Farmhouse Chic Dresser & Best Paint Brushes Ever

Do you know that old country tune by Gene Autry, “Back in the Saddle Again”? I told you when I work that music comes to mind. This ditty became my theme song as this is the first big project I’ve done since my shoulder injury. The challenge ahead of me was to take this damaged dresser and give it a new look to bring it back to life. This time I’m going with a farmhouse chic finish. Check it out…

Queen Anne Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

This was another one of those cases where I purchased something sight unseen. ahem. I had the guy deliver this and another gem I have yet to show you, and I was a bit miffed when I looked close. I was told it was in “great shape and only had minor wear”.

Damaged Dresser Top | Prodigal Pieces |

*post sponsored by Zibra and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

Take a look at that back right corner – that’s a whole chunk missing! Not only that, but one of the drawers had been haphazardly rebuilt. So, lesson learned again. I honestly can’t complain too much because I got two great pieces delivered for free from a half hour away and they’re solid, quality pieces. They just need some love.

Now, normally I just use a tiny bit of wood filler, but a hole of that size requires the big guns come out to play. This is when I make use of autobody filler. (dramatic music begins to play…) I aint’ foolin’ when I say this stuff is hard as a rock when cured and works wonders on major damage like the spot I have.

Autobody Filler to Repair Badly Damaged Furniture | Prodigal Pieces |

Like any epoxy, you mix different ratios together to get a highly stinky concoction and you have a small time window to work quickly. Slap it on leaving some extra to sand down, and let it cure about 20 minutes. There were plenty of other blemishes that required the wood filler, but all in all it was prepped in about an hour.

Once all was cured, I sanded with my favorite sander and got a new top to work with.

Corner of Damaged Dresser Repaired with Autobody Filler | Prodigal Pieces |

Whew! Time to move on to the fun part. (enter in theme music for the day) A few weeks ago I raved about finding paint brushes that completely made my job easier. If you missed that post I highly recommend the read because these Zibra paint brushes are where it’s at.

Set of Zibra Paint Brushes for Every Kind of Project Imaginable | Prodigal Pieces |

While I used many of these brushes in my last project, a vintage vanity, this time I’m focusing on these two. The Palm Pro and a 2″ angled brush.

Zibra Palm Pro Paint Brush for Furniture | Prodigal Pieces |

Because I’m after a farmhouse chic look with layers and time-worn appeal. I start out by applying a base coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in Vintageusing the 2″ angled brush. I really enjoy the ergonomic design of these brush handles because it makes the strain on my wrist nonexistent, and the angled tip is perfect for getting in the nooks and crannies.

Once the first coat is dry I am ready for the second layer. I only use one coat of the Vintage color and then am going to use a whitewash of Everlasting. For this I use the Palm Pro brush. Why?  Because just like it says, it fits perfectly in my palm and makes the quick job of whitewashing so much easier.


I was able to knock out this second layer of whitewash in no time. All I need to do now is distress and topcoat with my handmade furniture wax.

Ready to see the after? I’m lovin’ the new look…

Damaged Dresser Made New with Farmhouse Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Top of Farmhouse Chic Dresser Made New by Prodigal Pieces |

It was missing casters, so I dove into my ginormous caster stash and plugged some in.

Queen Anne Leg on Farmhouse Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces |

The distressing helps to create that time-worn look we’re after and really brings out the details of the dresser.

Rustic Farmhouse Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces |

And you know I love playing with my vignettes. Love me some #trashure! (see what I’m talking about HERE).

Collected Vignette of Rustic Items | Prodigal Pieces |

As with most of my projects, this lovely new addition can be found in my shop (SOLD) if you would like to make it your own.

One thing I have been working on feverishly is moving my shop to my site, and it is now open! Yay! I’ve added my typical redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods, and also some new goodies for you including these fantastic brushes.

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Do pin and share this project so that others can learn a few tips and tricks to help them make their house a home. Plus…

Get the Farmhouse Chic Look with this Tutorial by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces |

…I’d also love for you to help get the word out about how serious I am about these paint brushes. They’re not just for furniture, but for every area of your home and crafting alike. I strongly believe in only selling what I would use myself and am making sure they are affordable too.

The best Paint Brushes for Furniture and Home | Prodigal Pieces |

Next up, I’ll be working on this antique radio cabinet and I am so tickled to show you my secret plan. tee hee hee. Head HERE TO SEE.

Antique Radio Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |
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More farmhouse chic makeovers for you:

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  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    Glad you are “back in the saddle.” I will look for Zibra brushes. Is your newsletter your blog I get?
    Always look forward to your new creations. You have heard the term, “make a silk purse from a sow’s ear”….that is what you do. You make things good again, in a different way.

    December 1, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Sherry! It feels good and to be back at in adjusted form. On to more!

      December 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Glad your shoulder is feeling better, Larissa and that you’re back in the saddle. I MUST try these Zibra brushes, you definitely have me intrigued. The dresser is beautiful – pinning to share.

    December 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Marie! I’m even more excited about my shop and the new exciting things to come. I think this is the Lord’s leading in more ways than one. 🙂

      December 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Wow, I love what you did! Great job on fixing it, I will have to keep that in mind if I need to repair big holes. Can’t wait to see what you do to your next project!!

    December 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cheryl! I’m having fun on both accounts. 🙂

      December 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Yea!!! Shoulder pain is seriously miserable! Glad you’re through the worst of it! Lovely refinish here! Beautiful job.

    December 2, 2016 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Becky! Yes, soreness is minimal, but definitely a new way of living.

      December 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Susie

    So happy to hear you are doing better now. A shoulder injury is tough. And your piece is beautiful, too! A wonderful way to kick off your “back in the saddle” theme. Love the brushes, too. Will give them a try very soon. All the best for the holidays! Susie from Chelsea Project

    December 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Susie. Yes, the shoulder, I’m afraid, is going to be an issue for a long time and I’m going to have to adapt. On to new learning and projects!

      December 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Marti VanRavenswaay-Waddell

    I am just silly excited to learn we love the same brushes!!! Makes me feel like I’ve improved my status of amateur crafter just the tiniest bit!! I’m always very impressed with everything you create or re-create and enjoy your blog immensely. I learn something from every posting! You are such a talented individual!!

    December 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      awww…you are too sweet, Marti! Yes, I don’t believe you have to spend big bucks to get quality finishes. It’s part the user knowing how to manipulate it, the paint, and, of course, those bristles. 🙂

      December 18, 2016 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Melinda

    How long does it take to go from start to finish on a dresser this size.

    September 8, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      This one had the bad damage on the top, so it took a little more time, but around 6 hours.

      September 11, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply
  • Cheryl B.

    I love how you fully explain thongs learning so much
    I love your ideas..

    September 8, 2017 at 10:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s music to my ears, Cheryl. Thank you!

      September 11, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply

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