Deep green/blue empire dresser named “Ian”

Empire dresser before Picture

Empire dresser painted deep green/blue with wood knobs

Empire dresser painted in a deep green/blue with wood knobs

Empire dresser painted with a distressed top

Painted Empire dresser leg detail

Painted empire dresser styling ideas

This empire dresser was put to work over the last 89 years.  Yup, it had a sticker that dated it from 1925.  It must have been used for storing tools and motor oil in someone’s garage at some point, because no matter what I did to clean the back of one of the drawers the black oil would not come out. Anyone have advice for that kind of problem? That same drawer looks like some one used it to chop wood on the side of the drawer slide.  This piece will not be for sale, unless it is local.  Because of those items mentioned, I really want someone to be able to see this piece in the “flesh” before buying.  It’s still super sturdy and the drawers slide great, but I wouldn’t put clothing in one drawer.  We actually used this piece as a TV stand before I gave it some ‘Estuary’ style, and we stored dvds and remotes and paper in it without any issues. My sweet pup Alfie really turned on the charm for that first photo.  Poor thing looks a little naked, because we had him shaved for the summer.  He gets overheated in our muggy Southeast, Missouri summer weather.  Health before beauty for our pup.

Ian, pronounced “Ee-an,” was painted in a deep green blue, distressed, and sealed.  Guys, I absolutely love this color!!!!  I’m seriously considering painting my honey oak kitchen cabinets with it.  The lowers only, because we have a small kitchen.  Alas, that is just another project that I don’t have time for at the moment.  My original plan called for replacing the knobs, but when I got to that point, they just didn’t feel right.  So I took the original knobs and refreshed them with a couple coats of danish oil. They make him have an understated and rugged kind of handsomeness.  Don’t you think?   xo   Meg

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23 Responses to Deep green/blue empire dresser named “Ian”

  1. angela April 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Love, love, love that color & the distressing!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  2. Lora April 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    For the automotive grease? Simple Green concentrate…buy it at an automotive store. Just cleaned up a butcherblock workbench that came out of a garage-it cut right through it! Any other engine/motor cleaning product would probably work too. (I always like the garage items the best at estate sales)

  3. Sarah April 11, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Color would look great on kitchen cabinets. Can you share what the color is? Paint brand? Thanks

    • Meagan Tucker
      Meagan Tucker April 11, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks Sarah! I don’t have the color name, I mixed it up from what I had on hand. I will have to take it in and get a formula for it.

      • Sam May 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

        Hey Megan!

        Just wondering if you ever got a formula for this color. Hoping to use it to refurbish a cool old dresser for my fiancee before we get married! Thanks!

  4. KathieB April 11, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I just love this piece and the color is fabulous. Is the color something that can be found in our paint stores or something you mixed yourself?


    • Meagan Tucker
      Meagan Tucker April 11, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Kathie, I mixed it myself using latex paints that I had on hand. I will have to take it in and get a formula for it.

  5. KathieB April 11, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    just a quick second comment that will send me an email if you reply.

  6. Sonja Hurley April 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    The color really is incredible on this piece. You have an eye for beautiful tones! Like the sideboard you did last March–the turquoise one with copper-like hardware. Beautiful! Maybe you should mix some extra paint next time and sell it too. :)

    • Meagan Tucker
      Meagan Tucker April 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      Thank you so very much Sonja! Now that is an idea!

  7. Melanie April 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    It’s so beautiful! This color actually looks quite close to MMS Artissimo milk paint. You did a wonderful job giving it a new life :)

    • Meagan Tucker
      Meagan Tucker April 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you Melanie! It does look similar to Artissimo. It has more green in it though, at least that is what my eye’s see. :)

  8. Sarah April 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Can’t get enough of this BLUE!!! So stunning. Great job :)


  9. Rayana Botelho April 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Gorgeous piece, gorgeous finish!

  10. Ann Howell April 12, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    Great job! Really like this color! Will you share the formula?

  11. Sarah April 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Love this dresser, the color is DEVINE!!!! Just found your blog thru Liz Marie’s Friday favorites . Your stuff is really gorgeous, will definitely be following your blog.

  12. Monica March 25, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Hi Megan!

    Any chance you brought the color in yet to get a formula for it!?

    I Iove to know what it is!


  13. Lori Kim July 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Did we ever get that paint color?
    Or at least the colors used to make it? Maybe who makes the paint colors…Any little secret would be much appreciated. It’s really lovely.


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