Adding Height and Color To Furniture

Country Chic Paint
by Country Chic Paint
Looking to add some definition and color to your next project? Come see this stunning, detailed dresser in Fresh Mustard by Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street!
I’m so glad to be back to share another furniture makeover with you! My latest craze involves a little surgery and some BOLD color and a little lesson in alterations. I found this gem of a dresser at my local thrift store and instantly fell in love with its curvy drawer details.
Since it had nine drawers its obvious purpose was a dresser. But, the more I looked at it the more I thought, "it didn’t have to be just a dresser". It could be that and more! To give this dresser a few more options so I decided to add some bun legs the bottom of it. The added height turned this from dresser into a statement piece and could now be used as a changing table in a nursery or a stylish storage solution for an entry way, sofa table or TV console. When you add legs, the possibilities are endless!

I live in the SW where bright and bold colors are in abundance. For this furniture makeover, I selected Country Chic Paint in Fresh Mustard. This is one hue that draws you in and looks amazing when paired with a dark wood grain.
I need to stop here for a moment to tell you how much I appreciate the type of coverage Country Chic Paint provides. You’re not going to believe this, but by painting this dresser with a reverse distressing technique, I was able to give this piece a full makeover with just (1) pint of paint. That’s it! And if that wasn’t unbelievable enough, I had a little left over to create some *DIY art work!

Reverse distressing is a technique that allows you to distress as you’re painting. When you reverse distress, you’re painting with a push motion (similar to stenciling) rather than a back and forth motion. Your object isn’t to paint for full coverage. The goal is to have the wood grain peak through in places and the beautiful part of reverse distressing is that it allows you to decide which parts of the piece you’ll leave highlighted without having to go back over after the paint has dried and sand those in those areas.

Here are a few "after" shots of The Thompson Dresser all spiffy in Fresh Mustard by Country Chic Paint.
And here’s a close up of the reverse distressing technique. If you look closely it's hard to tell that they've never been wet distressed or had sand paper taken to it. All of that yummy distressed look was achieved by simply not painting those areas.
*Interested in learning more about this matching DIY painted sign? Hop on to Thirty Eighth Street for more information and a full tutorial!
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  • Mandy Bruce Mandy Bruce on Dec 09, 2020

    Do you have any info on that dresser? I’m looking to buy the set but are they real solid wood? Are they antiques? Any info would be much appreciated🙂

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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Jun 15, 2015
    Loveee this!
  • Holly O. Holly O. on Jun 19, 2015
    This piece is just beautiful! I only wish I had a sliver of talent that most of you folks that post your transformations here do! Kudos to you, you have turned an old dresser into a masterpiece😀
    • Country Chic Paint Country Chic Paint on Jun 19, 2015
      @Kiki Snewo (Deibler) Don't be afraid to dive in and start your first project! Our products are designed for DIYers and it's easier to get hooked than you'd think. You can check out all of our tutorial videos for tips on how to get started here: