Rustic Empire Dresser

 This dresser was a huge Craigslist score.
I don’t recall the price as I got it months ago, but it was super reasonable.

I took my mom along to pick it up – sometimes it is just nice to go on a drive together.
Plus…with Craigslist pick ups, it is always best to use the buddy system in my experience.
The guy who was selling it answered the door without his shirt on…not normally a big deal I am sure, but for me, I was glad to have someone along.
You just never know.

I was thrilled when I saw the dresser – is was a cool empire piece and it was a great find.
Despite my initial excitement, it sat in my garage for a long time.
Waiting for her makeover.
I had lots of ideas, but never enough momentum to get her going.
Until this week that is.
I decided that I needed to set my mind on finishing the pieces that have been hanging out in my garage for ages.
After this one, I have just one left.
I am feeling pretty accomplished I must say!

Here is the before of this dresser…excuse the fact that I had all the drawers out and was ready to roll…

Duck Egg Dresser BEFORE

She had been painted in boring brown paint.
I sanded her a bit and then chose to paint this piece in Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue.
I have always adored that color.
I distressed her once she was painted and sealed her up in clear wax.
She is a chippy, rustic and imperfect dream of a dresser.
Imperfect is the new perfect you know.
The best part about her is all her character marks and imperfections…she is just beautiful.
I think I am in love.

Duck Egg Dresser 1 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 2 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 3 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 4 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 5 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 6 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 7 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 8 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 9 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 10 - EC

Duck Egg Dresser 1 - EC

She has such great character.
If only we knew her story.

She is of to Fresh Vintage by Amy in Strasburg to be placed up for sale there if you are interested :)




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  1. Gorgeous! I wish we lived closer to you!

  2. LOL … I have to say, a shirtless guy at the door for a CL transaction would definitely throw me as well. Duck Egg is one of my favorite colors too, and it was perfect for this piece. I love how it lightened it up and gave it a fresh look.

  3. This is awesome. I would love it if you would share this at my party on Welcome to the Woods Wednesday ( It will be up a going on Tuesday evening. Hope to see you there.

  4. Lovely find and colour. Merry Christmas Stacey

  5. Very pretty and I can see why you are in love!


  7. Very pretty makeover! I just love empire dressers, too! Merry Christmas!

  8. Really gorgeous! I love it! But I’ve got a question that I hope someone will be able to answer. I’m from Holland and have painted items with duck egg blue as well, but they are/ look so much greener than this dresser does. And many other items that I find on Pinterest also seem much bluer than those that I paint with duck egg blue (from different tins). Anybody any ideas on this?

    • Hi Connie!
      Sometimes it seems a paint appears different in terms of color on different pieces of furniture. I attribute it to that anyway. When I painted this piece, the Duck Egg looked quite pale and subdued when I was done. And them on other pieces, it looks more vivid and blue with even a bit of a green undertone. I understand just what you mean!!!

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