Don’t Be Green With Envy Over This Green Dresser

Every time I see a brightly colored painted dresser on Pinterest it always catches my attention.  When my youngest, Luke, stated he wanted a “greeeeen” bedroom I had to find ways to pull in his love of green without painting the walls a primary green.  This dresser was a victim of this latest move and had a few scratches on it.  It was a prime candidate for a fun green dresser paint job.  Your not going to believe how it looks dressed in a fresh coat of green!

Luke's Unpainted DresserI mixed my own chalk paint using Calcium Carbonate because I wanted a specific green color, Benjamin Moore’s Green With Envy (hence the title of this post).  Mixing your own chalk paint is simple.  I will say, the paint doesn’t feel as rich as some of the already mixed chalk type paints, but when you want a specific color it is a good option.

Green With Envy DresserI just love the bit of brightness this green dresser brings to the room.  Plus he now feels like he has a green bedroom even though there is not a speck of green paint on the walls.

Luke's Green DresserI’m really digging the pop of the green dresser in the middle of the two darker bookcases.  Before, it just felt like there was just way too much brown happening.  Tan walls, brown bookcases, brown dresser, tan carpet, brown bed etc…meh.  Now, there is a freshness to the room.

Luke's Green Dresser 7I haven’t been in Kirkland’s in a really, really long time.  I popped in the other day because I had exhausted all of my usual spots to hunt for a mirror to go over his dresser.  I spotted these round mirrors, and instantly knew they would be perfect going up the wall above his green dresser.  They come in a pack of five for $19.99.  I bought two packs and I think it was $40 well spent.

Luke's green dresser 8My boy loves his trucks.  See the empty spot down on the lower left side?  While I was taking these shots he was running his dump truck through the house.  To make the green dresser not feel like an odd piece on the wall, I tied the green into the bookcases by lining the back with green fabric.  This was a really easy project that I wish I could share with you.  Let’s just say there was a battle between my cell phone and my washing machine, and the washing machine won.  It was a really simple project and I had taken a lot of photos (grrr!).  The wordy version will have to do.  I taped together white poster board to fit the back of the bookcase.  Then, I covered it with the fabric and secured it on the back with white duck tape.  It only took me about an hour to line the back of these bookcases with a cute fabric.

I had fun styling the top of his dresser.  In the “before” photo you can see the lamp was a bright green.  I simply sprayed it orange to pull more of the orange I am using in his room onto his dresser.  I think that lamp has been at least 4 colors in its lifetime.

Luke's Green Dresser 6Luke is crazy for Wall-E and loves this little Wall-E robot so I thought I would feature him front and center.  I keep the current books we are reading handy and put the other books higher up on the shelf so little hands don’t pull them all on the floor.  As a teacher, I have a very organized way of keeping track of the books we are reading.  I’ll share my book organizing tricks in a future post.  We always have books of the “season” out.

Luke's Green Dresser 9Speaking of organization, I thought it was a prime opportunity to organize this little green dresser.  Since I had it emptied out I went through all his clothes to make a donation pile and decided to use plastic shoe boxes to contain all of his play clothes.  No more digging to the bottom of the drawer to find the t-shirt that matches!

Luke's Green Dresser 10I did the same thing with his long pants and shorts.  Over on the side are his swimsuits and beach hats.  I didn’t take a photo of his top drawer that contains his unmentionables.  You get the idea.  Pajamas, socks, and underwear are divided out.

I still have a few really inspired projects to finish in this room.  You can see a glimpse of one in the mirrors on his wall.  His rug should arrive shortly and I need to finish a planked wall treatment with a globe light.  I hope to reveal the room soon.  That will make two bedrooms complete in the Slightly Coastal 2015 Year Of The Bedroom series.  I already finished my oldest son’s room which you can check out HERE.

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22 thoughts on “Don’t Be Green With Envy Over This Green Dresser

    1. You are so sweet Jen! I will say, I was nervous when the first brush strokes went on, but I fell quickly in love too. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Nancy

  1. Hi, Nancy ~ I’m visiting from the Share Your Creativity link party. I love this dresser! The green is gorgeous. I still haven’t taken the plunge and tried out chalk paint. I think it’s time to do it. I like your organization tips, too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for visiting Tiffany. Chalk paint is the best. You’ll have to try it on something small. Once you try it, you will have a hard time restraining from painting everything with it. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Nancy, I love this dresser and the way you tied the paper on the bookcases in with the same shade of green. It’s really beautiful. Thanks so much for linking to our Something to Talk About Link Party. See you back on Monday, CoCo

    1. Thanks Coco. I have always wanted something in this green color but it doesn’t really go in the main spaces of my home. It was fun to do in his bedroom.


    1. Thanks so much Kim. I am glad you stopped by. The coffee cake recipe on your blog looks incredible!

  3. Oh, man! That dresser is great! Did you mention the proportions of paint to calcium carbonate? And did you use a satin or flat? The dresser itself has great details that just didn’t shine until you painted it! Envious is right…

    1. Thanks Heather! I’m having so much fun putting this fun room together. I love this green color. I may have to go bright in another room too!
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. What a great change…love the dresser. Your son has very good taste! I recently did a hutch bright green and wonder why it took me so long…
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Marigene. I love the bright colors. Now I’m looking for the nest thing that needs a pop of color.

  5. It’s the perfect addition to your little guy’s room, Nancy! LOVE the fun pop of color, I have a green dresser that I made over a couple years ago, I always the impact of an unexpected color. Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Nest!

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