Sometimes you get a piece of furniture with a story behind it that just makes you happy to be able to restore it. As with this dresser…
Julie brought this to me to have redone for a friend. It had been through a house fire and meant a lot to both of them. She asked if I could stain the entire piece. Now I usually don’t (or haven’t) stained furniture. I will do the occasional top, but not an entire piece, but the story behind it made me want to do it. So I sanded, stained, glued, replaced the missing mirror and varathaned…
I have to tell you General Finishes Java Gel is AMAZING! What a transformation. The ease of use and the finish on this is beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone!
Here are some before and afters of the transformed piece.
Thanks Julie for entrusting me with such a special piece!
I really wish I could remember to take pictures of the before’s. This lane chest started out a medium brown wood with a faux leather black top.
Not pretty. I painted the bottom in a white and added the pretty multi colour top. The material is Sunbrella so it is very stain resistant.
Aren’t transformations wonderful? I didn’t add any distressing as the top has enough design, I didn’t feel it needed it.
This would look wonderful in a hallway or at the end of your bed.
I have been so absent from this website but only for good reason. I would have never imagined how busy I would be with my little workshop, creating, painting and just having fun! I am so grateful to all of you that have brought my your cherished pieces to update and make them reusable in your space. I feel so fortunate to be doing something that I love so much!
I thought I would show you some of the pieces I have done and a few before and afters.
I loved doing this dresser. Two great reasons why…twins! Our friends Aleesha & Jeremy are having twin girls. How exciting! When they asked if I could paint this dresser for them I didn’t hesitate. The dresser came from Jeremy’s mother…so nice it can stay in the family. Aleesha wanted pink for her little princesses as the nursery is in a pink theme.
I adore Annie Sloan Antoinette Pink. It was the exact colour I was looking for, no mixing of colours required. Once it was all painted, I thought it needed an extra colour as it’s quite a large dresser and it was a lot of pink! Hence the Old White chandeliers dropping down the front of each drawer. Perfect for little girls don’t you think?
I’m happy with the way it turned out. And I couldn’t resist putting these little sock monkeys in the drawers, they were just waiting for Aleesha & Jeremy when they picked up the dresser. I purchased these and half the proceeds go to the Stedman Community Hospice. What a great cause.
Pretty in Pink
We loved doing this for you and your girls Aleesha & Jeremy!! Can’t wait to meet them!
I adore chalkboards. And recently I’ve discovered a very simple way to have wonderful writing on them.
Did you know you can sharpen chalk?
I read online that this could be done…I guess I just never thought of it before. (Don’t mind my sharpener, I also use it for makeup pencils). This makes it much easier when you use your everyday stencils to write on the chalkboard. That’s right! Use your stencils for chalking!
How easy is that! Once you are finished, use a fine brush with a little water to get rid of chalk you don’t want and presto you are done. I can’t wait to do more. Here are my results…what do you think?
How easy was that? The key is the sharpening of the chalk! Have fun creating with chalk…
It’s always great when you can bring something old to life again. Our son and daughter in law brought over a dresser so I could finish it for our grandaughter Owyn. While it was a beautiful dresser as it was, it just needed some updating.
The colours turquoise and purple were requested for Owyn’s room. I love this colour combo! I used ASCP in Florence and mixed a custom purple for the drawers. Once it was finished I just thought it needed something more. After all it was for Owyn!! I found these great stencils that give such an important message to any young person, that is to “dream, believe and inspire”. The added touch of Old White to the dresser brought it to life! Add some bling with glass knobs and she was done.
When I took pictures of the dresser I sat a very special teddy bear on top! My Nanny made him for my son Tyler when he was a baby. I have him for safe keeping…for now…
How wonderful is it that we can pass old treasures down…if not a teddy bear , a great little dresser made especially for Owyn will do. The dresser had come from Owyn’s great grandmother as well. Treasures to keep!
I was recently in California visiting my sister. She has never used the Miss Mustard Seed Paint before so we thought we would go on a search and find some. We checked the Miss Mustard Seed website to find retailers in her area. The first store in Vacaville we went to had discontinued carrying it. I couldn’t understand why as I absolutely love the results using this paint. We were told that it was too time consuming and more difficult to use than the Annie Sloan paint. We also went to Napa, and again the store there had stopped carrying it for the same reason. While I agree that it does take time to mix the paint yourself and it is entirely different than the ASCP, the end results are fabulous and well worth the effort put into it.
I use many different types of paints, including Miss Mustard Seed and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I don’t think that one paint can do everything! While they are quite different to use, they both have their uses and applications.
Here is a great article from Miss Mustard Seed. Milk Paint vs. Chalk Paint
So whatever paints you choose to use, know that they are all different in their qualities, colours, and end results. But have fun trying different paint options!