Repurposed Turquoise Highboy Dresser Serves as Coffee Station in Hair Salon on Lake Macatawa

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a “blue” person, but when I picked up this antique highboy a while back, I kept imagining it in shades of turquoise blues and greens.

The original finish on the piece was an antique white which looked pretty in and of itself until you got a closer look.  It definitely needed a little sprucing up.  I started out by painting a quick layer of  gray.

Her personality was bursting at the seams so I decided to give her an cute little outfit to match.  I grabbed all my leftover cans of paint and started slapping them on with no real rhyme or reason.

Cuz that’s how I roll! 

I just kept working in the colors as I went along; the next few shots are showing the raw paint before I waxed it.

The color looks pale before it’s waxed but I knew the wax would kick it up a notch.

Here comes the wax!

This piece sold right away and I was fortunate enough to meet the gal when she came in to pick it up.

This piece sold immediately and I was fortunate enough to meet the gal when she came in to pick it up.  She’s building a new hair salon on Lake Macatawa and this will serve as her new coffee station!  How COOL is that?

 She had a piece of glass cut for the top where she’ll have her coffee pot… and the coffee, tea, sugar, cups… will be stored underneath in the drawers.

I’m tickled pink over the whole idea of it!

I often don’t get to meet the people who buy my furniture at the store since I’m home painting, so this was pretty cool.

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a hui hou ~ Shelly



  1. beautiful piece!!!

  2. Gorgeous! The color is just so cheerful. Love it!

  3. WoW, that color combe looks incredible! And it really brought the bureau to life.

  4. WoW, that color combe looks incredible! And it really brought the bureau to life.

  5. Wow – that looks absolutely gorgeous, Shelly! I love your bravery in mixing up the colors – not knowing exactly how it will turn out and yet always ending up with a masterpiece!

  6. Oh Shelly – you’ve done it again!!!
    Out of this world gorgeous!

  7. This is one of my favorite pieces of yours to date! It’s beautiful. I love it when a piece makes me want to run out and start painting.

  8. I love the color and the finish is perfect.. I just love it! – Susan

  9. brilliant and very artistic

  10. This is my favorite piece that you’ve done! It is beautiful:)

  11. This is my favorite piece, too, Shelly! That color is just amazing!! I would have loved to see her in my guest bedroom. I’m looking for a dresser just like this! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  12. It’s just beautiful! You do great work. I’ve learned so much from your blog.

  13. This is one of my favorite pieces you’ve done! I love the calming look of blue and the bursts of white. Great work!!

  14. Shelly, You’ve done it again. I bow down to your artistic expertise!

  15. It’s just beautiful! You do great work. I’ve learned so much from your blog.

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  16. This is so gorgeous! I love the lines and detail of the dresser and how you refinished it. The paint color is perfect and I love the hardware. Pinning and now following your blog.

    Have a great weekend!
    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  17. I’m in love!

  18. You are in a class all your own. Love it!

  19. Stunning! As with all your makeovers, this one is full of character, style & has that wow factor. I’m so in love with this color combination & the way the wax picked them all up. Beautiful work!

  20. Shelly, I LOVE the color. You know me. I’m a real blue person. This is gorgeous and I can totally see as a coffee station. Love the knobs by the way too! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays x

  21. This is one of my favorite projects. EVER.

  22. gorgeous piece, im pinning it now, love the different shades on this piece!

  23. Totally gorgeous! You should play with blues more often!

  24. Woah, what a before and after this is!! I love every detail here, and those Dresser are just perfect in this space. I LOVE that they belonged to your parents, that is so special!

  25. This piece is amazing! The colors are absolutely gorgeous together! Fantastic job! I think I’ll try this technique out now, thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Shawn Hershberger says:

    I love the way you painted this dresser. Have you done any furniture with a reddish orange color?

    • I have Shawn. If you click on Portfolio at the top of my page, you’ll see three categories show up underneath, each with lots of images… of different pieces.

  27. Pinning you all over the place! Love the furniture and colors. Good to find another painting fool like me!
    Cindy @

  28. Beautiful work….you are one talented artist!


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