my grandsons visit.

    • Hi Lynda! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, the dark outline of the stripes is the stain color on the dresser. I actually sanded those two drawers down and restained them so they were in better shape before I painted over them. Crazy, I know! I used 1/8th inch tape (from an office supply store) to separate the stripes and leave the stain in those spots. It took a lot of work, but was totally worth it!

  48. Gorgeous! I am looking for some fun crafts to feature on my web site soon…would love for you to submit your dresser!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  49. Great color blue and I LOVE the herringbone too! :)

  50. This is beautiful, I love the graphic. kinda reminds me of my little arrow table! im following you now & congrats on the booth!

  51. Such a neat look you gave this dresser…luv it!!


  52. What a cool design on this piece. It’s so perfectly pulled together. Everything just works!! Love it!! Havea a GREAT weekend, Shelly

  53. Love this! It looks great!

  54. Oh, my goodness!! I am so in love with this that I want to do a high kick. I’m going to feature it on my FB page!

    Following in my reader now so I don’t miss a thing!

  55. Wow. I love this! It looks amazing.

  56. I love this dresser. You are so talented. I have one that is very similar and I’d like to try to paint it. I’ve never painted furniture before. Mine is so shiny; do I have to sand it? Strip it? It seems like the paint will not stick. I would so appreciate your advice. Thank you!

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