This dresser make-over actually started with the knobs. I was given 6 of these marbled Anthropologie knobs and knew that I would use them someday on a child’s or baby’s dresser as they remind me of gum balls.
The dresser itself is perfect for a baby’s room as it is the correct height for a change table. I wanted to paint it in Old White with some blue peeking through to match the knobs. The blue is actually a mixture of Aubusson, Florence and Greek Blue. I painted the whole thing with one coat of the blue and then decided to try wax resist. I paint a lot of furniture with two-tone washes but I wanted something different. I used candle wax on all the carved areas then painted a coat of Old White on top of that. All the other areas have 2 coats of the white. When it was dry, I sanded back the Old White to reveal parts of blue. It mirrors the marbling of the knobs and looks a bit like crayon or stripes. It is both contemporary and antique at the same time.
The dresser has a matching round mirror but I think it looks a lot better without it.