Creamy Butter Yellow Dresser

The last few months I've been lucky enough to have people looking out for me on the furniture front.  I've had friends let me know about furniture that's free on the side of the road, for sale on Facebook or even at tag sales.  A couple of weekends ago I had a neighbor send me a message saying there was a great dresser at a tag sale a few streets over that I should check out.  Funny part is we had driven by the tag sale earlier in the morning, but didn't stop.  I have to admit I'm terrible at the whole tag sale thing.  I don't love going to them due to the fact you have to get up early on a weekend to do it (yes, I like to sleep in on the weekends!).  If I can't see what's at a tag sale when I do my 'drive by' I won't even bother going up.  This particular sale was one of those sales.  The house was at the bottom of a long driveway and I really didn't feel like going up to check it out so we kept driving.  I was surprised when the neighbor said she saw a great dresser there and felt VERY silly not making the effort to go up and have a look the first time.  Luckily for me, when I went back the dresser was still there.  I made the owner an offer and then her Husband graciously offered to deliver the dresser since it wouldn't fit in my SUV.  It was definitely a lucky furniture day for me!  I think I've learned my lesson now....no more driving by tag sales without stopping and at least having a quick look!

Here's the dresser before:


I got carried away, like so many times before, and started working on the dresser before I took any pictures.  You can see the drawers are out and the top is partially sanded in the picture above.  It was that honey oak color and a tad bit orangey. 


I bought a belt sander and decided to try it on this piece since it was all solid wood.  I was a huge girlie, chicken and asked the Hubby for some help.  He wasn't happy when I took his picture without any warning and then reminded me I didn't have his permission to put this on the blog...HA!!!!  He sanded the top down for me and I took a few runs as well to get the hang of it.  WOW it's a lot harder to use a belt sander than an orbital sander.   You can see on the side a swipe of paint where I was testing a brand new-to-me Annie Sloan color....Cream.  


This is a VERY solid piece.  No veneer here!  (nice rhyming!)  What I was drawn to on this particular piece were the curves on the front of each side.  Plus the drawers were very unique.


After finishing with some hand sanding the top was ready for some stain.  I gave it a pre-stain conditioner first.  When the pre-stain was dry I gave the top a light sanding and then a coat of Kona stain.

Here you can see my first coat of Annie Sloan Cream.  I'm not a yellow person, but this is such a buttery yellow.  It's very soft and more cream than yellow.  I love this color!!   


Here are a few of the drawers.  The one on the bottom left is my favorite.  I love the ripples!!  If you read my blog you know I'm a sucker for keyholes.  I love how the keyholes add such nice detail to the drawers.


Here you can see all the great details on the front of this piece.  The sides curve and there are big trim pieces on the top and middle as well.  


This is the middle, top drawer with it's cute flower carving.  The whole dresser had wood drawer pulls, except this one, which doesn't open with a pull.  I decided I wanted to change the drawer hardware because I'm not a fan of wood pulls.  I wanted to add some more character with the drawer hardware.  When I found the hardware for this dresser I knew it was exactly what it needed!  


Here are the two side, top drawers.  This isn't a great picture because I had to use my flash due to the lack of light on this particular day.  The top drawer has a coat of clear wax and a coat of dark wax.  The bottom drawer has just a coat of clear.  This is an old piece of furniture and has lots of character in the  wood.  I felt like it would be wrong not to bring out the character in the wood so I went with the dark wax to finish it off. 


This is with two coats of paint and a coat of clear wax.  It looks pretty, but not a ton of pizazz.  I wanted some pizazz!!



I finished the rest of the dresser with dark wax, including the top.  Then I put on the new hardware and it was ready for some pictures.  

Here's the finished product!


This dresser has so many neat details!!!



Here's a picture of that cute, carved middle drawer.  I love how it looks with the dark wax and a teensy bit of distressing.  This was the only part of the dresser I decided to distress.


When I saw this hardware I knew it would be perfect for this piece.









I really love the combination of the Kona stain, the Cream paint and the dark wax.



I didn't have a lot of time to enjoy this piece.  I listed it on my favorite Facebook tag sale site and it was sold within a day.  I usually wait until I blog about a piece to list it, but this time I just had a feeling I should do the opposite.  This was a very popular piece and I can see why!   It's a unique and gorgeous dresser.  I'm thrilled it found a new home and made more room in the garage!

I'm working on a new project and you won't believe this...it's not a dresser!!  I have big plans for this new piece and I'm so excited to get back to work, but I'm so distracted by the Olympics!  Am I the only one who has this problem?  The Summer Olympics are my favorite!

I hope you like this one as much as I do!

Enjoy your day and thanks for reading!!

Melody

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46 comments:

  1. Just beautiful!! You do such EXCELLENT work! I too love the olmpics, watching as I type!

    LBDH

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  2. Gorgeous piece and I love the soft yellow. So pretty. Yes, I love the Olympics too and can't seem to stay away from the TV. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Its just gorgeous...I think the butter yellow with the dark handles is perfect.
    I don't know how you find such nice pieces of furniture to work with.

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    1. Thank you Sharon! This one was all due to my neighbor scoping this out for me :-)

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  4. WOW! This turned out super awesome! Lucky owner for sure-- you did a nice job on this dresser! Amazing Transformation!

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  5. i LOVE this! one of my favorite pieces that you've done... love the paint shade and the wood carving in the dresser... just so beautiful!

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  6. Have I told you yet that I love the pictures you take of your pieces? I think it's cool that you set them up outside and add a few things to stage it. You did a great job on this one!

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  7. Do you have any suggestions about pricing/selling pieces?

    Thanks so much! Love your blog!

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  8. Just beautiful! I haven't tried that ASCP color. I think I'll give it a try. The details on the dresser are beautiful. You accented them all just great with the dark wax.

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  9. Stunning Melody! That was a great find! I drove miles out of my way today for nothing looking for a sale. Soem are great and some not. Just never know! Love what you did and that dark wax is just the best!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  10. Wonderful job! Love the buttery yellow too! Gorgeous detailing on that dresser.

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  11. Out of all the blogs I follow yours inspires me the most! Thank you!

    -Peggy

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    1. Awww thank you Peggy!! That's so sweet and you definitely made me smile! :-)))

      -Melody

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  12. YOUR DRESSER TURNED OUT BEAUTIFULLY, VERY, VERY IMPRESSIVE!! IT CAUGHT MY EYE AS I WAS JOINING THE LINK PARTY AT COASTAL CHARM, SO I HAD TO STOP AND TELL YOU HOW AWESOME I THOUGHT THIS WAS!! HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, DEANNE @ DELIGHTFUL CURIOSITY

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  13. This dresser turned out so pretty! I have some chairs I might use that buttery yellow on. Found you via a blog hop. Look forward to seeing more of your decor. Visiting from @ DearCreatives.com

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  14. ooooh that's super pretty! I love it, but my mom would flip out for that!! Great job!! :D I'm following you on GFC :)

    www.daydreamingrealist.com

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  15. This is gorgeous! What a great job!
    Kelly

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  16. Wow, you did an amazing job on this! It's gorgeous!

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  17. Beautiful transformation! Love the color :)

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  18. Okay. I am late to the party here (too much staring at Olympic swimmers) but this is my favorite!!! I know I say that all the time and it's like crying wolf, but really. It is. I'm gonna have to do my little table in this color now. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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  19. My favorite piece! What a find ~ and I love the color you chose as well! Nice work:)

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  20. Love the color of this empire dresser. And I LOVE empire style furniture. Visiting from Uncommon Designs where I posted my empire desk!

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  21. I love this dresser. You have inspired me to try this technique on a dresser I have. Pinning a photo to pinterest to share with the world.

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  22. WOW! what a beauty! love the soft color you chose- it works so well on that piece!

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  23. BEAUTIFUL!!!! What kind of dark wax did you use? Awesome work:):) You really inspire me!

    Terri
    snow67cwth@yahoo.com

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  24. Subtly stunning. Thanks for sharing this week. I love your approach to furniture.
    p

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  25. featuring this at tonight's trash 2 treasure party!! :) feel free to grab a featured button.

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  26. Awesome work! This piece is so lovely! The dark wax really does it! Thanks for sharing this beauty! I found you over at Trash 2 Treasure and now I new follower! Enjoy your week.
    Barbe

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  27. it turned out beautiful , as usual, great color and i love the detail of the piece~

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  28. She was pretty before, but she gorgeous now. Really love the color and antiquing you did! Really a very pretty piece and you two really did a great job! Quite beautiful! Can i have it? So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  29. Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday. :)

    Ginger @ Ginger Snap Crafts

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  30. Your dresser turned out just great!! That color is gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/08/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-60/

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  31. Wow...what a beautiful piece. I love it and you did such a great job on it.

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