A little more HGTV & an Annie Sloan Dresser Makeover

First of all, we want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your overwhelming support and love with our big HGTV announcement last week!  We are still pinching ourselves over it.  John and I will also be sharing details from the show on Instagram and Twitter, so feel free to follow along if you’d like!

Whitney:  Instagram & Twitter     John:  Instagram & Twitter.

Speaking of HGTV’s Flipping the Block, we loved getting to know the other teams; everyone has a different story and background, which made for a fun and interesting dynamic on the block. ;)  You can check out the four amazing team bios and more team pics here!

Today, we want to share a sweet little dresser project we recently did for a new client.

The story behind this one is extra special to us.  A couple years ago we gave an old mirror a makeover with Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax.  I loved this mirror!  But over the course of time, we have found ourselves and what styles make us feel the happiest in our home.  And this mirror was ready for a new home with someone who’d love it.  We put it up for sale, and the most adorable Italian woman, who happens to be a Navy wife, showed up at our house with her daughter.  (The military holds a special place in our hearts– you can read more about that here.)  She gave it a once over and said she wanted it because it reminds her of her home in Italy.   That was the moment John and I fell in love with this little family.

Fast forward a couple weeks, and I receive a text asking if I could makeover her daughter’s dresser to match the mirror.  Of course I was happy to take on another project, and especially because this little family is just too darn sweet.

Here’s the before.  It’s not in horrible shape and definitely doesn’t look bad from afar, but the old paint job is looking a little green and dingy up close.  See the photo below on the right.

It’s got good bones, complete with dove tail joints:

With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you really don’t have to do much prep if the piece is in decent shape.  So I gave it a super light sanding, then applied AS in Old White.

Below is a progress shot:

It only needed one coat, and here it is after Old White was applied:

Please forgive me for the terrible phone pic!

After it dried for a couple hours, I applied a light coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax using one of John’s old white tees.  Let’s not mention that to him….he’ll never notice. ;)  You can’t really mess this step up.  I just wrap the tee around my pointer finger, dip it into the wax, and smear it all over the piece.  The clear wax seals in the paint and acts as a primer for the dark wax.

After a couple more hours, I applied the Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  This is the stuff that “ages” the piece.  To apply it, I use a brush that looks like a big makeup brush.  How can you not love this paint brush?!

You can find it at The Home Depot or Lowe’s near the paint brushes for about $5.

I dabbed it in the wax to get a TINY amount on my brush, then very lightly and in a nonchalant wispy sort of way, painted the dresser with a brush stroke here and there.

I added a little extra wax to the crevices to mimic the look of the mirror.  Then I gave the hardware a little paint job by applying some Old White all over the pulls, then wiped off the excess paint to expose the dark finish again.

You can add more or less dark wax depending how dark or aged you want the piece to look.  A little dark wax goes a long way.  You can also sand it down to expose the wood if you want more of the shabby chic look as well.

And now it’s ready to join the mirror!

I’m really happy with the outcome!  And knowing that we brought a smile to this family’s face makes it that much more rewarding.

Do something that makes you smile today, friends!

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19 responses to A little more HGTV & an Annie Sloan Dresser Makeover


  1. First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.

    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips?

    Thanks!

  2. The dresser is beautiful! Also, I’m still COMPLETELY FLIPPING OUT about the hgtv thing!! There aren’t enough exclamation marks!! I’m so excited and I know you’re going to completely rock and now the whole world will get to fall in love with you just like those of us who were smart enough to know about your talent all along. :)

  3. Awe the best part is that they love it…and you had fun doing it!

  4. OMG, I’ve missed a LOT! Your feed wasn’t being delivered for a few weeks, so now I clearly have some catching up to do! Can’t wait to read all about your HGTV gig! Congrats!
    And of course, your paint skills are mad, my dear — I know they’re thrilled with their “new” dresser!
    xo Heidi
    PS — I can say “I knew you when…” ;-)

  5. Pretty! That’s awesome that the family came back to you for another makeover, and how cool that it reminds her of her home :)

  6. You’re so cute…gah… love the dresser.

  7. So cute! I’m a big fan of Old White. That’s what we used on our dresser makeover!

  8. It turned out beautiful and what a fun way to meet new people. I’m sure it made the project even more rewarding.
    P.S. Congrats on making it to the small screen!!!

  9. You did a beautiful job Whitney!!!….the nice “Italian/Navy wife” and her daughter will love it!….I need to look for that brush at Lowes…I so remember what a great job you did on your very first Annie Sloan Chalk paint project!…