I’ll admit it, I am cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs … or Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops. We don’t have them on hand very often, but gosh I could go for a bowl right now. But this morning, I am cuckoo for Annie Sloan’s Coco chalk paint instead.
Remember the set I just purchased last week? Well, after seeing how amazing the bed looked painted in chalk paint, I decided to go the same route on the mirrored dresser.
As a reminder, it started out looking like this …
I’ve got a secret for you. Mr. Q is back there holding up that mirror! I photo-shopped his feet out of the picture. I got him to tilt it a little bit backwards too, so I don’t have to duck out of sight in the mirror.
After some paint and new stain, the dresser now looks like this …
Gadzooks! Even I am amazed by this transformation, much like I was with the bed. Since I don’t have Mr. Q back there holding up the mirror in this shot, I did have to duck down low to get myself out of the picture. You can thank me for doing so, as it was hot and humid and my hair was a fright.
This dresser is quite gorgeous without the distraction of that weird stain job, isn’t it?
The veneered top was in very good shape except for the old finish, so I stripped it, stained it with Varathane Dark Walnut gel stain, and then waxed it. The wood is quite lovely now.
You can see that I left those odd flowers on the top drawers. I debated removing them like I did on the bed, but in the end I felt like the paint disguised them fairly well. I also left the original hardware. It was all there and it had a lovely patina, so it stayed.
I always having trouble deciding whether or not to keep the mirrors on these sorts of dressers. I did a little research and I couldn’t find a single instance where Miss Mustard kept a mirror like this, although she has done many dressers that are similar to this and must have once had mirrors. I feel like these pieces are more versatile without their mirror. Without a mirror this could be used in a dining room, a family room (with a TV on top) or it could be turned into a bathroom vanity.
Plus, it looks great without it too.
But it seemed like such a shame to discard the mirror on this one. It’s very pretty. Here’s a better shot showing the detail on the mirror.
Of course, whoever buys it will have the option of removing the mirror. But I often find that people can’t see past something that is there in front of them. Or, maybe they will feel like I do, that you can’t just discard the mirror. Hopefully this piece will find a buyer either way.
This piece went out to Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater this week. And for those of you who are local, do you know about the St. Croix River Valley Vintage Crawl taking place this weekend?
Eight vintage shops in the area (My Sister’s Cottage, Mama’s Happy, Reclaiming Beautiful, Le Garage Girls, Farmhouse Inspired, Hello the House, 3:17 Vintage Furniture & Home Decor and Eye Candy REfind) are participating in the crawl. Check out the details here!