Antique Dressing Table Makeover and Beagle Photo Bomb

Last month, I showed you the antique dressing table I found at a thrift store.  I finished painting it several weeks ago, but it’s been too dark in my house to get a good photo of it, so I finally asked my husband and son to carry it outside so I could get photos in natural daylight.

antique dressing table before makeover

Here’s how it looks now.  I don’t buy a lot of antique furniture, and when I do, I almost always get it at an auction really cheap.  This dresser wasn’t bargain priced, but I’m so glad I purchased it.  I love how it looks now.

***A reader pointed out that the back legs are unpainted.  I didn’t realize I forgot to paint them until I checked my photos, so they got painted later.  Good grief! 🙂

painted antique dressing table via

The chipped veneer was filled it with wood putty, then sanded smooth before painting it.

dressing table damaged veneer

Now, you can’t tell there was ever any damage.  I mixed chalky paint powder from Vintage Storehouse Restoration Co. into a sample pot of gray paint. to cover the dresser.   I painted the detail on the doors white, so it would stand out from the rest of the dresser, and replaced the original knobs (one was missing) with glass ones.

antiqueing powder and wax on painted dresser

 I used just a bit of cashmere antiquing powder in the detail above the mirror to highlight it.

wood detail

I can’t wait until my bedroom remodel is finished, so I can move this pretty piece in.

The before and after, side by side.

furniture before and after

It’s painted a very close color as the antique style cabinet my husband and I finished last year (build process here), and I think they’ll compliment each other really well.

build a cupboard

Now, a funny…

Do you all remember our 3-legged pitiful beagle?  Well, she photo-bombed the best shot I took of the dresser.  I had my back to her when I shot the photo, and didn’t notice her in the reflection until I was checking my photos later.  This dresser had a jinxed photo shoot!

dog photo bomb

There was no way my hubby was going to carry the dresser back outside, so I did a little digital editing to remove her.  My oldest son is 24 now, and we got her as a pup when he was in the 6th grade, so she’s getting pretty old, but is doing pretty well given her age and disability.  When she saw us heading outdoors, she automatically thought we were going for a walk, and started heading down our gravel road.  I’m not even sure how long it took her to realize we weren’t coming!

dog photo bomb

You can see more of my furniture makeovers HERE.

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  1. Kim Norris says

    Hi Angie. I love the dresser! I’m looking for one myself for when I redecorate my room. I’m just wondering though; the inside of the two back legs are not painted. Did you mean to do that?

    • LOL – No, I didn’t mean to leave them unpainted, Kim. I didn’t realize I forgot to paint them until I was checking my photos, but I didn’t want to drag it back out to reshoot the photos after painting them!

  2. oh my gosh, Angie, that photo is priceless, what a sweetheart your little gal is! She looks full of optimism and enjoyment of “life”! thanks for sharing it along with your wonderful redo!

  3. The dresser turned out beautiful, Angie. The upcycled bottles found a wonderful space there. Your beagle girl is so cute and it’s wonderful that she is still so active at her age.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Angie. I’m back following you after a little hiatus building up my business. I started following way back. Your blog is as good as ever!

  5. Georgia Allison says

    That photo, with your little gal, is so sweet! As if you planned it that way!! Oh, and the dresser is fabulous!! Love your page/blog/etc!

  6. I find it touching that most folks are endeared more toward your little Tripod then the dresser itself … : – )

  7. Hello Angie, I really enjoy your posts. I have to tell you…I ordered something from Etsy recently and the cardboard box was a U-Haul brand I think, it had some old labels on it that were under heavy transparent tape. I had to recycle the box today for a sale I made on eBay and noticed a small label that said Angie Chavez. Because it was under so much tape, I didn’t remove it either. I said to myself, “Gee, that name sounds familiar”, ( I never forget a name, was a Pharmacy tech for 15 years) and sure enough it was my blogger acquaintance…YOU! Well, your name is moving on from NY to NH today. I recently retired from my job and want to start a blog, I have a lot of old goodies I’ve collected over the years as I grew up in a house overflowing with vintage and antiques. My mother could’ve been a pioneer of this vintage, French country, primitive folk movement! It was before we had digital cameras and blog sites, but she would go junking every week with a girlfriend and she could make something out of anything. Every corner of her house was a vignette of eye candy and her favorite things were old bottles and refinishing furniture. I would love to use a blog as a means of memorializing my memories of her. Anyway, if you have any tips, I would really appreciate it. I would love to have a “home website” to allow others to visit. As always, thanks for sharing.

  8. Very nice piece and I can not tell you how many times I have also left a piece or part unpainted for someone else to tell me about! Oh well…we are all human. Your little dog gets along beautifully and can understand wanting to go for a walk. I have two dogs now and they both love their walks….one is only 7 months old and just now learning to walk on a leash…only had her a week at this point.
    Keep creating beauty and please continue to share it. I look forward to each email that comes to my mail box with great anticipation.
    Treasures by Renee

  9. Yes! This is the transformation I’ve been waiting for (the promise of it moved me to sign up for email updates from your blog) and I was not disappointed! It’s simply gorgeous! You’ve painted it in such a way to let it’s shape and all of the details shine…she looks like a very happy lady now!

    And your beagle baby is adorable! I grew up with beagles…they have to be the cutest and sweetest souls on earth! I also have an affinity for tripods…I am the proud owner of a three-legged tuxedo kitty who’s disability hasn’t slowed him down a lick. Gotta love their spunk! 🙂

    • LOL – a fellow tripod owner!!!

      • Hurrah for the tripod owners! 🙂 Well, Cassius started off as a “quadpod” (is that even a word? hehe!) but he wound up on the wrong end of a dog and had the bone in his leg shattered so badly, they couldn’t save it. To be fair to the dog, he was only trying to defend himself…Cassius came flying at his face like something from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and wouldn’t stop until the damage had been done. And true to his spirited nature, Cassius hasn’t changed one iota…I often forget he’s missing a leg…even just tonight, I tried to get him to stand for a treat until he looked at me like, “REALLY???” hehe!

        Has your beagle baby always been a tripod? I vote for more sweet tripod photo bombs!

        Sorry for the long comment, I’m just really passionate about animals and I’m also a terrible blabberfingers. 🙂

  10. Ellie LaJuett says

    Beautiful piece! Love the pictures and the dog is a bonus!!!

  11. The dresser is just beautiful, I’m sure you will enjoy it for many years. The photo with the beagle in it really touched my heart… just awesome!!

  12. Tienes que estar bromeando con nosotros! Esto es fantástico! Pensé que ustedes dijeron que eras nuevos en muebles LOL! Me encanta la transformación!!

  13. I love the picture with the dog in it .. priceless

  14. Hey Angie,
    I got this same vanity.. I am still deciding which color to paint it.. I think I’m going to do the antique white with glass knobs.. I’ve had it for a couple of months now, I’ve got to get to the garage and just do it.. I love how your piece came out.. love your work

  15. Angie, love what you’ve done with this! I have a dressing table just like this that I need to sell. What’s a good asking price? There are 2 small places where the veneer needs to be filled in. Otherwise, it’s in good condition. This newbie thanks you!

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