Monday, March 10, 2014

The Painted Lady ~ A Dresser Update

Hello there peeps...
I know, I've been neglectful and haven't been around.

I think I have a brain cloud.
Ever have one?
Know the best way to get rid of it?

last weekend it was cold and snowy...
but it made for the perfect weekend to get this project done...

Last fall I told you about this fabulous find I got for my living room.
And yes, it's taken me this long to get it painted.

I apologize to those of you who said I should leave it natural and not paint it.
I just couldn't.
I say I'm sorry, but really I'm not.

It was throwing my whole living room atmosphere right outta wack!
Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that dramatic, but it all felt off.
Like something just wasn't quite right, you know?
It's bad enough that I am forbidden to paint the grandfather clock.

I would probably get a lecture from my dad just for mentioning it. :\
{but just between you and me, my mom thinks it would look pretty good painted black!}
The grandfather clock, that is.  But don't tell.

I waffled some on the color.
I have a shelf done in Annie Sloan Old White,
so I didn't want this to be the same.
Between four different choices, I went with the AS Cream.

It's kinda buttery yellow.  But I like it.
If I had thought about it, mixing the Old White and
Cream might have been a good compromise.

I wiped the dresser down with some hot soapy water.
It is old and was kinda dusty and cob-webby.
Two coats of paint later, you'd never even know!

I did some light distressing with a sanding sponge.
I didn't want to go crazy, just kind of a gently used look.
I know you're supposed to wax THEN sand, but I don't like it that way.
Call me a rebel.

I have yet to decide if I will use any dark wax for aging.
I may try it on a small space and take it back off if I don't like it.

The knobs may change. 
That's something else I can't decide on.
I thought about painting them aqua, then didn't.

Some cute crystal ones might be fun.
At some point two of the knobs had been replaced,
they aren't quite the same style and size as the others.

But, unless you look, you can't really tell...
so for now...if you don't care, I don't care.

I love the lightness it brings to that side of the room now.
It really does fit into the rest of the style I have going on.
And as pretty as the natural wood was...I just love this more!

And now...just in case you're curious about the stuff on top:
this chunky plant stand...yes, it's a plant stand...
came from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.
I have used it for a cake display and now for candles
They have them again this year, but they are several dollars more now, of course.

The Pottery Barn look-alike lantern came from Pier 1 for a fraction of the cost of PB's version.
The frame is a clearance find, painted, strung with wire and mini clothespins.
The paper wreath came from Zulily and the round tray from Decor Steals.
The urn came from a vintage street fair and the boxwood ball is a TJMaxx find.
Like I said...just in case you wanted to know.'s not just a pretty face...
I use it to store rotational decor, extra candles, books, and such.
It's awesome.

You know...if I had a wide angle lens...
I'd someday show you the WHOLE living room.
Oh well.

I hope you have enjoyed this makeover.
And if you didn't, please keep it to yourself. :)

I'm trying hard to get over my brain cloud problem...
and in the meantime...
I think I'm finally going to start painting the bathroom.
I've only had the paint for a year.

I hope you all have a fantastic week and
the brain clouds stay far far away from you!

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  1. LOVE it - and it's an improvement even in my paint saturated world :)
    Great job!

  2. Very nice love your makeover!!!! Would like to invite you to come share it at Share it One More Time at One More Time Events… Tammy

  3. Such a gorgeous piece and I love the new color. Beautiful vignette too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. Very pretty - before and after actually! But the dresser does look so much brighter painted! Lovely!

  5. this is my first visit here and low and behold you have the same dresser as I do, I want to paint mine soooo bad an this woul be the color of my choice too, but,,,, my husband stripped sanded stained and varnished ours 30 years ago, he says NO way am I painting it, but,,, he might just not notice, right away, lol, I will love following your adventures,

  6. I am just loving how paint totally transformed this piece. It totally brightens the piece. Good job.

  7. This piece looks so sweet. You did a lovely job transforming it. I've used ASCP Cream before and love its warmth. I saw your link on One More Time link party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  8. I used to think that painting old furniture should never be done...but now I love the look of old painted furniture and I think it gives it a new quality life! Gorgeous job!

  9. I personally liked the natural wood, but I agree with you that the painted version looks much better with your room d├ęcor, at least as much of the room as I can see :)

  10. like a breath of fresh air in the room! :)

  11. That is beautiful - a nice change, although the natural would have been nice too. It is a great piece of furniture. Thank you for sharing this. Gentle Joy

  12. Your dresser looks very pretty and fresh and it has lovely lines. The cream is a pretty colour and I really like the bit of distressing too.

  13. I love it painted! I have one that looks very similar to the "before" shot... I may have to try this! Thanks for linking up to Accidentally Wonderful Wednesday!

  14. Very pretty, love the color! Thank so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  15. I love it!!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. I love the color! Pinned for inspiration! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

  17. Stopping by from the Creative Inspirations party . . .it's such a cute piece :) I love it either way, painted or natural.

  18. I love it! The color is perfect and I think you distressed it just the right amount. You have it styled so pretty, too!

  19. It looks great! Love that dresser. I have yet to work use AS paint but I really need to try it.

  20. I like this a lot. Nice work in distressing also. Linda

  21. Hi Kelly - visiting from Serenity You and I think you did a beautiful job on this piece! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  22. It looks wonderful Kelly! I would love for you to share at Bacon Time linky too. Just came over from Serenity linky. Your accessories are beautiful to. Great work.

  23. Beautiful makeover Kelly! What a gorgeous piece of furniture to work with.
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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