Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spellbound Dresser


While my daughter was at karate I popped into the local thrift store near by and found this ugly, but beautiful dresser!  

Before:



High Gloss

The dresser was old and had great bones (beautiful part), but the paint on it was very high gloss and an ugly brown/orange.  I of course loved it and bought it right away.  

My first thought was to strip the top down to natural wood and so I got out my paint stripping goo and started working. 

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         BC


A) First layer of stripper                                
 B) Second layer of stripper ( you can see the next layer of paint)                   
C) Third layer of stripper  (layers of brown, yellow,green, tan paint)


Gooey scraped paint


After getting the paint off the top, I did a light sand and then sealed/stained the wood with AS dark wax.  I didn't want it to look perfect and so I left bits of paint so it would have character.  



I first painted a quick coat of white chalk paint on the dresser (it acts like a primer and I wanted hints of white to show through with distressing). I mixed up Spellbound by Benjamin Moore into chalk paint and painted away.  I hand painted the details in white and then distressed.  I like to distress with a scraper and get the chippy look on the edges.  To seal the dresser I used dark wax and hemp oil.   
I love that the original colors show through with the distressing

The dark wax aged the white 

Pretty knobs

Gorgeous legs


Detail on the back piece 


I love the dark wood-it was worth the work! 



I like seeing the paint in the wood-character!

26 comments:

  1. love that color. it looks so good on that style of dresser.

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  2. Thank you Sugar-It is one of my favorite colors and I agree it looks good on this old dresser

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  3. This is absolutely stunning! I love every detail.

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    1. Thank you Susan- I love all the details too!

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  4. Pretty piece...pretty color...awesome makeover!!

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    1. Thank you Martina-I like how it turned out too!

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    1. Thank you Kim-I really am kind of in love with it! Ha ha ha

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  6. danke für die super bilder und inspirationen, alles liebe und einen schönen donnerstag wünscht angie aus deutschland

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    1. Thank you Angie-I am glad I could be an inspiration!

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  7. It's going to be hard to let go of this one! I can't believe all the layers of paint you had to strip off the top, you'd think it was just the paint holding it all together. Another beautiful transformation.

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  8. Thank you Betsy-it was worth the work! I wish I had room for this one.

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  9. Oh man, I just went through scraping ugly brown paint off of a piece as well - why did someone do that to this piece especially though! So pretty! Love the color choices and work you put into it!

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  10. Thank you Draven-sometimes I wonder about people, but I love the color now too

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  11. Oh my gosh - this turned out magnificent - I love the shade of blue.and the accent color is sheer perfection
    Beautiful makeover !
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Suzan-I am loving the two colors together and the original colors peeping through too!

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  12. Fabulous makeover! I always shy away from painting over something that is already painted, especially when it has a really shiny finish, but you've shown me that it can be done successfully. Looks gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks-it was so ugly before and now I love it! I love the dark blue/grey color and the dark wood top. That's the beauty of chalk paint-it goes on everything!

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  13. Darrielle, this piece is gorgeous and the color really looks good on it! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wed party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the features. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/11/the-round-up-from-before-after-wednesday.html I hope to see you later tonight for the Before & After party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you Kathryn-love your blog and thanks for the feature!

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  14. Love this project. Spotted it at the VIP party. Thanks for linking up!

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  15. That is one great makeover after lots of hard work! Love how you made it beautiful but you can still see a story in the piece. ;) Thanks for sharing with us at Best of the Nest!

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  16. Thank you Jennifer-it was worth the hard work!

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  17. This turned out spectacular! Thanks for sharing! I think it would be great for my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

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