Wednesday, October 3, 2012

OLD DRESSER RE-DO


We debated a lot over what we were going to do for sinks in the master bath
I bought this old dresser at an auction and have had it for years...
using it in various display situations

I love the curves..it's what I wanted all along
But B wanted something more contemporary to go with all that carrerra
maybe some big chrome bars with double marble sinks?

But...what about storage?
We discussed baskets under the chrome but really who wants to keep your tooth brush in a basket?
Baskets are more for a guest bath right?

So, I finally convinced him to give this dresser a try
we can always do something different if we don't like it because
it's FREE
it started out of course as wood...it's very heavy...not cheap...nice and solid

I painted it black a long time ago and it's now been in our garage for over a year
or is it two?  I can't remember
yes..we bought 822 in October 3 years ago and moved in January 2 years ago
long enough to become the "holder of all the stuff we are waiting to use when the addition is complete"
this is the original hardware..and I love this old blue box
I will probably use it for something like soaps...I love soaps!

First I paint it white...or Memoir..the color of the bedroom walls
flat wall  paint
I have no access to any of those fancy chalk paints and waxes
unless I really plan ahead...today I went with what I had

so then I give it a coat of Sea Salt..the color of the bath walls

I'm careful with the sandpaper because I know what's under there is black..not wood
I do a very dry brush treatment where I drag the paint across the surface..giving a heavy old look
what are we going for when we do this?
like we found a 300 year old dresser in Marie Antionette's summer cottage?

yes..I think so
(Halloween costume?)

I think this is what's under her dress

I find a poem and use this handy gold craft paint

I don't write in French...just American
"how do I love thee"
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I had used vintage wallpaper for drawer liner before..so pretty

It will have double white vessel sinks and some kind of shell display on the top
I think I'm up to about 10 jars of shells these days..oh dear!

I used gold rub and buff..here and there

it was missing one pull..I just used a crystal one that I will probably hang some kind of tassel from

Just a bit of paint, a bit of time and there you go..
I will show photos when it gets in its new home..
sinks are in route!


by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

11 comments:

stefanie said...

oh, its gorgeous!!!!!

Stacy Curran said...

You are amazing! It's beautiful!
Stacy

Leslie said...

..and that should work for the costume, and you will look fabulous!

Great job in this DIY project!! It's amazing what a little sand paper and paint will do!

leslie

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Who would have ever thought?
I love it!

Marina Pérez said...

Wonderful!!!! :)

A Vintage Chic said...

Gorgeous! And I love that poem...funny thing--my daughter was just studying about her yesterday and we were talking about that very poem!

Wishing you a wonderful day, my friend!

Julie

Taylor Greenwalt said...

You did such a great job. It looks wonderful! I'm going to tackle a table this weekend.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Well, just look at that! I love with when things are re-cycled and put to good use. Good job! x

Giovanna said...

Loving the re-do!! I've been wanting to do that for a while.. I just need to find a dresser to makeover!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow. I have zero talent in this dept..but lots of appreciation for it..and you got it!!!

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Wow - it's gorgeous. You certainly have a good eye, my friend. Who needs chalk paint when it turned out like this!!