Friday, September 2, 2011

Curbside Shopping

So can someone tell me the difference between a dresser and a chest of drawers? Are they interchangeable?

Anyway, to the redo: I was doing some late night craigslist "free" section browsing a couple weeks ago and found an adorable solid wood dresser whose curves would be brought out beautifully with a little white paint and some distressing. It was posted at 10:35 PM and by the time my roommate and I drove out there an hour later (in our pajamas no less) it was already gone! Apparently I am not the only craigslist vulture in Seattle. Weird. So we were driving back home, disappointed, when I saw another dresser on the side of the road. I yelled "stop the car!" and we got out and looked at it. It was dated to be sure, but it was in really fantastic condition, with a slightly matte finish (perfect for minimal sanding), easy sliding drawers, and unique hardware. And it was on casters, which made it so much easier to move around!

Regrettably, I forgot to take a before picture, so this is what it looked like after priming:

Ignore the horrendous photography. My seven-year-old point-and-shoot is clearly on "der fritz"
And here is the hardware post heavy-duty scrubbage:
Note to self: don't take pictures on a plaid background anymore. Even if it just a tea towel.
I work in the apartment building's garage, between my car and the recycling dumpster. One night I came home and found this sign:
In my defense, I know that the recycling comes on Fridays and I always move my stuff out of the way in time.

Anyway, so I painted it a creamy off-white and gave it a light glaze and a wax. Then I sprayed the hardware with Oil-Rubbed Bronze and now it looks like this:
Here it is sort of staged in my room. The little pictures are old painted postcards of Paris, and they're hung for my previous dresser which was significantly shorter

The top doesn't look this shiny in real life. I don't know why it's doing that, but I like it!

The hardware's nifty, isn't it?

I am keeping rings and stuff in the vintage candy dishes now, but I have an idea for them that I'll share when I get around to doing it.

Oh yeah, I didn't distress it, which felt a little weird, but it has such clean lines that I didn't think it would go as well, so I used my new bff Antiquing Glaze instead to bring out the details. 

So here we have it side by side:


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  1. Her makeover looks outstanding...great hardware. Stop over and share her at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY.


  2. Great makeover!! It turned out wonderful and love the hardware~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  3. Chic and stylish like always! Take a look at my blog and if u like we can follow each other! :)