Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dump to Darling Dresser


When  I was visiting my 96 year old grandmother and other family members at Christmas time I found this old dresser that was going to the dump.  
Before:
The dresser was study and well made, but missing all the knobs and it was pretty dinged up.  I of course thought it was darling and loaded it up into my car to take home.  My family has gotten use to this kind of thing! 
After giving the dresser a good cleaning I decided that it also needed legs.  Luckily I had 4 legs that I had bought at the Flea Market in my workshop, so I added them.  

I decided that white was the new color for the dresser, so I made chalk paint from Garlic Clove by Benjamin Moore.  After the paint dried I distressed the edges and sealed it with clear wax.  The last step was adding gilding paste to the details on the sides and the knobs.  















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    1. Thank you Betsy--I love the accents too

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  2. I love that dresser. The gilding is gorgeous and it looks so much better with the legs added! The crown is a beauty too!

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    1. Thank you Gigi-I agree the dresser needed legs and I love a little blink sometimes !

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  3. BEAUTIFUL!! Love the gold accents and those pretty pulls!

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    1. Thank you Martina-I love a little bling with white!

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  4. The shabby white and gold are perfection!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne - I think it is a good combo. too!

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  5. You always put your magic touch in these pieces Darrielle - beautiful. Love the subtle gold and the legs are perfect.

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    1. Thank you Marie-it just needed some legs and a little pizazz-no dump now!

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  6. Hi DD!!!

    Love that sentence, "Going to the dump!!!"

    That's where I jump in and say, 'That means it's going into my car and thank you!!!' The gems that I have been given is amazing!!!

    Love the after look and the gold on the leafing!!! I bet when your family sees this they will want it back because it's so beautiful!!!

    Enjoy the weekend!!!

    Pam

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    1. Thank you Pam-I agree about loving "dump" furniture and my family was surprised with the result!

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  7. Another wonderful job! It is charming!
    love rosie

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    1. Thank you Rosie-I think it is charming too and not going tot he dump!

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    1. Thank you Linda-it was a good rescue!

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  9. That is a Darling dresser--I can see why you'd want to rescue it! Beautiful job!

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    1. Thank you very much-I am glad I was able to rescue it from going to the dump!

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  10. I love this dresser. Your makeover gives me some good ideas for spicing up a very plain dresser I have. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the very nice comment about Su's guest post. I appreciate that, and I'm glad you did for it brought me here. You said you live in a small home. What's the square footage, if you don't mind me asking. I love your style! ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy--I live in a 100+ year old farm house that is about 1400 sq. feet. It was the original dairy farm house for the area. We are now surrounded by new homes, but I love my house the best!

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  11. Your dresser came out really nice. xoox I also love the horse. I thought it was darling to begin with, but I love the change too. xoox

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    1. Thank you Su-I am glad the rescue happened for this cute dresser and now someone else can enjoy it! Loved your tour this week!

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  12. Beautiful makeover...the added legs made a huge difference.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda-I agree the legs make it a much nicer dresser and I think there was just suppose to be legs there!

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  13. I love it! It's beautiful! I have so many pieces of furniture that I would love to use this technique on...so little time. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Cyndee-It was a fun transformation!

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