A Vintage Dresser for a Soirée

Hey friends!

Can I be honest? I’m on my second cup of coffee because I’m dreading going out to the garage to work in the heat! I ran 5 miles with a friend this morning, and my energy level is dropping when I think of sweating more than I already have. Summer is definitely not my favorite time of year, but for all you people who love living life like it’s a sauna -enjoy.

So instead of getting my act together, I thought I’d procrastinate a bit and share all the good before and after details of this vintage emerald green tiger oak dresser I’ve been blabbing about on social media! Here she is in her prior skin.


My furniture finds typically take Dean and me on a wild craigslist adventure, cruising through tiny towns or sitting in the dreaded traffic-jammed big city -we never know where the address will take us. I try to pay Dean in the form of Sonic Happy hour or Rita’s Italian Ice. This may not be legal, but it’s how we roll -sugar is the ultimate reward.

We saved this piece from a kind man who was, to put it lightly, a bit of a hoarder. Don’t get me wrong, he was great; but, my head nearly exploded when I saw that he had this gorgeous piece covered with a tarp under a tree in his front yard. The legs were standing in a puddle of water. *gasp* I handed him the cash and we rescued the dresser as quickly as we possibly could.

I could have salvaged the veneer, but I had my heart stuck on a vision of a deep, beautiful emerald green milk paint that would make this the focal point of a room. I opted against refinishing the top in order to give the green a little more room to shine.

I primed the piece with a shellac and said goodbye to all those nasty stains. Then I mixed the paint to create the color of my Wizard-of-Oz-worthy dreams.


I’m glad I gave the green room to show off! Because, I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it’s GORGEOUS. *toot, toot*

The mixture of General Finishes Coast Blue with their bright Emerald milk paint helped me achieve the look. I highlighted the details with a gold gilding wax to make the brass pulls pop. Just look at those curves!

I wanted something that would be elegant, but fun. I picture this as a buffet in a dining room, serving family and guests special drinks, cheeses, and other life necessities.

The large drawers have been freshly lined with this sweet, hand-crafted paper. This picture doesn’t do the paper justice, it’s truly stunning and the gold in the leaves shimmers in the light! The pulls are the original and were a tarnish-covered beast when I started; you wouldn’t even suspect that now!


I don’t know why but I’m a sucker for claw feet. I’m sure it has something to do with my obsession with old claw foot bathtubs. They just add a great creepy vibe and immediate character, detail, and charm. What more can you ask for?

If this hasn’t sold by Christmas, you can find it at my house as a bar for a holiday party or two!


I had so much fun taking a leap of faith (out of neutral comfort zone) to paint this piece a color that matched how much class it has and I can’t wait to see where it ends up! If  you’re local to the Annapolis Maryland area, I’d love for you to stop by my studio and see it in person!

Enjoy the heat (sarcasm) you crazy people, and *sigh* happy summer!