A Beautiful Transformation

Painting furniture makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, this how God feels about us.

When I was struggling and in my most darkest of places, my sweet husband encouraged me to go back to painting.

It truly was the last thing I wanted to do.

In an effort to please him, I searched through Craigslist for a piece that might spark my interest in painting again.

That’s when I found it.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I have wanted a dresser/buffet like this for a long time!  I loved how the drawers curved in and out, and I loved the oval hardware.  I just had to have it.

Luckily, it was still for sale, and my husband was happy to go pick it up for me.

When he brought it home, I was in love.   It was missing a little trim piece on the side, and it had a pretty bad water stain on the top, but other than that, it was perfect!  It was simply gorgeous just as it sat.

And that’s exactly what it did.  It sat in the garage and took up space.  We walked around it, we moved lawn equipment around it, we used it to sit extra wood on top of and eventually, all of the neighborhood spiders made their homes in it.

Then, this weekend, after sitting for 4 months, I decided it was time to finally tackle this beauty.  I dusted off all the sawdust and told the spiders it was time to pack up and move on. (I may not have told them.  I may have come in like a tornado and blew them all away with our air compressor!)

I started out by removing all of the drawers and hardware.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I spray painted all of the hardware with a matte black spray paint.  (Well, I didn’t actually spray paint the hardware, my husband did, and if I don’t give him credit, then he’ll probably quit, and that would be bad, and his Love Language is “Words of Affirmation” so I need to be sure he knows how much I LOVE his beautiful spray paint job and how I couldn’t do this without him, because after all, he’s like the love of my life and all.)

Next, I painted the body of the dresser…

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

… and the drawers in Linen White by Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

Painting this dresser was NOT fun.  With the first paint stroke of white, the stain began to bleed through.  Not.  Good.

I’ve had this happen a few times in the past, and that’s the hard thing about painting old furniture with white paint.

I ended up priming the entire dresser before painting on two coats of chalk paint.

With the dresser primed and painted, I went back and forth on what to do with top.

Do I sand it and stain it?

Do I paint it?

In the end, I decided to paint it.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I used Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint in Charcoal.  LOVE it!

After two coats of paint to the top, I waxed it using Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I added all of the hardware back to the drawers, and lightly distressed a few places.  (Look at how those drawers curve in and out! Stunning!)

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

And, I’m in love.

I decided to keep this piece.  It has so much storage in it, that it makes the perfect dresser/buffet for my office.  I can now store all of my vinyl, paint, packaging supplies, and more in all of those drawers and cabinets.  It’s perfect!

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

As I sat back and looked at this finished piece, it made me think that God is like the painter.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

He takes us in with stains and scratches.  With blemishes and cracks.  With broken hinges and missing trim.

He fills in the holes, covers up the stains, fixes the broken pieces, and loves us back to the beauty that He sees in us.


It’s a rough transformation, and a lot of times, we push back, because after all, it hurts.  Some of the stains come through again, but He continues to cover them back up time and time again.

Over and over again.

And, in the end, we are a masterpiece.

We are God’s masterpiece.

Love you all,



My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Love the Dresser – absolutely Beautiful!! Great job!!!

  2. Great analagy.

  3. If He’s the Carpenters Son, then you are the painter. I hope the process this piece took you through brought you to see the light .

  4. Kayla Klabunde says:

    I absolutely love how you compared your work on the furniture to God’s love for all of us! Such an eye opener! I also have redone an old dresser (mine was an accent table that my aunt gave to my parents). It had water stains on the top, the door panels were falling off and, as I was sanding the dresser with my electric sander, the rusted knobs finally fell off. I was able to make it look completely different, even with all of the flaws it had before starting, just as you did. I love that about old, worn out furniture! Being able to make something so worn out, that others may see as “junk”, look like a completely new piece of work is such an amazing feeling! God does the same thing with us as his children! If we just place ourselves in the hands of the painter (God) when we feel like we are at our lowest (worn out, junk, useless, etc.), the beauty and renewal he can bring out of us will make us look brand new and become so much more valuable!

  5. Beautiful piece, Claire! I love the charcoal gray top – great choice, given the black hardware. Your analogy is spot-on, too. Thanks for sharing your painted piece and your heart!
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