Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Whimsical Makeover: A Dresser for Me!!!


Finally, the time is here to start filling my house with my finds.  My hobby/passion allows me to come by some amazing and unique pieces of furniture. However, they often sit in my garage, collecting dust until they are claimed by someone. 

Well, no more!  I am starting to move these amazing pieces into my own house!

This beautiful dresser was picked up 6 months ago. It was in ROUGH shape. I did some re-gluing and sanding but the drawers were still a major problem. The interior drawer wood was brittle and in need of being completely rebuilt. This was a problem because I don't have that kind of time. A creative solution was needed.


Now, that things are settling down on the home improvement front, I am able to start decorating. I started with this dresser. 

I used a custom mix of ASCP Old White and French Linen . It made a lovely light grey.

Here is the finished product:



It has been so long since I have painted something for my house. I can't explain how much I enjoy this piece. I heavily distressed it using my new sanding technique (thanks Christie Carter). Then I applied clear wax and followed it with a dark wax glaze. 

I also had this old mirror which is no longer reflective. I wasn't going to paint it but it turned out to be much too dark for the space.

This display is in my living room.

I paired this week with mismatched hardware. With all of the furniture I buy, I always have random hardware around the house.



Now...remember those tricky drawers? Problem solved!

Hinges!!! We took the drawers apart and hinged them onto the dresser. It hides our tv junk perfectly!

Wondering where the tv is???? That is a post coming soon. Trust me, it's a good one.

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34 comments:

  1. Oh. Wow. What a wonderful vignette. I love the colour and the fact that it's a utilitarian piece as well. I also love the fact that the handles are mismatched. And that mirror is to die for!

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  2. FAbulous fabulous!! I love the look and the functionality. I also like to mix those two colors together. Bravo!

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  3. I absolutely ADORE this piece Laura! So well done!!!

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  4. I love this, it looks gorgeous you did a great job. love the hinge idea on the broken drawers.

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  5. Perfection! Every inch is amazing Laura. I especially love that the mirror is no longer reflective allowing the carved detail of the frame be the crowning jewel.

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  6. Beautiful piece!
    Please, oh please...how did you do the hinges Laura.
    I am guessing that you used piano hinges, but would love to see a close-up and any tips you have.
    I hope to be able to do something like this with an old low dresser for a media stand.

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  7. I think this is drop down wonder full make over...and you got to keep it...I have been doing some stuff for my grandkids and my son and wife...and the shop....but for me or my hubby....I have been thinking of redoing my dresser and out bathroom cabinets....hmmmm inspired

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  8. Absolutely beautiful!! I love the colours, the mirror matches perfectly and the 'drawers'...fantastic idea! Love the whole look. I'm pinning, I just have to! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Debbie :)

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  9. Wow, what a transformation! It is so beautiful!! I just love it!

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  10. WOW! Can't wait to see this in person!

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  11. I LOVE this!!! So glad i found you and thanks for the kind comments on my dreser piece...
    chris

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  12. Just beautiful...LOVE both pieces! I know what you mean about painting for yourself. I'm finally getting to do a little of that myself! :)

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  13. Oh My! That is perfect! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from POWW. Would love it if you woud share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-16.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  14. that is awesome!!! those carved details are stunning and i love how you were able to repurpose it!

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  15. What a great way to hide all that TV stuff that isn't so pretty to look at. I have to PIN this immediately. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Oh this is so great. You did a fabulous job transforming this piece. Love it!
    Mary Alice

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  17. Wow, this turned out just fabulous. It gives me inspiration for my project, which I am still trying to decide what to do? I am really going to have to think about it now :)
    Just found your blog on Wow Us Wed and am now a follower,
    Chrissy

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  18. Love the paint job! What a great idea for the drawers!!

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  19. love the patina you created and the mix of hardware the crazing on the mirror is amazing and it all looks so beautiful up against the blue very very pretty!
    Sherry

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  20. I love it!The whole project is amazing. I also love the mirror and am wondering how you did it!

    Carolyn

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  21. What a great Transformation and I'm Loving the Ghosting on the Mirror!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  22. Genius!!! I'll have to remember this idea the next time I've got a piece with wonky drawers.

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  23. OMG you're a genius!!! Incredible transformation and I would be happy with just how it LOOKED - never mind that you made it extremely functional!
    Great job!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  24. What an amazing piece, and you are so clever with the hinged drawers! Also love that fabulous mirror.

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  25. I featured this today at Mod Mix Monday....oh...I love everything about this.

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  26. Tell me about your apple crate...is it from Maggie Valley? I would love to see where the TV is.

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  27. This is exactly the answer for my poor broken-down dresser. I'll have to do the new bottoms for the drawer openings just like you did also. and the hinges are a brilliant idea. congratulations.

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  28. Love this! Were actually in the middle of doing one ourselves and were having a hard time choosing hinges. What did you go with because yours are 100% hidden! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. What a great idea! So clever. But my favorite thing is that wonderful mirror. Absolutely stunning. I'm hoping to find one that is distressed like that. Gorgeous. I will be pinning this one.

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  30. What a clever idea! I am so impressed that I think I may have a *girl-crush* on you! LOL <3

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