Paris Grey French Dresser

This dresser took me A LOT longer than I thought it would. There were quite a few obvious flaws with it when I picked it up from the dump.  When my husband saw it in the garage and I told him that I got an amazing deal all he could say was, “it’s not worth what you paid”. *ouch*  Check out the before and after pictures.
                            BEFORE                                                                        AFTER


It made me really sad that it was missing some of it’s original hardware and it really sucked to discover that the veneer covering the particle board (just on the drawer fronts) was paper thin. I started sanding to smooth out some of the blemishes only to discover I took too much off and exposed the particle board.

If you know anything about painting particle board, you know that it absorbs paint like a fiend and shows every bump & bruise. I was seriously considering just throwing it out or offering it up for free on the curb at this point. I’m so happy I didn’t.  I realized that I had a huge gallon full of Zinnser oil based primer and thought that it would be a great way to block moisture and help mask the obvious signs of icky particle board.

It worked! I couldn’t believe it until after I applied the first coat of ASCP in Paris Grey. I love me some Paris Grey. It took two even coats to cover up all the primer. BTW, I tightened all the screws inside & out, applied some wood glue to sketchy looking joints and used wood filler before I started painting.

I used a dry brush technique on the hardware with some Old White. Since I couldn’t find the matching hardware under $10/knob, I decided to replace both pull knobs and two of the handles with hardware found at Home Depot for $1/piece.

My original intention was to sell this dresser and keep the solid wood one I’m currently working on, but I’ve changed my mind. It’s beyond perfect in my daughters bedroom. I knew this dresser was staying for good after my little photo shoot. As I was sitting in the dark putting my daughter down for the night, I stared at it along side the chalkboard coffee table I painted last week and thought they were a perfect pair. Too perfect to separate, for now anyways.

I consider any furniture that’s not 100% solid wood fragile. I’m not a snob, I just think it can’t handle the abuse a typical household can dish over a lifetime. I don’t think this dresser will fall apart on me, but I’d prefer to keep it in the condition I worked so hard to restore it to.  So now it holds my daughter’s bed linens, most of my yarn and all of the keepsakes and mementos I’ve collected since her birth. All things that don’t require me (or her) opening & closing the drawers constantly.

I’ve been really busy the last few weeks.  Part of that included going to my AMAZING sister in law’s baby shower last weekend down in SoCal. Can’t believe I’m going to be an Aunt this winter. Her sisters planned a huge shower and those ladies know how to throw a party. The theme was “bumble bee” and everything matched the invitations she sent out. So so cute. Take a look at a few of the pictures I took.

Yummy candy apple favors….all 96 of them. Like I said, huge baby shower. Just check out the amount of gifts she got. She deserves it too. She’s so generous, friendly, and an all around amazing lady. So lucky to have her as my sis in law.

Check out even more yumminess below.

Amazing cupcakes and isn’t that the most amazing baby shower cake you’ve ever seen? It was delicious too!
Here are a few shots of my little one on the patio. I can’t help myself, she’s so cute.

She’s a little ham. She even made friends with the other babies there. She looks like shes trying to avoid being touched.

Well, I need to dig up my electric drill for a friend, mail out tutus and try and clean up the mess my daughter made while I wrote this blog entry.
Happy crafting!
xoxo Maria


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  1. 1

    Love all the pictures!! and Blog was great!!

  2. 2

    also love the dresser… may need to consult with you on this!!

  3. 3

    Love the dresser! You're really good at all that, wow! And holy crap that is an amazing (huge) shower!

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks ladies! Whenever I paint something new, it becomes my "flavor of the week". It was a huge shower and it lasted from Noon to 8pm. She has SOOOO many thank you cards to send out :) (that's a good thing!)

  5. 5

    Maria, I love your blog. You totally inspire me to do some of these projects. Thanks for all the tips and I can't wait to work on my night stand.

  6. 6

    I love it! It's so beautiful and so is your daughter! You can't go wrong with Paris Grey.

  7. 7

    I really like how your hardware turned out. It looks beautiful and eclectic, you did a GREAT job!!!

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks ladies! You really motivate me to finish up the furniture I'm hoarding in the garage :)

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    5935d9de-925d-11e0-a205-000f20980440 says:

    love the dresser. your chalkboard table is such a great idea!!

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Beautiful dresser and the party looks like tons of fun! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  11. 11

    Would like to know, how did you finish the top of the dresser? My mom bought me this Sears & Roebuck dresser as a kid in the late '60s & I recall the top had a clear plastic coating on it.

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:


    The great thing about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that you don't need to sand or prime. I just filled/sanded the parts that needed some tlc, cleaned it really well, then made sure it was dry before painting. This paint will adhere to ANYTHING. I used wax as my top coat (I like the worn & weathered look it gives), but you could just as easily use poly for extra durability.

  13. 13

    saw your cute pic on practically imperfect, following you now….I totally love the coffee table topped with chalkboard paint…so sweet!

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:


    Thanks! That's probably my favorite project so far. My daughter L.O.V.E.S that table, she even tried to nap on top of it today :)