From mess to fabulous

I’m finally fulfilling my promise to share more on the blue dresser in my studio.

I picked this dresser up at one of our local used furniture stores. I was enamored with the legs. The rest, was in pretty bad shape.  Peeling veneer, dove tail drawers coming undone, but beyond all that I could see the potential in my “first project”.

(Of course if you’ve been here before you know this did not end up being my “first project”. See that here.)

I began by sanding the top, which was about the only part that was in decent shape.  It refinished nicely with a dark walnut stain and two coats of Johnson’s wax.  In fact, if I could “love” a part of this piece it’s the top. I am so proud of myself!

I painted the body with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue and hit the details with Old White.
I decided to just embrace the peeling veneer and scrapped off
what I could and sanded it down.  I now know I could have used some heat
to make it come off entirely.  It’s a learning experience and I am enjoying that. 🙂

I think it came out beautiful. Love the color.

In it’s home in my studio, it’s really hard to photograph. My work desk is right in front of it, blocking the natural light, but it is such a welcome piece to the room. I needed the storage for all of my supplies from GCD Studios and a new sturdier place for my punches.

Check back tomorrow and I’ll share “what the heck is that thing hanging above the dresser?”  Can you guess?

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  • Our Country Bungalow
    August 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I think your dresser looks awesome! You did a wonderful job! <br />~cathy

  • Korrie@RedHenHome
    August 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    It looks lovely; a far cry from the original picture! I love that you painted the details differently.

  • Spittin-Toad
    August 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Wow-Nice job!!<br />Denise

  • Stacy Ann
    August 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Love this!! good job

  • Eileen Chavarria
    March 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    HI Leslie,
    I just viewed the grey buffet piece and it turned out stunning! As I am looking thru Pinterest for some vintage Sherrill pieces for some ideas on a Sherrill chest I purchased from a resale shop today I noticed on your piece that those are the same drawer pulls on my piece, I am missing part of a pull, please advise of any ideas as to where I may be able to purchase these beautiful drawer pulls?

    Thank You and Truly enjoyed your site!


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