Friday, October 22, 2010

Before & After

Shortly after hanging up my JunkFest hat, I found I was still pretty jazzed about "transforming" things. Since this is a rare occurrence, I took that energy right back out to my shop to work on one of the pieces I had saved for my very own (the best perk of JF)! My daughter needed a small cabinet for her apartment, so I eagerly gave her a little black stand that my husband "built" (I purchased) from Target. This left a gaping hole in my living room. Great timing, don't you think?





Now this dresser was in pretty good shape....had good bones. I knew it would provide the storage I needed, with a little TLC......"little" being the operative word. Once I start sanding, something comes over me and I feel the need to strip something down to the bare wood. Must stop that.






With Miss Mustard Seed as my inspiration, along with several other talented DIYer's in blogland, I decided to paint (gasp!) the body of the dresser, and stain the top. I know....how can I stand to paint that gorgeous wood, especially after all that stripping?! Well....look here to see why.

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I'm thrilled with how she turned out! I do have to say that I loved the dark tone of the very old finish, and I probably could have stained it 8 more times, but I'm impatient.




A little glaze over the flat white paint, some paste wax over the top, cool hardware....and she's ready to show off her curves!



I like how the dark top and hardware pop next to my dark chair. And if you look closely, you can see the aged plaster on the wall. I was worried about the white dresser blending in too much with the wall. I'm good with how it turned out.



Thanks for stopping by!




34 comments:

  1. To paint or not to paint...that is the question. Happily you found the right answer. She's gorgeous and I agree...the dark top makes it all stand out beautifully!
    Doncha just love it when a plan comes together?
    Debbie

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  2. That wood top looks gorgeous! You did a great job.

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  3. Hi Missy, thanks for stopping by, and commenting on my Gravy Boats. Love the dresser you did, fantastic, there is something about a dark wood top and white base that is so elegant yet remains a bit rustic and cozy, well done, tami, from the high street cottage

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  4. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  5. What a great transformation. Love the hardware! Beautiful!

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  6. Looks great!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  7. Gorgeous job. What is that stunning thing on your wall? I love it.
    sahuckleberry@gmail.com

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  8. That's beautiful!! I absolutely love the combination of creamy white and stained top. I did a dresser with that combination for a client a few months back. Your piece is definitely prettier...has more character. My client's was just a standard 1970s dresser. You can see it here.

    http://blog.addicted2decorating.com/2010/05/finished-dresser-chest-of-drawers-and.html

    Thanks for sharing your project!

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  9. Oh my...that looks great! I love it. I really like the hardware you put on too :)

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  10. Love the curvy lines of the dresser. It looks great painted white with the stained top. Really nice contrast :-)

    Kelly

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  11. Stained top + painted body = GORGEOUS! You did a great job on this dresser. Thanks for the uplifting comment :)

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  12. Very nice, I like the contrast between paint and natural wood. Great storage piece and a girl can never have too much storage!

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  13. A very pretty transformation! It's a pretty piece that you made even prettier!

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  14. Looks beautiful! I also have recently got a great piece and I'm trying to decide whether or not to paint. Yours looks so pretty!

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  15. Girl, that is a great makeover, I love that you left the top it natural color! Hugs, Janna

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  16. I love it and I love that scroll wrought iron behind it on the wall!

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  17. Such a difference. It looks great. Love the transformation on that piece.

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  18. it turned out beautifully! i love how you have it set up, and i love hte hardware you chose.

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  19. Very classy! I've always loved the mix of surfaces. And that is gorgeous! Good for you for keeping some back for yourself.

    (Although...my house is actually OD-ing on mix of surfaces. Send help.)

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  20. Beautiful! It still amazes me what a good coat of paint can do sometimes! Well done.

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  21. Very pretty....I like the look of the wood on top! Great job....and your earlier post about the pumpkins covered in paper is really a great idea! LOVE IT!

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  22. Super cute dresser! I've done a couple pieces of furniture like this myself...wood tops and white bottoms. IMHO, it's the best of both worlds! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  23. Nice job! I have this same dresser and I should really paint it like you have...I love it!

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  24. I love this little dresser! It looks so classic!

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  25. It looks great, I have a desk I painted white and left the top stained too, also got the idea from Miss Mustard seed!

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  26. It is gorgeous! I love that look & love that you did it perfectly. The hardware is great, too!

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  27. What a great piece...I love the stained top, and the hardware is really cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Oh Cassie I AGREE....GREAT bones....yep there's somethin' about a curvy piece like this with a stained top & white base....Just SENBLOODYSATIONAL....!!

    The best thing about staining as you've shown is that you still get to see the character of the wood with the visible grain....Speaking of which, is it oak....hmmmmmm....Whatever it is it's DELICIOUS....!!

    Well Lovey I must away....I hope you have a FABULOUSLY creative weekend....!!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

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