A dresser and her doll

I’ve just finished this small, modest dresser.  This was a very satisfying project for me to work on.  The dresser is probably from the 50’s or 60’s is made of solid wood and has its original knobs, though I do think I may switch them out with some vintage glass knobs if I can find them.

I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey over a coat of Kilz oil based primer which I mention in this post.  Then I applied AS clear wax, buffed like crazy after 24 hours.  The final step which was my favorite was painting the laurel wreaths.  I used white milk paint.  The big challenge for me is transferring the design.  I found an absolutely brilliant tutorial on That’s My Letter.  This worked perfectly!  After the milk paint was dry I waxed one more time.  I did have some small area where the paint pulled up because I didn’t put a layer of tracing paper under my design while tracing.  Next time I will paint my design directly onto my paint layer BEFORE I wax to avoid the stickiness.

On top of the dresser next to some local wildflowers is my latest doll Astor.  She’s a cloth doll made from vintage tea dyed muslin, an antique French linen sheet, silk organza and wool.  After drafting many doll patterns I’ve settled on this one and enjoy seeing her perched on this very feminine dresser!  I’ve included this dresser in a Primitive and Proper link party and an Elizabeth & Co link party, thanks to both wonderful blogs for having parties.  I really wanted to put their fabulous buttons in my sidebar but have absolutely no idea how to do it!  So I think I may have done the text link part the right way, I hope so!

Here are some pics of the process and final result.

centered design

tracing design with a layer of tracing paper both above and below design

design outline, now just paint!

finished dresser

finished laurel wreath

Astor on dresser

Astor my new doll


  1. this is such a sweet dresser! i love the colors!

  2. The detail on your dresser makes the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for the link back to my tutorial, so happy to share techniques. And I love all your renovation posts, following now to keep up!

    • Thanks Jaime! I was absolutely frustrated when I was trying to figure out how to repeat a design, I tried pencil and being a lefty I dragged graphite all over the place and then I remembered your post. You’re brilliant! I can paint something once but trying to duplicate it was a problem and you have the perfect tutorial that solved my dilemma :)

  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    The laurel wreaths just put your little dresser over the top! Nicely done!

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