Another Battered Craigslist Dresser Turned Beauty!

Last week while cruising Craigslist, like I do every day, I found a dresser that I had to have.  It had some incredible details that I instantly fell in love with.  I quickly emailed the seller and told them I wanted the dresser then waited while I crossed my fingers.  Luckily for me the dresser was still available and the nice seller told me I could come on the weekend to pick it up.

When I picked it up with the Hubby and Hunter on Saturday I was thrilled!  It was prettier in person than it was on the ad, but also a bit more beat up than I had expected.  I'm never afraid of a beat up old dresser with peeling veneer, but I knew this one was going to be a lot of work.

Here it is when I got it home.  The top had tons of water rings all over it.  I wasn't sure if they would come out when I sanded.


Here you can see the peeling veneer.  It was waaaay worse than I thought it was once I started to really look.  I had to pull a lot off and fill with wood filler.  You can also see in this picture the very cool drawer hardware.  I always love it when a dresser has all the original hardware!





 I have no idea what style this dresser is, if anyone knows please tell me!  I'm still trying to learn my furniture styles and names.   However, what I did know was the stain would definitely bleed through if I didn't try the trick I was taught with the Zinnsser Shellac.  I coated the entire inside and outside of the body of the dresser and did the same thing with the drawers.  I had heard this stuff even blocked smells and this dresser had a faint smell to it.  I'm happy to report this stuff is the BOMB!  Shellac is my new BFF :-) 


I took the back trim piece off the top so I could stain the top.  I was determined to get those water marks out!


With a bit of elbow grease I was able to get the water marks off and the top looked great sanded.  I decided I wanted to not do the very edge in stain.  I just wanted to stain the very top...just to be different.


I painted the entire body of the dresser in Paris Grey as well as the drawers.  I knew I wanted the body to be white, but I did want some grey to pop through if I distressed it.   I wanted the drawers in grey to contrast the white body.



Sooooo after I got a coat of Paris Grey on the dresser I realized I did NOT like this.  Originally I had thought I'd do the dresser in French Linen and Pure White by Annie Sloan.  French Linen is one of my favorite Annie Sloan colors.  I didn't go with my gut and decided I needed to do something different.  I learned a very valuable lesson....always go with my gut feeling on a piece!  


 Two coats of Pure White on the body and it was done...or so I thought :-)



I stained the top in Dark Walnut by Minwax, then put on a coat of Kona by Rustoleum to get the color I was going for.



I knew I was going to paint the entire drawer, inside and out so I thought I would give it a pop of color by using Annie Sloan's newest color Florence.  I absolutely adore this color!!  I really want to do a dresser in this color with white accents....swoon!


 You can see here the drawers are still grey.  I decided to paint he inside of the drawers first before I painted the drawer fronts in the French Linen.  I also thought maybe, just maybe I might change my mind...HA HA HA.


OK, so that's all the progress pictures you're going to see.  This dresser really gave me a run for my money.  I went in one direction, then another....sometimes a piece of furniture just talks to me.  This one did just that.  I originally wasn't going to distress this piece at all, but then felt it needed it.  I also had originally thought I was going to keep the hardware the same and not spray them, but when I started to clean them I realized that wasn't going to be the case.  The paint was coming off in parts so they needed a good spray of Oil Rubbed Bronze by Rustoleum.   Once I painted on the French Linen I realized some of the veneer was bubbling up even more.  Back to the pulling up the bad veneer, filling with wood filler and sanding.  I had to do this on a few more spots until everything was finally fixed.

I then realized the bottom piece that had the cut-outs needed to be the French Linen color as well.   I got out my paint and brushes again and went back to it.  Finally, the dresser was ready for a coat of clear wax and I was DONE!!  I worked on this dresser for way too many hours and it tested my patience for sure, but then I said to myself, "I really do love what I do!"  Even though it was frustrating when I saw the end result I realized it ended up looking exactly how I had envisioned originally and I couldn't be happier!!!

Here is the finished dresser!


One thing I forgot to mention was the sides of the front curve in a bit so I distressed them a bit, then put on some dark wax to help them show up. 


Yep, I'm really in love with this one.  I think it's absolutely gorgeous!


I painted the inside of the top drawer in the pure white and distressed it a bit.  I also painted the embellishment on the front of the second drawer and the top trim piece in pure white and lightly distressed them.


There's that gorgeous hardware all sprayed and looking brand spanking new!


Love, love, love this detail!!!




I love how this trim piece pops off the stained top!




The bottom cut-outs definitely needed to be painted in the French Linen color, they really stand out more now.


I should also point out, originally I had painted the top drawer all French Linen and then lined the grooves around the drawer in Pure White.  I didn't like it and felt it needed more POP!  I painted the entire inside of the drawer in Pure White and distressed it a teensy bit.  I think it makes a huge difference.




This dresser taught me some lessons.  From now on I will always go with my gut and my original vision.  I tend to worry about doing something new and keeping things fresh, while worrying about whether I can sell a piece once it's done.  I learned I have to trust myself and just go with it because in the long run this will save me a lot of time and STRESS!  Usually when I see a piece of furniture I know right away what I want to do with it or at least some inkling of an idea, this piece was no exception.  I went to bed last night thinking about this dresser and kicking myself for painting it grey originally, but when I woke up this morning I decided to get back at it and turn it into the dresser I had originally envisioned.  I think I did exactly that and I'm happy I took the time to do it justice :-) Now the search is on for this piece of furniture to find a new home.

Please let me know what you think.  I love your comments and any suggestions you have as well to improve the blog.  If you are a follower, I will email you back via Gmail for your comments.  If you're not a follower I will respond back via the reply option on blogger.  As always, thank you for reading about this latest project.

-Melody

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42 comments:

  1. Incredible! And I love how the new blue looks inside- now I can imagine it on my nightstand perfectly. Another amazing job and whoever gets this is one lucky person!

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  2. Well, how weird! I signed up as a follower a long time ago and this is the first time your blog has popped up on my dashboard- I.Hate.Blogger.Sometimes. Anyway, I love the dresser and it looks great even if you did have to put a lot more hours in it than you thought you would. Blessings and I hope you are having a wonderful day- xo Diana

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  3. Great job! So awesome that you're a fan of the Zinsser Shellac. I love it too. I was wondering how ASCP would do over the top of it, as I ran into similar issues this week with a dresser I'm working on :)

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  4. I think this is just a beautiful transformation - absolutely love it!!!

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  5. The end result is gorgeous! I wanna peek at the inside of those drawers though ;) Love the new Florence! It's dreamy =)

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  6. That dresser is a beauty! Way to turn it into something so fabulous!! Megan

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  7. ROCK ON! That is an amazing transformation! You are one HOT tamale right now - you go girl!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  8. I just picked my jaw up off the floor! how beautiful! what is the Zinnsser Shellac trick? I have some nightstands i'm painting and i think the stain is bleeding through. i'm ready to pull my hair out. also, how does painting the inside of the drawers hold up? i've wanted to but im afraid it will get ruined.

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    1. Thank you! The Shellac works great. When you have furniture from the 30's and 40's I guess the stain they used was different and will bleed through paint and even primer (I learned this the hard way many times!). I took a paint workshop for Annie Sloan paint and the instructor told me about the Shellac from Zinsser. On this dresser I just put a coat on the entire thing, even the inside of the dresser (to block odors). It worked so well and it dries really fast!

      The insides of the drawers work well. I wax the outsides to help protect them, but the insides I just leave them be. I usually also line the drawers as well with scented liner paper, but not this time since I shellaced the entire inside. You could also wax the insides of the drawers, but wow that's a lot of work. Or you could poly them.

      Melody

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    2. Melody, I just found your blog the other day and am reading through the entire thing this weekend! I love it! You have a great eye for color and I really like your style.

      Thanks for the Zinsser Shellac trick - I had given up on "reloving" one of my grandmother's tables and I think this will work.
      Thanks!

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  9. Beautiful!!! I really love it and want to find something similar. It's very very inspiring.

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  10. Melody ~ I started following your blog after seeing your mahogany dresser featured on Miss Mustard Seed. I'm glad to be included in your 200 followers as I think you are immensely talented! I have refinished a few pieces of furniture and I am now looking to you for inspiration for my next piece:) Thanks!

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    1. Thank you LInda!! Hope you find exactly what you're looking for :-)

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  11. I think I need to start checking out Craig's list furniture if this is what you find. I was just thinking of yard saling or flea market, because there is a piec I need for my boys' room redo. Yours turned out great.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous. Great choices in color and detail. Love it!

    Betsy

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  13. This is gorgeous and I get to pin it to my painted furniture category. Love to have you join my wow party, too.

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  14. It turned out great! Love it when you can rescue a nice old piece and bring it back to life! Pinning it. ;)
    Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  15. Beautifully done! I love the attention to detail.
    I'm in the process of redoing a dresser right now too!

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  16. Sooooooooooooooo pretty! Love French Linen!

    Jenny

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  17. Very beautiful - such lovely details!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  18. Hi Melody! I'm visiting from the pinterest party! I tried to pin you before but I couldn't get your page to load up on my dial up connection. Today, I have access to dsl and wanted to come back to pin your beautiful dresser! I love the color that you used!

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  19. love this! the colors a re perfect! featured it tonight! stop by and grab a button!

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  20. Hello Melody: My first time to your blog, and what a lovely dresser. You really worked hard to get it where you wanted it, but what a fantastic result. I love the colors you ended up with--very pretty. Take care, and have a wonderful week!

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  21. What a wonderful transformation. The colors are amazing and the contrast really makes the details pop! Great job!

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  22. You dresser is beautiful. Love the details.

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  23. This dresser is absolutely gorgeous, and your paint job was well worth the effort you put into it. Just lovely!

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  24. A very lovely piece. Reminds me of a dresser I have, but the bottom is a little different. Her details pop when highlighted which you did a very good job on! Very nice work, so glad she ended up being home with you! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

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  25. Gorgeous. I love old furniture! I also have this thing for dressers. Wish my house was bigger bc i would love more dressers!!
    As it is, I have two pieces from Craigslist in my garage, one I was going to leave the way it was...but now I'm wondering about refinishing it (I have no idea and no experience with redinishing! Maybe I'll take some pics and show them to you when I come for the "fire engine red" table.....may be worth hiring it out to the expert! :)

    Thanks for sharing. I need to figure out how to "follow" on blogspot. This blog is addicting. ;)
    -Danielle H

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    1. Thank you Danielle. I would be more than willing to help you out with your dresser. Bring some pictures with you when you come to pick up the table and then I can give you an idea of price, etc.

      Thank you again!!

      Melody

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  26. Love how this looks! I'm stopping by from a blog hop and am a new follower, I would love if you came to say hi and followed me back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  27. Love it. I have yet to try French Linen. I really need to go get some. I found you via The Dedicated House. I'm a new follower.

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  28. I read somewhere if you take a damp towel and iron the stain it will lift the stain. I have not tried it, but I have been told it really works. Also, I have been wondering about the odor of old furniture. I guess I would be ok with it if it was mine, but the thought of where it has been makes me uneasy. Nice to know there is something for this.

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    1. I read that on Pinterest. I haven't tried it yet, but it's a good idea! Yes, old furniture can smell for sure. The shellac does take the odor away. I also use Murphy's Oil soap to clean out the drawers, etc that helps. Then I usually put scented drawer liner paper in the drawers as well. I love the history of the old furniture and think it's nice to have a piece of history, but I can see how some people might be put off by it. Maybe give the shellac a try. It goes on really easily and dries very fast so it's not a huge job. :-)

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  29. What a great transformation! I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell: (www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20/). I know that my readers would appreciate this and some of your other posts. Thanks and have a great weekend.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  30. This is beautiful! I love that you painted the drawer interiors with the bright color - I will have to try that! Did you have any issues with the drawers sliding?

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  31. It's just lovely! Fantastic transformation. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  32. That is sch a pretty color combination! Nicely done!

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