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Distressed dresser in brown and green

I know what you are thinking:  a dresser in green and WHAT….brown?  Yes, brown!  A lovely chocolate-y Benjamin Moore brown.  Just as everybody is trying to cover up most browns with paint (please be careful with nice antiques..they don’t need color) I am trying to stage a “come back”  for the color brown..

Well, this dresser is actually a long story.  I bought this piece from Goodwill and when I saw it I immediately wanted to paint it with chalk paint,  even inside the drawers.  Went to the store, bought my Paris Grey and Antique White.



I just did a quick sanding and put some wood filler to fix a small crack.  So far so good.   The chalk paint was actually not the problem, but they recommend waxing BEFORE distressing and the wax (annie sloan’s own light wax) simpy turned this dresser into a nightmare!  Uneven surface, very blotchy, not a pretty sight.  Until this day I do not know what I did wrong.  Did I put too much or too little, I have no clue.  Well, not to worry …I just gave a good sanding (sigh) and priming and took my BM Van Buren Brown and Rosemary Sprig green for the drawers.



Rosemary sprig green

I sanded her ever so lightly with 600-grit sandpaper.   I used Rub-n-Buff in silver for the knobs and a light coat of brown  (sanded down after it dried).  I painted the inside of the drawers with Annie Sloan French Linen, this looks great and I recommend this.



Here is the end result



Van Buren Brown Benjamin Moore


Dresser van Buren Brown






  1. Wat leuk Hetty! Prachtige kleuren zo, weer een kunststukje!

  2. looks like you got the button on there! 🙂 thanks for sharing- this piece is adorable! the two toned look is great and i love that sweet scalloping.

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