Saturday, March 20, 2010

Working my Projects

The weather has been so beautiful here lately so in between running around getting my girl ready for her trip, I decided to work on some projects.

Last week when I got the call that told me I sold the vanity, I panicked a little because I didn’t have anything ready to go. So, I did what I do when I need furniture in a hurry.  I turned to craigslist and found a cute dresser for a good price in my town.  Of course, what I thought would be a little sanding and a some different hardware, turned out to be a little bit more of a project.

I forgot to take a before picture, but here’s the gist. Picture black shiny paint on the top and drawer fronts. Khaki paint on the frame. Different hardware on each drawer.  Oh, and the best part, 80’s butterfly and ivy leaves that were not only stuck on the top and drawer fronts, they were varnished on.  Oops!

So after several hours with chemical paint stripper and my sander and a little tinted wax, here is the end result.


Tell me what you think. The look I was going for was “rustic chic.”  First I thought I would paint the whole thing white, but I thought this is kinda cool. I know this look isn’t for everyone, but I like the bits and layers of paint showing.


I will be taking it to my Stars & Splendid booth soon and maybe to Farm Chicks in June if is still hasn’t sold by then. 

I have a whole pile of furniture in the garage that I need to get busy working on and hopefully the weather will cooperate a while longer so I can do just that.  What projects will you be working on this weekend?


Vintage Linen Treasures said...

I think it turned out great! I can't believe all the work you had to go through. But this is a really cute vanity. It has great lines.
Patricia :o)

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

I LOVE the way it looks now! You obviously put a lot of work into stripping it!

Rebecca said...

We are snowed in here in'm definitely be working on SOMETHING!

Love the chest!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Adorable!!! I'd snatch that one up in a hot New York minute!!

Good thing I DON'T live close to you - I'd be broke!

Love your little finds below.


Eileen @ Star's Fault said...

Gosh, I just love this, it is the prettiest ever. What do the inside of the drawers look like? I would be tempted to line them with vintage vwallpaper. Yummy.

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Elyse said...

that is very cool. it's got me thinking about my bedroom set which is wood (hemnes from ikea) and how pretty it could look with glass knobs. i don't think i ever would have thought of that. thank you!

blogging is just the best, isn't it?

~*~ happy spring ~*~


Linda said...

This turned out fabulous- I wouldn't change a thing!!

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

just perfect, I love that "rustic" finish with the crystal knobs. I'd buy it if I lived over there!!

My Vintage Treasures said...

Looks great!!!
By the way I a shopping cart that needs a liner. One of your pictures has them. Do you have any for sale? My cart is like the first one in your picture :)

Sherry@Ties2ThePast said...

I like it, especially the knobs! Isn't it fun the way knobs can make a piece look so great!!!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I love the look of your dresser. No doubt an incredible amount of work for you, but the end result is this fabulous dresser!

Loose Sparrow Arts N Crafts said...

I love the dresser's new look. Different and spicy! I covered a dresser last autumn in pictures by Frida Kahlo. It is very dramatic and colorful. I am waiting for better weather to set it out front to sell it.

one gal's trash said...

Love it, love it, love it!

makati condo said...

We are snowed in here in Oklahoma. Love your chest too.

Deirdre G

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

I like it just the way it is, too. Couldn't have planned that any better.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a wonderful transformation! I love it and I really like the top against the distressed bottom!

Philippines properties said...

Your chest is so nice, like it.

Paula M

anything shabby chic said...


Your dresser looks great! Got to love craigslist!! I am new to your blog and just love it!! I to love roses they are all over my home!!! I will enjoy coming back to your blog!!

Jennifer said...

Everything looks wonderful - top to bottom - Jennifer jennsthreegraces