Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Craigslist Dresser Makeover

As promised that "after" picture post is coming to you with a couple of hours left to spare in the day! In case you forgot, here is what we were dealing with when we picked her up:
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I love her shape, those lovely drop ring pulls, and those spindle legs! It was love at first sight even if she was a little roughed up. I immediately began running possible color choices through my head...a fun green, a modern gray, or a stunning black. But, as always, in the end the tried and true no-fail white was the winner! Knowing I might possibly want to use this in our future child's room someday, I just couldn't commit to something that wouldn't be timeless. So, all those fun color choices flew out the window and are saved for another day and another project!

Much like all of our furniture re-do projects, we went with our trusty Sherwin Williams oil based paint and primer.
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Now, this stuff isn't the cheapest of the cheap, but it's beyond durable and is self leveling, which equals no brush strokes! It'd be nice if we could invest in a sprayer like Ms. Holly, but I haven't got past the prospect of that yet...you never know, though!

After a little bit of stripping and a little more sanding we got down to business.
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The whole process took a couple of days. We had to do a little bit of waiting in between coats since we did one coat of primer and two coats of paint.
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Some people will skip the sanding process and/or the priming process but we aren't those people. We've been taught if you want it to last, take the extra time. It's not for everybody but it's what we do when we are dealing with a pretty substantial piece like this dresser.

And, finally, here she sits in her current home in our entryway, which really isn't an entryway per se, but you get the picture ; ). I am in love with the piece and am impressed at how well she cleaned up!
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My absolute favorite part is the pulls! Love them.
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And, if you notice, the frame on top is new too. Annnnnd, it's another craigslist find! More to come on that big boy later!

xoxo

20 comments:

Debra L. said...

Lovely! Makes me want to finally finish my Craig's list dresser find. If I could only decide on a color...

Jesse said...

JOI! It is fabulous! I think the white just brings out it's great lines even more! Great job!

Oh, and I LOVE that frame too!

Nikki said...

She turned out beautiful, and the frame was one of the first things I noticed.

Tamstyles said...

girl you did your thang! wow.."She" looks good. I so want to try this at least once. So that one paint can is all you used? and you used a brush? how did you tackle the drawers because they look like they were chipping. I am asking because i need to know what to do when my time comes.

Chelsea said...

great job joi! it is lovely!!

Melissa said...

Great job!!! I really like it and need to do something like that one day when I have more space for more furniture.

ezza said...

Looks great!! love that frame, what a find!!

Heidi said...

That's an incredible transformation! Well done you!!!

C said...

You did a wonderful job!! I actually just finished a similar piece! :)

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Joi you always amaze me. It looks great!

Shannon said...

Just gorgeous, by itself and with all of the pretties on top. I'm jealous of your entryway, I want one!

Katie said...

Cute Joi! Great job on the makeover...those spindelly legs would have me at hello too!

Freckles Chick said...

It looks beautiful!!!! What a transformation, I'm stunned.

We're kindred spirits, you know. I've been itching to find a dresser to make over for our pseudo entryway too! Wish my craigslist was as awesome as your's. =[

Suzie said...

Love the lines and pulls too and I'm so glad you painted it white! I am bowing down to the you, CL's guru! :) Amazing finds!

thestamfordwife said...

BEAUUUUUUUTIFUL! Great job, Joi!! The pulls look awesome against the white.

Kim said...

Love it! You do awesome work.

Jen said...

Oh I L.O.V.E how this turned out!! It looks amazing! And the way you accessorized is awesome too:-) Now you need to come and help me get my white coffee table to work in my room! HA!

J said...

very good job well done and love the frame you find some good things.

Wanderluster said...

Love it! You always do a great makeover.

design_aholic said...

I totally found a great solid wood buffet, and painted it green (like the "fun green" you mentioned in this post) Take a look! Mine was in a sad, painted state too.

I love your site by the way- really loving clicking through everything :)

http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/08/reveal.html

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