Whimsical Cottage Style Dresser

I have a passion for furniture built before the days of mass production, pieces created by the true craftsmen of years gone by.  I especially fall for dressers with fabulous curves, great legs and amazing details.

I found a two such dressers recently and ended up paying well over what I should have.  I couldn’t help myself; they had my name written all over them!

I gave them a good cleaning and went to town.  This one got a fresh coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green Paint.

Have I mentioned how much I love this color?  Just look at all that yumminess!

If you’re following my blog, you know I have a hard time stopping with just one color.   I had to funk it up a notch by adding a little of CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Hill Green and Vintage White ~ what can I say?  Plain is ho-hum.  Funky is cool!

I was going for a whimsical cottage style with this treatment.

Any teenager would go crazy over this in their room!  Just check out the details…

Just how perfect would this fit in a cottage or lake shore setting?

I also love the look of these pieces in an entryway.  The look great and provide lots of storage for all that clutter.  Did I even mention the dental molding?

or the hardware… To Die For!!

She’s all sealed up with CeCe Caldwell’s amazing clear wax and looking for a her new home.  Contact me if interested ‘cuz she’ll be heading to Not So Shabby soon.  sold

Have a great weekend!!

update: If you’d like to do something like this, right now is a great time because I just received a large shipment of CeCe Caldwell’s new paint colors including:  California Gold, Johnston Daffodil (a buttery yellow), Traverse City Cherry (the best red ever), Cinco Bayou Moss (rich olive green), Portland Rose (pretty pastel pink), Kentucky Mint (gorgeous mint green), Pinkerington Violet (pastel purple), Texas Prairie (warm pastel green) and Mississippi Mud (beautiful caramel color).  Check them out here or order them online here or pick it up in West Michigan at our Shizzle Design booth at Not So Shabby here.  You’ll find our display along side our painted furniture and re-purposed vintage treasures.  

A hui hou! ~ Shelly

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34 Replies to “Whimsical Cottage Style Dresser”

  1. I am a new fan of Shizzle Design! I absolutely love this color! I have been wanting to paint vintage furniture for 20 years, but there was just too much prep for me. Chalk paint is the answer to my prayers!

  2. This is utter fabulousness. My daughter is 19 and she would love to have this in her room. Oh, who am I kidding, I’d love it too, in any room. You have a great eye, a talented hand and you do beautiful work! I found you at Funky Junk Interiors.
    Stop and see me at Quirky Vistas sometime!


  3. Shelly, I love what you did with this piece, and I am sure it won’t be around long!
    My order arrived yesterday..thank you again for the fast service

  4. As usual, another beautiful combo of colors! I love color! I’m always eager to see your new pieces cuz I know they won’t be a shrinking violet! I’m about to do a similar dresser in some cobalt milk paint (I love the one at Stiltskin studios).
    Keep up the great work!!

  5. That dresser is an amazing color. I have some things I want to paint this summer and I definitely need to reference this post when it comes time to actually paint.

  6. Hi Shelly,

    I am new to blog land and I love your furniture! I am trying to figure out what you did on this piece…did you paint the whole thing with the blue and then went over the top with the green?
    Where did you paint the white? I would appreciate any advice you can give me…..Thanks!

  7. Oh to find exactly what I want, and not be able to have it – torture! I would pull out my credit card now. I may have to try and do this myself. I have been going to garage sales trying to find a piece like this. Any detailed tips would be greatly appreciated: how to mix the colors, if the paint is wet when distressed, if the entire piece needs to be sanded first, anything! Love your work.

  8. I too am DYING to know how you did this! I tried recently and I feel like I kind of messed up the entire piece and need to either wash everything off or just paint over it. I’m so bummed. Any help on how you did the Spring Hill Green over the Destin Gulf Green is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!!

  9. I believe I have the same dresser which I just received on 11/17 except mine has the mirror with or should I say the frame or harp that held the mirror. All of the pulls are missing along with the key escutcheons. Are the drawer pulls on yours original slong with the key escutcheons ? What yesr would this have been msde ? Thanks John

    1. Hi John, I’m honestly not sure if the hardware was original to the piece John; I painted this years ago and I remember one of the blue dressers I pained during that time was short a pull so I had to find a set. We have a guy near us who has a large store full of antique pulls. It’s called B&C Emporium. You can order online or call the store, send pictures and talk to the owner. As far as the dresser goes, I would estimate it’s probably 80-100 years old but I’m not an antique specialist by any means.

      1. Thank for the reply and the tip on the furniture store. I will call them today. I ‘m sure that at least the key escutcheons are original to your piece. I bought 3 old dressers all by different manufacturers and none of them had any original hardware left on them, only can see the outline of what shape tge key escutcheons were. These pieces were in old rental cottage or cabin on lake Saint Marys in Celina Ohio. Why they were still there I don’t know but I was fortunate to be able to obtain them. The cottages are scheduled for demo this week. That means more history being destroyed. The furniture has found a good home though and I hope to bring them back to their original condition as soon as I can. Thanks again for responding……John M Adams

    1. I spoke with you last month about the blue oak dresser . I found the original key escutcheons . I wanted to ask you what is the hole diameter for the pulls on the two top drawers? Mine measure 1/4″ but the pulls are not original and do not fit tight because of the large hole diameter. Is there a screw post on your knobs that fit in the hole ? If so could u send me a photo of one of those drawer pulls ? Thanks John

      1. I sold this piece years ago to an old warehouse in downtown Grand Rapids that’s been renovated into a venue for weddings. It’s used as a bathroom vanity in the bride’s dressing room.

  10. I sold this piece years ago to an old warehouse in downtown Grand Rapids that’s been renovated into a venue for weddings. It’s used as a bathroom vanity in the bride’s dressing room.

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