Ethan Allen Early American Dresser

A few weekends ago I came across this beautiful, Ethan Allen Early American Dresser. It was in pristine condition, solid maple wood and heavy as lead, but it was a little dated.

I used Chalk Paint and a secret ingredient that I will share with you on Thursday when I offer you the full tutorial. For those of you who have been waiting on the crackle tex tutorial, this one will be very similar and you can use crackle tex to create this finish if you have it, but it is not needed. I think you are going to be very surprised at how easy this is!

Ethan allen dresser

Crackle finish

Maple dresser before

(I failed to shoot a full body before, but here is my instagram photo of part of the drawers loaded in my van)
Happy Tuesday! See you tomorrow for Restored It Wednesday.


  1. This should be interesting! I did purchase the crackle stuff but have not used it.

    • Renee, I wished I had not purchased the crackle but I didn’t know at the time. I thought it was the BEST stuff on the planet until I started playing chemist in my basement. You will have to use it up and then buy what I bought….You are going to laugh. Actually, i hope you don’t cry ;o)

  2. kelli, that is stunning! you did an awesome job with the finish!

  3. Where is the mirror from?
    Love the finish on it!!!!!

  4. My mom has the same piece in original yellow …I will have to show her your beautiful makeover she will love that new life can be put back into it. I look forward to your full tutorial.

  5. I can’t wait–love the finish!!

  6. Beautiful finish! I look forward to knowing your secret! Life to the full, Melissa

  7. LOVE!!! Did you do the mirror too??? Beautiful!!!

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