Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Little Dresser that Wood

Hi peeps! Thanks for coming back to my little blog! I'm so excited! I have finally finished this project! I had this plain antique oak dresser that I have had since I was a teenager. And it was already a antique when I got it so you can only imagine how many years old it is now! Hundreds, I'm sure! Ha!

So here she is before I started. And yes. The mirror HAS been crooked since I have had it.
And I never fixed it. For over 30 years. Whateva'! Don't judge.
ANY-way. It was pretty boring. I mean the mirror has some nice lines but the dresser itself - blah. Except for
those cute little wood casters on the bottom, pretty boring. All square, pointy edges. That orangey-oak color. Hate it.
And the knobs are stuck on. The screws must be stripped but I can NOT get those suckers off!
First I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Gray. Which is really green. Not gray.
And I just wasn't feeling some green. I wasn't loving it.
First I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Gray. Which is really green. Not gray. And I just wasn't feeling some green. I wasn't loving it. So then I did my own mix of 2 parts Old Ochre (creamy white) and Coco (dark taupe).
Of course I forgot to take a picture at this stage so here is a picture of my trusty helper instead (not so much).
At least he is actually awake in this one. A rare occurrence.
Note that fantastic grainsack pillow behind him! More on that later!
So after I gave it a good coat with my, ahem, "custom" mix I was feeling a little more love towards my dresser. But it
was still just a little too "eh" for me. It needed something. So I did a little trolling online and found this piece:
From . Adorable, right?
So I taped off the front and stippled some Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic in Vanilla Bean down the front.
 Note to self. Don't model AND take the picture yourself...
Or your hand will look deformed like this! Ew. I'm going to wear gloves tomorrow. (Self-concsious!)
I then waxed the whole piece with clear wax. I sanded in some light distressing and then waxed again with a 50/50 clear/dark wax mixture to stain the wood a little darker. And then the final result:
NOW she has some character!
I just love her now! And I am thinking of moving her back into the Master bedroom sitting area since she goes so well with my couch now. Remember the grainsack fabric I got from Decor Steals? These:

I made the pillows for the couch:
See how great they match the dresser?!
Happy sigh.
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Anonymous said...

Really, really pretty! I love that style of stripe. I'm going to pin your great dresser transformation too. Little Bit

Rhonda said...

Saw this on Wow Us Wednesdays and had to stop by to compliment such a great grain sack stripe... and lo and behold you've featured my dresser! Thanks so much and great job!

Gail said...

You did an awesome job transforming your little dresser! Thanks for the inspiration...I've pinned it. Enjoy your day, Gail

Lisa Hoagland said...

Yes Rhonda! My dresser was lacking even after I painted it! Your dresser popped up while I was searching around for some inspiration! Yours is fantastic!

Aimee Buss said...

I love it...the colors, the grainsack stripes...everything!! It turned out great!


House Crazy in Michigan! said...

I really like how the dresser turned out. I'm usually drawn to brighter colors, but this time, yours is my favorite. Neutral and classic with a twist!

Donna Allgaier-Lamberti / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
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willowcreek said...

It turned out great! Love the grain sack pillows and the puppy! He is to cute!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a charming makeover...your custom color looks great!


denise...on a whim said...

Looks fantastic! Wonderful decision on the stripes and colors. :)

*Shabby LOCO!* said...

Sooooo flippin' cute!
New enabler...oops! "Follower" =}

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great makeover and I have the same brown fabric from decor steals. Not sure what I am going to do with it.

Heather@ said...

That's a great looking dresser. I am pinning this for a future project. Beautiful work!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

cute! love the updated look with the stripes. Glad you get to enjoy it :)

Marsha said...

Love your dresser and straightened mirror! It's so pretty! I have a lot of family furniture and I can't imagine painting those pieces. I'm glad you were able to do that. Such a great outcome.

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