Dresser, Take Two

July 15, 2013

I’ve mentioned a few times that we’re redoing the guest room which wears two hats: it also serves as my oldest daughter’s room when she’s home from college (which is right now and through August!)  Her closet has some built in drawers and a place to hang clothes but the room needed more storage for clothing, for both her and for guests in her absence.

I was ready to buy her a new one but then remembered I had a dresser that could work, one that was sitting in the studio and then in the corner of the garage, and one I picked up for $40 while thrifting a few years ago. I almost sold it, decided against it, and I’m glad I did because I saved myself several hundred bucks just repurposing it in this space.

The dresser has lived in various places over the years (you can see it here in the entry). I originally painted it a gray blue, but decided to go bolder this time and painted it a brighter Monaco blue to suit this space, and also to introduce a fun dose of color.

blue bedroom dresser

blue painted dresser with gold pulls


You can always paint over latex or water based paint with more water based paint if there is no protective coat in between. I had only protected the top on the last paint job so I sanded the top of the dresser down to the first layer of paint, then painted over it with Glidden’s “Regal Wave” with a coat of clear paste wax added to the top. A buffed coat of wax always removes the “stick” that happens on the surface with many latex paints so you can lay things on top.

paint supplies

I also brightened up the dulled hardware with RubnBuff in Gold Leaf.

gold leaf rub n buff on hardware


The paint I used is just the leftover paint from the backs of these modified Billy bookcases. Funny how it’s dark and almost navy inside the bookcases – the dresser looks the same in evening light. I love that it changes color over the day from a brighter blue in daylight to a deeper moodier shade at dusk.

dresser view from door


Yes I’m obsessed with all things blue but I believe when decorating your home you should stick with the hues that make you happy. This one always has! For similar looks see this blue chest and this Pottery Barn inspired boy’s dresser.  #AddictedtoBlue

blue dresser in guest room

diy art projects above dresser


You may recognize the framed marbled paper from last year’s autumn mantel. The vase and the canvas art were DIY projects, more deets on those coming later this week!



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74 Responses to “Dresser, Take Two”

  1. Brandi says:

    Kate, your work is beautiful! I love it.

  2. Dria says:

    That came out beautiful! I love the white, blue and gold together it’s so classic, the whole space looks stunning!!

  3. That blue color is gorgeous! I will have to try that wax on the pieces I’ve painted, thanks for the tip! You’re genius, as always.

  4. Donna Frasca says:

    That looks amazing! I wish I had the patience for a project like that – beautiful :-)

  5. Donna Frasca says:

    That looks amazing! I wish I had the patience for a project like that – beautiful :-)

  6. TJ says:

    This dresser is stunning!
    I agree it’s such a cheery but calming shade of blue. Very uplifting.
    Nothing better than re-purposing old furniture I think, it always has so much personality :)

  7. This is so beautiful! It is funny how the blue looks different. Also, great tip for putting wax over latex paint so its not sticky. Mine is always sticky and I was wondering what the remedy for that was!

  8. Nancy says:

    So pretty! I, too, am addicted to blue! Every time I try to steer away from it in one room of the house, it just seems to creep in. That shade of blue on your dresser is gorgeous!

  9. That hardware is amazing on that piece :) xo Kristin

  10. I love that blue color.It’s so rich and saturated.

  11. SJ says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that blue color! I would love to know how you get such a smooth professional looking finish? Is there a tutorial somewhere on how you refinish furniture and which painting tools you use? Thanks!

  12. ccfull says:

    I tried to use my AS wax over regular paint before and it kept rubbing off- what step did i miss?

  13. Allison A. says:

    Very pretty blue and beautifully done! I love the pillow, too. Is that one of your fabrics Kate?

  14. Michelle says:

    I am in LOVE!

  15. Wow! That looks gorgeous, the blue is amazing. I love your styling as well!

  16. Elizabeth H says:

    The blue is just perfect. Everything is!

  17. Julie says:

    Loving the blue and gold. I have been doing gold a lot lately for customers, always classic:)

  18. Beautiful! Love the vase- did you paint it too? And those pictures on the wall are also stunning

    Big hugs and kisses from Dublin

  19. Jason says:

    Great tip on the wax!! My mantel is sticky sometimes depending on what I put on it and same thing in the linen closet – when I touch up the paint I think I’ll try some Johnson’s Paste Wax I have on top of the paint!!

  20. Cate Z says:

    The dresser looks beautiful, but I can’t stop looking at your curtains! Did I miss here that fabric came from?

  21. Janine says:

    Darling, love that blue it is just perfect!

  22. Simone says:

    Very nice! Besides the color, I love the vase and window treatment.

    Simone @simonedesignblog.com

  23. So awesome Kate! Love the shade of blue and the gold! So fab (as usual!)

  24. Erin says:

    Everything is coming along so well. That blue really pops and is such a great, bold color. Also, I’m going to have to try that rub-n-buff in gold leaf. There are a few pieces of hardware around the loft that could use that!

    xx Erin

  25. courtney says:

    you have a daughter in college??? I seriously thought you were mid-late twenties!! also this dresser looks fantastic! i love the bold blue and the room is bright and crisp!

  26. My favorite part is the art. It totally pops. I love it! So simplistic, yet fun.

  27. Rikki Sophoa says:

    Beautiful dresser! I’ve been obsessed with blue, too! All different shades can be found in every room of my house! I just went on the website you got that marbled paper from – truly addicting! I want to buy them all!

    Thank you for sharing!

  28. CentsationalGirl says:

    Fabrics are both my design Cate and Allison, available soon!

  29. Sara says:

    I’m in love with blue too…such a happy color! I was wondering who makes the fabric on the pillow next to the chest? Doing a boy’s nursery in these exact colors. Thanks so much for your continued inspiration!

  30. I love this bold color on a dresser. We are currently looking around for a plain wood dresser for our daughter’s room that we can then paint to our liking. I’m always leaning toward neutral colors for furniture (white, tan, black, gray) but this looks so fun, I may have to try it. Especially for a kid’s room!

  31. Ms. Lizzy says:

    I have ‘THE STICK” from my zebra duct tape tray, on the chest that I showed you! Running out to get the wax to.day! Emily (my daughter) wants to do her bedroom blue and white over Christmas break. Can’t wait to show her this! Just stunning.

  32. Michelle says:

    This is gorgeous and perfect for the space! Love the color!
    I can’t remember if I left you a comment about the desk I painted for my daughter. It was a Craigslist find and just needed some TLC. I polished the brass hardware and we used your steps from one of your tutorials to paint it “Hearththrob” red. It is gorgeous! I want one for myself :) Now, just to find more vintage pieces to paint!

  33. Patti Z says:

    Beautiful! Love that shade of blue! Someday I’m actually gonna paint some furniture instead of looking at everyone else’s! :)

  34. Kimberley says:

    I look at this pictures and while all of your work is so beautiful, I think, “I just want to squish my toes in that fluffy looking carpet!” :)

  35. Meg says:

    Soo pretty!

  36. Jen says:

    Wow just gorgeous all around!!! Can you share the wall color please?

  37. Lynne Marie says:

    Kate, I LOVE IT! …… You do such GREAT work! :)

  38. "Lucy" says:

    It’s turning out lovely.:)

  39. Susan says:

    The blue on the dresser is wonderful. I’ve been a bit obsessed with blue myself lately. The room looks great.

  40. Carrie says:

    Gorgeous as always, Kate! As a blue lover myself, I think it’s perfection.

  41. Qwendykay says:

    ” I believe when decorating your home you should stick with the hues that make you happy. ”
    I totally agree. This house of ours is turning out to be all blue, and it’s my favorite color… so why not?

  42. Bronwyn says:

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve inherited a beautiful display cabinet, which I want to paint a similar shade of blue and you’ve given me the confidence to go for it!

  43. Unbelievable..!! Honestly I would like to appreciate you for your awesome work, blue drawer is perfectly matching with the color of room and other accessories are looking wonderful according to color scheme. Amazing..!!

  44. Teresa says:

    Kate: I have loved watching the progress of this room and the dresser is a beautiful addition to the room. I don’t however know/remember the color you used on the walls? Can you let me know?

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Teresa, the wall paint is an “oops” paint from Sherwin Williams and I only have the formula, I’ll find out what it is and share the name with the room reveal.

  45. Linda says:

    Hi Kate – I’ve just started following your blog this year and I’m hooked! Just a couple questions for you on the dresser…last round you used Brasso and polycrylic vs. Rub n Buff and wax this time. Can you explain why the differences? Pros, cons?

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Linda, I still use polycrylic for darker pieces like the PB inspired dresser, the wax was just a personal choice but either will do. Brasso helps to polish up old brass hardware, the Rub n Buff is a faux finish but a hint shinier.

  46. You did it again! Absolutely amazing! I have a beautiful piece that I found curbside and have been debating on re-staining or painting and now you’ve got me leaning towards paint! Simply gorgeous!

  47. Kate, I might have a good tip for you. I started using Behr exterior paint inside for better durability, but what I’ve noticed is that it goes on like silk. I’ve only done trim and doors and I’ll let you know how it works on an upcoming dresser. The extra $ were worth it. I love the color you put on this dresser, but I love everything you do.

  48. Love it! That shade of blue is so deep and rich…just lovely!

  49. Those flowers (delphinium?) and vase are perfect! Both for the color and the shape.

  50. Love the beautiful shade of blue…and finishing it with the clear wax was the right finish.

  51. Wendy says:

    Hi Kate! I am so inspired by your blog! I really want to paint a nightstand I have that same color blue, but I can’t find “Regal Wave” . Is there a way to find out the formula? Thank you!

  52. Wendy says:

    Another question, what color is that on the wall? Thank you!!

  53. I love that blue, it is gorgeous! That pillow is great too!

  54. diane says:

    Gorgeous…reminds me of the high gloss dresser in deep blue circulating after Highpoint this year.

  55. Ann V. says:

    So glad you didn’t sell it, looks radiant in that room!

  56. Pretty, Kate! Great tip on the coat of wax on top…been trying to decide how to treat the top of my daughters dresser when I paint it. Thanks!

  57. Stephanie says:

    I love the color you chose!

  58. Oh my goodness, Kate! I am completely in love with it! Fabulous!

  59. Tam says:

    Love that shade of blue! Perfect furniture color. Nice job!

  60. paige says:

    any suggestions on where to find similar hardware. no luck at HD & Lowes, special order only.

  61. Karen says:

    I have a dresser exactly like yours sitting in a shed. It needs new drawer runners. I was going to just burn it one day but I guess I may have to keep it. Problem is I would rather pay someone to do the fixing up instead of trying myself. My patience to get things perfect usually wanes 1/2 way through the project. So….if you know of someone in MN who wants a dresser like that let me know.

  62. Jeannemarie says:

    gorgeous! I am inspired to paint a coffee table and am wondering if you think I can use an oil based primer that is labeled outdoor?

  63. Kim says:

    Kate-I love the dresser…and I went to my Home Depot today and cannot locate regal wave…I’m on the east coast..could that be it, it’s just a California color. I even looked on the glidden website and wasn’t able to locate it.

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Kim, ‘Regal Wave’ is in the Glidden fan deck, but not on the website. You likely won’t find it in the swatches either since they’re not representative of all the colors. HD should have it if they carry Glidden paints like they do here, ask for their fan deck behind the counter.
      Just in case, here’s the info:
      #70BG 09/171
      Order # A1322

      Hope this helps!

  64. April says:

    Hi Kate! LOVE this dresser as I love everything you do! However, i do have a question ~ I thought wax, like you pictured, couldn’t be used on latex because it is not porous enough. You have found it to be a good source I assume? Can’t wait to see the whole room! Blue is my favorite color too!

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Wax is perfectly fine over latex April, as long as it’s had sufficient time to cure! (48 hours recommended at a minimum)

  65. Such a pretty color and love how it coordinates with the bookcase. Beeeeautiful!

  66. Love the blue Kate and the original hardware. I have to try the rub n buff!

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