Chippy No More


Last year I teamed up with some blogger friends for a few posts here on IBC about 10 minute decorating. The group has decided to continue with the 10 Minute Decorating Series so I’m back today with another idea. This month we’re focusing on cleaning and organizing, two of my favorite things! (Insert sarcasm here.)

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I was racking my brain for something I could share with you today because my home is currently a bit messy and unorganized. (I’m working on it.) However, after talking to a friend while I was sitting at my desk, it hit me. Many of you love the pink dresser I have in my office. This past winter it got a little cleaning of its own, and it’s something I never wrote about on the blog, so today’s the day.

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I bought this dresser about three years ago at a local antique shop. I was immediately taken by the color. I also love its character. There are plenty of nicks, scratches, and chipped paint. At the time, it worked perfectly in my gift shop. Here are some old photos I dug up in the IBC archives.

Chippy No More | Inspired by Charm

Chippy No More | Inspired by Charm

While I still appreciate a chippy painted pink dresser (I mean, who can’t?), as I transitioned my space from gift shop to modern office, the look just didn’t work anymore. Although I still loved the color, the piece was looking dirty and dingy. It bothered me for a while, so I finally did something about it.

Now, I will admit that it may have taken a tad more than 10 minutes, however, once I had all my tools and supplies, it wasn’t long before I had this dresser looking pristine and much more appropriate for the space. Also, I should mention this idea is presented as a quick-fix that totally worked for me. I’m not teaching you how to professionally paint furniture. Cool? Let’s do it!

Chippy No More | Inspired by Charm

First, I found a color match. Luckily, Sherwin Williams had a color, Rosy Outlook, that matched almost perfectly. If you’re not as fortunate, they also have the ability to match colors at the store. So, if possible, take a drawer or leg or another removable part that they can match. Anyway, I picked up a quart of the color in their semi-gloss ProClassic trim paint along with some 100 grit sandpaper.

Since most of the chips were on the edges of the dresser and the top, I just pulled the drawers out slightly and went over all the areas that need paint with some sandpaper. I gave the chipped areas a little extra attention.

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With that finished, I quickly wiped everything down with a wet paper towel to remove the dust and then I started painting. As it turned out, I only needed one coat to make things look more polished.

Because the paint matched so well, I didn’t need to remove the handles since those areas weren’t chipped and the new paint blended right it.

Chippy No More | Inspired by Charm

Once everything was covered, my project was complete. It was that simple. I let the dresser dry overnight before setting anything on top of it and closing the drawers.

Chippy No More | Inspired by Charm

It’s amazing how a quick paint touch up can transform and clean up the look of something.

Chippy No More | Inspired by Charm

I find myself doing this often throughout my space. Because I have white trim throughout my house, once a year I spend a couple hours walking around and touching up any areas that might be nicked or irreversibly scuffed. It’s always such a good feeling afterward. It’s hard to believe how annoying one small paint chip can be. For example, right now there’s one chip in my living room that stares at me when I’m watching TV. That baby needs to go.

Anyway, I hope you found this tip helpful. For more quick and easy ideas for getting your space polished for spring, be sure to check out the posts below.


Cleaning Your Grill at Finding Home

Quick Painted Furniture Touch-Up at Inspired by Charm

Keep Your Refrigerator Clean at Thistlewood Farms

How to Clean Your Hairbrushes at TidyMom

The Best Way to Clean Windows at Four Generations One Roof

10 Minute Cleaning Tips at Julie Blanner

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  • Alexa~FurnishMyWay at

    Love this so much! I do agree, the chippy paint was still lovely but not quite fitting in a modern office space. You did a great job painting over it and ‘un-chip-ifying’ it. (Yes, I did just create a new word!) Great post!

    • Rida at

      Lol what a word “un-chip-ifynig” ????

  • JoEllen at

    I am in the process of touching up the chips in my baseboards. I loathe the idea of doing it, but once I get started, it’s tough to stop. I love the feeling of walking into a room with freshly painted or touched up case work!!! It’s the best!

  • Julie Blanner at

    Great tip! I love how you’ve transitioned your home seamlessly!

  • Debra W at

    I do love that dresser. Such an easy way to give a loved piece a much needed face lift. I like that you make everything so simple.

  • Valerie at

    what kind of paint did you use for this?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Valerie! As I mentioned in the post, I used Sherwin Williams ProClassic trim paint in semi-gloss. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Mary at

    The next time you think you need to touch up your painted trim, try using a Magic Eraser on them first. Sometimes that’s all it needs.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Mary, I’ve tried a Magic Eraser in the past on painted surfaces. While it removes the mark, it dulls the surface and removes the sheen. I don’t personally recommend it for painted surfaces.

      xo Michael

  • Thistle at

    Love this idea! I have so many pieces around my house that are naturally chippy! You’ve inspired me to make them look a little fresher!

    Happy day friend!

  • Sheila at

    Few posts ago you mentioned about different personalities — what someone loves, another hates. I have a contractor scheduled for this fall to completely gut our master bedroom. We had all the bathrooms in our home completely gutted last December (more expensive than when we did our kitchen re-model). I have in our bedroom an antique bedroom set brought years ago from an auction when money was tight. I hate it. I have found now that we have money to buy what we want that my style is clean, uncluttered and contemporary.One of the things I admire about pictures of your home is the clean, organized, uncluttered openness of your design. And especially the lovely colors you have coordinated throughout your main living area. Choosing color is a nightmare and so very hard. You have nailed it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sheila, I also found different styles so interesting. I’m so glad to hear that with you own redesign, you’ve found a style that you love. I’ve realized that I enjoy so many styles, that having a neutral, uncluttered starting point always works best for me.

      Anywho, thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • TidyMom at

    As much as I love the chippy look, I have to say I love the fresh look of your adorable pink dresser!!
    the new paint looks like a perfect match.

  • Richella Parham at

    Can I just say how much I appreciate that “insert sarcasm” comment? I’d started to feel that I was the only blogger who didn’t love cleaning and organizing. The best I can say is that I love having cleaned or having organized a space.

    I’d forgotten how just a few strokes of touch-up paint can make something look so fresh. You’ve inspired me–after a long winter with two dogs in the house, there are some spots in my house that need to go under the brush. Thanks for the reminder that you can make a big difference without a lot of time or effort.

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