Tuesday, 13 November 2012

2 toned beauty

Just a quick little post to show one of the pieces I have been working on. In my haste to start I did not snap a before pic (an ongoing issue around here) but I did manage to get an "in progress shot" after I had stripped the drawers:

Now this piece was a little more money then I usually like to spend... I saw it at one of our local charity shops last Wednesday and could not get it out of my mind, for the rest of the week I thought about it. Does that ever happen to anyone else, or am I the only one who obsesses over this stuff. I didn't even have a plan for it, but I knew that with a little elbow grease I could take this dresser from okay to something special. Finally on Saturday I caved. My hubby had the kids while I was out for the afternoon, tending to my booths at the antique malls, so I thought I would just pop in and see if it was still there...

I walked in. The place was pretty busy. My heart started racing a bit, will it still be here or will I have to tackle some poor soul in the parking lot? I spotted it... Elbowing my way through the crowd (that's right - don't get between me and a piece of furniture) I sprawled across the dresser waiting for the next unfortunate employee to happen my way...

I am not kidding you. That is what happened. I am not proud as I say this, it was not an attractive sight to see, but it was a sight.

Anyway I made it out of there with 1 dresser and 0 enemies. A good tally, I think.

So here it is:

I know that not many people would be whipped into a frenzy over this dresser, but there was something about it that spoke to me (not literally, I am not that far gone yet). It went through a pretty basic transformation.  I had all kinds of ideas but in the end I opted for this simple, rustic but elegant finish...

I painted the top and body of the dresser in a white homemade chalk paint and then stripped the drawer fronts down to bare wood. I wanted to give it a little more character and dimension so I did a light milk paint wash in white and then wiped it back, so it is very faint. I finished it off by sealing it with 3 coats of clear coat Varathane.

I love it and hope that it finds a home with someone who feels the same way about it. It will be taking up residence in my booth at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall starting Saturday.

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Disclaimer: I was not kidding when I said I have no staging room in my house I carved out some room in my kitchen where the lighting isn't the best; the dresser had to squished beside our eating nook  - sorry for the poor pictures, I hope they will improve soon. No pressure flooring team...


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love this one! the contrast is awesome!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Charming piece...thanks for sharing at my party.


Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

This looks so charming! Love it :)

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