Monday, June 27, 2011

The Big Beast

This was the largest piece I've done to date...the heaviest and longest. A friend wanted to break up her bedroom set...she was tired of having all mocha colored furniture. She sent me a picture of something she found on Etsy that she loved...but it had a high price tag. She asked if I could re-create the look if she found the dresser. I said sure!


She found this beauty on Craigslist and dropped it off at my house. She wanted cup pulls, but no cup pulls existed that would fit the current hardware (pretty, ornate pulls, but not her style) drill holes, so I patched those up with wood filler. 5 coats of white, lots of distressing and dark walnut stain as glaze she is, sans hardware. At this point in my painting career, I'm not confident enough to drill new holes in someone else's nice dresser. Her husband can do that. LOL! But imagine...oil rubbed bronze cup pulls on the bottom 6 drawers and 2 amber colored crystal knobs on each top drawer. To die for?? I think so!


Please excuse the lack of staging...she was just too big to move!


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Cassie Bustamante said...

that looks awesome! i don't care if it isn't staged, i can tell how pretty it is and what a great job you did! but a watering can full of geraniums on top would look nice.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

She's really pretty! I love the curves and the big hefty corners. What a beauty!

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

Ummm...Yes, I can imagine it! You did a fabulous job! 5 coats of white paint? wow! Make sure to get pics of it with the hardware once her husband finishes it!

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

How are you going to open the drawers now without the hardware?!

Stacey said...

She is pretty! Too bad she's not yours!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It looks amazing! Can't wait to see it with the hardware on! :)

Anonymous said...

you did a really beautiful job - I'm sure your friend is delighted! I know I would be :)

gertie @ The Old Block House said...


I've been wanting a dark wax to use on furniture, but it's not available locally, so I'm going to try walnut stain like you used in this to see how it works for me.

Thank you for sharing.

gertie @

Jaime Costiglio said...

Allison beastly but beautiful! And I know for sure you could drill those hardware holes, just do it! Love how you put your pieces up on spare pavers to paint, me too! Another well done piece.

SkinnyMeg said...

gorgeous color!! Love the glazing, it's perfect!

Andi said...'re supposed to stage photos ;-) Looks great!!!

Town and Country Gals said...

The dresser turned out fabulous! Love the color and the glazing! I have one about that size that I've put off doing, you've inspired me!
Visiting from Wow us Wednesday.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

The dresser is gorgeous and has great lines! Your finish made it fabulous!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Wow! It's really beautiful, and will look even more amazing with knobs! I totally understand about not wanting to drill those holes yourself, though ;-)

Decor & Harmony said...

Can I please have your address? I have a few pieces you can do for me. The dresser really looks amazing and classic. I have a fear of drilling holes too. Stop by for a visit :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is really lovely, Allison! I love the final outcome and the shape is great. I'm hoping to find a dresser like this that I can paint to use as a buffet piece.

Chef in Training said...

this is beautiful! Great job! I am way impressed! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow! What an undertaking -- it turned out beautiful! Definitely the cup pulls will be a great addition!

Chris said...

Wow! I'll bet your friend is in love with it now! What a beautiful finish! Thanks for sharing!

Tina said...
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Tina said...

I came over from Better After..and so happy I did! You have inspired me to get out in my garage and go through my Goodwill, yard sale and side-of-the-road finds and get busy! You've certainly given me a lot of ideas!
I'm most definitely a new follower!

Noble Vintage said...

wow, that is a gorgeous piece. What color white did you use? I am loving this look! Visiting from Show and Tell Friday. I have a weekly linky called Transformations and Treasures if you'd ever like to stop by and link up! It's every Wednesday :)

Lindsay said...

That is absolutely stunning! I love what you did with it, amazing!

chris said...

Gorgeous! Yes, with the pulls that piece will be absolutely fabulous. You did a great job refinishing.

Mallory said...

WOW! That is amazing. I am so envious of those who can re-purpose old furniture.

I found you via TT&J Weekend Wrap Up. My post is two after yours. I'm your newest follower and would love if you would follow me back. (especially since I am a newer blogger!)

I'm looking forward to oogling over more of your stuff!


~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Wow, Such a great piece. Love what you did with it.

Roeshel said...

Looks like a lot of love went into it! You did a beautiful job! You're such a sweet friend! ;)

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the vote!

Have a happy 4th, Allison!


Megan Gunyan said...

Allison!?! Wow! This looks fantastic! I love the color and the staining you did. I can definitely imagine it with the pulls your described. Gorgeous!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Fantastic~ what a great piece and love the color and finish! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

Shaunna said...

Gorgeous finish....thanks SO much for linking this one up!!