I am fortunate enough to have people around me that know if they are about to throw away or donate a piece of furniture they should bring it to me first. Our house is kinda like the Isle of Misfit Furniture Pieces if we are being honest. So when our neighbors/cousins dropped off this dresser I immediately knew I could bring it back to life.
(I swear I took a real before shot… but apparently not. Bad Blogger.)
We are always looking for more storage & the dimensions were perfect to replace my barcart nightstand. No more open shelf for the littles to restyle EVERYDAY!
I decided this piece was the perfect opportunity for me to test out the ever famous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I know. I can’t believe I haven’t used it yet either. I wanted a matte velvety finish & new this product would give me the look I wanted.
After cleaning the piece & giving it a quick sand (I know it’s not needed, but I felt I had to on this one) I got to painting. I painted all of the drawers & decided to leave the frame of the dresser in it’s natural wood. After I gave it a little sand, most of the scratches disappeared leaving a beautiful patina of aged wood.
Once all the drawers were dry, I gave them a quick sand with a very fine grade & added the Annie Sloan Soft Wax to seal it. I am officially a convert to this wax. LOVE!!! It is so smooth & silky. I loved it so much I decided to wax the wood frame too. It brought the piece to life.
I also decided, for fun, to line the drawers with really expensive wallpaper. I have had some of the Cole & Sons Woods wallpaper leftover from Chloe’s closet & I have had just a little left. Not really enough for anything substantial. So now I have something fun to look at when deciding what to wear every day.
Then came the choice of hardware… There were only two of the original pulls left & I wasn’t too inspired by them anyways. So I instantly went to my favorite online hardware source. D Lawless Hardware. They have a great selection for any hardware need & have even better prices. In fact, the prices were soooo good, I ordered two different sets of pulls & keyholes & still made it out for next to nothing.
I’m glad I ordered the extra sets, because I ended up mixing up the “pairs” I originally had in mind. I really wanted to use the keyhole outline inserts, but the original holes were too worn… So I used the classic round escutcheon instead.
So after all was said & done… free dresser was scrubbed, sanded, painted & waxed, given some fancy new liners & adorned with new accessories I fell in love with my new nightstand.
The best part is that the table surface is huge (for a nightstand) so I can actually keep some of it “styled” while being able to throw my glasses & water on my end without messing up the look.
I have also been talking about adding pattern to our bedroom. So I officially took the plunge & got rid of our white bedding & went crazy. It’s not a look for everyone, but I love the mix & my goal this year was to be me… well this is me folks.
We upgraded our sheets to a 650 Thread Count Plum Set (thanks to a gift card from the in laws!), added the West Elm Chevron Duvet Cover & I got crafty with a little Suzani Fabric & some black ball fringe. Does it all match? No. Do I care? No. It is just fueling my love of eclectic gathered spaces even more. I am breaking all the “Rules” that someone mysterious created long long ago so just call me a Rebel. Go on… I Dare YOU!
Have you done anything daring in decor lately? I’d love to hear about it!
btw… The canvas was a project I did with Shutterfly follow this link to read how to create your own!