Monday, June 24, 2013

A Whimsical Makeover: The Old Ochre Dresser Edition with Annie Sloan Unfolded

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Annie Sloan Unfolded to become part of their Blog Outreach Program. As you know, I am a huge fan of the Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and this is what I always choose to paint with. I happily accepted because I already had the perfect project in mind.

I purchased this amazing dresser at the May flea market with the intention of doing something amazing with it. 
It has great bones but there was cosmetic damage. It was tricky at first to pick a color because of the girly details to the piece. I wanted something light but not too feminine. I chose to use Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre

Old Ochre is a beautiful neutral that is easily added to any home decor. This is one of my favorites. We also used it on our kitchen cabinets. 

Here is the after:

While most pieces I paint require very little prep work, this piece had the potential to bleed through the light paint. To prevent this, I sealed the piece with Shellac. Talk to your Stockist for more information.

To achieve this look, I used two light coats of Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre. I followed that with a coat of Soft Clear Wax. Then I used a glazing technique using the Soft Dark Wax to help accentuate the amazing details in the piece.

The glaze grabbed on nicely to all of the details but I wanted it darker still. So I used a small paint brush and added more Soft Dark Wax. 

I am very proud of how this piece turned out. From the paint finish to the staging, I think I really made the right choice for this piece. 

I purchase my Chalk Paint® from Carter's Cottage in Dekalb, Illinois. To find a Stockist near you, visit the Annie Sloan Unfolded Website.

For more of my thoughts on Chalk Paint® colors, see my color review page

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  1. This is simply beautiful! I found you over at Mod Vintage. Can't wait to look around your blog. Blessings, Patti

  2. Love this piece! I am working on my grandmother's buffet right now with Old Ochre. Can you give more details about you used the glaze on this piece?

    1. I hope to do a blog post on it next week. Stay tuned...

  3. Oh, it is beautiful! I've love you to share this at my link party if you get a chance:

  4. I am with you I think the color of Old Ochre is the best...over Old White as a color Ochre is a color that artist use. This color blends so well and I love it

  5. The dresser was gorgeous to start and I couldn't believe you could improve on its charm but oh my it is really a stand out now. I love your staging with the ladder and suitcases. This has given me some wonderful ideas. You have a gift.

  6. Very beautiful, the color is amazing!
    Therena @

  7. It looks beautiful Laura!! Great photography too. How cute is that dresser...with the little drawer on top??? Love it! Great seeing you all your recent posts and projects. They are all so great! Please share more on your glaze is fabulous!!


  8. Oh I love it, it looks amazing. Great piece and your redo is stunning. I would love for you to link this up to my 170th Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing. - - Hugs, Marty

  9. Laura, this turned out great! I was anxious to see what you were going to do with this dresser. I love Old Ochre! It spreads on like cream. :)

  10. Your dresser turned out beautiful! Old Ochre is one of my favorite colors.

  11. I featured this today at Mod Mix Monday! I love it of course.

  12. Dear Laura,

    I just LOVE your work...always so well done and beautifully photographed.....You sure know how to rock the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!!!!!

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest
    Proud Annie Sloan Stockist

  13. I LOVE THIS! And I love everything in the picture. What a beautiful space!