A Dresser, a Nightstand and a big mess before

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Mixology, Two Snooty French Girls, a Dresser, a Nightstand and a big mess before

Happy Monday friends!  It was beautiful here Friday, which was  a good thing, because I was running my tail off at a very busy Paris Flea Market sale.  I came home that night and went right to work again.  I had to have back ups for my my back ups, things were selling so fast!  Lucky for me, I had the house to myself so I could paint and make a mess to my heart’s content.  I had so much fun finishing up these two snooty French Girls.

***************We interrupt this Monday bragging post to bring you breaking news.  THIS Dresser, which is my pride and JOY, is being featured at West Furniture Revival today.  If you haven’t checked out Lauren’s blog, then you must.  Not only does she do amazing work herself, but she gathers some of her favorites from the blogosphere and features them on Mondays.  Go check it out!  There are sure to be many dressers that will inspire you!

I am sure you are teensy bit tired of hearing about this dresser, so we will resume our normal post about a couple of Snooty French girls now…….

Let me tell you, it was not pretty around here.  This is a little of what it looks like right before a show:

I did manage to get this French Dresser and her very elegant lady in waiting (nightstand) finished early, so Mark (the hired muscle, and husband) could help me put it in my space.  I picked this lovely pair up at a garage sale for $25 for both!  The man at the garage sale was so happy he didn’t have to put it back in his house.

Thank you!

No, thank YOU!



(as I paid and they helped me put it in my van)

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it was sort of a Chip and Dale type conversation……

This could be the worst before picture I have taken, in a hurry, with my phone…. I decided to start mixing my Chalk Paint.


**UPDATE:  My go to Paint now is always 100% Natural DIY Clay Based Paint.  Hands down, the easiest, most fun paint I have ever worked with.  I started with a base coat of very watered down Brown .  When this dried, I mixed equal parts Grey and a gold neutral, and added just a tidge of water (that is a measurement unit, Scottish slang, for just a teeny bit).  Now this is where the fun starts.  The color combinations tended to a little of the vintagey green.  DIY Paint has a gorgeous color in this shade called Apothecary.  

I sanded it smooth with a 320 grit sandpaper, then added some dark furniture wax on the corners and edges and blended it with 100% natural Clear wax.  I love this wax so much, it smells like nature.  It is so smooth, I just want to rub it into my dried out hands.  It would probably be good for them!

When the wax dried, I gave both these girls a thorough rub down (buffing), and oh how they shined.

They really came out on top, with the dresser showing off her beautiful finish first.

She likes to grab the spotlight:

But she allowed her hired help to pose with her in their final photo:

I love mixing colors, but I have never had a paint line that mixes this easily, and the color combinations are endless.  Add some wax and you have added even another dimension.  Hope you enjoyed the Snooty French Girls!


  1. Bliss

    I never get tired of seeing furniture *re-doux’s* it continually inspires me. Maybe the only people who get tired of seeing stuff are the ones who might not be able to create to begin with.


  2. Sandi Reagan

    Your site is not only informative and gives me so much motivation and idea’s but I have to tell you. I LOVE the comentary that goes along with your instructions. Your witty, talented and wise and my DIY hat goes off to you my teacher!
    Have a great day!

  3. Stephanie

    You are so creative!! The dressers look great. 🙂

  4. west Furniture Revival


  5. cassie

    elles sont magnifiques! tres elegante!

  6. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Très magnifique! All they are missing are their berets and baguettes! They would definitely get along with my french enamel sign – he’s such a ladies man!
    Another gorgeous makeover!

  7. Honey

    I adore snooty French furniture! What a lovely job you did!

  8. Adrienne Boswell

    This turned out great! I was wondering, do you refinish the inside of the drawers too? And can you put Ce Ce Caldwell paints in a sprayer? Thanks!

  9. Elise

    This looks so nice and expensive! Way to go. I’m stopping by from a blog hop and am a new follower, I would love if you came to say hi and followed me back at http://www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

  10. Deb Siemens

    Love all the gorgeous ideas!
    Tell me, how do you price for your shows?

  11. Shannon Fox

    They look snooty and French NOW, that you got your hands on them. Love the little side kick. Always root for the underdog 🙂

  12. Catherine

    Just beautiful!! The colour you’ve madfe is great!

  13. shelly andrade

    Karen, this pair is drop dead GORGEOUS!!! Absolutely love how you aged them. I don’t know what you’re talking about when you say you’re inspired by me, because my jaw is on the floor checking out your amazing paint job! Totally awesome! Shelly Andrade

  14. karen@somewhatquirky

    Love the color you ended up with. I love my CeCe Caldwell paints – and I HAVE rubbed that wax into my hands before! Thanks for joining the party this week!

  15. Little Miss Maggie

    I LOVE that finish. Beautiful job. Thanks for linking to Hot Fun in the Summertime.

  16. Kathryn Griffin

    Simply beautiful! I must try the CeCe’s. I hear such good things about it. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Beautiful and as always, very original! I really need to try that paint!

  18. Shelly Andrade

    Seriously these are the most gorgeous dressers EVER. LOVE your paint technique!!!

  19. Shelly Andrade

    I’m glad I inspired you, cuz now you’ve inspired me. I’ve loved these since day one and I have a nice set to play with right now – wish me luck!!



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