Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Tired Dresser Gets a Facelift

Painting this dresser was one project I didn't want to put on the back burner for long.  It was impossible to motivate myself to spend hours out in the freezing cold garage, so in the house it came and up the stairs it went.  I worked on it off and on for a few days from the comfort of a guest room where the paint was able to dry, and I didn't have to worry about developing frostbite even with an open window.

It finally made its way into my work room/office where I finished organizing the drawers
and relocating some of my supplies that have been stashed away in the garage.  The top has already taken on a whole new life and doesn't look this naked.  Oh no, could I be running out
 of room so soon?

Before
A very heavy, six foot long, orangy, well built, but not so pretty dresser I bought right after Christmas at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  I had been looking for a dresser to put in my work room/office, and this one was perfect because of all the storage and the thrifty price tag.

I think it's smiling at me.

I painted it with a combination of Old White and French Linen Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I used clear wax only on the top and frame because I didn't want to alter the color, then I used clear wax with just a small amount of dark wax on the drawers, door, and sides.

I'm not crazy about the original handles, but they'll work until I come across something else in my junking travels.  I am crazy about the beadboard on the sides and front door.


Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tuesday
Young Heart for Weekly Thrifted Party
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

51 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

amazing how vintage you made it look!

Art and Sand said...

I want so much to do my bedroom dresser, but it is too big to move out. I like your idea of doing a little at a time when I can. I can take out all the drawers and do them elsewhere.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Yours turned out wonderful.

Michelle L. said...

I just love the unusual cream and gray color scheme! What a great storage piece, Betsy.

Maggie said...

I think it's smiling at me, too, Betsy!! WHAT A TRANSFORMATION...it is just beautiful. So elegant. And I liked it before! Now it's pure love. Your studio is lucky to have it!

I joined in on the 'grow your blog' party and have a little giveaway. Come on over :-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love this dresser! I am looking to redo our extra bedroom and make it into a craft area for me. I will need storage so I think I'll keep an eye open for a great dresser like this!
hugs, Linda

Elizabeth Johnson said...

I love everything about this dresser. Great makeover. And I've painted a lot of things smack dab in the room they were living in. Its probably laziness. But it has worked. : )
~Elizabeth

Kathy said...

We DO expand to fit our space, don't we! I think it turned out great and I think I kind of like the hardware, after all, how often does a dresser smile at you. 8+)

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Betsy, What a wonderful transformation. I loved the design of the piece, but not the colour, but with paint and wax you have turned this dresser into a something adorable. I love it.
Have a lovely evening.
Best Wishes Daphne

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I knew you'd make it beautiful, Betsy. What a great storage piece.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

LOVE the after on the dresser!
Great post on Carol's blog!
Deb

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's such a nice big piece and I love the beadboard, too. You did a great job and it's something you can really use! You needed it!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That turned out beautifully, Betsy...love the colors you chose! That will be a really useful piece, too!

Trisha said...

Betsy, it looks amazing. You should be the visionary consultant for Annie Sloan's chalk pant!

pat said...

I love the way you refinished the dresser.
I am a sucker for the little drawers (in the middle). Love it!

Peggy said...

Glad you had a place indoors for such a project, it is miserable tryng to work in the cold. I still say that dresser was a great find, the storage is awesome, and I like how you made it pretty! And of course you'll run out of room, such is the life of a crafter, ha!

Loretta Thomas said...

A piece I've waited for and you didn't disappoint...it is just how I pictured it would be! Great Job my friend! So glad you found a place for it in house!

Warm Regards,
Loretta

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what a FABULOUS transformation! i just adore the colors you used. have been thinking about paint ingmy master bedroom armoire. i think i just found my motivation.... :)

Donna said...

What a great transformation!

By Neymes said...

OI BETSY,FICOU BEAUTIFUL AMIGA,PARABÉNS.BOA SEMANA.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

~ Liz ~ said...

Hardly recognizable as the same piece. Fabulous drawers. What a joy that piece is going to be now that you have the painting behind you. And you made it look amazing, Betsy. Good eye.
Liz

cynthia lee designs said...

Love it!! It turned out great!!
~Cindy

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

The dresser turned out great Betsy!!!!!! Love it!
Xo

Iprefervintage said...

The dresser turned out lovely.

I hate depending on the weather to do projects as well. Several are sitting in my garage waiting in line for their make overs.

marie said...

This dresser looks amazing! No wonder it's smiling at you!!

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

I love everything about it! The colors and the lines of the dresser are fabulous!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Looks beautiful Betsy...love the colors you chose!

Almost to Paris Vintage said...

Hi there love what you did with the dresser,perfectly beautiful rustic chic.
x...Debra

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful dresser rejuvenation, Betsy! I love how much storage space there is in it--nice!

Into Vintage said...

Wow - what an improvement! Not to mention the massive amounts of storage. It looks amazing! I love your color choices too -- I've been in a bit of a gray mode lately.

I do my 'winter painting' in the guest room as well. :-)

Mary Ellen said...

Wow Betsy this is a great piece of furniture and works in so well with your room. Love the way you painted it up all frenchy looking!

Enjoyed your post over at Carols too!

bee blessed
mary

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

You did a great job! I love all the storage in it! Blessings, Tammy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! What a pretty transformation - you did good! I envy you will all that wonderful storage space.

craftyles said...

What a beautiful makeover. I love the two tones colors. Spectacular!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

JEALOUS!! Practical and pretty...enjoy :)

Pam said...

That was some makeover. It didn't take you long to do this. It looks wonderful and all that storage space!

Ann said...

That dresser is so unique, with its beadboard and generous varied storage. And your paint job is to die for! Stunning. I'm featuring this beauty on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Beautiful job on the dresser. It is so hard to be motivated to paint in our recent freezing cold weather. It's good that you were able to get it done. Looks great.

Pam~Simply Nordic said...

Betsy, Love the old/new dresser. I'm going to have to try this paint! I'm sure you do get great results from any old paint, your so good! I am finally back after having to change my blog and shop name. (I have a post about the whole funny, sad but true details) Please follow me again, my friend and enter my new "French" giveaway. Have missed you and all your beautiful inspiration!!!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

A stunning transformation! Love the color combination!
:)

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

YOU DID IT!!! It looks fabulous, Betsy! You must be so proud of yourself! Great color choices and great storage!!! Congrats!!!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh this is so lovely! I never thought of using a dresser like this in the office/work room but such a great idea! I love the ReStore!

Monika Ozdoba said...

so stunning!
Why don't we follow each other? ;)

XOXO, Monika

Wendy said...

What an amazing find and what a beautiful job giving it a new look!!! Well done!

I'd like to invite you to check out my thrifted link up!
http://www.youngheartoldsoul.com

Cheers!

Holly Browning said...

That's an amazing transformation. Who would ever know it wasn't pretty in it's prior life.

Karen said...

What an amazing difference! It's beautiful now! Love this. Visiting from Wendy's 'Young Heart' xx

chateau chic said...

Great find and I love the color combination you used on the chest.
Mary Alice

Maria Elena said...

You did a beautiful job! It looks gorgeous!

Wendy said...

Just stopping by to say thank you for joining in my first link up! :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Betsy, What a beautiful transformation! I love that you used different paint colors. Thanks for sharing your project at the Open House party.
xx, Sherry

Karen Bates said...

What an unusual old piece! Love the curved drawers. You did a wonderful job...huge job! I bet you love all the storage.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This dresser has such great components and now it is beautiful and not ugly! I like the hardware but would paint it with either the white or grey.