Flannel Gray Dresser Makeover

It’s been awhile since I first shared this dresser discovery with you, and I’ve gone a few rounds with it before settling on a final look.  But, I’ve finally finished it and am excited to share it’s new look.  I will say that I’m a bit ambivalent about sharing in that I know many people will say that I should have kept it stained – and that’s a valid argument.  I think I need to work on my wood refinishing skills too, so that I can salvage and restore wood pieces in their original stained beauty.  That said, please know that I appreciate that side of the of the argument.  Let’s take a look at this flannel gray dresser makeover.  This post contains some affiliate links.

This is a new paint product for me – the RePurpose Chroma Color paint line that I first discovered at the Country Living Fair.  It was created by Cari Cucksey (from HGTV’s ‘Cash and Cari).  As you might suspect, I’m a bit critical when it comes to paint, but at the same time, I really enjoy trying new products.  I have to say, I really love the look and feel of this paint – it’s buttery soft and smooth – so pretty.  I ended up using their Flannel Gray color – a soft and pretty shade of gray, just as the name suggests.

Chroma Color Flannel Gray

 

I’ll talk some more about my process, but let’s look at the dresser, shall we?

Kent Coffey Dresser

What really got me was the detail on the doors.  Ooooh-la-la.

Kent Coffey Dresser Detail

 

Kent Coffey Quatrefoil Detail

Great bones to this piece, yes?

Mid Century Dresser Redo

Mid Century Dresser Redo

I originally thought I would paint this piece in Gentleman’s Gray – a gorgeous rich indigo blue that I have in my bathroom.  But once I got the paint on there, I just wasn’t feeling it.

Gentleman's Gray Dresser

Then along came the Flannel Gray.  You can see here that Gentleman’s Gray and Flannel Gray look really nice next to each other – and I still love Gentleman’s Gray on my bathroom walls, just not for this dresser.

Gentleman's Gray and Flannel Gray

It’s definitely more of the look I was wanting.  And yes, I always remove the dresser drawers and door fronts when I paint furniture pieces – it’s just my way of doing things.  

Flannel Gray Dresser Makeover

I cleaned and sanded, then primed, and sanded down in between coats.  I did top coat with another new product – Minwax Matte Polycrylic.  I’m really pleased with the finished look it gives – it maintains the buttery sheen that I got with the paint.  And yes, I sprayed all of it for a nice smooth finish.  The detail on those doors would have been a nightmare to brush and roll!

Minwax Clear Matte Polycrylic

Let’s take a look at it now – 

Flannel Gray Dresser Makeover

RePurpose Paint Furniture Makeover

RePurpose Painted Dresser in Flannel Gray

RePurpose Painted Dresser

Flannel Gray Dresser Redo

With the exception of the knobs (which don’t match as it turns out), I kept the original hardware.  I tried different shades of Rub n’ Buff, but ended up giving them a good cleaning to showcase their original character and luster, which was just right.

Painted Gray Dresser

Flannel Gray Dresser Makeover

This piece is currently for sale for $600, so please contact me if you’re interested and live in the Dayton/Cincinnati area!

Jenny

17 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacy
    October 23, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Love the color of the dresser. Gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      October 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Thanks so much Stacy!

  • Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    October 23, 2017 at 7:55 am

    i love this one! i remember when you shared a peek on fb- love the details!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      October 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Cassie – I’m still trying to get over my painting-beautiful-wood-guilt on this one, but it really is pretty!

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    Patricia
    October 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Yes – the wood was pretty before but this is much more beautiful ! This is a head turner – before I would have walked right by it ! Beautiful !

    • Reply
      Jenny
      October 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks so much Patricia – it really is a beautiful piece.

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    Debbie
    October 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    It is beautiful and I love the color. I also love the style of the dresser. What is the color on the drawer fronts, please? I wish we were in the Dayton/Cincinnati area and I would purchase in a heartbeat.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      October 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Debbie! The drawer fronts are the same color as the rest of the dresser – Flannel Gray. 🙂

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        Diane
        October 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

        Hi Jenny, I think Debbie wants to know the color of the inside drawers. They look like a dark grey, but now I’m thinking you may have used Gentlemens Grey??

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          Jenny
          October 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm

          Oooops – I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes! The inside drawers are stained in a walnut finish. 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenny
      October 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Misunderstood your question Debbie! The drawers inside the dresser are stained in a walnut finish. 🙂

  • Reply
    Joan
    October 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Beautiful piece and nice job. Did you use a sprayer of roller and brush? Did you use satin or semi gloss paint. Thanks

    • Reply
      Jenny
      October 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      I sprayed the whole thing – the finish is more of a satin finish, and the top coat that I used is a matte clear coat. So pretty!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    October 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    It’s beautiful Jenny! I love that soft grey you landed on, it’s just perfect with the gold hardware, so pretty! I love that detail on the doors!

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    Lois
    November 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful.

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    Sonda
    February 16, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    How do you paint around or cover the key hole? I am refinishing a similar dresser, which has a brass detail that is nailed onto the dresser and I don’t want to risk damaging it by removing it.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      February 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      In some cases I’ve used an Exacto knife or a box cutter and put tape over the hole and then cut around it to get it as precise as possible.

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