Ever since seeing Marion Parsons most excellent Union Jack Dresser, I have wanted to paint one of my own. I figured when I came across a piece of furniture that screamed to be painted as a British Flag then I wouldn’t hesitate to start the project. That never happened—or so I thought.
Many moons ago I bought this sturdy dresser at a local consignment store but did not have a plan of how to paint it. It sat unattended for quite some time.
I liked that is was a sturdy piece of furniture with interesting details that could be better showcased with a painted finish.
That said, I was quite stumped as to how to proceed. The furniture is a more formal piece than I would normally purchase. Its regal bearing demanded attention with its carved columns that grace the front corners of the dresser, the fan carving at its base and its Queen Ann legs.
Finally it struck me—a royal makeover would be in order (in the British style of course)!
I quickly selected my paint colors (Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue, Emperor’s Silk and Old White) and got down to painting. I did have a few hiccups along the way. I thought I would sketch the design out on the front of the dresser and forgo the taping off (bad idea when the drawers are not flush with the face of the dresser). I also had incomplete instructions on how to draw the Union Jack (an even worse idea). Luckily my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies came to the rescue. Funny enough we were both working on Union Flag dressers at the same time! She shared this “how to”with me that she was using for her own project (which by the way came out fabulous!)
After painting over my mistakes the work in progress looked like this:
I finished the piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and used Annie Sloan Dark Wax for an aged effect.
I highlighted some of the carvings and details with gilding wax. The original drawer pulls were given the gold treatment as well as a few new additions.