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6.30.2011

A beast to a beauty

  I love garage sale-ing. I love going through people's things and finding something I KNOW can look good.

I found this dresser at a garage sale. It was your typical UGLY brown boys dresser from.....let's say from 1988.


It even had those horrible handles that should be outlawed!

I got home and was so excited to show it to the hubbs. He immediately wondered why I even brought it home! This thing is a beast! It weighs a ton, but it's built very well with dovetailed drawers.

But he's not complaining now :)



I chose to paint this Duck Egg blue, a chalk paint by Annie Sloan. No sanding, priming, etc. I put only 1 coat on it and it looked amazing! After it dried, I waxed it with a clear wax.

I distressed it using my 5 in 1 Purdy tool.


When you open the drawers, there's even a sweet little surprise inside! They are lined with scrapbook paper that looks like vintage newspaper articles!


I just love this piece so much!

But of course, there's no such thing as a perfect DIY project.

The hardware on this piece gave me so much trouble :(

It was an awkward size so I decided to fill in the holes.



I then found these for half price at Hobby Lobby.



They only look like they have 2 holes, but it's the best hardware invention ever...they only have 1 center hole!!!



So other then hardware, I could turn pieces over pretty fast. But I guess it would be TOO easy then!

I hope you like it! It's for sale so click on the store tab for more info.

I'll leave you with another Before Meets After.
A real beast turned into a beauty!


After looking at this post, I realized the color looks really off. It's more of a light turquoise color!

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Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I cannot believe how different it looks! I love that color, and the hardware looks great!

Vicki @ vickidesigner said...

Found you through FCC Feathered Nest Friday. That paint gives me hope!! I have a similar, bulky, heavy dresser in my bedroom from the 80's with that same hardware. I thought the robin's egg blue would be perfect but wasn't sure if it would work on the shiny wood without sandy. I mean it says it does, but really? So, your post definitely gives me hope.. I'm giving it a try!! If you are looking for a patriotic printable, check out my submission #28. Great to meet you! I am a new follower.

From Inspiration To Realization said...

Hardware looks great, I like that light blue color!

Tisha said...

Beautiful! You are so talented! If we ever finish our basement, I have a complete bedroom suit that needs a make over and I know just who to contact to make that happen. = )

Sue said...

Love you transformation- the Annie Sloan paint is amazing! Neat idea w/the hardware. The old stuff WAS atrocious! LOL Visiting from Stuff and Nonsense.
~ Sue

laurie said...

wow, what a transformation, good job, lovely color!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Don't you just love a good garage sale I don't which is better the find or our husbands giving us the look :) great restyle the dresser looks fresh and updated :)

Allison@FabRehab said...

If I could garage sale for a living I would!! This is a gorgeous dresser!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

OMG, I remember those monsters. You did a fantastic job turning it into an absolute beauty. Love the color.

Fabiana said...

Wow, what a difference a day can make! I love the new color!

ciao from Newport Beach

Nelly said...

Like it??? I LOVE it!!!

Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked said...

Looks gorgeous!! I love the color and the details :)

BluBabesCreate said...

Beauty turned that beast right around!

Deana said...

Who would have thoughT that ugly thing could be made so BEAUTIFUL! This post would be such a great addition to my blog party! I hope you stop by and join in.

Jami Nato said...

super adorable!

Kendra said...

I am amazed by the transformation! awesome!

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SueBee said...

Wow! You inspire me today....

Kim said...

You were right on - it was 1988 or there about. The store was called "Future Rest" and they were famous for selling those humongous waterbeds. I had a set myself and just transformed my newspaper lined dresser using Annie Sloan's Provence. I'm gonna share it soon. Nice job and congrats on a great score!!

Twice Nice said...

That dresser does have rather masculine lines. Love it! Duck Egg is perhaps my favorite color right now. Deb

Kathryn Griffin said...

Looks Great! Don't you love the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? It's sooooo easy. Check out #134, little pedestal table I used the ASCP on! http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/06/chalk-paint-and-goodwill-most.html

The Painted Parlor said...

Haha! I saw the before on this and it looks VERY similar to the dresser I just did! Yours turned out great!! Check out mine if you'd like, I posted it yesterday :)

Julie

Delaney said...

That transformation is fabulous!
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imsteelefullofscrap said...

It turned out beautiful!!!!
Okay I have a question I am still a beginner at refinishing furniture and I see everyone using the chalk paint so you dont have to sand prime or anything using her products???

Kelly @ ThrivingWith5 said...

New follower from blog hop! I'm so inspired! I would love to try that sometime! Looking forward to following you! Hope you stop by and check mine out too! http://www.thrivingwith5.blogspot.com

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That is just gorgeous! You took that piece from outdated to trendy! I've been eyeing that pretty color too! :)

KTbee said...

wow only 1 coat?! i've got to try that paint! your dresser looks gorgeous. i love the color you picked and the pulls are so flattering on it!

Tammy said...

Love it!!! what a beauty!

At The Picket Fence said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous! Love the color choice and you did a great job. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Trisha said...

SO BEAUTIFUL!! I love your color choice too :D

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so much better! the color and the daintier pulls do it so much justice! :)

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

LOVE the color! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

Jenny said...

I am going to have to break down and buy some chalk paint so I can just slap it on and be done! Ahhhhh, to not have to prime would make me a happy girl! Thanks for sharing at Primitive and Proper.

Creative Raisins said...

That turned out fantastic. I know the feeling when the husband looks at you like you are crazy but I just tell mine "I have a vision". He just laughs at me but loves the end result.

Thank you for sharing this is beautiful.
Lisa
http://creativeraisins.blogspot.com

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

You did a beautiful job... I'd love for you to share this at my link party.

Keck Family said...

love the color you choose! I just re did a dresser myself ad now I want to do it again and use this color! amazing job thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to check me out @ brandenjessicakeck.blogspot.com

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured so grab a button and get your brag on! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/diy-rockstars-more-tuesday-confessional.html
~Macy

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

What a beauty! I found your link at Primitive and Proper and I'm glad I did:)

A Lived in Home said...

How beautiful! I love the color!

Cindy said...

marvelous

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

Hi!

I just want to let you know that I am featuring your dresser tomorrow on my blog...

Thank you so much for sharing it at my link party!

Hope to see you there again ;)

Tausha said...

I love this, no ADORE this piece! You did an amazing job! I must ask, are you addicted to the before and after and the power of the spray paint as much as I am? Love it all! Love your whole blog! Have a happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

Did you have to sand the old dresser down to the light wood color? It appears that way in one of the photo's? I have a dresser that was this color and same style and would like to try this. Beautiful work!

Tracie B. said...

Why did you put a clear wax over the paint? Just curious if this is a necessary step. Planning to do this to an old beast of a dresser soon!

Rachel said...

Like Tracie, I am redoing a dresser, and have the same question about the wax - what exactly did you do? what kind of wax and how do you use it? I'm a newbie with this stuff :)

thanks!

Anonymous said...

Although I do think the new dresser looks great, why ruin a perfectly fine looking piece in the first place? Now we were given a very old and ugly dresser, not that I'd like to try this technique on.
I will admit, I know nothing of design, but I do know what I like. I'm always saddened when someone takes a piece of furniture that is beautiful the way it is and changes it.

Danielle said...

Well I love the dresser after! I think you took a outdated ugly piece of furniture and gave it new life. Well done!!!!

Mary Lindsay said...

I just love this end result. SOoooooo FaB !!

Anna said...

Are you kidding? You seriously painted this beautiful dresser? And what kind of a color is this for a piece of furniture...? Well, you can't argue taste but I just thought I'd leave my 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic job! I found this on Pinterest and that's how I got to the site. Wow, what an improvement and a piece of art!!!

Anonymous said...

What is the 5 in 1 Purdy tool?

Shastar said...

Just found this on pinterest too! How gorgeous. I love the before and after pieces. I've just started blogging in the last year and have a few before and after pieces of furniture and wooden items also. I hope you can stop by some time. :-)

JenMann said...

I was wondering the same as Tracie B....is the wax a necessary step? What kind of wax did you use?

Michelle Wells said...

I have to agree, but to each his own. I prefer natural looking wood. I saw this on pinterest and was thinking it might be on how to reclaim a gorgeous old piece after it has been painted.

Kerry Warner said...

Im wondering the same thing... it looks like you primed it in at least one of the pictures? but you said you did no sanding or priming... Id love to know im in the midst of doing the same. beautiful color by the way

Anonymous said...

Same here.

Anonymous said...

Fully agree. And how was the original hardware any worse that what it was replaced with?

Southernbelle said...

Love it! Great job! Ok, so how did you use the purdy 5 n 1 tool???

Matt Wood said...

Loved it too. No one can say that these are reclaimed. Seems like they are just unused.

Laura S. said...

I have some of the same questions already asked... no primer/sanding?
What is that 5 in 1 purdy tool? (I will search your blog assuming that you've mentioned it in other posts). And, what sort of wax did you use?
I'm sort of not expecting answers since it appears that you do not respond to visitor's posts.

Kara said...

I also noticed that there have been no questions answered. I was just wondering if you found any answers to your questions? I am wondering the same things you are.

Margaret said...

What is a 5 in 1 Purdy tool?

Margaret said...

I think she's talking about the Annie Sloan clear wax. They also have a dark wax, it's supposed to bring out the true color of the paint. Before you paint your furniture just clean it, this paint doesn't require any sanding or priming... Hope that helps.

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

It's a tool that you can purchase at any home improvement store. It can be found near the paint brushes :)

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

It's just the lighting. There is no need to sand or prime with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

Margaret is correct, the paint doesn't require any sanding or priming. The wax I use is Annie Sloan clear wax. If you are a no-reply blogger I can't respond to your comments via email :)

Stephanie said...

Seriously? That thing was BUTT UGLY.

Anonymous said...

Love your redone piece. The pulls are so similar to the ones on it however, I do believe I would have painted the old ones black.

Tina said...

I need help with about 3 items that I wanna distress. I have a 5 dresser drawer, a nice desk and a hideous kitchen table. Besides the kitchen table the other items aren't finised so I can prime and paint but the kitchen table is going to be some work. I just started with these DIY projects, very very very new and I need color themes and some ideas....please.

AKelley said...

Beautiful - I'm curious how you used the 5 in 1 Purdy tool to distress the edges? just by scraping some off?

sarah said...

Same here- any tips on distressing? And is the waxing necessary? Does it leave it with more of a shiny finish?

What a great remodel. I apologize on the behalf of the haters on your blog... obviously they didn't learn if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. I have a set from my husband's grandparents I hate to get rid of but hated to keep... until now! Can't wait to look up the different colors of the chalk paint.

SHAYNA said...

Lisa, I have been stalking this post for quite some time! HAHA! My now husband has 2 furniture pieces like this - one tall & the other the elongated piece. We just got married & bought our first house... trying to save money I'm wanting to repaint the dressers so it looks like we have a "set". My great-grandmother's dresser that I currently use is going to the guest room & hopefully by the end of the weekend I'll be able to create something similar to this dresser! SO EXCITED!

SHAYNA said...

You can also distress it with sanding paper. I've done that with many projects. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

The before was much better. Wood furniture like that is classic and deserved to be treated as such. Let the real wood show. The brass handles are specialty escutcheon handles. You have ruined a beautiful piece.

Anonymous said...

Rude

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