Grandma’s dresser transformation & kitchen update

I absolutely love chalk paint, it is easy to work with and the outcome is always a beautiful flawless finish.  You really can’t go wrong with Annie Sloan or Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk Paints, both amazing products. However, I do realize they can be a little pricey, the person that I donated the dresser too, made their own chalk paint,  and here are the results.


About a year ago we had to move my grandmother into an Alzheimer’s facility and she was unable to bring all of her belongings.  She had a beautiful antique dresser that was hard to let go of, it carried so many memories from when I was a little girl.

 It was the same dresser my sister and I was allowed to grab whatever spare change was there and take it home.  It carried all her beautiful gloves for when she and my grandfather would go square dancing every weekend.  The second drawer had all the gorgeous jewels she allowed me to play dress-up with.  I sure wish I could have kept it!IMG_9101

I had been seeing gorgeous dressers used as buffets in dining rooms and I knew this would be the perfect project for this piece.

irene dresserThe person that  I donated it to made some grey chalk paint (the internet has all sorts of recipes if you are interested)and gave it a makeover using the dry brush method.step 3


She then did the same dry brush method with some white paint.

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For her final step, she lightly sanded the edges and applied dark wax over the distressed areas.  Isn’t she a beauty!

~A quick update on the kitchen~

I was able to take a very quick shot of some of the mold before the drywall came out.  This was actually one of the better areas that was furthest from the dishwasher, see all the spores, yuck!


All the mold is out, everything has been treated and the machines run 24/7.


After we receive an OK from the mold company we will bring in the plumbers, then the drywall, I will paint the walls and finally the new cabinets.  I guess I should go pick out a countertop.  I’m going to need some help on that, guess that will be my next post since you are always so helpful and insighful.

Meanwhile, here at home life somehow is pretty peaceful in spite of it all.  My hubby is gone back East, Grayson has been home sick all week, I’m living in a disaster with no kithen, My unlce passed and we had to say goodbye to him yesterday. Yet, somehow it is all OK, because of friends.  Friends that have fed us,  watched the dogs, taken the kids, done my dirty dishes, opened up their home.  Because of them I haven’t  had a crazy person breakdown freakout, I honestly feel extremly blessed!

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  1. Your grandmothers dresser looks beautiful Kristin…your friend did a beautiful job making it over!! Love the color! So glad you’ll be able to start making some progress on your kitchen…can’t wait to see the progress and what you choose!

    1. Thanks, Angelina I really do feel so lucky. I need to see if you girls are getting together this weekend, I’m sad because I can’t make it 🙁

  2. Kristin, you never cease to amaze me! You are so giving (gifting your grandma’s dresser to your friend). You are so put together: even with a sick child, hubby traveling, and mold renovations! WOW… are an awesome woman! Kudos to you! God bless you! xoxo

    1. Aww you are too kind, I almost (almost) had a huge breakdown this morning but I vented to a friend and restarted my day with another cup of Jo 🙂

  3. It might not be just plain allergies that are a problem. There is a group of us that do not have anitbodies to molds. You might want to check this site out…… I have this to contend with my whole life. It was not a problem until the building I worked in was flooded. Hope you feel better soon & your kitchen is back up & running without the stupid mold.

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