Monday, October 11, 2010

The Eric and Adam Dresser

I found this dresser at the same church sale as the blue desk.  I love the before pic - cracks me up!

Someone (possibly Adam or Eric?) had used a permenant marker to fairly separate the drawers.  I loved the little waves at the bottom, and hoped I could change it into something cute!

I found some mistinted Zissner primer for $5 that almost perfectly matched my Woodlawn Charm color.
After I sanded, I painted on a coat of the primer.  It's oil-based and pretty smelly!  I sanded again before painting on the Woodlawn Charm.  I only needed one coat because the primer and paint matched soooo well!

I had seen dressers with a stencil painted across the front and thought I would do my own version.  I didn't have a stencil, but my "design"  ha ha was quite simple, so I just freehanded it.  Here is how it turned out:
I used a piece of chalk to draw the flower.  This works great because if you don't like what you have drawn, just wipe it off with a damp cloth and start over!  I added a bit of white to some of the Woodlawn Charm to lighten it up, then used a small paint brush and brushed it right over the top of the chalk.  After the design dried, I just wiped off the remaining chalk with a damp cloth.  Easy Peasy!

Next I distressed the edges with an 80 grit sandpaper.  Then I took a piece of 220 grit and went over the distressed edges again with it.  It takes a little extra time, but the distressed edge just looks a little more natural and rubbed in. 

 After that, it was 2 coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly~ 

It's so easy - just pour some on your cloth and rub it onto your piece.  No brush strokes!

I lined the drawers with some super cute coordinating paper I found at Hob Lob.

I also had a desk that I found previously at a yard sale.

 I gave it the same treatments as the dresser~

I used my chalk and lightened paint to make the flowers~

I also lined the desk drawers just like the dresser~

I finished this nightstand I found at my favorite thrift store like the other 2 pieces to complete this set.  Here is the before~

...and after!

I added some little flowers and swirlies~

and, of course, lined the drawer.

Here are all 3 pieces together.  I sold them as a set.

This is my little Maya!



Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Very cute pieces. I love how subtle the flowers on the front are.... :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh, what a darling set!

Sassy Sites! said...

So cute! I would love to have you link up over at Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday party! :)

Marni @ Sassy Sites!

TheCraftInMe said...

Very cute, they make a great set!

Restyled Vintage said...

Hi Kim and thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog, that is so cool that you have been to NZ and bungy jumped! I am far too chicken to do that, lol. I had to come and check out your blog, your blog name had me hooked in an instant, and your transformations, WOW...I am now your newest follower :)
xx Karen

Camille said...

SO cute! I love it! The flower is perfect!Visiting from


Katie said...

Adorable! I love the detail of the flowers!

Melissa said...

Looks ideal for a girly room! I love this set, you did a great job!

Sassy Sites! said...

Great job on the transformation! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Hopefully we can see you again next Tuesday! xoxo

-Marni @ Sassy Sites!

Anna See said...

Yay! I love this! Super cute addition of the flower details.

oops! said...

I love everything about these pieces! The color, the paper, the flower! Wow!!!

Laurie Jones said...

Beyond cute! You did an awesome job!!! Love the flowers!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this set is just adorable!!! the flowers really make it, and the lines drawers sre so fun. thanks for joining my party!

adele said...

I love the way they came out. Where did you get the paper that you lined the drawers with?

Cathy @ The Far Fifty said...

I love that you took all the pieces and made a set. What a lucky little girl who got these! The colour is perfect! I wonder how Eric and Adam would feel seeing their dresser so girly now!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

The paper is from Hobby Lobby! :)

michelle dean said...

The whole set look so good! I LOVE finding old furniture that needs work and making it pretty again! I would love it if you would link up at my link party too!

FineArtPainting said...


Come link up your tutorial article on our website & our readers can find you also:

We'd love to show your work,

ps when you 'follow the rules' and create a link back from your website/article, you can easily find us again and come back week after week with new craft DIY tutorials.

Anonymous said...

What an adorable set for a little girl. Love the color!

Chrissie said...

You are doing some wonderful stuff! I love this set. I am a new follower!

Sherrie said...

This set is adorable! So sweet!

Gotham said...

a beautiful dresser adn the turquoise color looks too good, you have done it very nicely and it would also serve you for a long time, great find i would say - AboutCabinets Blog

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

OM goodness, what simply charming makeovers! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 linky party.

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