Spring Dresser Named Laverne

Happy Wednesday.  It feels like a Spring day around here—light, colorful, slight breeze, and not too hot.

My dresser feels like the perfect spring dresser, too. Meet Laverne, the Spring Dresser!

I picked it up a few weeks ago at a Salvage Store and was waiting for inspiration to hit.

I love the details on this dresser, the wood-carved details on the bottom and the top, and the price was perfect! It’s rare to find a dresser in good shape, with all the drawers in good condition, for a good price!

My Hydrangeas are blooming, and because of my complete lack of care for them over the winter, I was rewarded with DOZENS of gorgeous blooms.  It does pay off to neglect things sometimes; just ask the furniture on the side of my yard!

This girl’s name is Laverne.  Yep, and not as in “Laverne and Shirley”.  Just Laverne, thank you.  Laverne has the most gorgeous legs.  Easy on the eyes and easy to paint, too!  By the way, that color variation?  That is the beauty of DIY Paint, Chalk, and clay-based paints. There are two kinds of clay in the paint.  The clay gives the color this variation.  If you want to enhance this, I recommend burning it with either a 320-piece of sandpaper very lightly until smooth or even a piece of a brown paper grocery bag!  (If you are like me and still use those……)

I didn’t want this piece to languish in my furniture queue. The other pieces were mad at Laverne: “Why Did SHE get special treatment, etc.?”   Laverne is just unique.   I knew I wanted her to Pass Go and head straight to Paris Flea Market without waiting in line.  Laverne will collect her  “GO” money when she goes to a new home.

Which side do you think is her best?  She is a bit vain… To the left?  To the right?

Or straight on.

Laverne asked if the straight-on picture made her look fat.  I told her no.  You know how these girls are; they never believe you.

I hope I inspired you to makeover an old piece of furniture you might have your eye on! It’s so easy with “DIY Paint,” which is the text that you asked me to remember. No sanding, priming, and no kidding! It’s 100% Natural, with no acrylic, plastic, silicone, or chemicals, which makes it supremely durable because it forms a special bond with the surface you have painted. Like cement!




  1. Nina

    I love the color combo on the dresser. Oh and once you spend more time with Donna you can impart that knowledge in a class. I finished my end table finally from the workshop. Still need to fine tune aka fix the mistakes. But I like it. I’ll send pics once done.

  2. Pam

    Karen – that turned out beautiful! Love the colors!
    What a great piece!

  3. Fran

    Laverne is beautiful. Great job with her. All of her sides look great too. haha

  4. cassie

    oh i love laverne! she is so beautiful! fabulous job and my kind of colors!

  5. Katie Murphy

    This is soooo pretty, I love it! And the hydrangeas are a nice touch 🙂

  6. Jeanette Shaw

    I love her Karen!

  7. Rhea

    Love it! Your sense of humor is fab!!

  8. Sandra Fiffy

    She’s a beauty!! Luv the color. I am working on a dresser that has loads of beautiful carving on it but she is missing that decorative piece that runs along the top/back. I will have to make her a new piece but I don’t mind because I got her very cheap( 20 bucks!!!) at a thrift shop. Of course she wouldn’t fit in my vehicle, had to go borrow a truck from a friend, blah,blah, blah, I’m sure you know how that goes!!!

  9. cindy the cottage chick

    Just gorgeous! I’m lovin’ the two tone look oh so much….and I finally picked up some CeCe’s in Kentucky Mint 🙂 Anxious to give it a try.

  10. Jill Floryj

    I love her look from any angle! so beautiful. A store near me started carrying CeCe’s paint and I got some – so far though I like Annie’s better! Maybe just cause that is what i’m used to? The white CeCe’s made me feel like I was using latex paint again. Maybe I need to thin it a bit?

  11. Catherine

    She’s a beaute!
    I’d buy her if I was there!

  12. Cynthia

    Love this piece and I want it…LOL! The color is fantastic and I love the way you aged it and the details. Great work.


  13. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    Laverne is just gorgeous, Karen! Love the colors you went with. Her details are amazing. You are right, you just don’t see them in the before picture. Now they stand out and are just beautiful.

  14. Meg @ MT-Tails

    this looks wonderful and i’m not even a blue person. great job.

  15. Tina

    Such a pretty girl, that Laverne.

  16. Katsy

    Oooolalaa! Laverne est tres belle! Are those hydrangeas from your backyard? Wowee, Karen! Je suis un peu jaloux!

  17. Bliss

    Oh Laverne, you are a far better name as a beautiful dresser than you ever would of been for a duck.

  18. Sandy Brown

    You did a beautiful job on this dresser–the color choices are perfect. Just love it. I also enjoyed your sense of humor–of course it doesn’t make her look fat 🙂

  19. Becky

    I have never tried CeCe Caldwell paint but I do use the ASCP. It is fun to see all the different painted furniture combinations out there and gather inspiration to bring life back in to an old beauty such as Laverne. She is beautiful and I think she knows it. ha.
    Have a great weekend.

  20. Heather

    LOVE IT! It’s so much fresher with its new coat of paint, and I love the colors you chose.

  21. Beja @ Howdy Honey

    This is so pretty! And one of your pics gave me an idea. I like how that chalkboard is hinged to the wall. I don’t know what’s going on with it, but it made me think maybe I can cover my wires from my flat screen AND still use my antique vanity as a console (the wires and plugs are exposed due to the open space below the middle drawer.

  22. Jeannie

    From plain Jane to Fab Laverne, beautiful!

  23. Angela Kennedy

    Laverne turned out awesome! I have a similar dresser I am working on and now I know how to paint it! BTW I just found your site and Iove it!

  24. Danielle

    Sooooo pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  25. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Oh my, Laverne is simply gorgeous!

  26. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    I love your dresser and am including it in my group of favorites from last week’s Project Inspire{d} linky party. You always do such beautiful pieces!! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Patricia Krank

    Laverne is fabulous! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Patti@OldThingsNew

  28. Cathy

    Great colour combo. Have recently started working with CeCe and so far very pleased. I might have missed something but what colour did you do the drawers and what type of finish did you use ?

    • GTC

      Hi Cathy, I have been using CeCe Caldwells for two years now and I love it more every day. I find new ways to use it all the time, so glad you are enjoying it! The colors are in the post, I mixed some of the blues. Thanks for stopping by.


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