“I really like it. But that’s the thing—nothing’s riding on it. If I mess it up, it doesn’t matter; I can start over, and honestly, I don’t even mind. Because when I’m working on it, I feel good. I’m not muscling through to see how it turns out. I like doing it. I don’t have to stay hyper-focused. I don’t have to do anything but stick my hands in some mud and be. I zone out and let my mind wander. I think what’s hard about it is that you need to do less than you realize. And overthinking it and trying to control it messes it up.” — Happy Place, Emily Henry

That’s a passage from an Audible book I’ve been listening to over the past few weeks. Although I would love to curl up with a paperback, a cozy blanket, and a glass of wine in hand—that just doesn’t fit into my way of living, so I listen to audiobooks when I’m driving and, of course, when I’m painting. When I heard this excerpt, I literally stopped dead in my tracks— because THIS is exactly how I feel about my craft! It’s something I’ve been away from for far too long! I am so happy to have found my way back to my HAPPY PLACE, and I’m excited to share my latest transformation with you today!


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Colour Comparing

On-screen colours are merely a digital representation, and will vary from screen to screen (device to device). Depending on your screen/device, the colour(s) that I share online may naturally seem slightly different in person. Lighting and surroundings dictates colours! I picture all my pieces against a white backdrop with white lighting, as I feel this portray’s the truest colour in digital form— however depending on the wall colour and lighting in your home, the colour may slightly differ. Here are some pictures to help aid with online colour consideration:

Jitterbug, Nordic Mood *, Dark Roast
Before & After

Scandanavian Blended Dresser

Clearly, my eyesight is not what it used to be! When I spotted this adorable vintage tallboy dresser on Marketplace, I immediately claimed it. However, upon arrival for pick-up, I was surprised to discover that it was already painted! Now, you might find this amusing, but I typically avoid buying painted dressers. I prefer pieces in their natural aged state, which is ideal for my craft. Nevertheless, nothing could sway me from this cutie patootie! Just look at it—even the “before” was wonderful! Plus, the seller, a delightful gal, so easily sealed the deal!

Selectively Salvaged and Loved by me


Indulge in the allure of a deep, dark blue-grey-green blend reminiscent of Scandinavian Farmhouse aesthetics! Moody, captivating, and irresistibly charming, this piece promises to be a scrumptious accent for your home or cottage. Crafted with a unique 3-colour blend, decoupaged, and butterliciously sealed, it exudes artisanal character. The salvaged, mismatched hardware pulls and knobs, transformed into a harmonious set, add a touch of serendipity to this vintage tallboy. Whether destined for your entryway, guest bedroom, or living/family room, this multifunctional piece offers both storage and charm. I transformed it just for YOU!

Modern Farmhouse Furniture

Vintage Tallboy Dresser Makeover

Below you’ll find all of the photos I took after completing my Vintage Tallboy Dresser makeover. On-screen colours are merely a digital representation, and will vary from screen to screen (device to device). Depending on your screen/device, the colour(s) seen here on my website may seem slightly different in person.

My Step-by-Step Transformation

  • Lightly sanded down body and drawer fronts — In preparation for paint application; 80, 120 grit hand sander
  • Disassembled drawer bottoms and heavily sanded down poorly executed newspaper decoupage — I failed to take a picture, but know that the drawer bottoms held a dreadful newspaper decoupage that required some extra time to prepare for a far prettier and professional decoupage
  • Thoroughly vacuumed and washed — Necessary preparation for any and all furniture restorations
  • Applied 1 coat of Country Chic Paint in the colour Vanilla Frosting to the drawer sides/bottoms — In preparation for new decoupage application
  • Custom blended equal parts Country Chic Paint in the colours Jitterbug and Dark Roast — With my own desire for a deep Scandinavian Nordic teal blue-grey-green, which I personally named Nordic Mood *
  • Applied 1 coat Nordic Mood * to the body and drawer fronts — As a base-coat for blending application to come
  • Applied/blended 3 coats Dark Roast, Nordic Mood * and Jitterbug to the body and drawer fronts — Wet-brush, dry-brush and mist application; with a light sand in between coats
  • Applied Wise Owl Paint Furniture Salve in the scent Lemon Verbena to the body and drawer fronts — For a lovely drink, and a delightful scent; lint free rag application
  • Applied 1 coat of Country Chic Paint Natural Wax to the body and drawer fronts — For a butterliciously soft protection and finishing seal
  • Selected and salvaged hardware knobs and pulls from my treasure trove with Country Chic Paint Dark Roast, Belt Buckle Metallic Cream, and Natural/Gold Wax — I’m so pleased with how this repurpose turned out
  • Decoupaged drawer sides and bottoms with Re-Design with Prima’s Patina Flourish decoupage tissue paper— A pattern that I feel was an absolute perfect match for this furniture flip; sponge application w/ water-based poly
  • Applied Wise Owl Paint Furniture Salve in the scent Lemon Verbena to the interior drawers ~ For a much needed drink, and a delightful scent; lint free rag application

Photos From My Workshop

Come Take a Closer Look!

I ain’t no videographer I tell ya! I am however determined to try my very best to share a closer look with YOU. Below you’ll find my best; albeit amateur effort at trying to capture this piece in video format (taken out in my workshop where I do it all— prep, transform, picture and vid).
For my Manitoba followers, perhaps you might fancy slipping out to our farm for the closest look— please do get in touch!

Products Used & Recommended

This post contains links to products I personally use, trust, and highly recommend. Here’s a handy compiled list for your ease of reference:

🌟 Country Chic Paint JITTERBUG

🌟 Country Chic Paint DARK ROAST

🌟 Country Chic Paint NATURAL WAX

🌟 Country Chic Paint GOLD WAX

🌟 ReDesign with Prima PATINA FLOURISH

Have a furniture piece that you’d like to paint, but aren’t sure where to start? Struggling with deciding on colour(s), products, techniques, and finishes? I’d love to help you out! Let’s have a phone chat, or meetup for a coffee!

Custom Furniture Painting


I primarily select and purchase pieces on my own, and transform them with colours/techniques of my own choosing— Ready-For-Purchase. I do also carefully consider custom furniture painting for customers within Manitoba. If you’re interested in this service, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out and submit a form so that we can start an exchange. I truly appreciate all interest and inquiries.

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