Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dresser and Show Pieces

For my new bedroom makeover I decided to go all the way, yip, all the way.  I took the dresser that we have had for sooo long, removed the mirror and put both in our closet.  Don't get me wrong, I love it, and don't want anything to happen to it, but I'm ready for a change in color, like white!  I got this dresser at a second hand store which I discovered by the auction house I sometimes go to.

I sanded down the top and then stained it in a very dark Min Wax stain, and gave the rest a coat of Valspar paint.  When I sanded this piece down I noticed it had a different finish on it.  It came off so easily, and was kind of a red powder.  It looked more like
 it had a tongue oil finish then a poly finish.  Because of the odd finish, it bled right through the paint and the latex primer.  I decided to pull out the "hard stuff", oil based Kilz. 
I hoped so badly this would do the trick, and it did! 
 So I gave it another coat of paint. 

The top was stained with Min Wax and then sealed with Min Wax rub on poly.

Here are the after pictures, I love it in my bedroom, such a nice change from having dark wood in there for so long.

As you can see the drawers are a shade different from the frame.  That happened by accident, but I really like the dimension it gives to the dresser.  It's in place in our bedroom and has a t.v.(I know, you're never suppose to have a t.v. in your bedroom, but I love it) and a few decorations on it.  So for the picture I tried to  leave all that out.  Didn't she turn out pretty?

It's Show Time

I haven't posted anything for several weeks because I have been working my head off trying to get ready for a show that's this week.  As many of you know getting ready for a
show is a lot of work and takes all of your time.  I'll give you a sneak peek at the before pictures
of some of the piece's I will be selling at the show.  It's so fun to see how they've turned out, and I'll post that in a week.

This little end table has so much detail to it.  It's hard to see all of it, but there is leaf like
carving on the whole thing.  It's going to be a beauty.

This Dresser might replace the one in my bedroom (In the above post).  I love the size of this and how gorgeous it is.

Another end table with such cool scrolling and detailing on it.

Okayyyyy...  So this is my auction piece, isn't it beautiful.  What you don't see is the huge crack right down the middle, big enough to break it into. It is definitely a two man job to get it back together, that and a lot of pipe clamps.  I'll  eventually get it back to new and painted a beautiful color as well. 
This will be a really interesting post, let me tell ya.

This little server I picked up off craigslist.  It has a history that I'll share with you when I do the after pictures.

I picked this one up with the server.  When I saw both of them in her garage I
could hardly contain myself, you know, I didn't want to
seem too eager.

So next week I will be showing some finished pieces and will be so happy that the show will be over.

Thanks for stopping by, I love comments and new followers as well.



  1. holy, what an amazing dresser transformation! the rest of the pieces are gorgeous.

  2. This is just lovely! You can really appreciate more of the detail with it being the lighter color! I love checking out other people's before/afters and this one is beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for checking out my project, too! Have a blessed week.

  3. Your dresser came out just great! Wonderful redo, Laura Cottage and Broome

  4. That little side table might look pretty cute painted the celery color if there is already a "leaf-like" pattern. Would you paint the top too, or stain?

  5. Hi Sarah, The top is already stained and currently the rest is primed with oil based Kilz. This last run of furniture that Ive collected from here and there, bleeds through the paint really bad. I've had to prime with the oil based primer on most of it. I guess it's because most of them are older.
    Thanks for stopping by ladies.

  6. Goodness me, they are all soooo beautiful. I love them all,can't wait to see your next post. x

  7. I love it! It came out really good! I love the dark stain against the white. Don't tell anyone, but I have a t.v. in my bedroom too! ;)

  8. I am so excited to see all of the different projects that come out of this challenge and I wish I had an excuse to participate myself! All the furniture you found is amazing - can't wait to see how it looks in the house.

  9. Girl you have some awsome furniture. Can't wait to see what you are going to do with all of that. It the rest of them turn out like your dresser you will be batting 100. Very nice work!!!!

  10. Very pretty redo.
    You've found a lot of amazing pieces.

  11. The dresser looks amazing. I can't believe all of those great pieces. You're gonna be busy but I know they will be gorgeous.

  12. You have found some amazing pieces! I love white, always have and hope always will! I would be honored to have you link this up to my VIP party today =)

  13. Very nice dresser and lovely other pieces you have in your stash to rework!

    Thanks for sharing :D
    Visiting from Freckled Laundry linky party,
    ~Suzanne in NW IL

  14. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)

  15. Lovely job on the dresser and I love the name of your blog!

  16. You did such a beautiful job! I would love if you linked up to my party!

    You really transformed this piece!

  17. What a lovley job you have done :)
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    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  18. I have a dresser very similar to that first piece. I wanted to paint it for my guest room. (it belonged to my mom) My daughter jamie didn't want me to paint it so I refinished it. I put it in the guest room today... still wishing I had painted it.
    yours looks great!

  19. Oh Sandi... I didn't realize that I have not come by to see what you shared at my party last week. I have been swamped here, but I bet not as busy as you!

    That big sideboard with the split is what I want to see more of :)

    Thanks for coming to my Party.

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!