Tuesday, February 16, 2010

JunkFest-Sweet Princess Dresser

The moment I laid eyes on this dresser on a junk jaunt to South Dakota, I just KNEW it had to come home with me. At the time I simply saw potential in a nicely shaped, fairly sturdy piece of furniture that I could refurbish for resale. Once I got “her” home, a few new details that had gone unnoticed started to emerge. Notice the “pin and cove” dovetailing on this fine piece. This dovetailing was used primarily in the 1880’s, showing that this fine gal has passed the test of time. The glass knobs were a definite plus, adding a sweet touch to her presence. I searched my wood stash until I found a few suitable pieces to frame a "Princess" corkboard where a mirror would have been...had it not been missing! I covered the corkboard with cotton fabric, and stenciled it with a crown (for the Princess, of course). I also added cuphooks for the Princess to hang her mirror, ribbons, and jewels.

I sanded, repaired, and sanded some more. Then a smooth coat or two of Kilz primer to cover the pink color under the white.

A few fresh coats of white, followed by a few coats of Polycrylic to seal the surfaces. (Polycrylic does not “yellow” over white paint and gives the smoothest feel to the surface! Yum!) I placed some girly, pretty pink wrapping paper in the drawers, and added a soft pink ribbon on a small drawer where the glass knob was missing.

Here is the Princess dresser all decked out for JunkFest 2009. I hope the Princess is enjoying her dresser!

This post linked to;

Faded Charm-White Wednesday

Domestically Speaking-Power of Paint Party

Blue Cricket Design-Show and Tell

Beyond the Picket Fence-Under $100

Mustard Seed Creations-Furniture Feature Friday

Funky Junk Interiors-Saturday Night Special

Between Naps on the Porch-Metamorphisis Monday



of JunkFest


  1. WOW! What a transformation! It turned out beautifully! This princess would definitely enjoy this dresser!

  2. What a cool piece of furniture. Very unique shape. I like it.

  3. Great project. It turned out wonderful. Thanks for sharing today.

    Take care,


  4. That is a truly unique beautiful piece! Great job!

  5. I love how it turned out--the crown is perfect. Thanks so much for linking up!

  6. We love reading your blog and seeing all of the creative things you are up to! We have given you a Sunshine Award on our blog.
    Poppyseeds, Stanwood

  7. What a lot of work that you put into this piece. It's very unique and pretty!

  8. So pretty! I love the way that it turned out!

  9. That is a fabulous piece! Amazing how well made an old piece like that is made. She looks beautiful! :)

  10. It is so beautiful! I know my daughter would love it!

  11. The transformation is amazing! You have a gift! It's hard for me to envision re-doing pieces like this! Thanks for sharing!

  12. wow - i will take three of these please for my 3 girls! gorgeous!!!!!

  13. Oh my granddaughter would just love it....wait don't have one yet....maybe I could talk one of my 4 grandsons.....worth a try anyway....it is just lovely and gets my girlie side all a flutter!!! Deb

  14. What a lovely piece! Thank you so much for sharing it at the POPP!

  15. That turned out so precious!!!! You did such a great job! The piece just got another 100's of life.
    smiles, alice

  16. What a great find! It looks fantastic! Great job!
    ~Rebekah @allthingzrelated~ hosting a giveaway next Tuesday!

  17. Beautiful transformation. It is a wonderful piece and you made gorgeous!


  18. Fantastic make-over! Love the glass handles too.

    I hope you'll drop by AtticMag this week to tour my home.

  19. Oh, oh, ooooh!!! Soooo delightful. I think this is my favorite so far. I Love it!!

  20. Glad you saw potential...♥♥♥ it!

  21. Those are both excellent pieces! I love the dresser and I always get excited when I see nice joinery. We're strange birds, right? The little cabinet is so cute as well. I'm sure those will go fast.


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