It’s always so exciting when a baby is on the way. Our family will be growing in the next few months. Take a breath because I’m not the one who’s expecting. ha! My sister-in-law is expecting their first baby soon, and as far as we know it’s a girl. This new babe will give my 6 kids another cousin to play with, and someone for us to adore and love. As a gift to my SIL, I offered to refinish a dresser for the baby’s room. As it turns out, she had already found a dresser style on Pinterest that she loved and was hoping to replicate. Now we have a furniture makeover in the works. woot!
I’ve got to be honest that I had no idea how awesome this whole furniture makeover would turn out. You see, this month’s themed makeover has the subject, “Inspired By” – meaning to redo a piece of furniture in the styling of another piece we’ve seen on the internet, movie, etc. I had NO inspiration because I have NO time to peruse such frivolous things like other blogs, Pinterest, and… what’s a movie??
As it turns out, I was thankful to not only be able to give my SIL and her husband this gift, but also to fulfill the themed makeover quota. (she giggles wickedly)
Enter in this gorgeous aqua blue dresser by Sharon at Lilikoi Joy. You know me and my Craigslist love, not to mention that it’s aqua! (My entire blog post about that color here – yes I LOVE it).
Sharon scored this piece on Craigslist and did a fantastic job of giving this lovely serpentine dresser a facelift to suit her style. You just have to head on over to her blog to read the full story.
When my mother-in-law came over for a visit one day, she showed me the picture of the dresser that they had in their garage and was one that my SIL had used in her bedroom as a child.
How sweet it would be to give her back that dresser for her own sweet daughter – in a much improved state for sure.
This forlorn dresser was missing a leg, had a broken swag on one of the drawer pulls, and had been painted white so long ago that it looked yellow.
I don’t know about you, but that serpentine style is one of my favorites (I’m talking about that wavy look to the front). Swoon!
Although this dresser needed some love, it is such a well-built antique and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. After doing a much needed wood putty treatment to the cabinet, I grabbed my best friend, orbital sander, and went to work. It was hard to not want to yank all that paint off and restore this beauty back to it’s original wood state. I mean, we’re talking solid oak with a grain to die for.
Once I had given the dresser enough “teeth” for the paint to adhere, I set out working on the pulls. It was such a shame that only one of them was damaged and we couldn’t put them all back on. I normally don’t paint solid brass, but since the inspiration dresser had a painted chrome finish to it’s pulls, I went with a brushed nickel paint by Rustoleum instead. Ouch…I painted antique brass….gulp. That’s a new one for me! deep breath. I mean, just look at those escutcheons. So dainty and ornate.
Since the new nickel paint looked too new, I used my go-to ebony Rub ‘N’ Buff
to create a patina on the pulls. This stuff is great, I tell ya!
Back to the dresser, since I was short one pull, I decided to fill the holes in the top two drawers and then drill new holes for a center-mounted pull instead. I love the glass effect and was able to find some locally. In addition to that upgrade, I had to repair a back leg so that it could hold a caster again. Thankfully, my in-laws had saved the pieces and I was able to grab yet another caster from that lovely rusty, crusty gift I spoke of here
On to the fun part. My SIL was hoping to use the exact same color that Sharon did, but since I already had a similar color in my stash that I used on my Mid-Century Modern set, I used that instead. Oh yeah… my $7 Home Depot seconds paint wins again! I brushed on several coats to the sides of the cabinet and drawers, but used a foam roller to get a nice smooth finish to the top. Yes, it’s that time of year, when snow flies and my house fills with furniture.
To achieve the glazed look that Sharon used, I whipped out my homemade glaze that I’ve used on my garage door
and several other pieces. I don’t typically buy into the commercial stuff if I can make it myself – I know, I’m funny that way.
The typical store-bought glazing simply has an ingredient in it that allows you to have more work time before setting. I’ve got glazing down so that I don’t need to worry about it drying too fast. Just brush on and then wipe off until you get the desired effect. No need for a $9 bottle. tsk.
For extra durability, I gave it a hand-rubbed wax topcoat. I will be completely honest that the original paint was on there sooo good that I don’t know if I did the new coat justice. A hindsight was to have either taken the paint all the way down, or used a paint gripping primer instead. Since the snow is flying here in the northeast, I’m limited on my outdoor time for sanding and I didn’t want to use that highly toxic primer in my home. So, if my SIL finds that that paint isn’t holding up, I’ve offered to redo it again in the summer. Stay tuned.
Here it is! What do you think?
I don’t think they’re twins, but certainly related.
It’s all good. I got to play with an antique, my SIL got a new dreser for baby, and I was able to complete my furniture makeover assignment. YIPPEE!
Before you head off, I want to invite you to go check out all these other fantastic “Inspired By” creations by my blogger friends. It’s fun to see the initial inspiration as well as the reproduction.
Our last few themes have included:
Until next month’s theme! (psst! It’s going to be all about chairs and I think God has lined up all these next themes just for me!!! tee hee.)
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