French Linen and White Dressing Table

Hi Friends! Now that my ceiling is finally finished (whew!), I’m enjoying getting back to redoing a few pieces.

Today I’m sharing a sweet dressing table that I picked up at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago.

Have a look:


Ooh nice. No it really wasn’t was it? I ended up paying $25 for it, and figured surely I could do something with it.

A little French Linen chalk paint by Annie Sloan makes everything better…

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

See how it makes everything better?

Here is the desk in progress with a shot of the chair before:

I picked the chair up on this lucky day when I was playing hooky from my Mom’s bedroom set makeover and stopped by a few of my favorite thrift stores:


Can you find it in there?

I really only picked it up because it was $4.98 and I figured I could use the spindles for something. It was very petite…which was the perfect size for this petite dressing table!

Funny how that worked out. It now looks like a perfectly matched set.

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

I decided to paint just the top of the table and the seat of the chair in the French Linen…


And I’m not missing the sponge painted stars at all…


I found these beauties at HomeGoods:

Handpainted knobs from HomeGoods

I sanded where the stars were so the texture wouldn’t show through after painting.

Have you ever sponge painted anything? My old roommate and I sponge painted our bathroom twenty years ago and we thought it was gorgeous!

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

The inside of this table had yellowed a bit with age:


…but a couple of coats of white spray paint took care of that.


Good as new! I usually line the inside of drawers and such when I make over a piece, but I figured this will probably get all gunked up with makeup, and this plain painted surface will be easier to clean.

And how about the rest of the inside?

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

I spotted this mirror at a thrift store for $4! The original was broken off and was rectangular, but this one worked out perfectly. I attached it with mirror adhesive and added the silver flowery doodads for a little extra support.

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

I’m always drawn to the flower aisle at HomeGoods…



Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

This little starry-sponge-painted dressing table…


Just got a little more sophisticated…

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

This would work perfectly in a coastal-inspired bedroom, a shabby chic bedroom, or anything in between!

Enjoy the rest of your day! 🙂





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  1. Heather J says

    Whewvthank you for rescuing this ! It looks 1000% better. Those stars were the scariest things I saw all weekend! Looks gorgeous now though:)

  2. Love this makeover….the addition of the mirror inside looks fantastic!

  3. Robin Stephens says

    As always, top-of-the-line work! Beautiful pieces!

  4. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    What a darling make over. The set looks just like new

  5. Very nice…!!!

  6. Christy, I love that you added that mirror. The piece is gorgeous. Good job!

  7. Christina says

    Christy, this is a beautiful makeover! Love your choice of colors. The mirror is a stellar addition as well. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!
    …. I have to get a bigger car. lol

    • Thanks, Christina! I have a 94 Four Runner that I keep telling my husband I’m going to drive till the doors fall off. It can hold a ton of treasures! 🙂

  8. What an improvement your makeover made! A little girl is going to love having this in her room. I would think that this will sell very quickly.

  9. I would say ALOT more sophisticated! And those knobs are darling! I’ve never seen knobs at Homegoods. What section were they in?

    • Aren’t they so pretty?? I found them in the section where all the organization items like bins, baskets, etc are. I was so excited to find them and they were only $7.99 for a pack of four!

  10. yes I love it!! You are probably tired of me always saying that .. But it’s true!! You’re vision is so great. Tell me do you have these pieces already ?? Vanity, mirror, chair… And then just combine them? If so where do you store it all.? I operate that way but then I get overwhelmed with all the projects and not know where to start.
    Or do you look for pieces that will go together before you start…..
    Sometimes I can’t keep the momentum of finishing projects going!!!! Lol

    • Thanks, Mary! I always appreciate your sweet words! I found this chair first and was just going to use it for the spindles, then I found the vanity and didn’t realize they would make a great set until I actually started painting the vanity. I found the mirror after the vanity and bought just for this piece. My garage used to be packed, but we just rented a storage unit to store my pieces, so I can actually work in the garage! 🙂

  11. Robin Rose says

    I love the colors! You are so inspiring!

  12. Christy, this is lovely! What a nice surprise with the mirror inside! Love it!

  13. They’re really special now with French Linen painted on table top and chair seat. Makes for a more interesting piece plus the addition of those nifty knobs. Great work!

  14. It’s so beautiful Christy! Great job!

  15. New to your blog and you are so talented!! Great eye for choosing pieces and
    your vision of how to transform them! Thank you for sharing!!

  16. All I can say is “Wowza!”. That vanity that you made over is amazing…..
    Good work.
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, UT

  17. Rita Spittler says

    How clever and what a success, yet again. You have amazing foresight. I would never have seen that. Also, are you the gal that has the rice poster bed that you’re going to paint? I sure hope so.

  18. Christy, you do such beautiful work. Do you sell some of the things you repurpose? I would love to repurpose some things I see, but I have a small house and I would not have any place to keep everything!

  19. Great job!

  20. You are SO creative! This set is stunning!

  21. So perfect! I absolutely love it! I was checking out the new IKEA vanity with a lift-top mirror for my daughter, wondering if there was any way I could make it less ugly – but there is no way it could ever compete with yours! If it is for sale, would you please send me an e-mail? Love it!!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous Christy! I hope to find a piece I can recreate like that. Did you use your Cottage White also?

  23. Those sponged stars and painted swirls were rock’n in the day. I went on a sponge painting frenzy in the 90’s and I cringe now whenever I see the pictures. This dressing table looks very pretty now and yes, the Windsor chair looks like it always belonged.

  24. Lynda Gandy says

    Hi I am Lynda and I am following your post from England and I need lots of inspiration as my garage is full of old furniture ready to paint.I am in the process of having a holiday chalet at the east coast renovated it was built in the fifties and I am hoping to keep it quite authentic,and simply furnished in beach style it’s fun to see other people’s projects and need to get started I am planning to use lots of Annie Sloane paints.

  25. You are such a tease with your Homegoods purchase. We finally get ours next month! I am uber excited. That aside, this dressing table is so beautiful!!!! You did an amazing job, as always. 🙂


  26. Christy,

    As always with your work, it’s simply darling now.

  27. Mary McCune says

    Mmm I can see my makeup inside the table, wonderful job. Question about the floral arrangement from Home Goods. Is it really water inside the vase of artificial flowers? I look forward to your response

  28. You have no idea how glad I am to stumble upon your blog! I bought this exact dressing table from Ethan Allen in a moment of madness and have regretted it ever since because of the ugly yellow tint it has. After everything near and in it looked off color, it was banished to the garage where I glare at it daily.

    If you don’t mind, did you wax the top? Clear or dark? And would you happen to remember what brand/colors you used for the body and inside? It’s covered it so well and the final piece looks amazing. The mirror is gorgeous, it makes the inside look so much more elegant than the plain rectangle it came with!

  29. You must be very pleased now having decided to buy dressing table, sometimes have that feeling, need to go with it. Awesome table then with adorable painted chair, perfect pair.
    We had an old 89 Suburban, practically moved whole house in back of that old baby, miss it now.
    Good idea waxing table to keep colors true and protect it. You do one very good job of painting, waxing.