Turquoise Antique Dresser (aka Thrift Store Gold)

I’m so glad it’s a new week! Last week … well frankly it sucked.

It started it out with me burning a big chunk of skin off my finger while hot gluing my book page wreath together. It got better when I had a massive migraine for 5 days — “thank you” to my great Facebook followers for your home remedy solutions! One afternoon while picking up the unnamed child, some punk in the school parking lot hit my car and drove off! Fantastic!  Then some point in my adventures,  I ran over a nail and popped a tire.

Lastly, after $200 in testing, I found out our 19 year old cat has hyperthyroidism. Now I have to spend another $200 testing to see if her kidneys are functioning well enough to tolerate the thyroid medication.

Yes last week suckity suck sucked.

That’s all history.  Onto a new week!

I found this antique dresser at a Goodwill store, and I fell in love. It has great curved lines and fantastic old hardware. I was a bit worried because it was painted an ugly mustard color.

I knew I wanted it turquoise, but I wasn’t sure about the yellow showing through. I though about just not distressing it, but I said to heck with it and tried it out.

I actually loved the contrast between the two. I’m super happy with how it turned out!



www.restorationredoux.com - Dresser

www.restorationredoux.com - Dresser bowed-front

www.restorationredoux.com - Distressed Keyhole

www.restorationredoux.com - Turquoise Dresser


  1. says

    Oh…that is pretty! I used to have a cat that had hypothyroidism. She took a pill every day that made her do just great. but, unfortunately after first doing really well, putting on weight and looking much better….she started losing all her hair and throwing up. Turns out she was allergic to the medicine that kept her well. The vet said I could send her off for chemo but she would have to stay away for weeks and then the dogs would have to stay away from her. I decided to just let her live as long as she could off medication. Vet thought the chemo would kill her. Oh…I felt awful the day I finally decided was “the” day to let her go.

    But….I am writing to tell you that most likely they can give her a pill that will make her much better for quite awhile.

    Good luck!

    • Shanna says

      Thanks Nita! Hopefully my kitten doesn’t have the same allergy yours did. I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope for the best!

  2. says

    Its’s beautiful! Amazing job! You’ve picked a great colour for a great shaped dresser! And you’re a very lucky lady – that dresser is an amazing thrift shop find!

    • Shanna says

      Thanks Lacey! I was lucky usually the furniture at most thrift shops looks like it needs to go into the dumpster. Or if you do find it the prices can be way to high. I lucked out on this one!

  3. Audrey says

    visiting from domestically speaking, i think that piece turned out beautiful. It looks like it has always been that way. great job! have a good evening.

  4. says

    I love this dresser. It’s so pretty. I’m pinning. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

  5. says

    My two favorite colors on a beautiful piece of furniture. Great job. Hope your cat gets well. Ours was in the vet hospital for three days because her kidneys mysteriously stopped filtering. She is now on a prescription low-protein diet and is much, much better.

  6. Kristine says

    Gorgeous!! I am dying to get my hands on another piece like this so that I can paint it turquoise! You did great and I LoVe the mix of the yellow and turquoise together. It looks great!

  7. says

    Holy Cow!
    Well.. at least you have really cute dresser to bang your head on 😉
    It’s fabulous!!

    Sorry you week was so super sucky :(
    My mom hates that word. (and hate too)
    But. Sometimes, it just sums it up.

    Hang in there!!
    Off to pin this gorgeousness.

  8. says

    Hi Shanna, I saw your gorgeous turquoise piece at Debbie’s and Shannon’s Pinterest party and wanted to stop by to say hello. Love the color and this piece looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and I’m off to pin it! Have a great weekend!

  9. says

    Wow! That looks amazing! I love purchasing and re-doing old furniture–so many things in my house are painted different colors, but I love it!

    Yours turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. says

    Stunning! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Swing by and pick up a feature button for your blog!! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. says

    I love the dresser transformation. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  12. says

    I’m so sorry for your bad week! I hope this week is better for you! But I am so loving that dresser! It turned out just lovely. Thanks for sharing it at the All Star Block Party!

  13. says

    Just popping back by to let you know that your fabulous dresser is a feature this week at Ivy and Elephants. Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.
    We love having you!

  14. Jennifer T says

    Love the color, just like everyone else! I’m drooling over the color. Could you share with us what paint you used and what chalk paint method of mixing you used? I really hope your cat gets better!

  15. says

    I love the colour. Turquoise and all its variations are my favourite colours. I made peacock blue by mixing Napoleonic blue, Antibes and Florence. Painted a waterfall dresser with it that turned out well.

  16. Jodi says

    Could you please share your color recipe? Those are the exact two colors I am planning to redo my little girl’s room in. I was having a hard time choosing a shade of turquoise and voila! You did it for me! Thanks in advance!

  17. heather williams says

    Hello! Gorgeous shade of turquoise! I found your dresser via Pinterest that led me to the Power of Paint…then to to you. In the Power to Paint post it mentioned that the turquoise was a DIY chalk paint color. I’m wondering if you would perhaps share how you created this color?

    Thank you kindly for your time! ~H♥~

    • says

      I’m glad you got lead to me eventually Heather! I used the Plaster of Paris recipe for this chalky paint. I just used regular latex paint mixed with the p.o.p recipe and that was it! If you need the recipe you can google p.o.p chalk paint recipe. If you can’t find it let me know and I can send it to you!

  18. says

    This is a fun color that my daughter would love. I just finished a dresser that was in bad shape on my blog and awaiting the missing drawer…come by and check it out.


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