Facebook Dresser....Inspired By Elle's Bedding

Facebook....Oh how I love you!  Facebook has really evolved since I joined several years ago.  Recently I happened upon a great page someone had come up with the idea to have a tag sale on Facebook!  Now I know where I'm from we don't call them tag sales, we call them garage or yard sales, but whatever you call it, it's AWESOME!  With the help of a friend I was able to score a dresser from a sweet lady in a town nearby.  The Hubby and I went to pick up this dresser and were greeted by her adorable and friendly children.  I also bought a great rocking chair from her as well, which I've been working on too.  

OK so back to the dresser, wow I get sidetracked don't I?  I start talking about furniture and my mind starts going in a million different directions!  I shared a sneak peek of the dresser in my last blog post about the antique hydrangeas.  

Here it is......I love the legs and the keyholes.


 The dresser was in good condition.  One of the drawers had a crack, but that was easily fixed with some wood glue and a clamp.  One other drawer was falling part, but again some wood glue fixed it right up!


You can see the top was a bit of a mess.  It had old varnish that was coming off in places and a long strip at the back where  a mirror used to be attached that wasn't the same color.  I stripped it down and gave it a good sanding and OMG, the top was BEAUTIFUL!!!


Here it is after the stripping and sanding.   Every time I look at it I think of peacock feathers!  Do you see peacock feathers too??  Or do I just have peacocks on the brain for some reason?


The dresser sat for a few days while I thought about what I wanted to do with it.  Then it hit me on Friday what I wanted to do!  A friend of mine had sent me a picture of her Daughter Elle's bedding.  I loved the cherry blossom fabric and it made me think of something I had seen before.


My favorite blog out there in Blogland is Miss Mustard Seed www.missmustardseed.com.  I remembered a dresser she had done that I fell in love with and it had a similar feel to Elle's bedding.  Now I have to point out here that Miss Mustard Seed is a very talented artist and I am NOT so for me to do something even remotely similar was a real stretch and made this already nervous nelly even more nervous!


I didn't want to do an exact copy, but only use this piece and Elle's bedding as my inspiration.  Since the top of this dresser was so incredible I had to leave it as is.  All I did was sand it down a bit more and put some dark Annie Sloan wax on the top to protect it.  I couldn't stand the thought of painting it or staining it.  Then I decided the dresser would look great in a 2 tone paint.  I painted the body in Annie Sloan Pure White and the drawers in Provence.  I've seen so much turquoise around lately I felt it was the perfect choice.  When I was done I liked how the colors all looked together with the top in the wood tone.

Here it is all painted.  I distressed the body of the dresser first.  You can see in this picture the drawers are just painted the flat Provence.



After that I grabbed my courage, my paint brushes and my Annie Sloan Pure White and Provence paint and went to town painting.  Again, I am not an artist so this was a HUUUUGEEE stretch for me.  After I painted my version of the cherry blossoms on the dresser in the white I went over it a bit in the Provence to give it some more dimension.  Then I sanded it all down and distressed it.  Finally I gave the entire dresser a nice coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.  After I was done distressing, I decided this dresser needed some jewels!  I went with these great knobs I found at Home Depot and I feel like they are just the jewelry this beauty needed.

Here she is all dressed up!!!


I really do love how this turned out.  I know, I know I say this every time, but this one makes me really and truly SWOOON!  I don't know if it's the color combination or what, but I love it.



Here you can really see the knobs.  They are exactly what this dresser needed!


Isn't she pretty???





And would you just look at those legs?!!!  Why on earth don't they make furniture like this anymore?!!  
The lines, the curves and bends of old furniture make me smile from ear to ear.


Here are the keyholes up close....such a beautiful detail don't ya think??





It seems I end every blog post the same way talking about how much I love whatever piece of furniture I happen to be blogging about, but it's true!  I do love each piece I work on!  I give each piece the attention it deserves and then sometimes I have to send them out into the world and hope they find a wonderful place to grow old.  This particular piece needs to stretch it's wings and find a new place to live.  Unfortunately for me, there's no room here....although I did mention to the Hubby again that we could probably put this in the guest bedroom.  HA HA HA  That's my same line to him every time and little does he know that I'm actually serious!   Lucky for me, there's lots more furniture to be redone in the world and unlucky for him....I'm on a mission!!!  

LINKING TO:
http://www.iheartnaptime.net/sundae-scoop-link-party-31/
http://www.niftythriftythings.com/
http://southernhospitalityblog.com/
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85 comments:

  1. I think it's really pretty. You did such a wonderful job. I like that yours is two tones.

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  2. That is a gorgeous dresser! I think you did a great job with the blossoms... you might be an artist after all!! You are very brave for trying, I don't think I would have the guts!

    -Peggy

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    1. Awww thanks Peggy! I figured, what's the worst that could happen? I'd have to repaint the drawers, no big deal :-) I am definitely not an artist, but thank you for the kind words!!

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  3. Not an artist, pish posh! Gorgeous job as always!

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    1. HA HA HA...Definitely not an artist, but thanks CG

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  4. This turned out so well! I love the softness of the foliage. Great colour choices, too.

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  5. Melody it looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Tara, that means a lot coming from you!! :-)

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  6. This is so pretty. I'm impressed that you left the top natural, it really makes it unique.

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  7. You did a great job. I really love the colour combination, your blossom works really well and the handles are perfect !

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  8. So beautifully done and yes, you put so much into it, it's evident. Who wouldn't love it. It's hard to let go, but there must certainly be other furniture out there waiting to meet you! Found your post at Nifty Thrifty Sunday.
    Liz

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    1. Thank you Liz!! I appreciate the kind words and you're right there's lots more furniture out there calling my name in my garage :-)

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  9. I love the colors and now you got me thinking to try this, it turn out lovely.
    Anne

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    1. Thanks Anne! I'd love to see whatever you did if you try this!

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  10. Awesome piece Melody. I love the color. Thanks for sharing at the newbie party.

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    1. Thank you Debbie!! Thanks for having the Newbie Party each week!

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  11. Hi - visiting from Debbiedoo's - absolutely love love love this! Your newest follower - would love to have you follow back!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Suzan, I will be sure and return the favor

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  12. This is amazing... really. Amazingly gorgeous. I shared and am pinning.

    Adore it. So, would love this in my very own home =)

    Shannon

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    1. Wow, thanks Shannon :-) So sweet!! If you live near Connecticut you can have it in your home...LOL Thank you again for the kind words!!

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  13. That is just stunning! I love it and totally want to replicate what you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thank you Stacey! I just popped by your blog, love it and am now following you. I hope you do something similar and I can see it on your blog!! :-)

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  14. WOW! it turned out SO amazingly! love the color- the vibrancy- and the pattern! gorgeous!

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  15. Beautifully done! I'm a huge fan of Miss Mustard Seed myself and this is fabulously inspired..Great job!

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  16. You did a fabulous job!!! I love it!

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  17. I am a fellow newbie over at the "Newbie Party!" LOVE this dresser! Miss Mustard Seed is also one of my favorites! Her dresser provided some great inspiration for you! Yours turned out perfect! Nice work! I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Also, thanks for the follow :-)

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  18. What a great make-over! It was lovely before, but now it's really special. If you're looking for another place to share your creative projects, check out Etcetorize. Would love to see you there!

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    1. Thank you! I'm now following you and sharing this piece on your link party. :-)

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  19. That is so pretty and fun-- great job! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday at "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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    1. Thank you! I'm sharing it on your Pin It and Win It Wednesday party. Thank you for the kind words, I'm now following you :-)

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  20. so pretty! I actually like it better than the mustard seed one!

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  21. love love love it! provence is my new fav color too. I found you at savvy southern style. would love for you to link up at my party at... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/06/another-fab-friday-thank-you-to.html Thanks for the inspiration. Glad to have found your blog and I just pinned this too :)

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    1. Thank you Nicole. I will definitely share on your blog on Friday. I saw your piano you did, love it! I almost bought a piano at Restore for $50 and was going to do something similar, but couldn't figure out how to get it home! :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  22. Amazing. I love the colors and I am a sucker for blossom prints. Beautiful!

    Love for you to share this project at MADE by ME Wednesday's Linky Party @ JAQS Studio:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/06/made-by-me-34-linky-party-and-features.html

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    1. Thank you! I linked to your blog, thanks for letting me know. I'm a new follower now!

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  23. Unbelievable job! You are soooo totally an artist. Don't underestimate yourself Melody!

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    1. HA HA HA Doreen! If you only knew how much I'm not an artist, but thank you! Confidence is not something that comes easily for me, especially regarding my artistic talents :-)

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  24. What a beautiful transformation! I think you have incredible talent. Megan

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  25. Now that looks great. I love the color.

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  26. This is absolutely gorgeous! What a fantastic job you did. We would love to have you link it up at our party.

    http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/05/fab-not-drab-friday_24.html

    Jen

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  27. Beautiful redo!!!! It turned out absolutely amazing :) Tanya

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  28. Oh she's way more than pretty.... she's FABULOUSLY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! WOW!! I would gladly give her a home haha

    You better be planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Please!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  29. You did a great job, it looks beautiful!! Now following. :)

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  30. Great transformation! love the natural top, distressing and knobs are the icing on the cake:). shelly Andrade

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! I have been drawn to it in every party I see it. My taste, my colors, my style. You did an amazing job!
    Thanks for sharing it with all of us :)
    Make it a great day!
    Meegan
    What Meegan Makes

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  32. What a beautiful redo--good job! Thanks for linking up!

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  33. This is beautiful. It's so fun to paint furniture, but I'm also glad that you left the top to show the amazing natural wood!

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  34. BEAUTIFUL! I love what you did!!! I'm always kind of afraid to paint furniture, but you make it look so worth doing! And I'm glad you left the top unpainted, it really is a beautiful piece. I found your post from the Thirty Handmade Days Pity Party! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you!! I really love it too, just wish I had room left to keep it. Thank you for stopping by!! :-))

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  35. Beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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    1. Thank you!! Thanks for having the link party each week, such a help to us newbies :-))

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  36. This is AMAZING!!! What a fabulous finish. I'm so inspired to do this with a piece I have. I'm featuring this at Mop It Up Mondays on Monday. Thanks bunches for linking up!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  37. This looks so amazing!! If I attempted something like this, I think it would look ridiculous. You have managed to pull it off and refashion it to look utterly amazing.

    I hope you'll link up at Off the Hook.

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  38. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous! I seriously love it! I am totally featuring it this week at Creations by Kara. How could I not? :)

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  39. Absolutely ADORE this!! Hope you can link this up at my new linky party Trendy Tuesday!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/06/trendy-tuesday-4.html

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  40. This is really beautiful. I will be featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  41. Really Beautiful!
    You're right, I think the color combination is wonderful.
    Great Job,
    Deb @LakeGirlPaints

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  42. I can see why you love it so much, I'm loving it too! It looks fantastic!
    I'm now your newest follower so I can see what other great transformations you have in store.

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  43. this is GORGEOUS!! seriously, one of the prettiest things i've seen in blog-land. love the design, the distressing, the color... great job! i want one in my house :)
    meg
    megvcornwell.blogspot.com

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  44. Great job!! Turned out so pretty! I saw peacock feathers and I agree...furniture isn't made like it used to be!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Featuring this tomorrow!

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  45. Precious! I'm a new follower, here from Kim's blog. Happy to meet you! Stop by for a visit sometime and make sure you enter my giveaway.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  46. This is beautiful! Found it on Primp.

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  47. Hi - great job! Love it...so ala Miss Mustardessed but in your own way! Love the top of the dresser -glad you saved that!

    I think I found you on Kim's blog (Savvy Southern Style). I will follow you. Hopefully, you will do the same - and please check out my latest project as well.

    http://studioofdecorativearts.blogspot.com/2012/06/commercial-range-hood-gets-beauty.html

    Thanks...Linda

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  48. Just let me say....I LOVE THIS DRESSER!!!! Great idea and beautiful color.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  49. This came out so fantastically awesome!! Congrats on all of the features, I've seen this beautiful piece so many times and finally found the time to stop over and tell you how cool it is! Perfect!
    Karah

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  50. I can see the peacock feathers, that you mentioned. The dresser looks amazing! Job well done!

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  51. Just gorgeous!! I've got this linked to my dressers post as well today, nice job!!

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  52. Beautiful! I love what you did with this. I have some dressers to finish and I'm going back and forth with what I want to do with them. That turquoise color is wonderful.

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  53. Just beautiful. You are very talented. I just happened upon your blog from another. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. stunning & great series of photos - thanks for sharing so much detail

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  55. This is incredibly gorgeous Melody! I love it and want one for my very own! :)

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  56. Love the hand painting and the heavy distressing of the drawer fronts!
    Patricia Ann

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  57. Love the hand painting and the heavy distressing of the drawer fronts!
    Patricia Ann

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