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…

Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue- Maison de Pax

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- Maison de Pax

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- Maison de Pax

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- Maison de Pax

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- Maison de Pax

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- Maison de Pax #anitiques #frenchvintage

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.

Brass Lamp on dresser- Maison de Pax

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

Details of painted dresser with distress- Maison de pax

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- Maison de Pax

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!

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


Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue- Maison de Pax
Gorgeous antique dresser painted blue- Maison de Pax

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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- Maison de Pax Gray Coffee and Side Tables when not to paint furniture | Restored Swedish Workbench Gorgeous gray farmhouse dresser makeover using Country Chic Paint- Maison de Pax  Gray Farmhouse Dresser

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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

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

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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!!!

  21. 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;)

  22. 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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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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