Grain Sack Dresser (Before & After)

Grain Sack Dresser (Before & After)

Well, it has been a little while since I’ve shared a “Before &After”.  My favorite kind of post!  There’s been a little going on over here!  But today is your lucky day!!!!

I’m so happy to share Conor’s new dresser with you.

I was inspired by the lovely grain sack fabric which has become so popular.

via Apartment Therapy

Rumpled grain sacks, with that little bit of aged patina and old world charm, look just so right and cozy in a home by the sea.  I knew this was the right look for Conor’s dresser.

I wish I had a before before picture, but I painted it the first time before I started blogging.  The first time around, I painted it in Linen White and put glass knobs on for our guest room.  My aunt gave me this set of furniture.  Two twin beds, a short dresser and a tall dresser.  It is rock maple so had that yellow tinge to it.  The really lovely part about this set is it belonged to my great grandmother.

John and Conor are now sleeping in the beds and the two dressers are in Conor’s room.  So here is the before photo I have with Linen White:


Far to girlie, especially for the boy who was upset about his pink room.

I started by stripping the paint off the top with Strypeeze Biodegradable Paint Stripper. Once, the paint was off I used the palm sander to sand it down, then stained the top with dark walnut stain by Minwax.  I love how rich it looks!

The dresser got two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  Then it was time for the grain sack stripes.  I thought off centered would add something.  My trusty frog tape for delicate surfaces came in handy!

Frog Tape

Then I distressed the whole thing to give that worn in look.  I finished off with two coats of clear wax (no buffing as I wanted a matte, old world finish) and Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil on the stained top.

The knobs are by Target and I love how they play up that rustic, country-style with the oil rubbed bronze.

My little guy is loving his new and improved grain sack dresser.

And here’s just one more photo because I can’t resist.

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  1. Looks great Danielle! Just right for a room near the sea! Love the top done in wood tone too…..perfect touch!

  2. Love it!!!

  3. This is perfect. The distressing is just right and that wood top adds such a rich feel. Love the wainscoting in the background too!

  4. Beautiful, Danielle! I love it! Love the stripes and how you did the top.

  5. Adorable! Thank for the easy tutorial, too. You did this chest a great service. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  6. This turn out really nice! Very different!

  7. This is a wonderful look, Danielle and love the idea for Will’s bedroom at the beach…perfect!

  8. Your son’s dresser turned out so cute. I love the grain sack look as well and am a total sucker for a good before and after. I’m a new follower.

  9. Love it great job :)

  10. gorgeous! i love grain sacks and this is perfect for your son’s room.

  11. FABULOUS! :)

  12. That’s awesome for your little guy, and the stained top looks perfect with it!

  13. I am loving the stripe thing in furniture painting. I might just have to try it.

  14. This turned out fabulous, I love the grain sack looks!


  15. Love the ‘grain sack’ look, and the stripes look perfect being offset !
    I was kind of hung up on the basement (?) pic, because there are TWO familiar looking twine bags on the wall ???

  16. You’re so clever to paint a grain sack pattern on your dresser. I think it gives it the perfect touch for a boy’s room. Love it!

  17. Very cute… love the stripes!

  18. This is amazing!!! getting ready to try the grain sack technique which I love on an old desk mom found for me for $15 and my son’s chest of drawers!!! Love, love!!!!

    • Thank you so much, Christy, so sweet of you! I can’t wait to see how the desk and your son’s chest of drawers come out :)

  19. What a fun Paint Project! I love this Idea!
    Come over to my blog and link up at my Paint Party!

    Brooke Start at Home

    I will follow on my way out!

  20. LOVE!!!!! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

  21. love the stripes and that you made them off-center!

  22. Love this! I created something similar a few months ago and I love it… so classic and yet so fun. I just relocated close to the sea as well so I am loving your blog. New follower and I cant wait to see whats next!

  23. Very neat idea! Love the grainsack look! I’m your newest follower btw!

  24. Great dresser redo- I am such a sucker for stripes :)

  25. Wow Danielle… what a change. Doesn’t it look fantastic. I love the rich wood top and the grainsack stripes. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  26. Super cute- love how this turned out!! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  27. As always…AMAZING!!!! hugs…tfs!

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