Flea Market Highboy....My Favorite Project To Date!

I love our local flea market.   It's a true feeling of summer when I go to the flea market on a Sunday morning.  It's an outdoor market with tons of vendors who offer a variety of different wares.  I'm not the best at haggling, but I'm getting better.  The Hubby says I'm not a very good negotiator so I've been working on my negotiation skills a lot.  I mean really why can't they just say there rock bottom price to begin with and save me the hassle?  :-)  Sometimes I go to the flea market and find so much I have to send the Hubby home to unload and come back to pick us up.  Other times I don't find anything I want to buy.

This weekend was the send Hubby home with a carload and wait for him to come and pick up Hunter and I.  I've had a lot of luck with one vendor in particular and this weekend she was back.  As soon as I saw her tent I knew it was going to be a good day and I was right!  I saw she had a gorgeous high boy dresser with the long spindly legs I love and I knew I couldn't leave with out it.  Of course it needed some work, but that's half the fun!


 Here are the before pictures......


Love, love, love all the details!!!  The curvy legs, the inset veneers and the original hardware always make me happy!


 Plus I thought the inside was unexpected and in great shape.  




I'm a huge sucker for a curvy, long leg on a dresser!  


Having the original hardware is a big deal to me because it means I don't have to scramble around trying to figure out what hardware to use that will go with the period of the piece.  I love these drawer pulls!!!  Why don't they make them like this anymore?



I'm also a sucker for these curvy spots at the bottom.  They give the piece such character!  You can see from all the pictures, there were some issues with this piece of furniture, but that's what makes this fun! I love taking something that needs some love and making it purty!!  


When I got the piece home I had no idea what I was going to do to it.  I thought I'd paint the whole thing, but when I looked at the top it was in good shape so I thought it was wrong to paint it.  I sanded the top down by hand with a sanding block and because the piece was so old there wasn't much on it to sand off.  There were a couple of small spots that needed a bit of stainable wood filler, but that was no problemo!  

For the rest of the dresser I wasn't sure what to do.  I knew I had to work fast because I was going to be busy for awhile working on some other projects so this had to be done right away or it wasn't happening for a few weeks.  I had received a sample pot from my Annie Sloan stockist in Duck Egg.  It wasn't my favorite color so I had to figure out how to change it and make it my own.  Not sure I could ever recreate this color, but I took the small pot of Duck Egg, put in about 1/4 of a sample pot of Ochre, a bit of Coco, A bit of Provence, a bit of Graphite and topped it off with a bit of Old White.  I didn't measure anything, just winged it and OH HOW I WISH I WOULD HAVE MEASURED!!!  I love this color!!  It's a gray, blue with a hint of green.  I'm sure I could do it again, no???  :-)

Here it is with the top stained in Ebony and the rest done in let's call it Melody Sea Green :-)


I have to point out that this is with ONE coat of paint!!!  What other paint do you know that could cover this amazingly in one coat???  With no priming or sanding??



Once I got the piece painted I knew I wanted to REALLY distress the heck out of it.  So I got my sanding block and went to town.  I wanted all the incredible details of this piece to stand out.  I also wanted it to look it's age and well......SWOON because I am so in love with this piece of furniture! 

OK, here it is......


Now you will notice something different in this picture....it's staged and the above one isn't.  We hurriedly put the piece out to take a picture because it was sunny (we were supposed to have more thunder storms today).  Then the Hubby says, "Don't you usually put stuff on top?"  Well you don't want to know what I said to him after he said that!  It was 90 degrees with about 80% humidity and after moving this thing in the heat the last thing I wanted to do was run around grabbing stuff to stage this, but I knew he was right so I did :-)

Here it is 'staged'.....better???!


I can't stop staring at this piece of furniture.  If it's possible to fall in love with a piece of furniture, I think I have!  



Our driveway is on a bit of a slope so Hunter volunteered to hold open the door for me :-)  Anything to be in the picture!


I got that scale on top at the Flea Market last weekend!  


Don't you love how the little details in the piece just POP now?!


There's that amazing hardware!  I gave it a quick spray of antiqued bronze and they look like new!












Like always when I was done I asked the Hubby, "Hmmmm don't you think we could put this in the guest bedroom??"  His reply was, "Ummmm, NO!"  I honestly do have a bit of an attachment with each piece I redo.  I do think of it as rescuing the piece from a hard life of being dirty, neglected and ugly.  I'm doing my part to better our nations old and forgotten furniture!  I need to get a t-shirt made that says Furniture Whisperer....OK now I'm totally kidding!  This is definitely my favorite piece I've done so far, but no room at the inn.  This piece will not be staying with me and it doesn't have a home as of yet.  If you would like it to be a part of your home, please let me know.

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75 comments:

  1. Visiting from Southern Hospitality; this is amazing - a great find and a great makeover!

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    1. Thank you Allyson!! Also thank you for stopping by via Southern Hospitality.

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    2. This piece is great! I would've definitely grabbed that piece if I were at the flea market, it's perfect! It's great that it has so much storage on the inside as well. I love the way you distressed it, it came out fantastic, great job!

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    3. Thank you Melissa!! Have you ever been to Elephant's Trunk???

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  2. Nice work! I know it's so fun to have a piece you truly love.

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  3. LOVE it! i love the color and finish- it suits it perfectly!

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    1. Thank you Cassie! I love the color too :-)

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  4. Love the piece, first time here, newest follower found you at 1929 Charmer! Great Job!

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    1. Great! Thank you for the follow and thank you for stopping by.

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  5. It's a great color you mixed up, and I love how the details show through. Glad to see Hunter helping his mom. Fun! I would have had such a time trying to decide what to do with such a cool piece. Always afraid I'll make the wrong choice. This piece is really great!
    Liz

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    1. Thank you Liz! I had a look at your blog and I love it. I love how light and airy it is. Not to mention that outdoor table you did with the spouts is adorable...Pure genius! Thank you for stopping by and for the nice comments. I'd love to know how you lightened up your blog! I've messed around with mine, but I'm not techie at all :-)

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  6. Hey Sweet Girl, I love, love, love it and wish it could be here in my home. You are BRILLIANT!!!!! Vicky

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    1. I wish you could have it in your home!! That'd be awesome! Just have to move closer :-) Thank you...it's nice to hear someone in my family thinks I'm brilliant <3

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  7. Melody this is a fantastic makeover. I would have at first had a hard time painting this piece. But I really feel you kept the integrity of it, and aged and distressed it so well. Nice job girl! Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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    1. Thank you Debbie! Love your blog! I know what you mean, sometimes the pieces are so pretty on their own, but this one needed some major work. I knew it would be pretty painted and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Thank you so much for having this link party for us newbies :-)

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  8. Melody, You did a brilliant job on this piece! Love the color and how you distressed it to bring out all the little details. Just Perfect! Visiting from Debbiedoo's, so happy to be now following. :-)
    Sharla

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    1. Thank you!!! Also, thank you for the follow and the sweet comments. Means a lot to me :-)

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  9. You did an excellent job tranforming that piece! It's distressed to perfection!

    Congrats on being in the Newbie Spotlight!

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    1. Thank you Gina!! Such an honor :-)

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  10. Awesome job! Found you through Fox Hollow and I'm a new follower - although I would have followed anyway as soon as I saw your header... love anything French!!!

    Have a great week!
    xox

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    1. Anne, a fellow francophile! Thank you for the follow :-)

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  11. Hi there! Just saw your feature over at Fox Hollow Cottage and had to come over and tell you what an awesome transformation this is! You have so many wonderful projects you are sharing here and I can't wait to go check out some more of your posts. I hope you are finding blogland to be a wonderful, supportive community! :-)
    Vanessa

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    1. Wow, thank you Vanessa! Yes blogland is proving to be a wonderful, supportive and welcoming community! Love it!! Thank you for stopping by and the kind comments :-)

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  12. Congrats on your newbie spotlight from Shannon! WOW you are so talented Melody. Keep up the great work!

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  13. Surprise!! LOL =) So excited to feature you! Hope you are having a marvelous day. I am thrilled I got to share some of your great projects.

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    1. WOW Shannon, you just made my MONTH!! Such an amazing honor! I really can't say thank you enough :-))))) That's how big my smile it right now. Thank you!!!

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  14. You did a great job. I found you through Shannon and am your newest follower. You are going to do well in blogland! xo Diana ps. You need to take your word verification off right away- it will keep a lot of people from leaving comments-

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    1. Thank you Diana...Maybe you could fill me in on what word verification is?? I will see how to turn it off. Thank you for the tip! I'm definitely still learning and appreciate the feedback. Thank you :-)

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  15. The finish on that highboy is scrumptous - way to go!!

    I keep imagining the inside painted in a black/antique bronze tone to totally finish it off. What do you think?

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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  16. Love it! Love the new color! Congratulations on the Newbie Spotlight!

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    1. Thank you!!! :-) What a great surprise that was today!!

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  17. Wow! Great job! I think I'll have to try some Annie Sloan paint soon! Everyone says you don't have to sand or prime when using ASP. If that's true, I'd love to paint my fireplace. I'm a new follower.

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    1. Sandy, yes this paint is amazing!! The only thing I would say is sometimes I use primer on mahogany pieces. I think it would do wonderfully on the fireplace. I've used it to paint brass lamps, brass candlesticks and steel. I'm sure the fireplace would soak up a lot of paint since it's so porous. You might want to try a small spot and see how it does and you might want to prime, just to save money on the paint since this is not inexpensive paint. I would LOVE to see a picture of your before and after!!! Sounds like an awesome project!! :-)

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  18. WOW That is absolutely Gorgeous! It was a lovely piece to begin with, but you really WOWed it!!! I love how much you distressed it. I must try that to more of my pieces! I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime too:)

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    1. Thank you!! Always great to have more followers...thanks for joining in on this journey :-) I will definitely stop by your blog and return the favor!! :-)

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  19. It turned out beautiful! I wish you had saved the color mix also. Such a beautiful shade. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Me TOO Peggy!!! I think it would be easy to recreate because I do know all the colors and about how much I put in. At some point I will have to buy the Duck Egg blue since it's the only one I don't have on hand at home now :-) Thank you for the comments :-)

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  20. LOVE this makeover! And the color! WOW! Visiting from the newbie spotlight over at Shannon's. She picked a great one, as usual! Your newest follower... ~Our Prairie Home~

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    1. Thank you Laura :-) I will be sure to stop by your site as well to return the favor!

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  21. Oh so shabby--such a great piece! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence!

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    1. Thank you Becky and also thank you for hosting the link party!!! :-)

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  22. Most excellent makeover! Stopping over from your newbie feature at FoxHollow and going to snoop around while I'm here.

    ~Bliss~

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  23. Lovin it. I can definitely understand why you want to keep it. Im now following. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you'll follow back?? THANKS. 8-)

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    1. I will definitely return the favor Candy. Thank you!!

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  24. What a beautiful transformation Melody. The dresser has such lovely features... the legs are to die for and YES, I think you can love a piece of furniture!!

    I'd love for you to share this post at Shabbilicious Friday ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/shabbilicious-friday-link-party.html

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    1. Kerryanne, thank you!! I agree I love every piece I redo whether it's for me or someone else :-) I shared on your blog and am your newest follower! Love your site!!

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  25. Hi,
    I'm visiting from French Country Cottage. what a great makeover and I so love the final color of your paint: indeed the most stunning combination of colors.
    I have only recently received my first 1 Liter pot of ASCP and i have a couple of redo projects ahead of me this weekend.
    I'll back again for more inspiration.
    have a great weekend
    rita

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    1. Thank you Rita! Let me know if you love the paint as much as I do. I swear it's the best paint ever!! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  26. Visiting from Tuesday Confessionals. Beautiful! I love the distressing :)

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  27. Visiting from French Country Cottage. This piece is beautiful!!! Love the hardware. :)

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  28. What more can I say that hasn't already been said. GREAT beautiful piece, you did an outstanding job! Way to go girl! Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best!

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    1. Thank you Cathy! Also, thank you so much for featuring me on your Sunday's Best!! :-))))

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  29. Love the new look!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  30. Amazing transformation! I love that color. Nice job! I'm visiting from Ticked Pink Friday. Following you on Bloglovin' now ;)

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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  31. Such a statement look and very on trend. I really like the color you are working with. Nice. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.
    p

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  32. WOW! I love this piece and you did an excellent job breathing new life into it! Just awesome!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thank you Stacey and thank you for stopping by to visit :-)

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  33. Great job! love this piece! I am going to refinish a piece this week, and now you have inspired me to leave the top wood and stain it dark. thanks!

    (I am a new reader, I will be back to check out more.....)

    best,
    MOV
    http://mothersofbrothersblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!! I'm glad you like it. I hope you put pictures of your finished piece on your blog!

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  34. Oh wow, what a beautiful piece of furniture with such great details. And I love the color you created! Really pretty!

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  35. Featuring YOU today!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/06/take-look-at-you-my-favorites.html

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  36. Oh how I wish also you would have measure your paint when you mixed it, its a lovely color, and a beautifull piece! either way looks amazing, I love the distress look as well as the blue-gray-green you created from the begining, you are amazing!

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