Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cream Dresser With Fun Plaid

I love little dressers!  They are such a great size and so easy to paint. 

It was in decent condition, the wood was just dried out.  I sanded the top with the palm sander and started with 100 grit and the varnish came right off.  I finished it with 220 to make it smooth.  

I had two colors of paint that I thought would be great for the dresser.  One was a pot of oops paint in a cream that I would compare the color to eggnog.  The other was a pot of Behr Ethiopia (the copy of ASCP Coco).

The body of the dresser would be the eggnog color and I decided I would paint a plaid pattern on the sides with the Ethiopia color.  I created the plaid pattern with Frog Tape.  It was time consuming, but I really wanted to try something I haven't done before.

After all was dry I distressed the entire dresser. 

I stained the top with one coat of Minwax dark walnut.  On top of the stain I used the dark wax "glaze" to deepen the color even more.

I changed all the hardware with these pulls that I got for free off craigslist.  They worked out great because they have the back plates to cover the original holes since they were not the same size.  But they were the wrong color. I painted them with black homemade chalk paint and then used Martha Stewart's Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee.  I think they came out just like oil rubbed bronze. 
I used AS clear wax on the entire dresser including the hardware and stained top.
And here is the plaid!  Doesn't it look great?  I wanted to try something new and I am so glad I did.

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  1. I love it. The color is perfect and I love the stained top!

  2. very nice work, Susan. I like everything that you did! One day I will be able to do something like this, maybe...once I get started painting...

  3. Truly amazing, I bet on Long Island you cold make a ton of money on your hobby.

  4. Looks GREAT, love the hardware also! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  5. Wow! What a transformation. You did a great job. I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @

  6. Susan
    Another great one! Love the cream color with the walnut top ~ and the pattern on the side is just a fun surprise!
    I'm visiting you today from twelve-o-eight. I'm co-hosting a Link Up that started Monday and would LOVE for you to link this! I hope you get a chance to stop by, Link Up and comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    My Mom Frame ~ Printables

  7. It looks gorgeous!! I love what you did with it.

  8. Susan??? I love your style. This is awesome and I'm gonna have to pin it. :)

  9. Holy Cow that does not even look like the same dresser... and I love the plaid on the side. So clever!

    Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  10. Hi Susan! I hope you don't mind, but I just wanted to test out my no-reply status. I am using the new google+ comment thing, so I can't seem to test it on my own site.

    thanks again for the help!

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  11. the plaid is so cute! i would have never thought of that. I'm happy I found you from the Oh What a Happy Day link party :)

    Keia @

  12. Love everything you do, Susan, and this is no exception! Love the surprise, soft plaid on the sides!
    Lisa @ {createinspire}

  13. Hi Susan - There you go again making old furniture beautiful again. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti

  14. Wow, what a redo--it looks great, love the detail on the side. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Susan, my name is Lori and Andi @ DelusionsofIngenuity also nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. I wanted to say" Hello and Congrats". By the way I love this dresser, you did a great job!! I am going to "Pin It" it is so cool!! I love all the cool details. Please visit my blog if you have some spare time Congrats and have a great day, Lori

  16. I love the plaid! What a creative idea, it looks awesome.

  17. It turned out great! I LOVE the plaid detailing! So glad you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Hope you have a great weekend! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  18. Now this is absolutely so clever. I love the transformation. I would love for you to link to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that will be live on Monday evening.

    Hugs, Marty

  19. This is so adorable. Plaid never gets old. Great job!

    Stephanie @

  20. Lovely transformation! Thanks for sharing at Get Schooled Saturday:)

  21. Awesome makeover. Featuring it at the party today! Thanks bunches for linking up!! :)

  22. Love the hardware and the plaid turned out really cool!

  23. This is such an amazing transformation and that plaid is awesome - what a fun idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  24. What a great update! I especially love the plaid on the sides of your dresser. Thanks so much for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party.

  25. Very impressed by your lovely transformation.
    Discovered your blog via Throwback Thursday.

  26. Oh, how beautiful!! I love the plaid. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.



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