Race Car Inspired Dresser For Hunter

I've posted before about the great Facebook tag sales I follow.  I've received a few emails asking me what this tag sale is all about.  What tag sales are here in the Northeast part of the USA are what some people call garage sales or yard sales in other parts of the country and Canada.  Someone on Facebook came up with this great idea and I've been able to acquire some really great pieces of furniture and some cool decor items as well.  If you haven't started something like this in your town, well what are you waiting for??  Our tag sale groups are just that, Facebook groups that people ask to join or are invited to join.  

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about my newest project shall we??  Or I guess I should put READ about my newest project.  I can hear my English teacher talking in my ear.  Oh would she have fun with my blog!  

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from someone who found my blog via one of the local Tag Sale sites on Facebook.  From time to time I will post my projects on this site for sale.  This sweet lady had seen a few of my items and went on my blog (Yippee!).  She emailed me to say she had a dresser that used to belong to one of her children and when he moved out he didn't take it with him.  She didn't want to see if I wanted to buy it, but rather see if I wanted it for FREE!  I didn't realize nice people like this existed anymore!  I was so touched she thought of me and felt that I was worthy of giving furniture to.   I went a week later and picked it up from her and was thrilled when I saw it.  It had great lines and was solid wood.  I got to meet her and her sweet Husband and I think that's one of the things I love best about this tag sale site....all the interesting people you meet along the way.

Here is the great dresser she gave me.

The finish was in rough shape and had a lot of carving in it, but that didn't matter one bit to me.  

The top was the same as the front, lots of scratches, gouges and carving. 

I had a dresser in the garage that was mine when I was a kid that I was going to paint for Hunter's playroom.  The kid has way too many toys and needs more storage, but my old dresser only has 2 small drawers and one larger drawer so really not a big storage solution.  The more I looked at this dresser the more I knew I would use this for Hunter's play room instead.  It has tons of drawers for storing toys.  Once I determined I was going to keep this and not sell it I knew what I wanted to do to it and I couldn't wait to get started!  Such a change of speed from doing Elle's Dresser and being all girlie and pink earlier in the week! 

I sanded the top down really well so I could stain it.  The sides I only sanded to smooth down the carvings and scratches.  I didn't want it super smooth, but smooth enough that they weren't noticeable.

I painted the entire thing, except the top in Annie Sloan Pure White.  I love her white paint.  It's so think and goes on really well.  I did 3 coats of paint. Yep that's a lot of paint, but remember this is going in an almost 7 year old's play room.  I wanted it to have lots of coverage.

Hunter LOVES anything car related.  He has more Hot Wheels than any kid I know and plays with all of them.  Thankfully not at the same time!  I knew I wanted to do a race car inspired dresser, but not a literal interpretation.  Hunter's favorite colors are red, white and blue (funny for a Canadian kid!) and he had requested I do the dresser in these colors.  Originally he had said he wanted me to paint an American flag on the front, but I figured over time he'd tire of that.  I decided to do my version of 'racing' stripes instead.  I knew this would have longer staying power with a little boy versus a flag.

So I started taping off the stripes.  I wanted one more narrow stripe down the middle and two wider stripes one on each side.  I have to mention here that I REALLY don't like taping off stripes.  I did measure at points, but then just eyed it and went for it.  I measured when I was done and I wasn't too far off.

 I forgot to mention that I stained the top.  I started out with Jacobean, which I have determined after trying it on at least 4 different types of wood, is not my favorite.  Then I topped it of with a coat of Kona.  I wanted it to be dark, but I wanted to still be able to see the wood grain a bit.

As requested by Hunter I painted the middle stripe in Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk, then the two stripes on each side in Napoleonic Blue.  I LOVE the Napoleonic Blue!  If you have a boy and need a navy blue this is perfect. It's a gorgeous shade of dark blue.

I painted the stripes on the drawers and the body of the dresser separately because I wanted the stripes to carry on to the drawer tops and bottoms, then inside the dresser openings.

Here it is all painted, touched up, but not waxed.  Notice there's no drawer hardware on yet.  I had thought I could put the original wood pulls on after I painted them white, but that just made the dresser look unfinished.  I took a ride to Home Depot, looking a hot mess, and found the PERFECT drawer hardware for this race car inspired dresser!

Here it is all finished.  I can't wait until Hunter gets home from camp so he can see it.  This morning on his way out he was so excited to see the stripes were all painted, but he had no idea it would be all finished by the time he gets home :-)

It really reminds me of one of those cool 1960's Corvette's my neighbor used to have when I was growing up.

I like how the dark top pops off the white and looks so great with the red and blue.

Here's a close up of the drawer hardware.  When I saw them I said out loud in the aisle at Home Depot   "OH MY GOSH!  Those look like wheels!!!"  

 I think they're the perfect accent for this race car inspired dresser.

I've received a few emails asking me where I find my accessories for staging the pictures.  I have bought a lot of my stuff at our local outdoor flea market.  A lot of it, like the Eiffel Towers (I have TONS of them!) I've accumulated over time and I got a lot when we went to Paris last summer.  A good place to look for things is your local thrift store, flea market, antique store or even Home Goods or Home Sense (Canada).

One of my favorite pieces I've purchased lately at the flea market is this basketball trophy from 1916.  I think it's so cool, plus it was only $5!  

I've been doing a lot of pieces for other people lately and I LOVE what I do, but it was so much fun to do something for my special little man.  Yesterday when he came home from camp he said, "Mommy you're the best Mommy in the universe and I'm so happy you're doing such a good job on my dresser."  Doing something for the ones we love is truly what life is all about.  Redoing this dresser for him after getting such a generous gift from a stranger only seems fitting.  It would have been wrong to sell it and not pass on the gift to my Son.  I can't wait to see his face when he gets home!!  

Let me know what you think.  I really do love your comments and emails.  I do respond to each one and appreciate you taking the time to read my blog :-)

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  1. I think it looks great! Isn't it amazing what a vision and work can create? Great job. He will love it!

  2. This is just beautiful. I wanted you to know I recently found and started reading up on your blog and I just love it. I recently posted about one of your pieces you did. I did my own "knock off" version of yours and just love it. I was going to give it away but it is now in my living room...sitting happily. Thank you so much!

  3. Awesome stripes! Any boy would love them. In fact I am pretty sure my daughter would adore them too!

  4. LOVE IT! The stripes look perfect on it!

  5. Hi Melody,
    Beautiful job with the dresser! I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Come on over to see:).

    1. WOW, thank you Jen!! That's so sweet of you and I'm extremely flattered :-) I will be sure and post about this and follow you as well. Thank you for making me smile extra big this morning!

      Thank you again

  6. That looks great!! Talk about a real trash to treasure! You do absolutely fantastic work! I’m your latest follower, and I nominated you for the Liebster Award!
    Come on over and check out the details on my blog!

    (too funny, I just read the comment above after I typed this that she nominated you as well. Guess you're VERY deserving!)

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  7. Love it. I am working on a Vintage Car themed big boy room for my little man. We have similar taste in colors...Blue & Red. I opted for the racing numbers instead of stripes. Stop by & Check it out. I'll have a few more posts coming in the next week or so.