Big eight drawer dresser

Rarely do I find big furniture pieces at Goodwill; OR they are TOO big to fit in the back of my car and too heavy for me to unload by myself.  This eight drawer dresser was ‘just right’!P1270595

I always keep a few old sheets in my car to cover furniture with AND to protect my car bumper when loading/unloading big items.  It’s difficult for me to LIFT the items like this to put in my car; so here’s my  ‘bad back method’ for loading big stuff in the car.

Well, first of all you have to have the right kind of car; a hatch that lifts UP and a LOW back end.  (and trust me, the PT Cruiser sits LOW!  Sometimes TOO low!!  I’ve had to ‘train myself’ to not pull all the way into parking spaces that have the concrete stops, because my front bumper will catch and scrape on it!!)  

I lay a folded over sheet from the back of the car draping over the bumper.  This particular dresser needed to be turned on it’s side first.  Once on it’s side and scooted up to the bumper, I tip it over onto the sheet and then just give it a good shove (using my knees for extra push, if needed).  Gotta LOVE leverage!

This dresser was pretty heavy, so the gal at pickup helped me ‘shove it’.  So  I knew it was too heavy for me to re-load to take to Stars, after I refinished it.  Here’s how I handle that problem.  I leave the drawers out!!  Load the dresser frame, cover with a sheet, them the drawers on top of that.  For unloading at Stars, I take the drawers in first.  (I use my little wheely cart for loading EVERYTHING at Stars!)  Then the empty dresser, then put the drawers in once I have it in the spot I want it to be.

This is a good way to move heavy dressers around the house too.  Take the filled drawers out and it’s it’s easy to move the frame.

Okay, back to the dresser at hand!

Very clean drawer innards!!  Very UGLY metal knobs painted white.  Originally I was thinking of JUST distressing the existing white paint, adding new knobs and calling it done.  Alas, someone had spray painted it RED before it was painted white, so I HAD to repaint it.

I added some vintage style paper to line the drawers with, even though they didn’t really NEED to be lined; it’s a nice touch on a bigger, pricier item.  I really struggled with finding the right replacement for the ugly knobs.  The knobs it had are the kind that have a couple of BARBS on the back to better hold them in place; but whomever attached the knobs LET them spin around while being screwed on, which gouged a ‘moat’ around the hole for the knobs.  Which meant I had to find replacement knobs that covered the moats!  sigh.  I went shopping for new ones and left empty handed.  LOTS of really pretty knobs out there IT I wanted to double the selling price of the dresser to afford them!  Especially since I needed 16 of them!  sheesh!   I settled upon these cast iron ones I had ‘in stock’.

A bit more ‘simply’ styled than I had originally envisioned it with some new knobs, but knobs are easy to replace, so I’ll leave that to the new owner.


Available for purchase in my booth at Stars for $149.00


Thrifted little green chest make-over

P1120059A missing knob and such dark and dreary colors on this otherwise very sturdy and nicely made little jewelry size chest.

FIRSTLY, I had to address that missing knob.  I WANTED to remove ALL the knobs and put on all new ones. Alas, the others would NOT budge; so I had to create a matching one.  A little wood peg and a bit of sanding and some glue was all that took.

P1140171I had repainted the drawers black in order to match the replaced knob, and decided to leave them black; for now at least.  If I decided I didn’t like the drawers black, I could always go back and repaint them.

So then I started on the chest part, giving it a good sanding first.

P1140172You KNOW how I love ‘feet on things’, so I gave it some little feet; glued on with e6000.

P1140214I painted the chest and feet aqua.

P1140216Stenciled “PARIS” on the top.

P1140219Pretty good match on the knobs, eh?

P1140215I’m still not entirely ‘sold’ on the two-tone look.  I see it SO often on Pinterest and have really been wanting to try it out.  Better to try it on something small first.

This will be going to my booth st Stars in the near future.

My “New blue” and an updated dresser

As you probably already know, I mix my own ‘beachy blue’ paint color.  I started with a standard Ralph Lauren turquoise back when we first switched our shop over to Sophie’s Cottage.

It was a pretty BRIGHT shade.  About half way through that can of paint I decided to tone it down a bit and added some white.  Then a while later I wanted it to be more AQUA than turquoise, so I added some green.  And the color just sort of evolved into a variety of shades.

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 034Most recently, my color had become a very bright aqua; which I LOVED for a while.  But I was ready for a change.  Usually I have a little bit of my current color to start with and add to that.  This time I completely ran out of the aqua and had to mix from scratch.  I’ve been wanting to go with a more muted shade for quite some time.  In the sample above, the old is on the right and the new on the left.  

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I decided that this dresser would be my first project with the new color.

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It took a considerable amount of sanding to get most of the old blue paint off.  Then I primed it with KILZ; then 2 coats of my ‘new blue’; and sanded it to distress.   It really doesn’t look all THAT different from the old color now!  (but we’ll see when I have something painted with the old blue to set beside it!)

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 I used some really BIG finials for the two knobs on the top two small drawers.

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Michael thinks the big knobs are a bit gaudy; but I LOVE the sparkle!

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This dresser is on storage for now; until room for it opens up at one of my mall spaces.

Another dresser

I saw this dresser on ‘half price day’ at the thrift store last week but couldn’t buy it because I had already loaded up inventory for stocking at Stars in the back of my car and didn’t have ROOM for it.  

I was headed that way on the NEXT ‘half price day’ and decided to check and see if it was still there; although I really didn’t expect it would be.  LO and behold it WAS still there.  I think the lack of drawer pulls worked in my favor, making it undesirable to others.

A little bit of cracked and peeling paint at the bottom of the inset on the sides (above) And the top was pretty damaged in spots. 

But the drawers were lined and VERY CLEAN!  I can ‘fix up’ just about ANYTHING on the outside, but if it has ICKY drawer innards; I usually PASS!  

Since I was already ‘out and about’ I made another thrift stop and found these awesome vintage PORCELAIN drawer pulls.  Hmmmmmm  WHAT could I use those for?!?!?

Underneath the sagey green paint was some white, the the original walnut stain. I wanted to get all the green sanded off, but gave up after an hour of sanding.

I got most of it off the TOP and the drawers, but not the rest.

Still, I got enough of the old paint sanded off that I didn’t need to apply primer before painting.

And here she is with those vintage porcelain drawer pulls with the ‘backsplashes’. (or whatever those things behind the knobs are called!)  I’ve actually never seen these for KNOBS; but see them often for drawer pulls with handles.

The center metal pieces were REALLY tarnished and icky and would NOT come clean; so I gave them a little black paint.  

I’m in a NON-distressing mood lately!  I left the child’s chairs undistressed, and now this dresser.  I decided that with the knobs being so interesting, and the raised legs and pretty detail on the front legs . . . 

 . . .and the inset side panels, that it really didn’t NEED distressing.  And the distressing would actually DETRACT from the features that make this dresser so pretty and unique.

She’ll be going to Stars as soon as I have room for her.  Tomorrow is ‘booth overhaul day’ and with Michael’s help I’ll be changing around BOTH booths big time!  


DOH!!! I forgot again!!

To take a ‘before’ picture.  sheesh!  I just get so ‘into’ what I want to do to re-make things sometimes that I totally space out on taking the before photo.  And if it’s something that Michael dragged home, it doesn’t get batched in with the ‘this weeks thrifting finds’ photos.  SO, this is all I have to show to give you a glimpse of this dresser’s ‘before’ look:

All the drawers had been spray painted this bright GLOSSY blue that you can see on the underside of this drawer.  The ‘shell’ of the dresser was glossy black.  It took a lot of sanding to remove all that gloss!

Used the pal grey MS (Martha Stewart) paint, which I am NOT impressed with at all.  This is what took the place of Ralph Lauren at Home Depot in the paint department and is supposed to be just as good.  It’s NOT!  From now on I will drive however far I have to, to get Ralph Lauren paint!  It covers SO much better and is so much easier to work with.

Knobs.  UG!!  WHY are new knobs so dang expensive?!?!?!  I just can’t afford to spend an additional $30.00 on knobs!  And there are some really COOL looking knobs and pulls out there these days; and they really ‘make’ a piece.  I just painted the old knobs, and a little carved wood aplique, a darker shade of grey.  Will leave the addition of new knobs to whomever buys the piece.  These are ‘okay’.  OKay will have to do in this economy.  I just can’t afford to shell out the ca$h for knobs that have the WOW! factor.

And here it is, in our space at Camas Antiques.

I’m gradually going from white to grey in the color scheme; and eventually will work into some black and silver decor for the holidays.

This 5 drawer chest is $79.00 at Camas Antiques.