Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pink Frenchy Dresser

This lovely dresser was waiting just for me out in the back of our local thift shop.  Once again, it wasn't even priced yet! 

As I was checking to see how the drawers worked, I found this inside~
The work of some litte creature, I'm sure! :)  I got a good deal on the dresser because of it, but I wasn't sure how I (well, um, my husband) was going to fix it.  Any suggestions??? 

Once again I used my spray gun.  A few girls asked after my last post the brand of my gun.  It is a Graco Truecoat Plus.  It was my birthday present! :)


I sprayed on the Kilz Clean Start zero VOC primer~
(I really need a different picture of this stuff!)

Since the drawers did not overhang or underhang (is that even a word?) onto the dresser base, I didn't even bother to take the them out ~ just sprayed them right where they were. I did have to go back later and roll paint on the tops and sides of the drawers where the spray gun couldn't get to.  

Hmm..looks pretty good, maybe I should just quit here!

After I use my little rollers, I just put them in a sandwich bag, roll them up, seal, put in a grocery sack and thow into the bottom of the fridge to be reused. 



After a quick sanding with 220 grit, I sprayed on the pink Pale Peony~
So far so good!

The previous owner had been a bit.. shall I say free-spirited painting the drawers, so the sides were smeared with brown paint.

What to do?  Then I saw Ann Marie's post over at Twice Lovely.  She used blue painter's tape cut in half in a wavy line to create a lovely edge on a desk she was refinishing.  This was just the trick I needed! 

Here is the tape cut and placed on the side of one of the drawers (I used Frog tape.  I don't know if it works better than the blue, but the name is way cuter!)

This was how the drawers turned out~
What do you think? 

I noticed this ugly business on the top of the drawers, too. 

Now this may be a "duh" to some, but I discovered that a little bit of light sanding takes that unwanted overspray right off!

I mod podged the drawers with the same pretty Paris wrapping paper from the pink desk project. 


More details about how I mod podge can be found here in a previous post!


Next I distressed all the edges with an 80 grit sandpaper.

Now this is where my new favorite came in~

LOOOOOVE this stuff!  For so many reasons!  I needed to give the top of the dresser a light sanding. 

When I wiped the steel wool over the top, it left the most beautiful gray glazed look.  It's not showing up super well here, but it looks so natural!

The great part is no mess really, except for the little particles that come off the wool, no cost of glaze, and so fast!  It's also pretty easy to control how you much glazed look you want.  If you want more, just run the steel wool over that area again.  Of course I decided to run the steel wool all over the dresser~


 When the steel wool party was over, I gave the whole dresser a nice coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax and then buffed it out with a cloth. 
      Now, I'd like to say that after this the dresser looked great, but the truth is, it looked like I'd turned the kids loose on it~the top looked unevenly shiny and streaky.  I put at least 3 coats of wax on the top of this baby, and I still was not winning!  After about the 4th coat (and coincidentally the dresser was 1/4 inch taller now, ha ha)  I finally got it right.  Turns out I wasn't letting the wax dry quite long enough.  :) 

After buffing the top with a cloth that final time, I took my steel wool again and rubbed it across the top (not for the glaze look, but as a buffer), and it just seemed to smooth things out and kinda melt it together.  LOVE you, steel wool!!! 
    
The pulls were in excellent condition, but I thought the silver still needed an update.

 Of course the pulls got a quick shot of primer and then were coated in my hammered brown spray~





Once the pulls were in place, the dresser was complete!

Of course I must first show the before~


Here is the after~

I snuk into Maya's room after midnight and tried to grab a few girly things to throw on.  This is all I could grab before she woke up.  SHHHH! 














Maya and I found this precious rag doll at the same thrift shop as the dresser!


Thanks for stopping by!!!

49 comments:

Sherry said...

Awesome job, Kim. I'll have to try the steel wool trick one day.

Artichoke Alley said...

Once again, beautiful. I love the detail on the sides of the drawers.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow Kim, this turned out great! I love the pink and the glazing with the steel wool. And I'm glad you stuck with the wax. It really makes for a smooth finish. You worked really hard on this project and it is fabulous! Nicely detailed tutorial and tips too. I'm thinking about a paint sprayer. I'll check this one out. Way to go girl!!!

Cathy @ The Far Fifty said...

Looks beautiful and thanks for the tips! There's a dresser that looks JUST like the before for sale online here but the brown paint was deterring me. Maybe I'll go scoop it up now!

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Looks great! I love all of your loving finishing touches!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

You amaze me! This turned out beautiful! I love the scalloped edge on the inside of the drawer. What a great idea! The brown hammered hardware was spot on, too. Pink and brown is really "in" for little girls! Nicely done, Kim!

Dayna said...

Very pretty Kim. Glad you linked to your mod podge tutorial because I've been wanting to try it. Hope you find a buyer. It shouldn't take long!

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

great job! thanks for all the how to's. I've never been a fan of wax or steel wool, maybe I should give then a second chance.
thanks for linking up and linking back to me. Did you leave a comment on my post? Linking is an extra entry but you must leave a comment in order for me to include you in the random.org draw. Just a comment saying "I linked" will do.
gail

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

What a great makeover! I love the steel wool tip. Thanks.

Serendipity Chic Decor said...

So Paris chic. Love the color with the drawer liners. I've had that problem before with the sliders. My husband just cuts a piece of wood the same dimensions and literally replaces the entire piece.

Take care,
Lisa

Chrissie said...

KIM, I LOVE THIS PRETTY PINK DRESSER. YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB. I LOVED THAT PRETTY PAPER BEFORE AND I KEEP THE SAME OPINION! BEAUTIFUL WORK~

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

What a great job you did on this you have a beauty now. Trish

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

I love steel wool too!! Ever since an older gentleman told me to try it! =)

Soo pretty the pink is so subtle!

Allison said...

That's a very pretty dresser. The pink is so sweet and feminine and perfect for a little girls's room. You did a very nice job. I need to give the steel wool a try. Thanks for the tip!

Tracey said...

Great job! The dresser turned out really nice, so much better than it was before! How do you like your paint sprayer? I had so many dripping problems with mine that I stopped using it. I am a huge fan of using the steel wool!!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

It looks great! I love how you lined the drawers!

Artichoke Alley said...

Kim, I just wanted to thank you for all your sweet comments! THANKS!

Judy said...

I love the dresser. It's just beautiful.

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Love your furniture makeovers!! I'm your newest follower!

Judy said...

Thanks for your comment. I looked through some of your old posts. I love everything you've done. I'm your newest follower. Hope you come follow me too. :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks so good. What a transformation. I am going to have to try the steel wool thing. Thanks for sharing that.

nickys nook said...

hello kim i came across your blog today on 2nd chance and i am so glad you did a great job i will definately be following you i can wait to browse your blog to look at other projects

C'est Magnifique said...

It's absolutely beautiful! I love the sweet little rag gingerbread doll too! :)

Tania

Karie's Chic Creations said...

That dresser is beautiful. I have a night stand that would match it. I did it in the summer. Thanks for sharing.

r_c_kunkel said...

I know hardware stores like Lowes/Home Depot sell drawer guide replacements. Im not sure if they will have what you need, but good luck. Beautiful!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

Wow, how pretty! Thanks for the tip on the steel wool. I am going to have to try that out. Pretty pretty!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Love your finished dresser. Thanks for all your tips.
Susan

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it turned out so nicely- love the painted hardware and the pink is just perfect and soft!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Beautiful job! It's pinkalicious!

Cheers!
Tina

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Are you kidding? What a difference? I enjoyed reading all the steps you went through and how you stuck with it until you got the look you wanted. A girl after my own heart :)

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

incredible, you are so talented!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love it, what a great find and it turned out beautiful. I'm now a follower:)

Rondell

Infarrantly Creative said...

Pink is so fun and girly. Perfect for a little princess. I love the light distressing you did. Just a perfect amount.

Chris said...

Loverly. One idea I did when I repainted my girls' dresser was completely paint the drawers. It made them feel brand new again.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Kim, this is really, really beautiful!! The pale pink with the brown handles look perfect together. And of course the lined Paris chic drawers!! I'm going to try out your steel wool idea.

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Great job! Love the color and distressing. The lined drawers are the perfect touch. Thanks for the steel wool info.

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

Great job on the dresser. It's fabulous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I truly do love this chest. I painted an old pink chest for my granddaughter's nursery. Pink is hard to get right and you did a great job. Thank you for sharing this at my party!

~ Lisa ~ said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I looked at your last post and fell in love with it. I'm now a follower of your blog. Happy to meet you and happy to know you love to distress furniture as much as ME.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

House Revivals said...

Beautiful make-over! I love the idea about using a scallop design to fix the painted area on the side of the drawers! Thanks for stopping by House Revivals -- I have tutorials for the other two woven stars almost ready to go.

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

Hi! I'm visiting from HOH, and I love the idea of taping the side of the dresser before painting it. It looks so clean and pretty! Thanks for sharing. Your dresser turned out beautiful - what a transformation!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Such a pretty makeover! How do you like using the sprayer? I have one that I've never used because I'm afraid it will be a pain to clean up.

You really did a great job. Well done!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful transformation. Looks like something you would find in a high end shop. Thanks for the tutorial. ~~Sherry~~

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

HI there! I am your newest follower. YAY! This is a gorgeous! It looks totally different. The hardware turned out great to! I love Hammered by the way! Its awesome. Believe it or not that is actually what I used to put the paint stroked on my red/black table in my living room. Feel free to check out the post. I would love to have you follow me also @http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

How cute and great ideas! My hubby just bought me a pneumatic paint sprayer that hooks up to the air compressor. LOVE it! Sprayers make such a nicer finish!

Shaunna said...

Looks lovely...that's a nice pink. Love the steel wool finish. Thanks for linking to SFS! -shaunna :)

Dayna said...

I put paste finishing wax on my coffee table redo and I got the same thing- streaky mess! What exactly did you do to get the dresser looking good? I did like 2 or 3 coats. Should I do more? Thanks!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Love that dresser, ironically, this is exactly what I am looking to find for my daughter's room! Love it!

annie lane @ sisters with flair said...

Your furniture transformations are awesome! I really appreciate that you give the play by play of everything you did and you take so many pictures. Definitely a follower now! Thanks!

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