Dresser Dressed in layers and Glaze

It is COLD here in Northern California.  I know I have no right to complain, my friends in snowy regions are rolling there frozen eyes at me.  40 degrees is NOT cold, but it is to someone who is not used to wearing a lot of layers.  Adding layers is what I have been doing.  Not just in my wardrobe, but in furniture!  Like this Layered and Glazed French Provincial style dresser.

Glazed Dresser in Cece Caldwells Young Kansas Wheat Redouxinteriors

I got this dresser for FREE from a sweet local reader.  BTW, if you live near me, and are looking for a good place to unload your unwanted furniture, message me.  I am always in the market :)


I did not  labor much to make this dresser gorgeous.  I used several layers of CeCe Caldwell’s paints.   No priming, no sanding, just start painting!  I started with a thin layer of Virginia Chestnut.  This is a great trick to make the piece you are working on look like it was originally a dark stained, expensive piece.  You can see how I have done that HERE.   It is a great way to “fake a stain” like I maybe might be faking my hair…..

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I did my next layer in one of my favorite go-to colors, Young Kansas Wheat.  You can see how this paint looks on different pieces on this POST (where I got these nightstands forFREE too!).  I knew I wanted a lot of depth and age to this piece, so I mixed up some CeCe Caldwell’s 100% natural glaze and tinted it with one of my favorite colorants, Modern Masters Coffee Bean.  CeCe Caldwell’s paints are chalk and clay based, and therefore highly absorbent.  I recommend putting down a coat of clear glaze before the tinted glaze. This provides a barrier between the paint and the color, and will give the glaze more “movement”.

Glazed Dresser in Cece Caldwells Young Kansas Wheat arrows Redouxinteriors

I sealed this piece with Super Hard Wearing Endurance finish.  This is the world’s easiest finish to use, and it is durable.  You can even improve the finish of it by using a brown paper bag, check out my VIDEO to see how silly I am and how easy this product can be.

Finally,  the hardware needed an update.  I sprayed them out in a Metallic Finish paint and darkened it again with Modern Masters Colorant. Hover  over the picture, it will take you to the link where I show this trick too.

Aged Hardware

I took my layered dresser to Paris Flea Market for our December sale.  It lasted about  10 minutes before it was snatched up.   This piece is wearing several layers, so I know it will be warm wherever it went!

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  1. Awesome, Karen! It almost has a silvery sheen to it — may have to experiment with this!
    xo Heidi

  2. Just beautiful and thanks for all the help to get the look!

  3. so pretty- gorgeous finish!

  4. what a fantastic post! Awesome!

  5. Love it! That was co cool of your reader to give you that piece! There are such sweet people out there.

  6. I love it!

  7. It’s just gorgeous!!! I love it!

  8. Absolutely lovely! Great layering!

  9. So pretty! We’re getting LOTS of snow here tomorrow. Hope you stay warm in CA!

  10. Karen, this is gorgeous! You do such amazing work! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. The party should be live in a couple of hours. Enjoy the rest of your season! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. Oh… I love all those layers of glaze goodness! So pretty!!! I’m featuring it this week’s PoPP Spotlight.


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