the do-over with a twist.

I’ve posted my share of do-overs here on the blog, pieces that didn’t sell for whatever reason and thus they get a 2nd makeover.  But today’s post is a do-over with a twist.

I came across an ad for a dresser on Facebook Marketplace recently, and here’s the picture that was included in the ad.

If you’ve been following me since 2017, this might look familiar to you.  It sure looked familiar to me!  I painted, and then sold, this one five years ago.

It always startles me a bit when I see my pieces being re-sold.  This isn’t the first time it has happened, but this is the first time that I decided to go ahead and buy it back!  The price was right, and I had a pretty good idea what the condition of the dresser would be (assuming the new owners hadn’t done significant damage in five years).  In addition, I knew that I had painted it in Fusion Mineral Paint, and therefore it would be fairly easy to paint over it.

Just for fun, here is what this dresser looked like when I originally purchased it.

And if you go back and read that original post, Ken did a fair amount of repair work on this piece before I ever got around to painting it.  Plus I replaced all of those knobs with pretty glass.  So why let all of that go to waste?

So I bought it back.

This time around I decided to ditch the mirror completely.  Last time I shared photos of the dresser with and without the mirror, but included it with the dresser to be used at the new owner’s discretion.  To be honest, I never really liked the way the mirror looked though so I separated the arms that held the mirror from the trim piece at the back.

I’ll do something with the mirror on its own down the road.

Next I just gave the entire piece a scuff sand and a good cleaning, and then repainted it in a custom mix of Dixie Belle Silk paint.

This mix is probably about 3/4 Tide Pool to 1/4 Hampton Olive.  I just mixed a little of the Hampton Olive at a time into the Tide Pool until the color felt right to me.

The Hampton Olive tones down the brightness of the Tide Pool just a bit, and adds a little more green to the mix as well.

I have to apologize, I struggled to capture this color accurately in my photos.  White balance can be a challenge sometimes, and this is one of those times.  Oddly enough, my camera did the best job of capturing the color in this close up photo of the gold frames.

But this is also one of those chameleon colors that changes with the light, and depending on what colors are next to it.

So I did my best.

One thing to always keep in mind when you are painting over pre-existing paint is that when you distress the edges you are going to see some of that original color.  So in the case of this dresser, that is going to include both the black and the white.  The white was more obvious than the black though, so I tried to distress very gently over the upper portion of the dresser that was white.

I’ve always loved the combination of this blue-green color with gold, so I decided to add a gold transfer to it.

These are all sections from with prima’s Somewhere in France transfer.

It’s subtle, but I love that it added a bit of bling.

To continue with the gold, I added some gold gilding wax to the key holes as well.

So what do you think of this simple do-over with a twist?

Which is your favorite look?  No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?

Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know.

This dresser is for sale, so if you are local and in need of a pretty dresser, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page.

Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co. for supplying the paint used in this makeover!

18 thoughts on “the do-over with a twist.

  1. No. 3 for the win Miss Quandie! I hope seeing your piece for sale didn’t hurt your feelings……I bet if the seller had marketed it as a “Quandie Original” you couldn’t have afforded to buy it back! Hahahaha! I love the gold on the green and I love how you gilded the key holes!


    1. Nope, didn’t hurt my feelings at all. I’m a big fan of moving pieces in and out of my own house, so I totally understand when someone is re-doing a room after five years. Plus, that is the beauty of using inexpensive (relative to new furniture) vintage pieces like mine, if you only paid $225 for a dresser, getting five years out of it is totally reasonable!


  2. #3 looks great! So interesting what color, paint, stencils, knobs etc can do to a piece of furniture. I like the mirror but agree that removing was the right choice. Such an interesting story – thanks for sharing with us!

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  3. #3 for the win! And the gold really seals the deal. Out of curiosity, do you have a gold gilding wax that you prefer to use or does it depend on the project you are working on?


    1. For a metallic wax I use either the Dixie Belle Gilding Wax or the with prima Metallique waxes. Both are excellent products. The one I choose usually depends on the color I want. I love the color of the Metallique wax called Bronze Age, and Dixie Belle’s Zinc is awesome too. I used the Dixie Belle Gold on this dresser.


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