disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams ®.

How to refresh an old piece of furniture with some fresh paint.

I love a 2018 Color of the Year.

Especially one from Sherwin-Williams.

It showed up just in time to come to the rescue.

Have you ever seen a more pitiful piece of furniture?  The other day when I walked up to the front of the thrift store it called my name.  It told me it had partied like only a mid-century console knows how to do, but it was ready to turn away from its old way of living.

It was ready to embrace something new.

This old piece of furniture needed a little bit of TLC.

It had dings.

And scratches.

And on its last wild ride, pieces of it started flaking off.

Maybe it was its story.

Maybe because its lines were so pretty.

Maybe because I could identify.

Sometimes you can't resist a great, low price tag for a potentially great find.

Or maybe it was this.

The price.

Who can turn away from a dresser with a really good story, a willingness to embrace change and a price tag of $15?

So we repaired the top and the sides and sanded it to remove the old finish and primed it and painted it.

And now?

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down?

The newly revamped dresser- just add paint!

Meet my new dresser.


It’s painted the 2018 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year Oceanside SW 6496.

Add some accent flowers with a pop of color to spice things up.

The orange flowers against this amazing blue is so striking and gorgeous.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Not a little beautiful.

It’s a Mount Everest kind of beautiful.

So happy with this blue and how this piece turned out. A detail of this great little white accent piece against the blue.

I’m still working on the rest of the room right now.

But I wanted to start with a color direction.

SW Oceanside sets the tone for the space.

The color of the year is fantastic for this piece of furniture.

Here's a close up of the table with a little reclaimed wood.

Here’s a close-up of the tabletop with a little reclaimed wood.

I love how the Color of the Year works with different styles, from contemporary to farmhouse.

Let’s take one more look at a little before and after.

The before shot of this old dresser

Here’s where we started.

Here’s the before.

And the after- can you even believe the difference?

And here’s the after.It’s the perfect color to make a statement in a room.


It’s the kind of color that makes a statement in a room.

It’s a color that says I’m standing up and being counted.

It’s the perfect color to come to the rescue….

…when a piece of furniture calls your name.

I want to give a big shout out and congratulations to @tracyredblue for winning the social giveaway I hosted for the Color of the Year last month. She won a design consultation from me, five gallons of Sherwin-Williams paint and a gift card from West Elm.

What do you think of the 2018 Color of the Year?

If you’d like additional inspiration for styling a room featuring Oceanside SW 6496, you can enlist some help from West Elm’s knowledgeable Design Crew to help select furniture, home accessories and more

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  1. Image for Michelle Michelle

    This piece of mid-century modern furniture certainly got some much needed Karianne and Sherwin Williams love! Definitely a statement piece. And it looks happier ;-)

  2. Image for Jan S. Jan S.

    Wow, what a transformation! What is it about blue furniture that simply captures the heart? I just exchanged a very big dark entertainment center for a new blue console. It just lightened up the room and exposed more wall space possibilities and just tickled me to death.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Maureen, LOL! I wish! We repaired the top with a skim coat in the broken areas of wood filler. We added the filler, sanded it down, then we added another layer. It took four coats to get it smooth. The wood top still has a few ridges, but the big holes are patched! Hope this makes sense! I need to post a step by step! Let me know if you have any questions! karianne

      1. Image for Mary Mary

        Thank you! That was my question - it looked as though there had been a veneer on top and I was wondering how to fix that. I love this color and the piece is beautiful!

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    So ... what is this furniture made of? We have a few pieces of non-wood "wood" furniture (mostly from the 70's/80's) that I have toyed with painting but I'm not sure how well the paint would adhere or how to go about it. Thanks!

  4. Image for terie terie

    YAY to @tracyredblue !!!!! I LOVE that color!!! Sometimes all we need is a bright color to really change the outlook on things!!!

  5. Image for Christy Christy

    I just saw this color in my email this morning and I can't wait to use it on a piece of furniture that will be special enough for it!

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    You, my dear friend, are so daring!! I wouldn't have the courage to paint it that beautiful color. I'm stuck in bland and uninteresting!! What a springboard for the rest of the room. My heavens, a new house, a new palette for you to do your magic. Can't wait to see what else you do. Sending huge hugs!!

  7. Image for Carol@blueskyathome Carol@blueskyathome

    Gorgeous color. Lucky you for finding that piece. Where are you going to put it in the new house?

  8. Image for Shelley Shelley

    Spectacular transformation! Clean lines, great color! It looks like it would be a piece from a high end furniture line!

  9. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    I love the transformation.....wow!! I'm going to be scouring the thrift stores looking for a piece like that!! You might just be a rock star!!

  10. Image for Tera Tera

    What base from Sherwin Williams did you use to get such smooth results? I know they have about 7 or so different bases. Thank you.

  11. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    KarieAnne, I own that same piece. It belonged to my mom and she left it to me in beautiful condition. That being said, I wish I had the courage to paint it. I also have the matching night stands. All of the drawer pulls use to have gold medal inserts. The first thing I did was remove all of those! I love the simple, clean lines of this set (even though I am not particularly interested in mid-century modern furniture). Yours turned out beautiful!

    1. Image for Barbara Ann Sandoval Barbara Ann Sandoval

      I agree. I Love the color. But I think gold hardware would highlight the blue. Every lady looks good in gold!

  12. Image for Alice Alice

    I'm sooooo tired of that color I could scream. It was done and over done in the 60's by every cheap maker over and over. And again it's being over done.

  13. Image for Kelly Kelly

    KariAnn I just wanted to let you know I just finished your Book So close to amazing I couldn’t put it down and read it yesterday. It made me laugh and think a lot about God’s direction in my own life. I’m hoping you write another book! I loved it!!!!!

  14. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Love it! I needed a bright spot of blue in my day and this fit the bill perfectly. I can't believe how something so sad and worn can become such a showstopper with a little paint. It makes me want to swing into the thrift store on my way to the grocery tonight. Find myself a little Ocean treasure. Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

  15. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Wow! I need to go to your thrift store! Ours don't have such great finds, or maybe we just don't get there in time! Actually, we have two of my parents' bedroom sets -~ definitely MCM ~ in storage for the kids & grands. But I'm now tempted to get two or three of the pieces (lots of drawers/storage) moved here, and blend them into our home! Can't wait to see your plans for the "new/old home" ... your choices, what you mix with this piece! I can't imagine you going all MCM ~ can I?!? Any way you go, KariAnne, fun times are ahead for all of us!

  16. Image for Kathy Kathy

    It looks beautiful! Yes, next time share the step by step! I have not known what to do about peeling veneer.

  17. Image for Tammy Tammy

    1- I can't believe you're moving, but I am so happy and excited for you. 2-This makeover is so pretty! 3- Thank you for being such a happy and positive voice online. 😊

  18. Image for Heather Heather

    WOW! I am super surprised at how bright & cheery 'Oceanside' is compared to its profile online at Sherwin Williams. They make it out to be more of a deep peacock green than this dazzling turquoise I see here. Of course, I am very familiar with the fact that paint changes its hue in each different lighting situation AND that computers display these colors oh-so-differently. But it looks like a super happy color which matches you perfectly! <3 =D

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