Saturday, January 9, 2016

Old nursery dresser made over for a Grad School apartment!

Our oldest is finishing up her masters year and is moving into an off campus apartment.  Hence she needed some furnishings.  Below is a super quick transformation of the dresser that went with the crib we used for all 3 girls.  
It's been in my basement storing 
odds and ends for years now. 
 Take a peek...
It's also the first time I've used Lowes chalk paint...
I was VERY happy with the results.
This was the old maple dresser we purchased
over 22 years ago to go in the nursery...
Emptied and removed the drawers and got started
using Valspar Chalk paint available at Lowes.
Good coverage after 2 coats...
Finished off with a glaze I made using
a dark Greige paint color and clear glaze...
it adds texture to a pure white piece,
giving it an aged, beachy appearance!
Since it was a quick fix,
I decided to paint the knobs instead of replacing them...
I was very happy with the results of the Valspar Chalk Paint...
I always use the Minwax  paste wax on top of my painted projects.
I always seem to go back to this mixture for glazing white pieces...
a little goes a very long way!
Not bad for a quick fix...
and so the little nursery lives on in a Grad school apartment...:)

xo, Mariaelena


  1. Hello. I'm doing a similar style project. I have had 3 boys with the same blue dresser. Now I have a baby girl. I've painted the dresser pink. It's a bit much for me to have such a bright color over the whole dresser so I was thinking of trying a glaze to soften and age it a bit but I'm nervous about what tint to use in the glaze. I like the look of this dresser you posted. What color did you tint the glaze? And this is my 2nd DIY project ever to give it to me straight- Would a glaze like what you've used here look good with a soft country pink?

    1. Hi sorry for the late response...YES you can glaze over a soft pink...I sometimes do a white glaze which I think would be quite lovely on the soft pink...If you want a darker look, I use some greige paint and add it to clear glaze to get just the color I'm going for. Hope this helps and I'd love to see your piece when your done!!...Thanks for stopping by the post up today.