Refinished antique dresser

Hi All! I've got a fresh-from-the-garage piece to show you today! It's an antique dresser I spotted at my go-to thrift store recently, (Goodwill off Sterling Road in Sterling, VA). It had beautiful lines to begin with and was set on old casters, so there was no question it was coming home with me. But the layers of what appeared to be paint mixed with some sort of dark wash were not so pretty. Not to mention the veneer. I don't usually think anything of painting over veneer when I'm using chalk paint, because it adheres so well to anything, but the veneer has to be done well. No pulling apart. The veneer on this dresser was in such sad shape, the top surface primarily. So, over the course of 5+ hours I worked on peeling it all up, (see my previous post to learn how). After the veneer demolition, I painted everything, except for the mirror, in Annie Sloan's 'French Linen'. I used very gentle distressing after two coats of paint; just enough to highlight the details and lines of the piece. I really wanted to keep the integrity of this piece in tact, as it is a true antique, so I wanted to keep the makeover simple.

Finished product, ready for a new home!

Really crazy about these details. I knew they'd be fun to play up with a sanding sponge.

The mirror I left in it's original chippy paint/wash. The finish was a mess over the whole piece, but when I removed the mirror and had it by itself...I kind of liked it in a smaller dose.

I'm a legs girl, what can I say...

Hello. I wear my morning workout clothes sometimes until 8 o'clock at night. It's awesome.

{This piece will be available on Saturday, May 4 at my spring sale}

~You, (and your bffs), are invited to the 

Chelsea's Garage Spring Sale!~

Saturday, May 4


Herndon, VA

(contact me at for the address)

What you can expect: 

-Complimentary refreshments

-Norah Jones, (probably not in person, but I'll work on it)

-One, two, or three of my children making an appearance if you're lucky

-My husband making an appearance if you're really lucky

-Oh yes, and lots of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces all ready for a good home

Among all the pieces available are:

coffee tables

accent tables




storage cabinets

chippy chairs



sofa tables

book cases

and a handful of home accessories

Thanks for stopping by!


This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.