Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Yellow Sunburst Dresser

stenciled sunburst dresser

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.

dresser before.jpg

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….

stencil flower dresser.jpg

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.


Linking up to these great parties:
You are talking too much Meet Me Monday

Happy Hour at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy

Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

Weekend bloggy reading at Serenity Now 
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence 
Whipperberry Friday Flair 
Sundae Scoop at I heart Naptime

17 click here to comment:

Jessica Kielman

Kimmie! It's gorgeous!!! I love it! Great idea! I love the scale...I've been keeping my eyes open for one.


Love the hate it until you love it! I so want to embellish my dressers but am so chicken. Let alone the fact that I had to spell check embellish before I left this comment. ; ) Love this dresser but do wish you had a better before pic! Just teasing! Love it all! Love, Me


This is adorable! Those flowers were meant to be painted around the handles, they look fantastic what a great job :)

reFresh reStyle

She's beautiful! I can see why you fell in love with a dresser :) I pinned, shared and I think I'm in love with it too!

Shannon Nembach

You could never feel blue looking at this piece, it's just so happy. Great job, your hard work paid off, be very proud!

Atta Girl Amy

I love that quote from Miss Mustard Seed you shared. I feel that way a lot about the furniture i paint, too. I have to sometimes live with it a bit or take a day away from it before I decide if I love it or not.

Of course, I don't know why you ever had doubts about this piece. It's gorgeous. I love that you made a stencil with your Silhouette and that you spent $3.96. (I can never just spend 99 cents in the Silhouette store either!)

Was this by chance something you bought during your major junking trip to NC?

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

Dressers are my very favorite pieces of futniture and this one is totally adorable!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers

What a transformation! I can't even believe what it looked like before. I just love the color your chose the little sunbursts. Beautiful job!

Kristine at The Painted Hive

I love the colour - it reminds me of custard, yum! And the petals are the perfect embellishment. Gorgeous.


Oh how happy is this! First off yellow is my favorite color. Second stenciling or any type of embellishing is my second like. Just a gorgeous makeover all the way around Kim.

Craftberry Bush

Just sooo pretty...you did a fantastic job and can I tell you how much I adore that white scale...sigh...thank you so much for all the prettiness....xo

lauren @ West Furniture Revival

i love how your dresser turned out. so cute and quirky. i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,

House on the Way

Love this dresser! Great transformation! I'd like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I hope you can join in the fun!

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy

Beautiful! I love the color you used - great makeover! I would love for your to share at out weekly link party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-pinteresting-link-party-week-63.html

Deb Hrabik

That is so eye catching! Love the color and design. Fabulous job.
I'm inspired,


Love it


Love what you did with this ...where is my paint can hehehe