Transformation Tuesday – Ombre Dresser with Painted Copper Top



Hello guys! Hope fall is treating you well. It is super duper cold and dark and windy and chilly already in Northwest Indiana. It really makes me sad that summer is over ~ especially since summer basically was also super duper cold and chilly too!  Mother Nature REALLY needs to get her act together. Don’t ya think? What is worse yet, is that I am hearing rumors, very nasty rumors, that this winter is going to be bad like last year. I think Mother Nature needs to realize that we are outside of Chicago, NOT Antarctica – they can keep their polar vortexes to themselves – thank you very much!! Anyways, enough about the seasons & onto the ins and outs of this dresser that I refinished this past weekend!


I did this dresser redo with fall on my brain as you can tell by the color choices (didn’t I just say I was done with mentioning the season’s?  Maybe I lied a little.) I can’t believe that the holidays are right around the corner!!  (Did it again.) Time flies when you work full time, parent, blog and redo furniture for an antique booth!  Yikes.  I make myself overwhelmed just typing that.  I digress.  Again.  So let’s get back to the dresser, shall we?

Supplies & brief tutorial

1. Old dresser in dis-repair





2. Zinsser Paint De-glosser (No sanding needed when you use this stuff)



3. Zinsser Primer (I am a rebel and I like to make sure my pieces will last despite claims that this step can be skipped)



4. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® for the drawers (custom mix your colors) & an off white latex paint for the base.



5. (2) premium 2 x 12’s cut to size for top of dresser (since this makes it cool and replaces the top that was broken off.  What is a dresser without a top?)



6. Valspar Metal Patina & Glaze in copper (I made like Michael Jackson and wore one glove & made a mess too!) So grab some rags too if you are like me.



7. Wood Glue & Deck Screws (Drill, bit & screwdriver to attach the new wooden top securely)




8. Vintage Hardware, spray paint & sand paper (to distress that dresser jewelry)



9. Wipe on poly-crylic, gloves and a lint free rag (to make sure it is sealed for many years to come)





10. Don’t forget time.  Time is for sure a supply and often runs in low quantities around here.  So, take a weekend and about 8 hours total out of your busy life to get these gorgeous, one of a kind results! Then ask your kids & hubs to help with the clean-up – but don’t be surprised if you fly solo on this part too.

Viola.  Now you have a super cute ombre dresser!



P. S. Sans any spiders or mistakes (ahem – like forgetting to paint both sides of the board) makes this project a bit easier too!





Hope you try a project like this.  Let me know if you do, I would LOVE to hear from you!


Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,


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