Vintage Dresser Painted Blue (and a Giveaway!)

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see 5 other incredible makeovers and to enter to WIN $150 worth of furniture makeover products!

What can I say?  I’m a blue gal…

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Not sad (most of the time 😉 ), just drawn to blues.  I wear a lot of blue, and I love using blue in my home.

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

So when I decided to sell the red dresser, I knew that either blue or gray was in my future.  And when I found Homestead Blue by Fusion Mineral Paint, I was sold.

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

Now before I go on, I have to brag on Mr. Pax for a minute.  I found a dresser on Craigslist the week before I left for the Haven Conference in July, but they sellers never showed up.  So the night before I left, he told me to try to find another one.  I did.  But I was leaving early the next morning.  So Mr. Pax not only took off of work to keep all three kids in a new home and city (we had only lived there about 10 days at that point), but he moved all the car seats to the truck and took all three kids across the city to pick up this dresser for me.

I married a keeper. 

But I digress…

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

This beautiful dresser needed some love, though.  For some reason, the varnish was horribly scratched.  It look like cats had lived on top of it for years and clawed their way up there each night.  It would have taken pounds of wood filler to level out those scratches, so I sanded the dresser smooth before I painted.

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

I have used this paint on other pieces, though (like the magazine holder I recently painted white) and with no sanding and basically no prep at all, it worked like a charm.  The best part, though, is that while it adheres like chalky paints, it is acrylic based and therefore needs no top coat.  I’m telling you, this paint is WONDERFUL… And you have a chance to win $150 worth!

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

It is easy to distress (though I do recommend you do it soon after the piece is dry to the touch), and I didn’t have to wax, varnish, or poly it.  Win.

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

After lightly distressing the edges with some 150 grit sandpaper, I just stuck the gorgeous original hardware back on it and called it done.

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

The original finish was a very purple mahogany look, so I was happy to paint the piece.  I did, however, leave part of it the original color; I love the contrast between the new blue and some of the old finish.

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue and lightly distressed: best way to paint furniture - no sanding or top coat required | maisondepax.com

I’m excited to show you more of our master bedroom soon (i.e. as soon as I do more than paint it… it is currently a white box with a blue dresser).  But I’ve got plans, as always… 😉  And in the meantime, go visit these other amazingly talented bloggers and see their furniture transformations.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired! vintage-girls-furniture-makeovers

Visit all the Vintage Girls makeovers:

Jamie from So Much Better With Age

Jamie from Anderson and Grant

Rachel from Maison de Pax

Lauren from Bless’er House

Victoria from Trois Petite Filles

Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors

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Disclosure: A special thanks to Fusion Mineral Paint for providing the paint for this project!  All opinions and text are 100% my own; you can see my full disclosure policy here.  

MORE DIY FURNITURE MAKEOVERS:   Gorgeous, simple gray chalk paint coffee and side table makeover | maisondepax.com #diy #paint Gray Coffee and Side Tables when not to paint furniture | maisondepax.com Restored Swedish Workbench Gorgeous gray farmhouse dresser makeover using Country Chic Paint in Pebble Beach at maisondepax.com #redo #diy #painted dresser #antique #refinished #refurbished #distressed #wax #wood #rustic  Gray Farmhouse Dresser

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Comments

  1. So beautiful! I love this color! x

  2. i love the color Laurentein!

  3. I have got to try this paint. Your dresser turned out terrific.

  4. That is a very pretty shade of blue. I also like their colour sterling.

  5. I really like the homestead blue! It’s so pretty.

  6. I love the fusion paint in Laurentien!

  7. The colors are ALL wonderful. Casement and Sterling I really like as they are neutral and timeless! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  8. This is gorgeous! I need to paint my kitchen table and chairs…would this be a good choice?

  9. Love the dresser!! What a sweet and thoughtful husband you have. The lantern on the dresser is so great. Would you share where you purchased it from? Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration. Have a great day!

  10. I LOVE the dresser!

  11. Doris Styles says:

    I’m just starting down this road of fun so this would be great. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  12. Oh, I love this look – you are very gifted at painting furniture! Could you please tell me where you got that amazing lamp? Oh, I am in love, and l love the brushed gold with the blue….blessings!

  13. What a gorgeous blue! Wonderful makeover! Although I would love to win the giveaway, I don’t really want to follow all the required sites.

  14. Love your dresser, it turned out beautiful!!!!!

  15. Caroline f says:

    I like the fusion paint color homestead blue.

  16. I love the look of the dark blues, but would more likely use a neutral color like champlain on furniture.

  17. Beautiful job, Rachael! Love how you styled it, too. You sure sound like you have a fantastic husband :)

  18. I need to get a few things cleaned up and painted and this would help us tremendously.

  19. Love the blue! Really adds dimension to the piece.

  20. This is gorgeous, Rachel. I remember you telling me that story about your hubby getting the dresser while we were at Haven. World’s best husband! I LOVE this dresser. It’s stunning. And it looks perfect in the blue. Thanks for being a part of the group today, girl!
    Hugs, Jamie

  21. The dresser is gorgeous! I think my favorite (which is nearly impossible to choose) would have to be Inglebrook!

  22. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Yes,you do have a “Keeper”,he sounds like a good husband and father. The dresser is a beautiful piece and in my favorite color.Thanks Rachel.

  23. I love the dresser. I’m going to have to try this paint, just have to go find a new piece of furniture!

  24. Your dresser is gorgeous! That hardware makes it outstanding. I love blue, too, but I’d pick buttermilk cream as my favorite. It reminds me of the cabinets at my grandparents house (and I’m 71, long memory). I’d love to paint my kitchen cabinets that color.

  25. Rachel~ Thank you for sharing this giveaway with us. The Homestead Blue is a beautiful color and I like the Pebble as well. Hugs

  26. Debbie zUPANCIC says:

    I really like the Inglenook!

  27. LOVE LAURENTIEN!!! They are all great colors!

  28. Rachel,
    I love the blue dresser. Gorgeous color!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Lillace Christianson says:

    The contrast of the old and new finishes works beautifully on this piece, Rachel! Great, also, that this paint doesn’t require the extra waxing step. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Lillace Christianson says:

    “Champness” is a great color for several pieces in my home currently needing a new look!

  31. Kathy Banff says:

    Inglewood willike complete my look in the guestroom.

  32. Tina Sneed says:

    Love the blue!

  33. I love chocolate

  34. Gloria Schroeder says:

    The dresser is awesome. I would love to try the Damask color.

  35. You sure did marry a keeper.

    Lovely blue, lovely dresser. As always, you kick it up a notch.

    And I would have commented without the contest. xoxo

  36. Marsha Anderson-Corns says:

    I love the cabinet & would love to win the paints. The chocolate and Ashe are divine…so is bedord and the blues…

  37. Love..love the blue color you used!

  38. Kaitlyn {freshandvintageliving} says:

    Absolutely love that blue!! Turned out beautiful!

  39. I love this color Rachel and buttermilk would look great too. Thank you for the giveaway.

  40. Alison Haveman says:

    What a beautiful, unique dresser. Love the color and original hardware! Thank you Rachel for the opportunity to enter this giveaway! I have two dressers from my childhood that I have been wanting to makeover for quiet some time. Maybe I’ll win then I’ll have no excuse for procrastination! :)

  41. Beautiful! Love the color.

  42. The chest looks amazing Rachel! What an awesome find. So glad you had a chance to try out Fusion, isn’t it incredible? Homestead Blue is one of my favorite colors in the line. In response to one commenter above asking if Fusion is a good choice for kitchen tables and chairs . . . the answer is Yes! Fusion is waterproof and highly durable, also non-toxic so great around food.

  43. Love the dresser and the hardware is gorgeous!

  44. Your husband certainly is a keeper, Rachel! Lovely dresser and color. I have yet to try Fusion — would be awesome to win some 😉 Hope your week is going well! Cynthia

  45. Susan Paulson says:

    Love the blue dresser/armoire. You did a great job and I too love the Fusion Mineral paint. It’s such a great product! Look forward to seeing more of your work!

  46. That shade of blue is LUSCIOUS!
    Brenda

  47. Dresser looks lovely. Good choice of color.

  48. Lisa Mothersead says:

    Inglenook is pretty.

  49. chris aka monkey says:

    i like what you did to this dresser, especially the distressing and showing the purple it makes the blue pop, my favorite color is buttermilk just asl melanie from lost and found lol thanks xx

  50. I love the homestead blue.

  51. I just bought my first batch of Fusion Mineral Paint from Lost & Found Decor’s Melanie Alexander! I got Champlain and I can’t wait to see how it looks on my desk!

  52. I love limestone and prairie sunset!

  53. No doubt about it… Prairie Sunset!!! Love yellow!!!! Just seeing your blog for the first time today via Southern Hospitality…. Following along as of right now!!!

  54. love this color!

  55. That dresser turned out gorgeously! I absolutely love it! :)

  56. Beautiful chest….you did a great job!!
    Blessings,
    J

  57. Thanksfor the give-away! I love the”Ceramic” color but dont know if I’m ready to paint a piece of furniture w it yet;)

  58. Diane Westbrook says:

    Oh what a beautiful blue! and that dresser is so unique, as well….a very lucky find and of course a very lucky girl who has such a sweet Husband!! Mine would have done that for me too….I love the blue and like the buttermilk, as well….I like that you do not have to wax or put a finishing coat on after you paint with Fusion paint…I really, really need to try it! got my fingers crossed…oh, and toes, tooo….LOL

  59. This is a awesome giveaway, I love to paint furniture!! Thank you!

  60. The laurentien is beautiful

  61. lily pond

  62. What an amazing piece this turned out to be! I love the color you chose. I am a blue gal as well and use it a lot in our home.

  63. Love that dresser and the color is beautiful!

  64. Gorgeous dresser….beyond fabulous job…I am going to search on where I can obtain this paint…Sounds amazing and such an amazing result!

  65. Vicki Stevenson says:

    Just happened upon your blog and was impressed with your work. I love painting furniture and am going to have to try this paint. Keep up the beautiful work!

  66. This is beautiful. Looking for inspiration to re-do a dresser for my daughter. I’ve found a winner! Great job. – Brooke

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