35 minutes ago
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
So, how do you like her? Ain’t she a beauty? I’m not shy! I worked hard on this baby! I wanted her to stand out!
My before pictures stink, as always. No need for e-mails or comments stating the obvious. I always rush right in to get rid of the ugly. It’s so hard to remember to document the ugly. But here’s what evidence I have of the before. Not bad… just old and brown.
But see those “indentations” around the knobs? I loved those things! They were screaming for attention! So, I painted the body of the dresser with 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White. I painted the drawers with 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Arles. And I stalled… and waited… and searched Pinterest for inspiration. Nothing.
I read a quote on Miss Mustard Seeds blog about this time that said
“there is almost always a point as I’m working on a piece of furniture when I hate it and want to haul it to the closest thrift store just to get it out of my sight. I resist that urge, though, knowing it’s going to look amazing in the end”
This was me at that moment! But hey, if MMS didn’t give up, I certainly wasn’t going to!
I got out my sanding block and roughed up the edges of the body and drawers, which I will say brought me GREAT JOY! This piece sanded so easily! Mostly because of the chalk paint, but also because the piece is old and solid maple with no finish to speak of. It was like butta…
I used Annie Sloan’s clear and dark wax on the body of the chest, and then I stared at those drawers…. I repainted the pulls with my trusty Oil Rubbed Bronze. Can’ t live without that stuff!
Then I remembered that I have a Silhouette machine! Hello??? I went into to the 99 cent Silhouette store and shopped ‘til my heart was content. Well, I actually spent like $3.96, but I was sure that something I bought might work as a stencil on those drawer fronts. I played around with sizing and cutting etc. I finally found what I was looking for. (Take THAT Bono!) I cut it out on heavy cardstock and used it for a stencil. I then spent the next 27 hours (more like 2 hrs, but my back was killing me), hand stenciling those “flowers” around the drawer pulls. SO WORTH IT!
To finish off I sanded the drawer fronts and flowers and sealed with dark and clear wax.
I’m in furniture love….
Hey! Don’t let that fabulous scale distract you from the dresser! That’s for another post. Stay innn the moment….
Now, I’m off to hate another piece of furniture ‘til I love it! Honestly, that really is how it works. For me and Miss Mustard Seed :) ! Catch you later.
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Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Weekend bloggy reading at Serenity Now
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Whipperberry Friday Flair
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