At an estate sale about a year or two ago, I purchased a lovely 1920-30’s vintage bedroom set, which included two dressers, a chair and headboard all painted in olive green wash.  The only piece remaining is the three drawer dresser complete with mirror.  It was one of the first pieces in The Plaid Rabbit and while many people have liked the original green wash, I thought it was time for a change.  I painted it in Martha Stewart’s Linen Chalk Paint and added new knobs in oil rubbed bronze.  I was surprised by how much the change in color altered the dresser’s personality.

before after

I can’t figure out why the drawers look “brownish” in the photos ~ I’m miffed because they don’t look that way except in photos.

Overhead shot

I hadn’t used Martha Stewart’s chalk paint before this project, but it was as smooth as Annie Sloan’s paint and nearly as expensive.

mirror detail

I distressed the dresser’s details so they stand out as well as the drawers and legs.

mirror detail

The knobs were originally a cream color and slightly distressed but I wanted greater contrast and painted them in oil rubbed bronze.  I also stripped the green paint from the keyholes before painting them too.

slight angle

I love seeing the difference a coat of paint does to a piece of furniture.

green oak dresser

The newly painted dresser is available at The Plaid Rabbit.