A Shabby Blue & White Dresser Makeover

One night a while back I decided it was finally time to tackle my little chest of drawers in the living room.  When I get the urge to do something I want to finish it immediately so I always end up using just whatever I have on hand and this was no different.  

I started with this below, which had previously been painted all white and had a couple broken handles.

I liked how the white paint had chipped and distressed itself over time and didn't want to loose all of that, so I only painted the drawers.

I used lavender and dark blue acrylic paint I had on hand.

I did one coat of lavender paint, followed by a coat of the deep blue paint.  I then sanded the blue paint on the edges here and there to show touches of the lavender underneath.

I replaced the original handles with the brown ones above.  

I wanted the handles to pop a bit so I used some white Valspar paint leftover from my kitchen cabinets and did one light stroke across the top highlighting the raised parts of the design.

I let the paint sit for about 15 seconds then used a towel to rub off the excess paint.

Also, I alternated the handles back and forth, with some facing up and some facing down.

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  1. What a wonderful dresser! CAN'T believe the difference! You are so talented....

  2. Your dresser's transformation is incredible. You truly breathed new, fun life into it!

  3. Love it! It looks great! Stopping by via Organize and Decorate Everything.

  4. What a beautiful dresser--and adorable room! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. your new
    old-looking dresser
    looks fabulous

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    At The Picket Fence
    to say hello

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    via GFC and FB!


  6. Love love love how you two toned transformed and the dry brushing you did on the handles this really pops and is now an amazing piece versus an old painted white dresser, love it....!!

  7. This is a gorgeous dresser transformation--I love the deep hue you selected for the drawer fronts, and I really like what you did with the handles. I'm working on redoing a cabinet with doors right now, and I may try this out on the door knobs--you inspired me!

  8. Way pretty, love the handles too! I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' to share your great ideas at the link party, going on right now (and every weekend.) I hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  9. Beautiful! I love the colors together :)

  10. Fantastic dresser! You did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from DIY Showoff. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. The dresser came out wonderful. Love it! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)


  12. Your projects always turn out beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

  13. such a beautiful piece!! thanks for sharing :-)

  14. Great makeover. Love the color and the paint technique on the handles.

  15. It's gorgeous! Beautiful job. I love that you used what you had on hand!

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