“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~Socrates
What do you do when you decide something just isn’t working out the way you want it to? Leave it, get rid of it, or change it? After selling our beautiful Ethan Allen bedroom furniture more than three years ago (we had no idea where we were moving to), I informed Mr. Cottage we’ll just look for some used furniture and make it our own. So the hunt began and I finally settled on this dresser below.
It really wasn’t bad, in fact, it’s very well made. But if you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I sometimes don’t notice certain things until after I buy it and bring it home. Go figure! But the fact that it didn’t have legs, and it looked really short in our bedroom were driving me crazy! I also didn’t like the color of it for our soon-to-be coastal bedroom. It would have been perfect next to the bed as a nightstand chest, but we already have one; and it really was too wide to go in that spot. So what’s a girl to do?
I added legs to the bottom of this dresser! How simple was that! Finally, I had some spare time (no, not really), but I decided to tackle my dresser anyways. I found some Waddell unfinished legs at Lowes, similar to these legs. You’ll also need the heavy duty top plate to secure the legs into (see below).
After priming and installing the legs, I painted one coat of Anne Sloan’s French Linen over the dresser. Here’s where the fun part begins…I felt Anne Sloan’s Old White wasn’t white enough and the Maison Blanche Magnolia was too white. So I mixed the two together until I got the shade I was looking for. I know they were two different brands, but they were both chalk paints so I took a chance and just mixed them and it worked great!
After painting two coats of my mixture of white paint, I took a sanding block with 220 grit sandpaper and went around the chest, sanding where there might have been some wear over the years. And I finished up with Anne Sloan’s clear wax.
I also changed out the top drawer knobs with these beautiful glass knobs I bought from a local shop. Oh, and I also made another change, which I’m sure you’ve spotted by now…
I added a planked top! I actually thought about adding planks of wood or a sheet of good quality wood, to the top of this dresser, a couple of years ago. But I was in the middle of a couple other projects around our new house at the time. That’s why I didn’t paint the top of the dresser, only along the edges.
Now the height is perfect and I’m loving those legs and the planked top! My next posting will go into all the details on how I did the wood planking, as well as sharing my little freebie tip that no one seems to have heard about! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT! If you haven’t already subscribed to receive my latest blog postings, you might want to do this now so you catch this next post! You can subscribe at the top or just scroll a bit more and you’ll see where you can subscribe.
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