Painted Bedroom Dresser

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Maison Blanche.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine. Our bedroom was one of the first rooms we painted in our house, but it got kind of neglected after that.  We have been slowly checking things off the list since then and I’ve finally gotten around to painting our dresser.  This dresser is part of our very first bedroom set and it actually is the last piece we have left of it.  I sold the end tables about a year ago since they were too big for this room and I gave our bed to my friend a few months ago and traded it out for our black Ikea bed (which I LOVE!). Beautiful painted bedroom dresser The dresser was really dark before and didn’t really fit our current style.  I was getting bored with it and threatened to paint it many times, but just never found the right time. painted dresser - before Then we decided to refinish our wood floors and all the furniture ended up in the basement.  I thought that sounded like the perfect time to finally get this piece painted since it was already out of our room.  I broke out my Maison Blanche furniture paint in Cobblestone and got to work.  The paint was so easy to work with and went on so smoothly.  I actually painted in kind of a criss cross motion on the first coat to give the paint a little more texture.  The second coat was applied with more smooth strokes to tone down the texture just a bit.  You can’t really tell in the photos, but I really like the textured look I got from this technique. Chalk painted distressed bedroom dresser Light beige painted bedroom dresser I sanded the whole piece once the paint was dry and then distressed it using a damp rag.  Did you know you don’t have to use sand paper to distress?  When you’re using a chalk-type or milk paint, you can easily distress the piece with a damp rag.  I don’t use this technique a lot because honestly, I just forget, but I think I’ll be doing it more now.  My favorite part about it is that you don’t get scratch marks on your furniture like sand paper can do.  You just lightly wipe away the paint (in the opposite direction as your paint strokes is easiest) until you get the look you want.  And if you remove too much, you can just go back and add a little more paint. Cobblestone light tan painted dresser with liming wax Greenery on bedroom dresser After the distressing was done, I applied one coat of clear wax followed by one coat of white liming wax.  The white wax added a little more depth to the texture of the paint and lightened the color just a bit.  It ended up being the perfect color for our room.  (It’s just a tad darker than it is in the photos.) Painted dresser in light beige Maison Blanche painted dresser in Cobblestone with white lime wax finish I’m really happy with the piece and how the pictures turned out, but I have to tell you a secret.  Our room never actually looks like this.  I mean, how are we supposed to watch TV with those branches in the way, huh?  Plus the fact that our cable box isn’t up there, so we couldn’t even change the channel if we wanted to!  Haha!  The dog bed is thrown next to the side of the bed that you can’t see and most of the pillows on the bed are from the living room!  And our bed is never made!  I’m not telling you all this to throw myself under the bus.  I love the way these photos look and it makes me proud of our home and my styling skills.  But I wanted to share it with you because these photos are not real life and I don’t want you to ever think that they are!  I take them because why would I put dirty, messy photos on my blog?  No one would read it!  But with two young kids and a mess of other things going on, our house is not nearly as pretty, clean, or staged as I’d like it to be on a daily basis.  I’ll probably get there someday, but it won’t be until our kids are both in school all day at the earliest.  So for now I deal with it and spruce it up for photos.  Don’t hate me because I’m sugar coating things!  It’s fun for me to look back at these pictures and see what our home is capable of … someday! Cottage bedroom with painted dresser If you’re looking for even more inspiration, be sure to check out these other fun Maison Blanche furniture makeovers from some of my blogging friends : Jenna Sue Design Co. The Woodgrain Cottage Liz Marie Blog Southern Hospitality *Linking to : Miss Mustard Seed Allison sig

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  1. Nana says

    It looks perfect in your bedroom! Your home is lovely, graced by both beautiful pieces of furniture and wonderful people!
    Great job!

  2. Marlene Stephenson says

    It looks wonderful,you did a great job,your house is really looking. lovely with all the changes you have made.Have a great day

  3. says

    You are so cute. Yes, we must be able to see the tv and change the channel. lol! I like to be honest too and I think people appreciate that. I always wondered when I would see bedrooms pictures, how they didn’t need an alarm clock next to the bed?

    Love the think, chunky molding detail on the top of the dresser. It looks incredible in it’s new paint :)

  4. Sarah says

    I’m looking into painting our old bedroom furniture and I have a super clingy 9 month old. I’m wondering how long does it take to do all of this? Also, can you use milk paint in the humidity?

    Everything looks lovely and I appreciate it when a blogger is so honest! 😉

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says

      Hi Sarah! I actually used a chalky finish furniture paint on this piece – not milk paint. They have about the same drying time, though. Usually around 20-30 minutes depending on the piece. Nap time might work?! 😉

  5. Lucy Lewis says

    I often think to myself after looking at the “before and after” pictures of furniture or even room make-overs, that the original piece of furniture looked better before and a little overdone (busy) after! Your bureau looks BETTER after you painted it and distressed it! It also fits in your room beautifully, looks like it was naturally distressed over time. Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. Kristie says

    I love the look of the dresser! Did you sand it all down before painting? Also where did you find the wreath and window over your bed? I love it all :)

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