Estate Sale Dressing Table Makeover

I left the babes and hubby at home for  few hours last weekend to go thrifting since I am really in need of pieces for my booth. It was such a disappointing day, only finding this mirror, which actually ended turning out really cute. At the time though it was my only find after several stops until I came across an estate sale sign. I love estate sales! What’s even better is when I walked in the front door, the lady who greeted me announced that everything was now 75%off! What’s even better than that?

I found this:

I won’t ask you what’s EVEN BETTER than that, but it was only $40!!!

This totally made deserting my boys worth it!  It needed quite a few minor repairs first. Several pieces of veneer had popped off and several more areas of veneer were coming loose, but I fixed it right up!

DressingTable-Before-1It was totally worth the effort.

She went light and bright:
Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

The original finish was pretty beat up. I knew a fresh light paint job would make this stunning again.

I sprayed it with two thin coats of Zinsser Bullseye Spray Shellac before I even started to think about painting, knowing with those red undertones that this would need a stain blocker. Cherry and mahogany have a terrible tendency to bleed through, but the shellac takes care of that.

I found a nearly full can of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White in the garage, so that’s what I used for this update. (Two coats, followed by a coat of clear soft wax to seal.)

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

The lines on this lovely dressing table are so beautiful and I think the paint really accentuates that…

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

I don’t usually do really heavy distressing on my pieces, just enough to give them a little bit of a time-worn feel.

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

I spray painted the original hardware with Rustoleum Heirloom White in satin and sanded them a bit:

Updated hardware using Rustoleum's Heirloom White

How about some beautiful fresh flowers to add romance to this beautiful piece?

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

Ok so they’re not fresh, they’re totally fake, but I had to bring some color into my house and my hydrangeas won’t be in bloom for another four months!

I found that tray in the booth next to mine, and the pitcher was a $1 at an estate sale.

Looks perfect beneath my PB knock-off Summer House sign!

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

Even if we are in my dining room. 🙂

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

It makes me want to ditch my china hutch and find a beautiful sideboard with those same gorgeous curves.

More phony flowers on my dining room table. That happened yesterday when I was at Hobby Lobby minding my own business on the hunt for hardware for another project, and the next thing I knew I was in the floral aisle! I was out the door $74 later and I never even bought what I went in for! I don’t care if they’re fake either…they look like Spring! That silver urn was a $5 estate sale find. See why I love estate sales? I always come out with something.

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White


Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White


Estate Sale Dressing Table Makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White

I love how this turned out. I really wish I could keep it!

I’m cooking up something fun for March.  I’ll be back later this week to tell you all about it!

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  1. What a difference you made to that dressing table! I don’t think it will last very long in your booth, I would buy it in a heartbeat, it’s beautiful

  2. Looks awesome……I haven’t tried chalk paint, but love the look. You have inspired me!

  3. Robin Stephens says

    I’m always so tired after reading about your makeovers. LOL Not really…. I’m inspired!! Please, please, please move next door to me. =)

  4. Great find and great redo! Thats going to dale quick. Your shopping trips sound a lot like mine. Any craft store I always seem to end up with a cart full of stuff I didn’t even know I wanted. 😉

    • Thanks, Heather! We were just in your neck of the woods…we spent a few days at Great Wolf Lodge! My kids love that place. And my cart always seems to pull me in directions unintended also! 🙂

  5. I love the dressing table! I would love to come visit your booth, but you would probably have to totally restock after I did.

  6. Another beautiful find Christy!! Lucky girl!! Awesome work:)


  7. I have almost the same vanity in my master bedroom that I redid. Mine is ‘bleeding’ though the white chalkpaint and is turning pink. I will have to redo it soon. I didn’t have a mirror for it and this one came into my life, so I put it with it only to see that yours has the same type mirror. Funny how life works. Your work on this piece is beautiful.

  8. Beautiful! I have to ask… How long from the time you purchase to actually starting on a piece? I find pieces but they ay sit for a while before I’m motivated to get started. Suggestions?

    • Hi Mary, It really depends. If I have an idea for a piece right away, I might get started on it right away. If I have a hard time visualizing what I want to do with a piece it might sit there a bit longer. I’ve had some sit in my to-do pile for over a year! Sometimes I might start on a larger one just because I need the space. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the laugh this morning Christy – makes me feel so much better about the “fakes” Ii used in an upcoming post. LOL Seriously $40.00! You blow me away by the amazing prices you’re paying for pieces. Stunning makeover that I’m sure will barely touch the floor in your booth before being sold!

    • I am loving my fake flowers! I feel like it’s a big faux-pas to many, but I just don’t care lol. They are making my spaces feel like Spring! I couldn’t believe the price I got this for either! I think I’m going to start hitting the estate sales around here on the last day from now on! XO

  10. Christy you magic as always. The dresser is gorgeous! You really inspire me. $5 pitcher and urn unheard of! Congrats! Thanx for solving a problem for me, I have two pieces that are very old, like walking across the planes old, and they show signs of red seeping through the white paint on put on them. I guess I better get some of that spray. My son said the pieces are just mad at me for painting them. LOL
    ~hugs Jo

    • Ha ha! Your son is funny. Those reddish toned wood pieces can be a pain sometimes. The shellac works great. I gave this piece two light coats about ten minutes apart and waited an hour to paint. That silver urn came from an estate sale that a family was running and everything was super cheap like that! Unfortunately I came upon it a bit late. I’m sure I missed some real bargains!

  11. If I lived any where near your booth, I’d grab this up in a heart beat! Great find and terrific makeover! Do you ship to Central Oregon??

    • Thanks, Maggie! Ha ha unfortunately I’m on the wrong coast! I’m in Virginia. My grandparents used to live along the coast in Oregon in Brookings. I spent a couple of Summers there and absolutely loved it! 🙂

  12. You did a great job on this piece. I like the color you use and your distressing technique. I agree with Vivian, I also don’t think this will last long in your booth.

    I’m now on the waiting list for a booth at a shop near my school! I’m six on the list and hope I get asked soon.

  13. What a Stunner! Great color, just the right amount of distressing- beautiful!!

  14. Love the out come. And Heirloom White is my go to, failsafe color. Is it the closest color to AS Old White?
    And how did you repair the veneer damage? I have a piece I’m holding out on because I’ve seen different theories.
    Barbara Ann

    • Thanks, Barbara! The Old White has a hint more yellow to it. My favorite is cottage white by Behr. I usually make it into chalk paint, and it’s less yellow than old white. The veneer in this case was in excellent condition, just some of the pieces popped off entirely, on which I used wood glue to repair. If the veneer is badly damaged, and it is in an obvious place, I will usually pop it off and sand the surface underneath smooth. I have also used wood putty to fill in areas where veneer is missing, and then sanded smooth. All of these pieces received paint too, so those fixes were hardly noticeable in the end. 🙂

  15. Gorgeous Christy! She turned out so well!! Great find. I think I need to get my fake flowers out now… I need a little more spring these days!

  16. Congrats on your awesome score and lovely makeover.

    And I love your phony flowers. 😀


  17. What a transformation! Looks terrific!

  18. She’s a beauty alright and I love that you have her in your dining room!

    • Thanks, JP! She was taken to my booth last Saturday, sniff sniff. It was hard to say good-bye. I did love it in my dining room though! I think I’m going to keep my eye out for a buffet with the same pretty lines. 🙂

  19. I thought faux florals from HL were mandatory this time of year. Love this transformation. Great photography – the piece glows with patina in the light.

  20. Wow Christy, this is absolutely stunning. I would love this piece in my home! Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday! 🙂 Julie

  21. Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday! We are excited to be featuring you this week! 🙂 Julie

  22. This is beautiful. You did such a great job. I am getting a free dresser that has similar tones of wood, I love the idea of the spray shellac before painting. I had never thought of that. Thanks for the great tip.

    • Thanks, Michelle! The spray shellac works wonders. Mahogany has a tendency to bleed through so this takes care of that. Two coats of spray shellac, which goes on super easy and dries fast. Then wait at least one hour before painting! Good luck with your awesome freebie! XO


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