Friday, November 11, 2011

I feel So Much Lighter

I feel like I have had a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders!  The furniture pieces I showed you in this post are all done and delivered to the open house/furniture sale.  normally I enjoy working on such
neat pieces but I was working on five at the same time
and I was ready to be done with all of them.  However, they did turn out really nice and are
selling great, and isn't that what matters?  So I want to share with you the before's, and the afters.  This piece was bought off of Craigslist and was in really good condition.

I love the scrolling around the drawers and handles, won't they be even prettier in white?

It had a pretty good shine left on it from the last redo, so instead of sanding I pulled out my ASCP.  I really do love that stuff.  I used old white, then distressed her and gave her a good coat of Min Wax rub on poly. 

I'm so mad at myself for not taking after pictures where the light was good.  I remembered to take them once I was at the show. 

Someone had sealed the top with a paste or a wax, I mean a lot of it. I wanted to stain the top so I sanded and sanded but it hardly made a mark in it.  So I pulled out the stripper and used it.  When the old finish finally started to come off, it was a real thick white, sticky mess.  I could hardly get it off of my scraper.  I put the stripper on about eight time's
trying to get through the paste.  l then sanded some more only to
find out that the top really wasn't very pretty at all.  So all that stripping was in vain, I ended up painting the top, and then sealing it about three times with rub on poly.

Every piece is so different, and I learn from each one.  I think that's why I enjoy doing this so much.  I do love how it turned out.   So take another look... 
Before and After

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  1. What a beautiful transformation. It came out so lovely but sounds like you had a tough job getting it there. I hope it found a lovely home.

  2. this is absolutely beautiful!!! what a lovely piece. fantastic job!

  3. It's amazing what a little paint can do! This looks so good.

  4. This is an amazing transformation! I love the looks wonderful. I'm your newest follower from the dittle dattle party. I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too.

  5. Love the white, it makes the beautiful details pop

  6. That's gorgeous! Makes me want to do that technique to everything in my house :)
    Cheers, Andrea

  7. The details are great on them and I do love them white!

  8. The details look so wonderful when painted white!

  9. that is so sweet~ the details around those top knobs are so unique and pretty!

  10. It's super! It looks so much better in white

  11. Great re-do! I love it in white and the scroll work is beautiful. Found you on HoH party. :)

  12. It turned out wonderful!

  13. Sandi, this is a beauty! I just love white so clean and wonderful, I love that you painted the hardwear too. Great job I wish I could find a dresser like this to refinnish.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Lindsay @ country girl home

  14. It's me again. I am a new follower!! I hope you don't mind I pinned this on pinterest. I just love all the furniture you re do.

  15. So cute! Visit me at for a giveaway!

  16. That's so pretty! I love the way the brass details pop when it's all white.

  17. Beautiful! What is ASCP?

    Thank you,

  18. Sorry about that, ASCP is Anne Sloan's Chalk Paint. Look up Annie Sloan on the internet and it will tell you all about her great paint.

  19. You sure worked hard on this one! But it came out looking great, like they always do. I bet you are happy be done for a bit(?) and that they are selling fast!

    Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  20. White is always right, looks great! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  21. Beautiful project! All you hard work definitely paid off.

    Would love if you would share this at my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now...


  22. What a great looking piece, My furniture 's Old White is almost gone so I think I will mix it with various colurs and make it more attractive. Will be best looking with combo of white and lavender.

  23. Oh, Sandi - that piece turned out so pretty! Love all the details! Don'tcha just love ASCP...????? ♥ You're so right about each piece being different. I think each one has it's own "personality". :)

    xoxo laurie

  24. This is gorgeous. I can so relate to your working on multiple pieces at once and feeling like you are ready for it to be over. I just finished up a sale last week and I am still recovering. :0 Thanks so much for sharing your magnificent work on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  25. I featured your dresser.


  26. Lovely job Sandi. I noticed you changed the drawers around, LOL

  27. Sandi--you did a great job! this is a really pretty piece. Working on 5 at a time can be a challenge. I like to work on several at one time, but I can see where that many could be overwhelming!