Two-Toned Dresser and Vanity

Hey there! How are you doing? We had a lovely weekend. We traveled back to Texas to see family and then attended (the first half) of our college alma mater’s first home football game in its new stadium! It was so fun! The days are getting shorter and a little cooler. Leaves have started falling from our trees in the backyard, despite not changing colors. However, I did spy a few trees with red leaves around town. I’m ecstatic. I plan to decorate for fall this week!

On to the furniture. We found this lovely highboy dresser and vanity set at a garage sale several weeks ago. I loved the art deco details. I couldn’t decide for a few weeks ago what to do with them. Do I paint them to match? What color? How do I make them stand out?

IMG_8709 IMG_8710Well remember how I said I was on an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen kick lately? I’ve recently done an end table and a coffee table. Well I just kept going. I was wary after some troublesome white lately (remember The Little Vanity That Could?) but wanted a nice neutral for these large pieces. Enter French Linen. It’s neutral for sure and warm. I went straight to town and painted (one coat on the edges/details, two on the long sides) them (besides the drawers) on a whim. And loved it.

Then I pondered the drawers for a few days. I wanted these pieces to be special. And when you are talking about a vanity, I wanted something feminine. Not like bright pink or aqua feminine, but elegant.

After some Pinteresting and talking to a friend of mine who also paints furniture, I decided to mix my own lighter grey for the drawers. I was looking for contrast, but not as much as most of the other colors (i.e. Old White) give. I didn’t want the French Linen to look muddy.

I started with the French Linen in a plastic cup and added the Old White until I liked the result, stirring with a plastic spoon.


A little bit of ASCP goes a long way, so I didn’t need much!IMG_8886I painted it on and loved it. IMG_8892I lightly wet distressed the entire piece carefully (I’m writing a blog post about what I’ve learned about distressing that will be up soon).

The original hardware was terrible, and I was so looking forward to replacing it! I went to Hobby Lobby knowing all knobs are always 50% off with an idea in mind of what I wanted.

Beautiful clear knobs!

IMG_8950Remember, elegance.

The last thing was to repair the bottom of one drawer. We went to Home Depot and got a sheet of fiberboard cut to fit, which I then secured with wood glue.

IMG_8894 IMG_8896 IMG_8895Whew! It was all done finally.

Let’s take a look at the before again.

IMG_8710IMG_8709Ready for some beautiful after photos?

IMG_8987 IMG_8991 IMG_8941IMG_9000 IMG_8993 IMG_8977 IMG_8982Isn’t this a lovely pair?

IMG_8999I am so so so happy with how these turned out. If only there was room for them both in our room….

But there’s not. So they are for sale! Check the store page to see if they are still available!

I just realized I didn’t say anything about their casters! How about that. :)

Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday

Thrifty Decor Chick’s October Before and After


2 thoughts on “Two-Toned Dresser and Vanity

  1. I am such a huge sucker for waterfalls! I have my dresser that is sitting in the garage. It’s gorgeous! Haven’t done 2 tome but love the effect. Email me and I’ll send you a photo of my dresser.;)

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