Friday, February 25, 2011

Pale Blue Dresser

While scanning Craigslist for some new inventory, :) I spotted this beauty. 

The dresser was in great shape except for a few things.  On the bottom of the apron, some veneer peices were missing.

Not a problem, if you've got this stuff on hand~

I molded some of the KwikWood onto the damaged areas~

This is what it looked like after I sanded it down.

Last week we had some great weather, so I was able to spray the primer and paint onto the base of the dresser with my spray gun!!!  I had to prime a different piece today using a roller and brush because it's cold here again, and it KILLED me!  :)

Before spraying, I covered the top with extra special protectant paper~ha, ha, and sealed it off with Frog tape.  I was planning on staining it later.

"Carribean Mist" is the paint color I used.

Next I distressed the edges.  I've been using my hand sander a bit lately to distress the edges, and it works pretty well. 
You just have to be careful not to get too crazy with the sander or you might end up with some bites in the wood in places where you didn't want it.  (Oh, yes, personal experience!)

After distressing, I wiped Minwax Dark Walnut stain over just the edges and then wiped it right off.
After the stain dried I used really fine sandpaper (320 grit) to sand off the stain that had gotton too far away from the edges.  This cleans it right up! 

I used Ralph Lauren Tea-Stained glaze to make the fresh blue paint job look a little more time worn. 
I let it sit for a few days and then I sealed it with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

I lined the drawers with this pretty fabric.  First I measured the drawers and then cut out pieces of fabric an inch or so larger all the way around.   I'm always glad I allow for this extra bit because I am usually off a bit!

To keep the edges of the fabric from fraying, I turned it over onto the back and brushed Mod Podge on just the outer edges of the fabric
Any last little bits or strings of fabric that need cutting are so much easier to clip on the dried edges.

This time rather than brushing MP over the entire inside of the drawer, I just brushed it all along the outer edge of the drawer before placing the fabric down.  It seems to have worked just fine!  (Yea for shortcuts!)

The top of the dresser had a lovely top, so I didn't want to paint over it.   I used Citristrip followed by mineral spirits to get all the varnish off.
Once dry, I sanded the top by hand using very fine sandpaper~ 220 and then 320. 

I applied Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner before staining. 
Then I applied two coats of the Dark Walnut stain.

To finish the top, I used tung oil. 
I did two applications of the oil.  Dry time between coats is at least 12 hours, so patience is a must here! :)
All righty then, here is the before~

All pretty in blue~


 
 










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52 comments:

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

the dresser turned out beautiful. great thinking about hiding the missing wood on top. looks like that was ment to be that way

Jenny said...

It looks lovely and great idea to mask the missing bit of wood on the top. Nice job! ;-)

driftwoodesign said...

Great find!

Ali Richardson said...

Gorgeous!! That all sounds like a lot of work, but it was well worth it. Beautiful!

Wanda said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for showing us the before pictures, warts and all, and taking us through step by step. I'm hoping, if I read enough of these things, I'll loose my fear of buying messed up furniture.

Wanda @ Just Vintage
http://shopjustvintage.com/blog

Agatha said...

It turned out beautiful, i love it:)

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Greetings from Southern California

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I invite you to visit my blog.
And become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You :-)

Marilyn said...

That looks great! ♥♫

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful piece! Loved your tutorial!

Deb
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Think of all the dressers and furniture you have saved with the KwikWood. I'm amazed at what you can do with that stuff. You really put a lot of care into your work, Kim! This turned out so beautiful! Good job!

Have a super weekend! xx

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this is just beautiful, and i am in love with that awesome hardware!!! gorgeous, kim!

Teresa@Much-A-Do said...

That dresser was a great find and you did an amazing job with it! I am so thankful you share all the details on how you transform your pieces - gives me hope I can transform a few things too.
Teresa

Rita said...

GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS!

I love this!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Her makeover looks sooooo good!

Blessings,
Linda

Chrissie said...

Kim, your dresser looks beautiful! I knew it was yours when I spotted it at Donnas link party. Beautiful job as always!

Terry said...

I am your newest follower and your newest fan. You did an outstanding job on this dresser.

laxsupermom said...

Another stunning transformation! I love that you didn't worry about the little chip and covered over it, instead of scrapping the idea of staining the top. It turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh how pretty and what a great tutorial! Great work Kim!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love it and the distressing! Never thought about fabric to line the drawers I always thought it had to be paper, thanks for the tip:)

Rondell

oops! said...

Beautiful and I love that you told how you did it! I did not know about the kwik wood! Thanks!

Brenda said...

Great looking dresser, Kim! Lovin' the Kwikwood!

the modern cottage said...

wonderful job-great tips too!
-Alison

Shawn said...

I love this!! I just found your blog...thru other blogs......and I am enjoying it all. I have a blog I just started...please join! Thanks Shawn simplepleasuresilove.blogspot.com

Anna See said...

LOVE it Kim! Thanks for the play by play!

Holly Austin said...

This is a beautiful transformation, I love the lines of the dresser!

P.S. I'm your newest follower :)

TheCraftInMe said...

Very nice transformation!

Tammy said...

I have a party on Wednesday called Anything Goes, I would love it you shared this.

http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

Thanks Tammy

TeenaBugg38 said...

i just love this!!! And I am filing away your mod podge tip too!!!

Megan Lee said...

Great job! I love the contrast of the dark wood top and the pale blue bottom. Looks great!

Artichoke Alley said...

You are one smart lady! The wrapping paper is SO smart...we always have extra that's crinkled etc and it would be the perfect size for so many projects! Also, I HAVE to find that Kwik Wood you always use! I'm looking again today! Thanks for such awesome posts.

Sunny said...

Your blog and tutorial are great! Thank you for teaching me more about how to turn "frog" pieces into "royalty"! Your piece really came out nice!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Gorgeous dresser, Kim! You really outdid yourself on this one. The fabric is such a special touch. Did you ever get the new sprayer?

Camilla said...

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www.firstladyofthehouse.blogspot.com

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Woah! What a difference. Love how it turned out! I really need to start checking out craigslist!

PS- I'm doing my first ever giveaway on my blog and I'd love for you to come enter! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-giveaway-and-introducing-your.html

Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said...

Wow - what an amazing transformation!! Gorgeous!

A Vintage Vine said...

How did I miss this last week?? I came over here to see what you were up to this week and found this beauty...Great job! I really liked the yellow dresser but now this one is a favorite too! Can't wait to see next weeks work!

Sausha @ {show and tell} said...

love this - and i love the original knobs. So cute!! Cute color too :)

The DIY Show Off said...

OoOoh my! She's beautiful! I love the new color and great tutorial and tips! You did a fantastic job!

Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and creativity in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

Roeshel

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the color and finish of this piece. I need to find some pieces to work on when I find time. Thanks for joining WUW this week.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Oh Kim...I love this one. What a great CL find! Very creative use of the wood appliques. I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here. I can't believe I missed your first give away :(

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is an amazing transformation! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. You should be really proud of all your work!!

Erin said...

I love how you go through the process step-by-step, Kim. I've learned a lot through your posts and I love how this piece turned out. It truly looks like it has a vintage patina to it!

Jena @ Involving Color said...

This looks great! LOVE the color!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Great step-by-step tute... and a fabulous transformation. Love that pale blue.

tales from an oc cottage said...

SO AWESOME!!!

m ^..^

Heather@The Black's Best said...

What a beautiful finish on this piece. Love it!

European Paint Finishes said...

I'm a sucker for the antique dressers and this color! Love the hardware. Nicely done!

Kate said...

Love the dresser- what a great idea to leave the top stained rather than painted. Your instructions a wonderful and easy to follow, looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog!

Bettsi said...

What a gorgeous transformation! Absolutely lovely!

Suzanne said...

I'm so glad that this old dresser got a second chance to be beautifully adorned!!! It will look fabulous in someone's home. Well done...

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

beautiful! you sneaky girl with the appliques! :)
I've tried the paste wax before and didn't like the finish... wonder what I did wrong?
gail
ps thanks for sharing @ ccc

Kathryn said...

Great piece. What type of spray painter do you use? I want to get one but would like some input from someone who has used them for a while. Thank you.

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