Shabby Chic Makeover

2 Materials
30 Hours

I had a vision of taking this bureau from plain to Shabby Chic awesome. It took me about two weeks to complete this project.
shabby chic makeover
This was my ‘before’ pic. Fully funtional oak bureau but just ‘blah’ IMHO. I removed all the hardware, removed the mirror and gave everything a good cleaning using TSP.
The finish before aging
The finish before aging
I began by restaining the top with Minwax Dark Walnut.

I then painted the sides (including the Anaglypta beadboard wallpaper I applied to the recessed sides) and the drawer frames in Annie Sloan Antoinette Chalk Paint. I painted the mirror frame and drawer fronts in Wise Owl Creme paint.

I taped the drawers together to get a flat surface to apply the ReDesign transfer from Prima Marketing (it’s basically a large rub on.)

I decided I wanted to add some stripes to the piece so I taped off the mirror top and bureau base and added them.

Next I made some furniture appliques using Paper Clay (available from Amazon) and added them to the mirror top and top dresser drawer.

This is what it looked like at this point.
shabby chic makeover
This is a picture of the Anaglypta beadboard wallpaper I added to the
The FINISH!  😁😁😁
The FINISH! 😁😁😁
This is what the bureau looks like now that I dry brushed it with Waverly Hazelnut Chalk Paint and coated the entire piece with 2 coats of Rustoleum Chalked Topcoat in a matte finish, I love it!

Suggested materials:

  • Anne Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette  (Amazon)
  • Wise Owl In Creme  (Online)

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
    on Aug 3, 2018

    Where did you get the decal? It is beautiful.

  • Annie
    on Aug 28, 2018

    Beautiful job, what did you use to cut through the transfer and did you top coat after you cut through the transfer or before

    • DEBBIE
      on Sep 2, 2018

      This is beautiful! I have a dresser sitting in my dining room right now and this is just what it needs. It's the right color and everything for the room it will go in. Thank you again for your inspiration!!!

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  • Dpbeee2
    on Aug 30, 2018

    Wow! Day and night change. Lovely. Thank you.

  • Lena
    on Sep 2, 2018

    Your work is stunning! Thank you for mentioning your resources. The steps and pictures were clear and concise. Again, a lovely project....

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