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Friday, September 9, 2011

Dressed Up Dresser

To fully appreciate the project I'm sharing today, you must first see what it's replacing.  Both girls have had their own dresser for years now, and here they are:

Emily's (a great garage sale find my husband got in CA for just $15--it would probably look great painted, but I just never had the motivation to do it)
Meagan's (we bought this dresser from Target when we got married 9 years ago and she covered it with all kinds of stickers from preschool)  And yes, it's been in their closet.

Then I got this great dresser and mirror a couple of months ago for free from a friend at church and have been working hard on transforming it. 




I followed the furniture painting instructions from Young House Love.  I got oil based primer from Sherwin Williams and then bought regular paint from Home Depot.  The white color is Billowy Clouds (I bought 1 quart) and the pink for the top is Orchid Rose (I bought the sample size)


The sanding took a while, even with a palm sander and my husband's help.  To get all the curved parts I wrapped a piece of sand paper around a washcloth.


I primed and then it took about 3 coats of paint to get it all covered nicely.  The scariest part was pulling the sander back out again and scuffing up the edges!  I had some black stain in the garage from a previous project, so I rubbed a little over the sanded edges and wiped it off again very quickly so it wouldn't stay on the paint, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I did the same thing with the mirror.


For stenciling the top, I cut section after section after section out of contact paper (using Make the Cut and my Cougar cutter) and stuck them down on the dresser.  This was not easy, but I was set on using my own supplies I had on hand without purchasing a professional stencil from somewhere.  When a large section of stencils was  down, I painted over everything with the pink paint.  

When I got about halfway across the top, the design had started getting distorted (contact paper is flimsy you know) and the shapes weren't lining up anymore.  So, I did what any {crazy} person would do--I traced out the rest of the design using a pencil and used a small brush to hand paint all of those little shapes!  It took for-ev-er.

Anyway, by this time I had decided that I would be distressing the top of the dresser as well, and that did a great job of hiding any little imperfections from paint bleeding under, or shapes not lining up perfectly.


Before sanding


After sanding


I then did 2 coats of clear polyurethane on just the top.  It actually had a teeny bit of a yellow tint to it--not noticeable over the bright pink really.  But I have since read that polyurethane can do that, and that a polycrylic would be better?  I'll have to do some research on that next time around.  Still, it sure is shiny!



Here it is all set up in the girls' room.  

And if you're interested, I have previously posted about the blue chandelier and the pink marble wall art (it looks so lonely on that wall still, I need to hang some other things around it!)

So, was all the crazy, never-ending stenciling worth it?  What project have you refused to give up on?  I'd love to see/ hear about it!
 








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35 comments:

  1. Stephanie! I love it! You did a great job! Now I want to go paint a dresser...

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  2. I absolutely love it! WOW! I have a dresser that's sitting in my garage and would look adorable like this....but it looks like so much work! I started sanding and didn't get far. GOOD FOR YOU!

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  3. You are so crazy amazing talented! Everything about this dresser is wonderful! I love how you "carried on" with the stencil and hand painted. Good for you. This is one of my favorite posts.
    I am following you back and so looking forward to your next adventure :)

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  4. Wow! It came out great. I love the choice of color you went with for the stenciling. This is the type of project that would have turned out disasterous for for me....LOL So pat yourself on your back for a job well done:)

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  5. WOWZA!! That is a fantastic redo! So unique and classy! Nice work!

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  6. DEFINITELY worth it...beautiful transformation! I use Minwax Polycrylic for finishing...just the BEST stuff, low odour, simple, and non yellowing.

    Deborah (happily visiting from
    http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you can stop by too...)

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  7. LOVE! i have a thing for dressers...there is another one waiting for me in my barn...can't wait to get to it...thanks for stopping by and leaving me a nice comment...
    ashley @creating love & joy

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  8. Looks so good in their room! I have the night stands that match that collection. They are in my closet though bc I got tired of the style/look. I'm your newest follower. Come follow me back at www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

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  9. I love your dresser it looks great!

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  10. Love this! It is stunning! I love how shiny the top turned out and the stenciling is beautiful.

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  11. What an amazing dresser, all that hard work paid off because it's a beauty! I love the top, I use a water based poly and it works the same just doesn't yellow :)

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  12. Wow Steph!! I love the dresser and the stenciling is beautiful!!

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  13. I need a Stephanie to live by me and do crafty things for me. Actually, I need THIS Steph, because there's no substitution for you!

    Seriously, you are so talented. The dresser-and everything else you touch with your craftiness-is gorgeous.

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  14. Well worth it.
    Look AMAZING!
    Off to look at that marble art... intrigued!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

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  15. It came out lovely! Like the addition on the top gives it some edge!

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  16. that turned out SO cute. I would totally take that 1st dresser off your hand to repaint - like you said it will turn out AWESOME! I cannot believe that you hand painted 1/2 the top of that dresser - talk about determination. Really great!

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  17. The top on this is adorable... perfect for a girls room! Thanks for stopping by, too!

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  18. This is ADORABLE! I love love love it!

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  19. This is darling!! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

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  20. Just pinned this... I love it! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog.

    Amanda Joy
    www.joyinthejumble.com

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  21. Beautiful! It was worth it! Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a nice comment. :)
    Jen @ beautyinbloom.typepad.com

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  22. Thanks so much for linking this up to my Pity Party. I love the finished product. I love looking at transformed furniture. I've been too chicken to take on big projects myself. But hopefully someday soon I'll just go for it!

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  23. This is so sweet!! I love the whole thing - you did a great job on the dresser/distressing and the top is so cute too!! I love that you finished it by hand!!
    I featured this on FB & Twitter today - thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays!

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  24. Looks fabulous! :) Wish I had girls to decorate for, but with four boys that is not happening :(

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  25. What an amazing piece of furniture! I LOVE what you did with the top! I would have never thought about how cool that could look and what a great shine it could have! You are an inspiration! Thank you so much for linking up at crafty scrappy happy!
    Jaime!

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  26. I came here from C H S, love the stencil! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. this is so pretty! love the colors, and love it with the little chandy! so bright and happy!

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  28. This is beautiful! I'm in love with the distressed stencil pattern. You did a great job! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I look forward to browsing your blog!

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  29. I don't think I would have had the guts to put on the black stain after I'd worked so hard on that paint job. It turned out beautiful, especially the pink top!

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  30. Beautiful makeover! Love the color you chose and the stencil too!

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  31. Always admire a good makeover of an old or updated piece of furniture! Great job!

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  32. Looks so good in their room! I love your dresser it looks great and all that hard work paid off because it's a beauty! I love the top, I use a water based poly.

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  33. Hi Steph! I am planning my nursery and love your dresser - so glad I found it on pinterest! Do you mind if I use a picture of it to put on my own blog for a nursery inspiration post I am doing? Thanks!

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