Master Bedroom Dresser Flip

How is the beginning of your week going? I’m feeling a bit of nostalgia as I work on this post. I was just editing the pictures of my husband’s dresser restoration that I did well over 3 months ago. Looking through pictures of our bedroom and our things is making me miss him. I’m currently 2,322 miles from him as I type. And after only 8 days apart, I’m having a hard time imagining how I’ll handle the next two weeks. However, I am sitting in my best friend’s kitchen in Tucson, Arizona awaiting her second baby… so I don’t have anything to complain about!

I couldn’t have been more honored when my friend asked me to come help ready her home, freeze some yummy home-cooked meals, and actually be present for the birth of her new daughter. Today is the “actual” due date, but we are currently waiting and praying for a safe delivery whenever it’s supposed to happen… no signs of baby yet!

Today has been wonderful. The cool air has been drifting through open windows, the curtains dancing in the breeze. The sky has been the dark kind of cloudy and slightly rainy, covering the tops of the surrounding mountains with blanket-like clouds. Fall feels like a welcoming embrace, doesn’t it? On top of my favorite weather, it’s been a day full of soup, which is my favorite food. Needless to say, soup plus a cloudy day equals nothing but joy and comfort in my heart. I prepared a double recipe of my mom’s cheese broccoli and potato soup for the freezer (it’s soul food) and for lunch we snuck into Tucson for some spicy vegetable pho… maybe that will kick things up a bit and get this labor going! We left with clear sinuses, full stomachs, and happy faces.

Until I return from my travels in mid October (I’m Texas bound after the baby is born), I’ll have to settle for FaceTime moments with my husband and a suitcase for my stuff. For the rest of this post, I’ll just day dream of our room and being together in the future -because, duh, that’s what young married people do.

I had already painted this dresser a couple of years ago. It was actually my first General Finishes milk paint experience. I originally loved it, and it turned out well for not really knowing what I was doing, but it got a couple of solid chips in it on our moves to Mississippi and Maryland.

I have started to redecorate our bedroom in soft grays and whites, so I wanted this to match the fresh feeling the rest of our room has. Take a look at my before and after pictures and let me know what you think!


Before it was a two-toned gray. (also, I’m so bad at leaving drawers open when I take pictures and not seeing it!) I really did like the way it looked at first. Now that my taste and decor have changed (and I’ve grown in my ability to restore and paint furniture…) I didn’t want to look at this finish anymore. -> that’s the nicest way  I can say I don’t like my paint job. 😉


Since I painted the walls in my bedroom Agreeable Gray, by Sherwin Williams, I didn’t want the dark gray to clash… it has much more of a purple undertone.


My goal is to slowly change our decor into lots of soft whites and grays. I would like an industrial farmhouse feel with a touch of pretty. 🙂 My headboard has also been repainted a solid white to match the base of this dresser.


Since we were on a tight budget when we first were settling in, I opted to just paint the knobs. I’m glad I did because they look much better, but I can see this looking even better with some bigger knobs. However; in real life… sometimes we just need to make due, right? At least for now.


I stained the wood in General Finishes Java Gel, and I painted the base in Rust-Oleum’s Linen Chalked Paint. I sealed the stain in a polyurethane and the chalk paint in General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I love this chalk paint because it hardens like a rock and I’ve never had it chip!


I found this Bassett mirror at a garage sale in Texas for $20. I stripped it, stained it, and then painted over it so I could distress it.  It’s been perfect for what I needed. If you ever need to find a mirror, don’t be afraid to paint a used one! The sign over the mirror was a decoration at our wedding.


Rentals are so tricky, but now that we have been in Annapolis for 4 months, it’s starting to feel like home. I could use any recommendations you have for living in a rental! I love to hear real feedback from renters. Thanks for day dreaming with me today. Hope your week is full of only goodness. -Beth

Antique Tiger Oak Dresser

Finally. I’m writing! Fueled by a lazy morning sleeping in (until 6:45, sheesh I’m showing my age) and two cups of coffee. Will this good amount of coffee and sleep keep me energized all day? Let’s hope so!

The last couple weeks have been busy. And brutally hot -this means alot coming from a Texan.

Seriously. I had no idea how hot it could get in Maryland, not to mention the humidity? Just breathing has felt like inhaling steamy water. My mental countdown to fall has been ticking since mid-july. Comfy sweaters, leggings, and boots here I come! The end is in sight… or is that just a mirage?

I shouldn’t complain! August hasn’t just been about intense loads of humidity and heat. It’s been a wonderful month that has held two visits from sweet Texas friends and family, my 26th birthday, dinners with new friends, trips to D.C. and the eastern shore beaches, ice cold beer with salty popcorn, summer runs in downtown Annapolis, and the completion of some fun projects, one of which being this Tiger Oak dresser I acquired antiquing in Pennsylvania (which is a dream, by the way).

I’m really excited to share this with you, and instead of posting all my before pictures, and then all my after pictures, I thought I would interchange them so you could keep soaking up the transformation. I’ll include some tips and the products I used along the way if you’re interested in that kinda’ stuff!

When I first found this antique dresser my online community of painters were screaming at me in all caps to not touch it. No paint. No refinishing. That’s what the majority said. Huh….

I debated, because I know refinishing an antique can decrease its’ value, but its finish was so dry, crackly, and gross that I couldn’t help myself. Being the person I am, I wanted this piece to have new life. To be used and loved again. So I turned off my notifications and went with my heart. I got right to work, and I’m so glad I did.


I carefully sanded this piece with 80, 120, and 220 grit sandpaper. I had to do most of it by hand, though I did use my electric sander a bit. Once I began working on it I marveled at the construction. Everything looks to be handmade and solid oak, though not every piece is Tiger Oak. There isn’t a compromised piece of wood on this dresser. Strong and heavy, it’s going to last for many years to come. Having worked on quite a few dressers, this is the most solid piece I have ever seen. No particle board, no screws, no staples, no plywood or veneer. Solid oak, people.

Take a look!


Here is a great picture of the dismal condition of the top of the dresser. It was dry and had old glue and paint crusted to the top. I sanded the top for hours before revealing the beautiful Tiger Oak finish underneath this mess.



In person, the top is so smooth and the color is so rich. I used my favorite gel stain on this piece and it worked wonderfully on the porous grain: General Finishes Java Gel.


I love the grain on the top of this piece. It’s so unique and beautiful, furniture just isn’t made like this anymore.


The sides were just as dry and in need of refinishing as the rest. It took a lot of patience to make it happen, but I did sand down to the wood to reveal the beautiful oak beneath the old stain. I also oiled the back of the piece to condition it and give it a glow.




The drawers are dovetailed and solid. They look to be handmade but I’m not for sure. No matter how they were constructed, they are truly a work of art. I oiled all of the drawers inside and out to condition them and highlight their natural beauty.


The bottom of the dresser boasts a beautifully designed piece of Tiger Oak. you can also see Tiger Oak on the bottom drawer towards the top left.


I cleaned all of the key holes with ketchup and it brightened them right up!


I couldn’t be happier that I went with my heart and gave this piece the love and attention it needed. I know that it will soon find its new home and be a quality piece of furniture for years to come. I sealed the entire dresser with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to protect its new stain.


What do you think of the transformation? I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you for reading and sharing this project with me. Happy Hump Day!




Beth’s Buffet

I was gifted this wonderful buffet during my sophomore year at Texas State University. Having absolutely no furniture, I thought it was gold! The buffet graced my first home as an entertainment center, my second and third home as a tea bar, fourth home as a tea and COFFEE bar (everyone starts drinking coffee at some point, right?) and its fifth home in my dining room as a tea and spirit cabinet. I have loved this buffet since the day it was given to me six years ago, so this restoration was special and long overdue!

I’ll shut up and let you meet its beautiful self!


Disclaimer: I don’t think the buffet was in this bad of shape when I got it. Having survived many moves and many, many morning coffee rushes when either myself or one of roommates were late to work, it’s a trooper to say the least!


Every cup ring has a story! 😉 You can tell how much life is lived around and on this piece of furniture!


The finish was in pretty bad shape all the way around… just felt like stating the obvious.


The veneer was chipping all over the doors, drawers, and sides.


I started by cleaning and sanding everything down. I then repaired the broken wood and veneer. I primed with Zinsser Shellac spray paint. I painted the base with two coats of Rust-Oleum’s Linen White Chalked Paint (which I love), and stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I protected the paint with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat and the stain with a MinWax polyurethane . It took me about a week to complete this and I’m so glad it’s done! Take a look:


I slightly distressed the details, but even with the antiquing she looks as good as new!


This buffet had earned the time and care I put into it!


It was fun distressing this piece because it really highlights all its unique details!


The top is now durable and beautiful. I love it!


All the gold accents were used as decor on my cake table at my wedding! I love the memories… and I’m living on a budget.


If you’ve been in my house for a meal, or a movie night, or a party, you’ve probably used this buffet as well. I love that it allows me to serve people yummy food and my friends to make a hot cup of tea or mix a drink at the end of the day. I think that’s why it holds such a special place in my heart, it helps me gather people I love for drinks and conversation.

If you don’t have a buffet I highly recommend one. They are such versatile and fun pieces of furniture that will allow you to serve in an array of ways. Keep a lookout for one at a decent price on Craigslist or at a local thrift store, you never know what you might find!

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. I would love to know what you think. As always, if you’re in the Annapolis, Maryland area, I’d love to do some custom work for your home!

Until next time,