Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Little White Goes A Long Way

Back in February, I posted this dresser. It was to be the inspiration for decorating our guest room/my hideout (hey, as the only woman in the house, I need a hide out!). I loved this dresser, but once we got it into the guest room, I realized it was too big. The great news is, I sold it on Craig to a woman who's having her first baby and was absolutely in love with the dresser. That made me happy.

So when I saw this on K-Bid, I was smitten. It was a tall dresser/armoire and wouldn't take up as much room. But I had to win it first...sight unseen. I decided my highest bid would be $30. And I won it for $29!
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After getting it home, I inspected it. I loved it and especially loved the detail on the doors and the amount of storage. But...one side had many fragments that had fallen off over time. My father-in-law is a genius when it comes to fixing wood and he suggested taking the back lip off, chipping pieces off of it, and gluing them on the door. Brilliant!! I didn't need that backsplash anyway..

Getting it off was easy!
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And used a screwdriver to chip off pieces that would fit....
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Essentially putting a puzzle together with glue.

As for color, I'd envisioned white...but I really wanted the details to pop. I wasn't going to distress and instead, I used some silver metalic paint and tried to glaze the details. FAIL. Not cute.

So I painted over the glaze, distressed the details, cleaned up the hardware, and here is the end result. I love it...though I'm not sold on keeping the hardware.
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Can you even tell that this is the side I pieced together?
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I heart these details
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I love it! But I need insight on the hardware...keep the original or look for something more fun?Thoughts?

~Allison

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35 comments:

Tara Lauren said...

looks fab! White is always perfect!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful! i love when they have the alligator skin... i can see it on the legs and i love it!!!
as fro the hardware... i have hardware like that that came on some pieces before, and i always have a hard time with that backplate and always end up using something else. i don't know why that backplate always bothers me.

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I think it looks great! I love all the detail and such a smart way to fix the broken off bits. As far as hardware goes I think it looks good but I think if it was lighter maybe it could look even better? Something crystal? I guess it all depends on the look of the room.

Marine to a Housewife said...

awesome find! how does K-bid work anyway?

Emily said...

i love it with the original hardware = )

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm all about details. The paint made it pop. Good job.

Vintage Charm said...

Love the distressing on this one!

Sherrie said...

What a beautiful makeover! You wouldn't know it was the same piece!

Nikki said...

This is super pretty! and the original hardware looks lovely!

Megan said...

I love it, the details are so cute! Great job!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

So pretty! This is a beautiful, old piece -- great job not giving up on it! I like the original hardware a lot -- I'm all for keeping original hardware when you can and I'd sure keep these.

Trisha said...

This turned out beautiful!! Great job!! Love the color :)

Heather said...

Love the details too! I think the original hardware works well with this piece. BTW- New Follower as of now :)

Y B Normal? said...

You could always spray the hardware a different color/finish, right?

Katherines Corner said...

I think it looks great well done.Oh yes, leave that hardware it's perfect. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog.l hugs!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Even the knobs look better now! White DOES go a long way! Good job!

Kathy said...

Lovin the white!
Great job...
~Kathy ~
Sweet Up-North Morninga...

Jill said...

I'm so obsessed with re-done furniture right now! I feel like I never want to buy a new piece again! Great job!

KK said...

the dresser is very nice. i like the original hardware but i could see glass being very pretty. you did a great job. i'm lovin all thingss white.

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

I LOVE love love it! My husband say that I paint everything white ~ it just look better hey!?!? Thanks for shairng ~ stop by and say hi sometime!

Kaitlin said...

Fabulous makeover! The white really makes it stand out! I love your blog and just wanted to let you know I gave you an award over on my blog!
Kaitlin @ The Goodey Knot

Lora said...

amazing!

The Tattered Cottage said...

It turned out great! I love all the detail. As for hardware, I always change it out. Hobby Lobby has some really fun and cute hardware. It looks great with the original hardware, so it is just a matter of preference. Either way, it looks great, you did a fab job!
Toni

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

love it!! i love the when the alligator skin thing happens!!!

Jo & Ant said...

beautiful!

Cindy said...

Perfect!!!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Now that is just darling!

very merry vintage style said...

Beautiful! Stop by and link up!Love to have this great project added--
Mary

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Amazing what some paint and hard work can do to a piece. Lovely.

c.w.frosting said...

What a fab rehab! You did a great job! Paint solves so many problems =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Tammy @ Type A said...

LOVE, it turned out beautiful! thanks for sharing this at my party!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful job on painting it white. All the details show up great now!! Found you thru Creating a House of Grace and so happy to find your pretty blog! I'm having a blog party and giveaway soon so hop on over to visit me when you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
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Lindsay said...

Ohh I love the look and style of this!! Beautiful!! I think it looks good just the way it is..but a great place for knobs and hardware is World Market..also pretty reasonable.

Delighted Momma

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Allison - this dresser looks fantastic white. I am loving the distressed details - gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie Lynn
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Stacey said...

Wow! It looks great! I wasn't sure if I liked it at first, but now I am sure that I just love it! Nice job! Following you -
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