Sunday, January 24, 2016

My Daughter's first Dresser Transformation


My 12 year old daughter really doesn't have an interest in painting furniture for fun like I do, but she has an interest in making a bit of spending cash, so she decided to transform her first dresser.  

Before:
I found this well made, but outdated dresser at the GW and brought it home for her.  After taking off all the hardware she sanded down the top with my electric hand sander.  She is taking Woodshop as her elective at her Middle School, so she knew how to use the sander.  I showed her how to seal and stain the wood top with AS dark wax/Linseed oil.  




After the top was finished, I showed her how to make home-made chalk paint using plaster of paris and flat paint.  She made her paint from BM Garlic Clove and then painted her piece with 2 coats. 




I like to distress the edges of pieces, but she did not want that look for her piece.  She also liked the gold hardware, so she kept it.  The last step for this transformation was to seal it with clear wax and then sell it!  








My daughter took most of the pictures too and I am proud of her!


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38 comments:

  1. Your daughter must be multitalented:-) Great job and pictures:-)

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    1. Thank you Cassie-very proud Mama here!

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  3. Great job! A great accomplishment for her first piece!

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    1. Thank you AnnMarie-she did great job on her first dresser!

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    1. Thank you Christine-i love the crisp white too!

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  5. DD, she did a great job! It's great to put them in charge at a young age. xoxo Su

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  6. You should be proud, indeed! She did a terrific job and someday she's going to be thrilled that you passed along to her your expertise!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice-right now she doesn't like to paint furniture, but I am hoping that changes sometime!

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  7. Wow, you should be proud of her and I hope she is very proud of herself. Beautiful job and I bet she will sell if really fast. She is certainly off to a good start..Happy Sunday..Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy-I think she is off to a great start too!

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  8. Awesome job on both dresser and photo's! Enjoy spending that $$! ;)

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    1. Thank you -We are waiting for the dresser to sell and then she can enjoy!

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  9. Yup a very proud Mom indeed, your daughter did a beautiful job both refinishing and photographing the piece.

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    1. Thank you Vera-I am very proud of both her transforming and photography skills!

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  10. She learned from the best! What a great paint job and I love the natural top.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I love the natural top too and so glad she is taking Woodshop Class!

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  11. Very nice and your daughter is learning a good thing!

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    1. Thank you Rose-she is learning a good thing and hopefully she will appreciate it some day!

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    1. Thank you Trish-she did a great job-totally agree!

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  13. How fun that you guys can bond over a painting project! Looks great!

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    1. Thank you Linda-I am not sure she would call it bonding, but I do!

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  14. She did a fabulous job on the dresser!! Looks like some of Mom's talent has rubbed off on her :) What a nice way for the two of you to spend some quality time together.

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  15. She did a great job Suzanne, and I like that she stuck to her guns about what SHE envisioned for her piece. You must be a proud Mama! I hope it sells quickly for her.

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    1. Thank you Marie-I am thinking you were thinking I was Suzanne! ha ha ha--she did a great job and I love that she kept it her way too!

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  16. She did an amazing job!! It looks beautiful! I do have a 4 year old daughter who sees me painting furniture constantly. I would love for her to paint with me someday !
    Did your daughter ended up enjoying the project?

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    1. Thank you-I do not think she really enjoyed doing the project very much. The painting part was pretty good for her but the rest seemed like a lot of work to her. She did love the photo part!

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  17. It turned out beautifully!!! Like mommy like daughter! She did an amazing job (and only 12!)and I hope she makes a lot of cash for herself. Her photos are so awesome too! I think it's wonderful that you shared your talent with her.
    hugs from here...

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    1. Thank you June-She did do an amazing job but I don't think she will be doing it often with me! I hope she does..........

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  18. Your daughter did a wonderful job. The dresser looks great! This made me think that maybe I need to start including my 10-year-old on some of my home projects to show her how fun they can be and see if she has any interest. Thanks for the great idea.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca-I think she did a great job too!

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  19. Please tell your daughter she did a great job! I hope it's a quick sale for her so she can get paid. ;) You're a great mom for letting her pick the color, style, hardware, etc. Love it!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia-I figured since it was her project she should pick!

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