Painted Emerald Living Room Dresser

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There’s a pretty green lady peeking out of the corner of the living room.

green painted dresser

This emerald beauty started out not-so-pretty. But like a true Cinderella story, her years of hard work paid off and she was rewarded with a breathtaking makeover and a home with people who love her.

She started off like this:

painted dresser before

 

old dresser before

Just a nondescript, cream-colored dresser like many you see at garage sales and thrift stores. I thought the plank sides and farmhouse-y top were kind of unique though, so I decided I had nothing to lose by painting her.

After we filled the holes and gave her a light sanding, I had to decide on paint. I’ve been wanting to paint something green for AGES, so I chose Behr Paint and Primer in Pine Grove, a deep emerald/Kelly green. I applied it with a synthetic brush and a small foam roller. It took me three coats to get the coverage I wanted (pretty typical with highly pigmented latex paints). I then protected the paint with a couple coats of Polycrylic.

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I chose brass pulls by Martha Stewart from HomeDepot.com. They are actually less shiny than they look online. I love them, and they are only $1.98 each! Super affordable.

Halfway through adding the hardware I decided the paint finish was a little too flat and one-dimensional. It needed more interest, more depth. I decided to add a glaze. Because I didn’t want to deal with smelly oil-based or wax glazes, I chose this craft antiquing glaze that is water-based and easy to clean up (Martha Stewart tintable glaze from Michaels). I mixed it with raw umber and burnt umber craft paints until it looked like a thick, rich, hot chocolate.

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glazing dresser

I applied the glaze with a foam brush and then left it to set for about 10 minutes. When it was tacky, I buffed it off.

buffing glaze

I didn’t want my little dresser to look too “faux”, so I kept it light on the glaze, buffing most of it off. I just wanted to add a little dimension and depth to the paint color. As with makeup, a little bit goes a long way =). Here it is again, finished. I’ll probably want to add another layer of Polycrylic at some point to protect the glazed finish…when I get around to it…

green painted dresser

I think the glaze gives it a lot more character. And we all know how important character is in every Cinderella story.

dresser before and after

dresser corner

We wanted a more substantial piece of furniture to fill up that corner (we had a small round side table there before). And since it’s so close to the front door, it’s also a great place to store pool/swimming gear (goggles, floaties, sunscreen), extra flip-flops, umbrellas, etc…

It’s a little high to set a drink on but because we have the DIY sofa console table behind the sofa for drinks, it’s not a problem.

The dresser was free (a hand-me-down), so this makeover only cost us $10 for paint, and $18 for hardware, bringing the total to about $28!

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I’m starting to get addicted to painting furniture. I might try chalk paint or milk paint next to get good adhesion without peeling. I have a few more pieces to paint so stay tuned! In the meantime, what do you think of this deep, rich green? Is it a color you would use in your home?

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18 Comments on Painted Emerald Living Room Dresser

    • Camilla
      July 31, 2013 at 8:27 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks!

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  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    July 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh I love the color and the finish you did, the handles are fabulous. What a wonderful transformation. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    • Camilla
      July 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Marty! I love linking up and appreciate your link party!

      Reply
  2. Mary
    August 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the color choice and the gold hardware is perfect! 🙂

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    • Camilla
      August 2, 2013 at 10:23 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Mary!

      Reply
  3. Ashley
    August 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Love that! I just built a big rolling craft table for my crafting area and have been thinking about what color to paint it. I have some coralish/pink paint I really want to use, but am a big chicken about painting something so bright and bold. I guess I just have to put my big girl pants on and go for it. I mean, if it stinks I can repaint, right? Thanks for encouraging me to go bold!

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    • Camilla
      August 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Awesome! Go for it! It’s just paint!

      Reply
  4. Cre8ive Charly
    August 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Absolutely! It’s my four year old’s favorite color. Why? Because it’s a Mardi Gras color!

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  5. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
    August 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm (4 years ago)

    That color is stunning! I’m featuring it in this week’s Power of Paint Party – thanks for linking up!

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    • Camilla
      August 5, 2013 at 9:15 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Maryann! So happy to be featured!

      Reply
  6. Jena @ Involving Color
    October 3, 2013 at 4:56 am (4 years ago)

    Camilla, WOW, this dresser turned out great! I am in love with the color! The Behr Pine Grove looks SO good with the brass hardware, and I can’t believe what a good deal you found on those pulls. I initially thought they looked like Restoration Hardware pulls :). I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. You wouldn’t have to do a thing, just let me know if you’re interested!

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    • Camilla
      October 3, 2013 at 8:47 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jena! I would love for you to feature it! Just sent you an email =).

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  7. Renee
    January 9, 2016 at 5:00 am (1 year ago)

    Love it!! stumbled on this post when I searched Google for “painted green furniture.” Trying to decide on a shade for an old buffet that holds everything in our living room 🙂 question about antiquing- did you paint all over with the foam brush or just kinda sporadically in spots? I’m nervous bc I’ve never tried it before but love that way it looks! Thanks 🙂

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    • Camilla
      January 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

      I painted the glaze all over, but in sections because the water-based glaze dries pretty quickly. Then I buffed it off with a soft cloth.

      Reply

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