Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My First Dresser


I've been wanting to tackle a large project.
Something big that would give me a wow result.

I also love aqua.
In the past I've used it on a wicker chair, a breadbox, & frames.

This old, sad dresser was at the last auction I attended.
It was solid, but was missing some hardware,
and looked like it'd taken a knock or two through the years,
but I loved the shape, the legs, and that it was so well built.



My favorite spray paint is Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch,
which is what I used for this dresser.

The frame and drawer knobs were painted in Heirloom White Satin.

The drawer fronts were painted with Aqua.

Then 60 grit sandpaper was used to distress the paint.

After all the sanding and scratching and scrubbing was completed,
a coat of Minwax clear was applied to the dresser,
allowed to sit for half an hour,
then buffed to a shine.



I love the little drawers on top.
Hankie or glove drawers, perhaps?
There were three small holes on the top on each side,
so I believe at one time, there were tiny drawers sitting atop these.
(The holes were filled with Elmer's wood putty,
then sanded smoth before painting.)

The curves of this dresser are what really called to me.
I love the sexy curves.





My first dresser.
It's not perfect,
but all it's imperfections,
make it just perfect to me.

52 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! I love the blue/white combo and the chippy factor is just perfect! :-)
    Vanessa

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  2. New follower from LF Party Hop. I would love for you to stop by my page at http://grandmasamazingjourney.blogspot.com and follow as well.

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  3. Found you via the Linky Blog Hop. Following you now! Hope you can come visit me at http://www.eccentricleopard.com

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  4. I am LOVING the Linky Hop! I found your blog and really enjoyed seeing the transformation of the dresser. I am your newest Linky follower, stop by my blog and follow me. I look forward to reading your blog.

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  5. Love your dresser makeover. I found you thru the blog hop and am so pleased that I did!
    Hope you will stop by soon,
    Tina

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  6. The dresser is American Empire Revival from the late 1900's. They are not very desirable these day, unless one paints them as you have done. I usually do not like painted antiques, but this one has a charm. Well done. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  7. Happy to be following you on linky. Love what you do!

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  8. Love the dresser! Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. I hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps follow me back.

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  9. FANTASTIC!!! Very impressive to tackle such a big job and you got such great results. Bravo!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss and Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

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  10. Love this color! I can't believe you got such great results from spray paint! I don't have such good luck with it :( Saw you at Miss Mustard Seed.

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  11. I love the curves of the dresser! It turned out beautiful! Found you through the LF blog hop...I'm your newest follower! Would love it if you came by and followed me back!
    -Melissa
    http://www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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  12. Your first dresser looks awesome!! It is gorgeous! New follower, I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  13. I am now following you on Linky.I would love it if you followed me back. I really enjoy meeting new Bloggers.

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  14. I am totally swooning over the lines on that dresser. And your color choices are amazing. It turned out gorgeous! Nice work.

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  15. Sweet! Found you through the blog hop & I'm a new follower. Hope you follow back :)

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  16. Great job on your first dresser!!
    Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit www.laughterandgrace.com and follow back.

    Thanks!!

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  17. love it! not a color combo i would think of but you created bright & cheery result!

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  18. Beautiful job! Just stopping by from the Linky Party Blog Hop. I hope you will visit and follow back.

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  19. HI,
    I'm happy to be following you from the Linky followers blog hop!! If you want to follow back, I can be found at http://www.measuredbytheheart.com
    Thanks!!

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  20. I'm a follower from the Linky Follower Blog hop! I hope you'll follow me back!
    http://dreesthings.blogspot.com/

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  21. New follower via the Linky Party Hop.
    I hope you will stop by my blog, say hello and follow me back!

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  22. Hello - I am your newest LF Follower from TheStuffofSuccess. Please follow back - thanks and have a terrific evening.

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  23. Are you serious?? It IS PERFECT!!! LOVE IT!

    Hope you'll link this up to our first ever linky party! We're partying now!
    http://www.classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/02/spotlight-saturday-1-our-first-linky.html

    -Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  24. Great redo! Love the bright bold blue and white together! I'd be thrilled if you'd come and share this (and any other projects you might like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party! It's all happening right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

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  25. OH wow! Is so gorgeous! I want one in my house!
    I'm planing on distressing one piece of furniture soon.. thanks for the inspiration.

    Found you on TT&J. I'd love for you to come by and link this and any other project you have at my linky party called "create & inspire"

    http://www.littleinspiration.com/2012/02/create-inspire-party-winner.html

    P.S.
    New Follower

    Angie form A little Inspiration

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  26. Nice work on the dresser! What a great first job!

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  27. Gotcha back on linky follower my friend! Thanks for connecting with me! <3 <3

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  28. You did a wonderful job, Gertie! You'll be hooked on furniture now! I hope you'll come share this Monday evening for the Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party!

    I'm a Linky Follower now! Hope you'll come reconnect at Knick of Time as a Linky Follower.

    By the way, I'm "brewing" an idea around in my mind that I'd like to talk to you about and will be emailing you as soon as I finish figuring it out!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  29. Very nice! I found you on Home Stories A to Z. I'm a new blogger and a new follower!
    http://bluestarantiques.blogspot.com/2012/02/turquoise-is-in-my-blood.html

    Cyndi

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  30. What an amazing transformation. Love those hanky & glove drawers! And that aqua is perfect!! Would be delighted for you to link up with us over at Mop it Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-3.html.

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  31. well, that turned into a darn handsome piece of furniture.

    I came over via the LINKY FOLLOWERS blog hop, and .... am now following you. Will you follow me back??

    http://www.finecraftguild.com

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY,
    R.

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  32. I love, love the color combination. What a difference from the original..I feel all the imperfections make it perfect!

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  33. Great job! Love the colors you chose. This is a great piece!-- Sarah

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  34. LOVE that bright pop of blue!! Just GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sharing at my first ever linky party :)

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  35. SO darling!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/02/turquoise-lovin-25.html

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  36. Love it - and the fact that you spray painted it! Makes me feel like I could do (maybe)!!
    Kelly

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  37. It's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! I love this color as well - new follower! ~Lori

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  38. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

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  39. This is awesome. I have a chest of drawers that I got off the side of the road, I asked the people throwing it out if it worked and they said oh yes - but turns out 2 drawers are wonky and I don't know how to repair them, anyway I painted it aqua and am using it in my family room for storage. I love your dresser you did a great job on it.

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  40. Wow! The dresser looks stunning!

    I hope you'll link up to my blog party!

    Mauvin' Monday Link Party

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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  41. Love the color combo. And those curves make the dresser. Visiting via Vintage Mauve.

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  42. would love it if you could share this on my link party at http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

    Natasha xx

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  43. What a difference paint can make! I love the transformation:)

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  44. Cute, cute, cute! Isn't it awesome what spray paint can do? I love the aqua and the distressed look!

    BTW I'm stopping over from Topsy Turvy linky party and am your newest follower! I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog, if you have time.

    Xoxo,
    Sarah
    www.adventuresofourfamily.com

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  45. What a sexy lady she is! I love those curves! I too love aqua and rust oleum paint. You did a fantastic job! Thanks so much for sharing at Share Your Cup Thursday. Hope you will share often! I am now following you.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  46. Hi, just wanted to hop back and tell you that I am featuring your dresser on my blog today.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  47. I'm just now seeing your amazing dresser! What a huge difference between the before and after! I like her sexy curves and legs, too!

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