while it's cold out. . .

I thought I would get started on some of my projects. I have an ever-growing list of them floating around my brain somewhere between "get laundry done" and "clean the baseboards."

First on tap is a dresser my parents passed along several years back. It's good quality and has served it's purpose well in our guest/office/toss-it-in-there room. I had so many bee's in my bonnet that I nearly forgot to get a before picture. I remembered just as I was about to take out the last drawer. Here she is:


And with three boys running around and really, really cold temps outside I worked rather quickly and, you guessed it, didn't get any pictures along the way. But here's what I did: 1) sanded the top down to the original wood so that it would drink up a dark walnut stain. 2) gave the rest a light sanding, because I'm lazy that way, and painted it with Behr's paint and primer in one in cream. 3) used Valspar glaze in mocha to age it. 4) spray painted the drawer pulls a brushed bronze. 5) applied wipe-on satin poly to give it a bit of protection.


She went back into the rearranged guest room and is awaiting some accessories. I really like it! You can see what the glaze did to give it a more aged look. Love her little feet.


And the drawer pulls painted up real nice. I did use a spray primer first. I learned the hard way this is necessary.



Currently, there is a lamp drying in the garage that has been painted slate blue that will sit on top along with. . . not sure yet. I'm shopping the house.



Oh, and remember this? Well, while I have thoroughly enjoyed the pop of color in our bedroom my fickle nature is prevailing. Along with the fact that my new bedding from Santa doesn't work as well as I'd like it to with my apple green dresser's. So. . . they, too, are going to receive a coat or two of Behr's cream paint. I think it will work much better.
But I assure you, something in my house will be painted apple green by the end of this year!

16 comments:

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

wow! i have been seeing so much of this idea, with the stained wood on top, but everything painted below. yours turned out great! :)

Christina said...
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Christina said...

Love the dresser and especially the top!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Looks great! Don't you just love how glaze sinks into the cracks & ages things perfectly!!

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

I like it so much. Sad to see the apple green go but I am sure you'll find somewhere else to splash it.
tammy

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Very pretty!
~Amy

Rene said...

I love it and can't wait to see the green project.

Cha Cha said...

I love this piece, the legs are just the best. I think you did a great job with your colors, they suit the piece so nicely. Great job and thanks for sharing.
Cha Cha

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

L.O.V.E. it! Love the shape.

I too am loving the apple green color this year. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

beth said...

That turned out great! Your old dresser is now a beauty! :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Lovin' that 2 tone effect! Nice work! The lines on that dresser sure are pretty.

Thanks for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

It turned out beautiful. I'm lovin' the two-tones look. I'm hosting a Power of Paint Party on Wednesdays. I'd love it if you linked up your dresser.

Marianne@Songbird said...

Nice. Would love to see it all accessorized out.

Jennie said...

I love the two toned look. So pretty

Kirsty said...

It is a classic dresser and you did a fantastic job! I love it!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the shape of this dresser. It deserved a makeover and I am a big fan of the dark top and cream base. Great job!

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