A Beautiful Duck Egg Dresser and Three Great Tips

I'm sharing this beautiful dresser today with a few great tips...

I've also included Amazon affiliate links to help you get started on your next project!

Here is what I brought home today... 

It has great bones but it needed some work. 

Anyone who has 
ever worked with the red dye used on cherry 
and mahogany pieces knows what I'm talking about.

The red dye bleeds through Chalky Paint and can ruin a project. 

Tip #1: 
Paint or spray shellac over the red stain. When the shellac dries, paint over the shellac with your Chalky Paint and the problem is fixed. 

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Duck Egg Blue 
and Annie Sloan clear wax on this piece.

If you notice, the knobs from the before picture
were a pitted brassy mess...  

Tip #2: 
I used silver gilding wax to bring them back to life. 

I love the way the silver looks with the Duck Egg paint color.

And did you check out the fabulous shine on this dresser? 

It is almost like I used a glossy sealer, but I didn't. 
It is clear wax! 

I brushed on the wax with an Annie Sloan Wax Brush,
wiped back the wax with a clean rag, 
then pulled out my secret weapon...

Tip #3:
I used a clean shoe shine brush and buffed the surface 
of the wax to an amazing shine!

This dresser is stunning! 

I love the color and the knobs are the perfect accessory.

I hope these tips help you on your next painted project.

I hope you enjoyed this project and you'll take a look at my Amazon Shop for craft supplies I recommend. Also while you're here please sign up for the Homeroad emails on my sidebar so I can send my latest DIY post straight to you. 


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Turned out to be a really nice piece. Great job.

  2. This looks so pretty now Susan. And I love the pulls. I've used the gold but I love the silver... going to have to get some. Your waxing process takes me back to the early 90s when I started painting furniture with milk paint. I used brown shoe polish and buffed with the shoe brush. It was a really shiny surface and it smelled nice too. :D

  3. Geez- if only I read this before I started my chairs today!!!! Love the "stop the bleeding" tip and the shoe brush for the wax! My husband is retired and won't be needing his shoe shine brush any more- think he will miss it?!?


Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping by, I love your comments and I will do my best to reply to all your questions and comments. By leaving a comment you are consenting to your email being collected for communication purposes only. Your privacy is important to me.
Have a nice day.