Faye from Farm Life Best Life gave this dresser a stunning rustic look by painting it in the colors Simplicity and Pop the Bubbly with some heavy distressing and Furniture Glaze!

Back in the day, farmhouses were decorated with whatever was handy and practical. Today, more thought goes into decorating in farmhouse style, however practicality is still an important factor. Nothing should be too delicate or precious — hardy rather, while still maintaining sophistication and style.

Farmhouse decorating is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. It takes us back to a simpler time. A time that I strive to live my best life at. My farm life best life. ❤

I swoon my swooniest swoons when I come across moderately-sized antique dressers like this one — well suited for soooo many spaces! I safely tuck them away in my queue, and dream about farmhouse charm for them!

Tiger wood dresser before refinishing

My transformation process:

  • Removed mirror ~ for ease of paint application
  • Removed hardware, and lightly sanded down entire piece ~ to best prepare for chalk paint adhesion
  • Vacuumed and washed ~ certainly necessary before painting any piece of preloved furniture
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Pop the Bubbly’ to chosen areas ~ a charming warm neutral
  • Applied 3 coats of Country Chic Paint ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Simplicity’ to chosen areas ~ a fantastic, pure white that can brighten up any piece and add serenity to your home
  • Copiously sanded down entire piece for a buttery smooth and distressed finish ~ for the farmhouse chic look I adore and always strive for
  • Applied 2 coats of Varathane’s ‘Diamond Wood Finish‘ (water-based, satin) ~ to achieve a crystal clear, and highly durable finish
  • Applied Country Chic Paint ‘Furniture Glaze‘ in the colour ‘Smoky Quartz’ to the entire piece ~ to heighten the distress, and add more depth
  • Washed and re-installed mirror and hardware ~ original antique charm

dresser before and after furniture paint transformation with white and tan paint from country chic paint

Take your abode back to a simpler time with this copiously distressed antique dresser transformation. Warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. A farmhouse inspired one-of-a-kind piece that would settle ever-so-sweetly against that barren wall, empty corner, or unfilled nook — that sweet spot in your home or cottage that could benefit from storage and personality accent.

dresser after furniture paint transformation with white and tan paint from country chic paint

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Leave a comment below to tell us what you think of this heavily distressed neutral dresser makeover!


Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, Furniture & Decor Restorer. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving, and constant learning — my Farm Life Best Life!

My family and I live, love and work on our farm in the heart of Manitoba CANADA — amidst wide-open spaces, cattle grazing and heart-dropping prairie sunsets.

I spend every spare moment I can beg, borrow or steal — restoring and transforming furniture & decor from sad and bleak to farmhouse chic!

Filling OUR home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections!

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!


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