Friday, June 15, 2012

From Gross to Gorgeous

I'm so excited to share this with you today!

Do you remember that dresser that I got from the parents?

This dresser has been in my family for 21 years. My mom found this at a second hand store right after my youngest sister was born intending to re-do it. It's stayed in the family in this condition all that time, Mom never having time to get to it. (with four kids, can you blame her?) I believe that at one time or another, everyone has used this chest of drawers. I remember using it for a quite a while in my teenage years and even into my young adult years as well.

So when my sister moved back in with Mom and Dad this was in her room taking up space. They had nowhere to put it, so I volunteered to take it off their hands. I'm so glad I did! I decided it was going to be painted, but what color scheme? I'm a quilter, not a painter, and paint kind of scares me...so I debated for a while how to redo it.

Since I'm such a purple loving whore enthusiast I decided something in that tone...but not all out purple. So I turned to Pinterest for ideas. (when in doubt, go pinning, right?) And found a ton of re-done antique dressers that had be repainted. Then I found one in a two tone scheme and knew this was how it was going to be.

Off I went to Walmart to check out the paint samples. I found two shades I fell in love with, and the whole idea kind of gelled right there in the paint aisle. I came home with sandpaper, paint, and all manner of things to get this finished.

So away I went. I started by sanding the drawers, because I figured they were small enough that if I made a mistake they were easier to cover up than the whole thing. (didn't even occur to me to take in progress photos I was so focused on getting it done) Three layers of fingers, and four stripped down drawers later I was done, and added the paint. They looked so marvelous I figured it's only paint right? And jumped into doing the dresser. I chose not to sand it because my fingers were already objecting from the drawers. I did a light sanding on the top to make sure the paint stuck and then just went for it.

It was so awesome when it was dried I could barely wait to put the drawers in place.


And as soon as I did....

I was in love. It turned out so much better than the concept that formed in my head at the Walmart could have even begun to think up!

Then I put the hardware on it this morning and when I once thought I was in love, now I fell into a deep abiding long term relationship kind of love.


I have a frame for a mirror that attaches to the back that I eventually will paint black and attach. But right now I'll be using it for a tv stand as well as dresser and I think that the mirror would get in the way. Besides...I kind of like it like this.

Wanna see it one more time?

26 comments:

Petticoat Junktion said...

I love how you transformed this dresser. Great colors. Found you through French Country Cottage. Kathy

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

I love this dresser!! The color combo is killer. New follower here came over from Sassy Sites.

Thanks
Deb

Natasha SerenityYou said...

Wow! this looks fantastic!! you did an amazing job!!!

meg said...

beautiful! great job.
meg
megvcornwell.blogspot.com

Kim @ The Sasse Life said...

This look AWESOME! Great job.

Would love for you to share this at my link party.

http://www.thesasselife.com/2012/06/crafty-sasse-wednesday-link-party-39.html

Hope to see you there!
Kim

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

SUPER CUTE! Crossing my fingers you share this at my party!!! Saturdays at Seven!

XO, Aimee

fromlondonwithlove2011 said...

This. Is. Fabulous. I can't even believe how amazing that turned out. I love the scroll details in the wood that I swear were not there before you painted it black.
I'm getting ready to start my craft room make-over. Feel free to stop by my blog and give pointers.
From London, With Love

Jill said...

OH that is beautiful Amber! What a fabulous transformation! looks like brand new now!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

cindy said...

When you described your concept, I didn't think it would turn out well. WOW it is GORGEOUS!

Jen Lossing said...

What a transformation. It turned out wonderful! I love the detail on the bottom of the chest! Great job!

Six Sisters said...

Wow, this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing on our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

carolyn marshall said...

Amazing transformation. You did a fabulous job. I love it!!

Carolyn
{my simple messterpiece}

Catherine said...

Wow! This is beautiful! I'm a bit of a purple fan myself, and it looks gorgeous with the black!

Hubba said...

Wow! Love the colors you used. Very clever

www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

Mrs Mommy Booknerd said...

new follower via Welcome Wednesday!

Buffie said...

I'm so inspired! I have a dresser I picked up at Good Will and have been afraid to jump into the re-make. Now I feel a little bit brave!

Thanks for posting,
Buffie
http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

mishebe said...

super cute!

Debi said...

You have done a great job. I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-aftershave-and-wednesdays.html

I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
Sincerely,
Debi Bolocofsky
www.adornedfromabove.com
Adorned From Above

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Beautiful job! I love the details at the bottom. Megan

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party! You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!
http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/06/amazing-tuesday-confessional-features.html
~Macy @ Crafty Confessions

Nicole @ Nicole's Revolution said...

Love this! I wish I had the ambition to do this to the three dressers I have. One day, right! =) I hate every single one and this might be my motivation to revolutionize them! =)

P.S. found you through SBC Link party...and FYI I love you!

suzyq said...

These dressers are my favorite to redo and I absolutely love your makeover - gorgeous!!!
I'm your newest follower - would love to have you follow back!

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said...

Ohhh, I love it! Nice attention to detail.

Jen & Laryssa @ Blissful 55 said...

I am so loving the color combo! Would love to have you link up at our party.

http://www.blissful55.com/2012/06/fab-not-drab-friday_21.html

Jen

Mandy said...

So lovely! I adore that pink colour you used by the way! :)

Addicted2HomeDecor said...

I Love it! Great colors, I wouldn't have thought to put this color combination together...it really works! Fabulous job! Found you at Sassy Sites and I'm now a follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy