Wednesday, July 27, 2011

progress....

remember this dresser?
a craigslist find from a few months back.
it came with this mirror
 and, be still my heart, these handles....
why doesn't anyone reproduce these handles?  they are gorgeous, don't you think?
i would have bought the dresser just for this hardware.  
anyway...$40.00 for the dresser and mirror....
and those beautiful handles.....
since i am lightening up my kitchen, i thought this would be a great piece to replace the black console table that was in there before. 
so i brought it in so see if it fit in the space.  it fit perfectly
so i started painting it.
 rather than painting the whole thing the same color, i opted for a white top and colored bottom. 
i used the annie sloan chalk paint in old white for the top and 
duck egg mixed with the old white and louis blue for the base.
 the detail was much prettier painted than it was in the less than attractive white with gold overspray....
the detail on the drawers is pretty too.  
but then disaster struck....
i tipped the dresser forward to touch up the paint on one of the back legs and all of the drawers slid out and landed on the floor.  
this was the result..
 crap!!!!
 oh well, nothing that i couldn't fix with a little carpenters glue 
 and a clamp....
good as new!!  
i sanded to distress around the carved detail and the edges;
i didn't paint the hardware.  i love how it pops against the color and brings down the white top.
i know that the handles are on differently, i wasn't sure how i wanted them to go.  i will stick with the way they are on the left side.
i painted the market fresh sign onto a broken dresser drawer front
that i pulled out of someone's trash.  its the one in the back that says "pants".
i painted it and stenciled the letters on.  i love the way it looks.
this dressser helps also, to lighten up the kitchen a little more. and it adds 6 drawers of storage.
and who doesn't need more storage in the kitchen, right?
what do you think?
oh, and i got this rug at ikea for $19.99.  i got it mostly to cover up the paint marks on the floor under the table. 
 when don painted the base of the table for me, (he was bored when i was out one day) he didn't use a drop cloth....(yes, that is the drop cloth right next to the table) but we are replacing the flooring anyway.
i will be painting the mirror that goes with it too and replacing the black one there.  i am just trying to decide if i want to paint it old white like the top of the dresser or duck egg like the base.  any suggestions?

i am also linking up to robyn's blog for the mountain of giveaway for annie sloan chalk paint.  i could sure use some more and if i don't have to pay for it, that would rock!!!

27 comments:

Katie said...

Love the color you came up with by mixing the two colors! Don't you just love the added storage dressers give? My vote would be to paint the mirror the blue/turquoise color, which would really pop against your white walls.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

How about both? Have it white with a blue line inside the frame area...and highlight any carved parts with the blue. Love how it is coming out!

Musings Of A Gem said...

You've done such a great job : )
Love the sign you made!

I think I would go with the turquoise...it will be great against the wall : )

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks lovely! the color is so pretty and it's perfect for extra storage. dressers are such great versatile pieces!

Anonymous said...

That was my furniture as a kid growing up. I gave it to my cousin and she used it as a changing table. Love it! You did a great job. Angela

Pine Tree Home said...

Ok, now I am really going to be a copy cat. I haven't busted out my chalk paint yet, but you continue to inspire. I have the very same style dresser (tall boy) and vanity table that needs this treatment. Egg me on. Do it. I need to experience the awesomeness like you have. Oh, btw, I like the left hand side handles better.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Gorgeous!! I love the new look and it looks fantastic in your gorgeous kitchen area.

Kate in Austin said...

What a great craigslist find! I love the paint job and your Market sign, how creative. I like the pulls direction on the left as well.

Digital SLRs said...

I appreciate the ideas and I would like to read more good stuff keep it up! This is very nice article and have great information.
Digital SLRs

ShantyGirl said...

I love what you did and I would have not thought to use the dresser as a sideboard, If it were me I would put the original mirror above painted of course in the area where the black mirror is, the lines of the original one are so cute! but the black is pretty too! I just bought a complete bedroom set for my booth and may have to take a piece and use around the house like you have done, I love you table and chairs as well and love the look!
Sherry

Bargain Corner Designs said...

What a beautiful kitchen! I've never seen anything so gorge. I love the colors and decor. I think you should paint the mirror white. I can't explain why but I think it'll go in there beautifully. Again, great job! I'm your newest follower and I'd love to hear you say what you think about my DIYs.

kristincita said...

I love the dresser and vote for white for the mirror. My first thought, though, was "where does the dog eat now?".

Digital Cameras Fuji said...

Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up

Rebecca said...

I found your blog through Savvy Southern Style. You did a great job on the dresser! I am going to follow your blog for sure.

Rene said...

That piece is absolutely gorgeous and looks perfect in your kitchen.

Jen @ Bungalov said...

What a great job you did. I love how you left the top white. Gives the piece a nice contrast and helps it blend in with your kitchen cabinets. I agree you have lots of nice storage in their too.

Catie said...

I love it! It looks great. My daughter has the highboy of that style of dresser and its in serious need of a makeover. I'd like to try the chalk paint, but I'm in Canada and it's $50 a can!! I don't know it I can shallow that much. : ) ~ Catie

Oh and I'd paint the mirror white.

White Whimsy said...

Love what you did to update that piece of furniture. It turned out gorgeous and I love the color.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I love how you have a dresser in the kitchen! It turned out so gorgeous! I agree, those handles are yummy! :) I almost always have mishaps, too...in fact if things are going too well, I get a little bit nervous!

Rhonda @ The Yellow Brick Road said...

Love anything french! I have 2 french buffets and a french dresser to paint and YOU have just helped me figure out paint colors. I, too, love ASCP! I am your newest follower......stop by and visit when you can!

Maggie said...

oh my i luv it it has a beachy feeling to it like you are at a posh resort cabana...

I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/08/my-inner-baker-with-linking-party.html
Have a great week,
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Tracy Suzanne said...

I'm totally jealous. I love this piece. My sister had a french bedroom set like this in the sixties. Oh' to have it now. It goes perfect in that spot. The blue is gorgeous. I love that you changed the chairs to that soft blue too. And the handles couldn't look better with it. Okay Miss Smarty Pants, that sign was just too smart and too cute! Thanks for sharing. Now what are you going to do with the mirror?

Hugs...Tracy :)

Digital Cameras Fuji said...

I appreciate the ideas and I want to read more good stuff to keep! That article very nice and great information.

Brenda said...

Love your white cabinets! Just wondering what type of paint you used for them and the primer? We have painted ours once before and they didn't turn out so great and have since sanded and stained (not my favorite). The 2 colors look great. I am just in awe! Great work and I love your blog! Thanks!

Denise said...

I just bought an almost identical dresser today from craigslist. I am really excited about painting it, but I'm unsure how to handle the laminate top. How did you prep it for painting? After painting the whole dresser did you apply polyurethane?

Lanell Beckers said...

I bought this same dresser at AmVets for $15. I just bought red paint for it a few weekends ago, and plan on painting it on Sunday. I'm glad I you completed this project so I could see what it looked like and feel more comfortable about the undertaking. LOL. Great job!

Anonymous said...

i think some of the drawer handles are upside down in the after picture. it is a beautiful piece.

Related Posts with Thumbnails