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).
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.
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 makeover. My $7 seconds paint wins again! I brushed on several coats to the sides of the cabinet and drawers. However, I am using 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.
Here it is! What do you think?
Our last few themes have included: