My Chippy Dresser That Resembles Cowhide

How my DIY Fail turned into a chippy dresser that resembles cowhide!

My chippy dresser resembles cowhide - So Much Better With Age

Recently I showed you some photos of a dresser that I was sanding down to make it chippy or heavily distressed.

After my son keyed one of the drawers, it’s been on my to do list for years to refinish it.

Once I sanded it down, it really started to resemble cowhide. So cool. Totally not my intention but so cool.

Here’s how I (mistakenly) achieved the look.

Cowhide. See the resemblance?

The cowhide rug in the home office.

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I never really thought I loved cowhide until I fell in love with this dresser again.

The chippy cowhide dresser.

I painted it years ago with a latex paint and it marked up easily (especially when my son keyed it!).

The white dresser with the drawers removed.

Sanding it was easy. The white paint just seemed to lift off. I wanted it to come off in chunks so I dug the corner of the sander all around to get big pieces of paint off first.

Sanding the dresser.

Once I was happy with some big chunks of paint gone, I sanded it all over.

The dresser outside the house being sanded.

With every part of the dresser sanded, it was a bit too much. It needed some contrast.

Then I painted the drawers Pure White by Chalk Paint® from Annie Sloan.

The chippy white drawers back inside the dresser.

I think the contrast is perfect. I love the Pure White.

Pillow on top of the distressed dresser.
The chippy dresser in the bedroom.
White dresser on a wooden floor.

I absolutely adore all of Annie Sloan’s products and this book is one of my favorites. So many great ideas and tutorials on how to transform your furniture.

The Annie Sloan paint book.

 And be sure to check out my DIY Gallery of Chalk Paint® ideas.

Disclosure:  Thank you, Annie Sloan Unfolded, for supplying the Chalk Paint®. All opinions are 100% my own and I buy these products all the time too!

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  1. Love it! It does look like Cowhide, but in such a very cool, chippy way. Don’t you just love the character that kids add to furniture! I told my husband when my twins were two, we would be lucky if the house was still standing by the time they graduated. They are in 8th grade now, and the roof is still on, but the walls and everything else has taken a lot of love! Good thing for DIY girls, we can fix it up!

  2. Hi. I came across your tutorial while searching pics of armoires. I have a similar armoire that I pulled from my basement coal room. I turned it into a living room coat rack. It has similar detail and almost the same color. And I thought I was the only one! Thanks.

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