Well, it seems like forever since I’ve shown you a furniture makeover around these parts.  I’ve painted plenty, but rarely gotten around staging and shooting.

So I’ve decided to be a little less worried about such things, and snap a picture literally as the pieces are on their way out the door.

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And this technically doesn’t count as a makeover, since I can’t find the before’s.  I LOVE these cottage-style chests with the huge knobs…I could paint a million and never get tired of them.

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I painted the body of the dresser in French Linen Chalk Paint™  & the drawers in Old White.  After painting, I finished it off with distressing, and clear and dark wax.

But I had special plans for the top…

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I used Annie Sloan’s Craqueleur (2 steps) on it, and I love. it.  This is not like a big box store crackling product…it creates these tiny, beautifully worn cracks…the kind you actually find on antique furniture.

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They are actually sooo difficult to see until you dark wax, but after that?

Magic.

If you haven’t given it a try, do it!  I also put the craqueleur (which Matt calls Crack-a-lack-in) here and there along the sides and edges of the piece, and it was a beautiful touch.

I realize I didn’t take pictures of that, but snapping on the way out the door, remember?

What have you painted lately?  I’ll be back to show you a fun little boy’s dresser tomorrow!

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