Monday, April 21, 2014

A fun and simple change up

 Let's get right to it...

This was a fun little project. 
Not too much work.
Just a little TLC and a paint job.

 Just some minor repairs
 And a good sanding job

And this is how a beat up dresser can look...

Nothing too fancy, just some hardware changes, a coat of paint, a little distressing and glaze.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fireman Dresser

For a boy

I never do furniture for boys so I was so excited to do this one. Hands down one of my favorites! 
My inspiration: the hardware.
I had seen a similiar dresser on Pinterest with the red & walnut stained stripes so when I found the hardware I knew it would look amazing together.
Here he is:

I wanted a fireman theme,
but no so "themed" and "kiddish"
that it wouldn't last more than a few years in a room.

I used an oil based enamel paint and added polycrylic to protect it.
Little boys can be rough on furniture so I wanted to ensure it was as protected as possible.

Distressed Red Buffet

I've noticed these days people tend to shy away from using these old long dressers with mirrors in the bedrooms anymore. They seem to be continuosly repurposed as buffets or TV stands. I tend to agree that they are better suited elswhere in a home. Maybe it's just me but it seems as if homes these days have less wall space in the bedrooms and seriously lack storage areas. I think that is why I feel in love with this beauty, all the additional drawer space. If I were to keep this baby I would definitly use it to store the crazy amounts of blankets we have accumulated over the years!! Anyone else have that problem??? Why can we not just throw away those twin comforters the kids had years ago, even when we no longer have a twin size bed? Or the Twilight blanket that was a must have? Oh or the little red airplane blankets that we steal every trip?? Heck I still have twin size sheets!! Maybe it is time...Oh boy, I feel a spring cleaning coming on now thinking about all this. Okay, enough on that. Let's get back to the furniture peice and focus on that. I found her on Facebook. The poor guy didn't want to part with it. It was his Grandmothers and his Mom had started to refinish it. You can see in the pictures below where she hand sanded the top. I have to give her credit, she hand sanded longer than I would have!! No wonder she gave up! It was not easy task. For that reason I knew there was no way I could paint over the top, I had to finish the job and stain it. As far as the bottom and why I choose red, I thought a nice walnut stained top with compliment it. Why then did I not stain the top walnut?? I simply grabbed the wrong can. It wasn't until I got the second coat on I realized what I had done. Oops. So it turned out the way it did. I think it looks okay. I used all the same hardware cause it was gorgoues!! And this baby is solid, I'm talking super heavy. Here are the before pics:

And here is how she turned out: