Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Battleship

A couple of weeks ago, Maya and I were driving by our Salvation Army thrift shop.  I had every intention of  shooting right past, I REALLY did.  Then I saw the sign ~ 50% all furniture!  Seriously, how could I not?  Am I ever glad I did, because this beauty was hiding in the middle of the other pieces~
We had to drive home with the back hatch of the Blazer flipping up and down because we couldn't close it all the way, due to our latest find.  It was just a tad bit breezy!

                                    The top of the dresser had two chunks missing from the top~

                                 I used my Kwik Wood epoxy putty.  This stuff is pretty amazing!

                                 When it dried, I sanded it down until it was even with the surface. 
After a few coats of primer, the damaged places are completely undetectable!  Yea!

All five of the drawers were missing the drawer slides, so my husband spent three hours on Monday fixing them for me.  Here are the fancy new tracks~

 He had to add a strip of wood to the bottom of the drawer before screwing in the top slide because the drawer was just too thin. 

                                              Most of the drawer stoppers were missing, too. 

                                 Easy fix~ he just placed screws in the same spot and it worked great!

The dresser was solid wood, but it had a thin layer of fake looking wood over the top.  Since it was a bit slick, even after I sanded, I thought I'd better pull out my heavy duty primer~
Psst... do you see the Blazer in the background?  I actually get to park IN the garage this week!  Just in time for the snowstorm.  It's short-lived, though, because my husband ~ and his truck ~ will be home from his trip tomorrow.  :)  Gotta store that furniture somewhere, right?

A while back I found a quart of dark gray oops paint at Lowe's called "Winter Flannel."  I wanted the gray to be a bit lighter, so I added in a white sampler from Lowe's. 
How do you like my professional mixing station?  :)

After giving the dresser two coats of gray it looked a little boring.
My husband came home from work and said, "I'm interested to see how the battleship turns out."  That's code for, "Are you sure you know what you're doing?"  :)

After some distressing, I grabbed my #0000 steel wool and ran it over the whole dresser along the grain of the wood. 

It leaves a gorgeous faint gray glazed look and adds another layer of dimension~

I used RL glaze in black, to add a little more to the steel wool effect.

The inside of the drawers got a couple coats of the gray, and then were lined with this fabric from Hobby Lobby~

To adhere the fabric to the drawer I used this spray adhesive~
Details of how to in this post here.

I didn't have enough spray adhesive to finish the last two drawers, so I used my fabric Mod Podge on them.
Fabric Mod Podge "how to" found in this post.

The hardware was primed and sprayed black~
I mixed a tiny bit of clear glaze with the gray paint and lightly glazed the hardware so they didn't look quite so fresh and new.


I love these little knobs from Lowe's.

For the finish, I just wiped on two coats of this~

So here we have the before~

and the after~


















I think the "Battleship" turned out pretty well!  :)

74 comments:

Christina said...

I am in love with this piece! The details are perfect...you did such a beautiful job...I absolutely LOVE the color...great!!!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

This piece of furniture is absolutely awesome! You put a lot of work into it. I love the color, the detailing, everything about it. One of the best jobs I have ever seen someone do.

Sonnie said...

OH MY GOSH - beautiful, simply beautiful. Love the color and the glazing - beautiful...Great work!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is just beautiful!!! love the color and shape- amazing!
hope you come link it to my party!

Cathy @ The Far Fifty said...

Wow, that was a lot of work! But it pays off, it's gorgeous! I love the paint with the glaze, great job!

tara said...

So pretty! You did a great job on the ol' battleship!

the rusty cupboard said...

what a wonderful job you did...completely beautiful

Katie said...

What an incredible fix! I can't wait to try the wood epoxy and steel wool on my own 'battleship!' Very beautiful!!

Tyla said...

I think this is my favorite of any redone pieces of furniture I've seen so far. Great job!

Sherry said...

One word.....WOW!
Sherry@Back2Vintage

Nicole @ Black Cab Designs said...

That looks amazing! I love that you stayed with the grey. I probably would have chickened out at the halfway point. Really great transformation,I love it!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

What a beauty! That was a lot of work involved keeping that baby out of the landfill, but you really made it all sparkly again :)

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

WOW, I didn't think I would like the grey but I love it. It looks so soft. Great job.
Traci

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Absoltely gorgeous! Love all the little details on the piece and all the work you put into it. And it was a thrifty find too. What could be better? And a nicely detailed post too! Kim, you really deserve a pat on the back for this one or better yet, a great big hug - well done!!! And yes, I did notice the car in the garage!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Make that - absolutely - spelled correctly! The letter "u" on my keyboard sticks and it's driving me crazy!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Okay, you are making the rest of us look bad...lol! This is absolutely gorgeous! One of my favorites thus far. Go Kim, GO Kim! Nice work! xo

vintage vine said...

Great job!!! I too would have stopped for 50% off. The dresser is a great color!!!

The Frosted Gardner said...

What a great find! Beautiful color, perfect hardware and so on and so on. I don't think it could have turned out better. I bet you are very pleased!

Allison@FabRehab said...

I'm with Michelle...you're making us all look bad ;) It's wonderful and I love the tutorial of lining the fabric!!

patrice @ duplicity furnishings said...

This is so pretty! I'm in love with gray lately

Chrissie said...

Kim, it is just beautiful! I love everything about it, the color is perfect and I love the glazing. I am going to try that with the steel wool. And you know that I love the drawers. You are such an inspiration!

Nicole Jennings said...

Lovely job! I have never seen the wood putty stuff...now, I'll have to find an excuse to us it!

MMB Creations said...

That's beautiful. I am working on a dresser now. You have inspired me.

Janet Marie said...

Ooooooo...I'll bet you're proud of yourself! Great piece, great work! I would not have passed that up myself had I seen it in a thrift store.

jcrafts said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by trendy pockets! We have a new linky party, wonderful weekend, make sure to check it out! trendypockets.blogspot.com/

Artichoke Alley said...

Once again...Fantastic! Inside and out, you always do such a great job!

the cape on the corner said...

amazing! i'll take it!

Uptown Antiques said...

Awesome!

Stephanie Cameron said...

Fancy!! I adore black glaze!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

This is such a gorgeous piece now! Well worth the drafty drive! I never knew you could fill in a huge missing chunk like that. Such a great tip!

Restoration House said...

What an awesome job! You did good girl!
Kim:)

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Simply beautiful. Great tip on the epoxy putty...I've never heard of it. It's on my list to buy now though!

Jess said...

Looks Fabulous! Thanks for stopping by The Rented Cottage Life! I'll visit again.
Hugs,
Jess@The Rented Cottage Life

Green Gracie Home said...

That's the prettiest battleship I have ever seen! Absolutely love it.

Admitted Fabricaholic said...

ummm...AMAZING!!! What a gorgeous set of colors you chose to compliment each other! Would be a focal point in any room - great job!

Steph @ BirdhouseFamily said...

Wow, that was a lot of work but well worth it! It turned out so beautifully.

Terry said...

Unbelievably gorgeous. Terry

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love this chest of drawers! Your post was loaded with great tips!
thanks for linking up and linking back,
gail

Serendipity Chic Design said...

This is beyond gorgeous Kim...It is so "vintage glam"...You are so good at giving such detailed tutorials....

Have a great weekend...

Lisa

Ann said...

This is really beautiful. I would say the battleship turned into a beautiful 'princess' cruiseliner!

Curtains In My Tree said...

I want that !!!!!!!I just love the piece!!!!!!!!!Wish I could happen upon a piece like that and I bet I do this year.

However I don't have room for any more furniture, I will just have a yard sale

Janice

Meg said...

it looks beautiful. Simply gorgeous! I love it. Great job, I love all your steps. Gives me a hint of how to do it myself! Thanks for the tips!


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Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Wow! I think it looks better than any battleship I have ever seen! love the fabric in the drawers, and love the glaze on top of the gray!

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Hi,
I just popped over from Metamorphis Monday what a beautiful peace of furniture you have created.Looking forward to seeing more.
~Sharon~

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

turned out beautiful... how could you not love it..

Pamela said...

Your dresser turned out just beautiful!

sleepyhead designs studio said...

Fabulous!!!! The "battleship" comment cracks me up. Sound just like something my hubs would say ;)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Looks great! I love the color and the finish!

Miranda said...

That looks great. I especially love how you lined the drawers.

Miranda
www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

The Homemaker said...

Beautiful, that's all I can say! Your trip to Salvation Army paid off very well. Thanks for stopping by :)

Mary said...

Hi! Just found your blog! I redo furniture too and its always fun finding peopl who share the same addiction, um I mean passion, as I do! Great piece, I look forward to seeing more!
Mary @ http://thedecorativepaintbrush.blogspot.com

SavannahGranny said...

Love the way your "battleship" turned out. I would say in the battle of this chest you won the war. It really turned out beautifully. Love the unique lines, very pretty. Hugs, Ginger

Rachel said...

Kim, I want every stinkin thing you redo, I want it all. :)You do amazing work!! I am in love with the grey!

Sami said...

That is gorgeous! I love the gray.

fresh_look_furniture said...

That dresser is beautiful! And it matches our new nightstands, perfectly! It's the exact same style. Oh how I wish I could find matching dressers to complete our room!

oops! said...

This style of furniture is my favorite! I love the color!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Hi Kim, don't know how I missed this beauty! This one came out fabulous! I love that quik wood stuff too and of course your adhesive idea is my new favorite. Great choice in fabric too!

Laurie Jones said...

Beyond beyond did I mention beyond beautiful!!!!

Tiffany said...

That is just gorgeous!

Michelle said...

Love it! You've got to link up at my party tomorrow! www.thrifty101.blogspot.com
That is amazing. I like the term "battleship" HA HA! Makes me want to go to the DI and search for some old furniture! (I don't need any but hey, it's a project!) :)

Isabel said...

I founf your blog through Fresh Look Furniture! I love what you've done and I'm your follower now! Beautiful dresser, I love it in gray!!

Cindy said...

it's beautiful. i love the color....and you did a great job on the glazing....

but i want to know what your husband thought when it was done!~!!

hugs, cindy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the way that turned out and I like the way you changed the knobs on the top two drawers. Thanks for linking up this week!

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

Gorgeous! Best looking Battleship I've seen =)

LuvMyGarden said...

Amazing! I really appreciate your step-by-step complete with the products used. You turned that battleship around!

~SueSCharmingChippyCottageCreations~ said...

Love the transformation the color you choose is perfect and the fabric made it just shabby Love It!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love how it turned out and it is such a great color! Love the black glazing. I am going to try the black this spring on a few pieces.

Kristi~The Slipcover Girl said...

its gorgeous! love the gray!

Jena @ Involving Color said...

Kim, your dresser turned out gorgeous! I am so impressed. I love the color you chose. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

great job on the dresser,, love the color and distressing.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

So beautiful! I've never heard of using the steel wool to wipe... cool. I'm putting your dresser in the PoPP Spotlight tomorrow.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What an absouluely fabulous redo--the color is divine! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooooooh, I LOVE this! I love the colour, the style....I love it all!!

Sarahx

Shawna said...

Oh my GOSH i want a garage. Then I could REALLY do some furniture damage!

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