14 July 2011

hey look! pictures!

So, I finally took some pictures of some of the projects I have been working on. I have been really motivated to work on projects so I have been taking advantage of doing that and lagging on the pictures but since I had to do some photos for work today I shot these to share.

dresser before
Here is a close up of one of the drawers on my dresser redo. Remember the Before picture? I got it at our local charity shop for $8! Even though it was in rough shape and was missing some hardware, I knew it was a good deal because it was solid wood with dove tailed joints.
The drawers and doors worked so I knew I could spiff it up to fit our home.

I have been incredibly inspired by Marion at Miss Mustard Seed and Barb at Knack Studio. In fact it is because of this inspiration that I decided to strip and leave the top of my dresser wood as opposed to painting it out.

Overall, I sanded the pieces and patched a couple of holes. In addition I stripped the top which was a nightmare until I found some magic paint stripper at ACE Hardware. I painted the piece with two shades of Chalk Paint (Old White and Provence). I then distressed the piece with sandpaper to add some aged areas. I finished the body with a combination of clear and dark wax and the top was stained Red Mahogany and sealed with 2 coats of Wipe On Poly. The final touch was adding some vintage glass drawer pulls (as seen above) and knobs. So without further ado, here is the finished piece!
Also, of note, we removed the one big drawer on the right had side of the dresser and added wood to make a shelf since we're be using this as an entertainment center. The cable box and Wii need to be remote accessible.  Here is one more shot of the dentil style trim at the top. Love that! and also a sneak peek at the little kitchen wall I painted with chalkboard paint. Today is the last day it needed to cure so I am sure we'll be having a lot of fun with it soon! Next up I will share my chandelier makeover.. what are you working on?

chalkboard wall


  1. fabulous job!!! It always amazes me how someone (you in this case) can see an "old object" and know it can be brought back to life. You really outdid yourself Heather!

  2. Holy Smokes, Heather! This looks AMAZING! How did you like the chalk paint? I've been so inspired by Miss Mustard Seed too, thank you so much for telling me about her. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece, Heather. You did an awesome job. You're inspiring me to get on the multiple projects piling up in my garage!

  3. Love the colors you used! Awesome make-over.
    I was just telling my kids yesterday that I was thinking about painting the door to the garage with chalkboard paint since it was scratched up mercilessly by the dog-in-law on the 4th of July.

  4. Okay...so I never saw the before picture. I knew you were creative, but now I'm classifying you as a creative genius! I'm so glad I know you...I hope some of it rubs off on me!!