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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baby Blues.

Well friends, have you noticed that I am LOVING the refinishing stuff?!?  In fact I am so in love with my refinishing that I am neglecting my blog a bit....I hope you can understand?!?
I mean the searching for the perfect piece, then the painting and the distressing and then the waxing and decorating....I mean it ends up being a bit time consuming (but in the best way possible!).

So what do you think about this one?  
I took a chance and paid the $17.00 it cost to take this treasure home.


{Yes I refinish in my living room....I love watching a good movie or show while refinishing.}

And here is how it turned out:


Louis blue matches just great with the blues in my bedroom 
& adds a pop of color in a wonderfully whimsical way.


I tried....I mean REALLY tried to salvage the pulls/knobs/handles that originally came with the piece but COULDN'T get it to "feel" just right....(I painted them two different colors, then gave up...) soooooo
I added some of my LOVES the good ol' card catalogue pulls.


And they let me add a little pop of yellow with some cardstock....eventually I will add some real labels (with my typewriter of course) once I get this thing all organized and functioning...until then they are blank.


And let me explain the "goodnight sweetheart" you see, when my sister and I were little my dad used to tuck us in at night and sing the song "Good Night Sweetheart" to us.  EVERY. TIME.  And so when I thought about a quote or a few words I would want to see before bed this is what I came up with.

I know the wood isn't perfect, but I like the color contrast to the dark wood otherwise in my bedroom and I like the little texture that it adds.


I picked up this table runner at TJ the other week...I LOVED it in my dining room....shoot now I am going to go back and find another one!


Oh man, even when I look at the picture and read that I have such great feelings and thoughts about the times when dad would tuck us in!


So I want to give you a couple of tips about what I did to achieve this "look"
It is not perfect and I can only tell you what I did...

So, I first painted everything with a nice coat of louis blue chalk paint.
Then I distressed all of the corners and details of the dresser.
Next I waxed the piece to add a protective layer but used brown wax on corners and edges and a few other places just to add some detail.
I then got worried that the dresser was looking to dark and slightly dirty...ugggghhh! 
So I "white washed" the entire thing.
For this step I used a wet paint brush, and some white chalk paint, I went over everything lightly and quickly with the wet brush and then smoothed and blotted the white in with a rag.
Finally I re-sanded everything.


That was definitely not my intended process, it was what I did to finally love the piece.
And now I do.
I don't know that I would buy a blue dresser, but I love that I could paint one and have fun doing it.


I like the pulls with the vintage piece...it doesn't necessarily "match" style-wise, but I like it.


Oh and did you notice the vintage "Winnie the Pooh" book under my lamp?  Only twenty five pennies :o) 
at a garage sale!



What do you think? 

I am linking up at a few of these wonderful parties this week!

41 Comments:

Anonymous Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh yes...totally worth $17.00. Its fabulous!
Love, love, love the card catalogue pulls.
Great job.

Kimberly :-)

August 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how this turned out. I love the color and I love the card catalog pulls and I wouldn't have thought I would. I'd love it if you linked up at my weekly party - Mod Mix Monday!

August 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Love Sweet Love said...

Oh so so so pretty! I'm like you...I don't think I would ever buy a blue dresser(except from you-I would totally buy that!), but all the things you did to make it...you, make it perfect! I love every detail of it, you did such a great job! I love the pulls to and think they look great on the dresser even though it's a slightly different style-it TOTALLY works! All of it! :)

August 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

I love it! The colour is beautiful. Where do you get the catalogue pulls? I think that's a brilliant idea!

August 3, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

i absolutely love this dresser!!! i adore the pulls, where did you get them? i must get some...they are great! amazing transformation!!!
-emily
nestnestingnested.blogspot.com

August 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Connie the crafterbug said...

I think it is beautiful!
Connie

August 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

Very nice! I love the different pulls on the top drawer and the bottom 3. Love the way you decorated it, too!

August 4, 2011 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Tabitha@InspiredByGiving said...

WOW!! I love this one! It turned out beautiful! I love the blue and yellow, so fresh!! I think I need to hire you to come out and refinsh some furniture for Baby Kidman's room!!!

August 4, 2011 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Pamela Bates/Bates Mercantile Co. said...

love the color and the way it came out with all the steps you took. lovely

August 4, 2011 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wonderful! That color is beautiful. I've been looking for a junky old dresser to redo . . . our current dresser is actually (you ready for this?) 3 cardboard boxes stacked up in our closet. Yep. We're real fancy. I'm just waiting to find something with as much potential as yours had . . . it came out amazing!

August 4, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Love the pulls you used. They added a very unique touch!

August 4, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Jen-uinely Inspired said...

Only $17?? Wow! What a steal! I love how you transformed it. I turned out beautiful!

August 4, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger ginger @ literally inspired said...

Dear Cal,

I have kidnapped your wife for the weekend. Not to worry she is safe. After she is finished painting and distressing every piece of furniture I own she will be returned unharmed. I am sorry that it went down this way but Jaime left me no choice. She has posted another amazing makeover and that my friend was the final straw.

I hope you understand,

Ginger

August 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

Jaime! It's perfect! I love love love the pulls...and the color...and how you styled it...awesome!

August 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Wow, $17?! Around here I would be lucky to find one in the before shape (scratches and all) for $75-$100. The colour and finish looks great.

August 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Inspired by you said...

Loving the pulls! What a great way to change this up!

August 5, 2011 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Ang @ Taking a Sunday Drive said...

This looks great! I would have never thought to use catalog pulls, but they look perfect!

August 5, 2011 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger {Trulie Scrumptious} said...

WOw that turned out beautiful! That is such a great color..

August 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Sommer said...

Oooh it's gorgeous! I love the color. I also really love the catalog pulls, what a great accent. I hope you will show this off at my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

August 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

A great color & I love your choice to use the pulls! Stopping by from TT&J

August 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Well, I just LOVE what you did for that old dresser! Fabulous job! I put dark brown wax on a dresser I did on "Old White" ASCP and it REALLY looked dirty. I spent more time than I want to recall sanding most of the brown wax off. You did the smart thing and just put a lighter coat of paint on top of it. Thanks for sharing that tip. Saw your post at VIP party.

August 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

I'm just starting a shelf, and dresser. I am painting an aqua blue. I want it to look like this! But can I sand down the edges, stain them and then still give it a white wash? I want the white wash and roughed edges... can you email me with suggestions? rnelson146@gmail.com

August 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very nice. Love the card catalogue pulls. Unexpected touch.

August 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Carmella said...

Love, love, love! And I am so serious about you having such a distinct and wonderful style...I just found this at Under the Table and Dreaming and before I even clicked on the link, I knew it had to be you behind this beautiful project :) I turned out awesome!!

August 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Laura@Corner House said...

I am glad you saw that I featured your dresser. I love it! and I am a new follower. :)

August 6, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger shellyandrade said...

L O V E every detail of your dresser! Where did you find the catalog pulls?

August 7, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

I love your makeover! It looks totally fantastic!

I was wondering, where did you get the card catalog pulls? I've been looking for some reasonably priced ones myself...
If you get a chance, let me know! Thanks,
Becca

http://gardenberger.blogspot.com

August 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I am so impressed! So much love went into it!

By the way, I am hosting my first ever giveaway--a new blog design! Check it out!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-giveaway.html

August 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

I just painted the same dresser this summer. How funny. Love the labeled drawer pulls, very creative.

August 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

Oh my goodness.. this is gorgeous! I LOVE the color and pretty much everything about it! SO cute!!
xo-
Jamielyn
I ♥ Nap Time

August 7, 2011 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

that's one of the prettiest dressers I have yet to see! the card catalog pulls work fantastic !

August 7, 2011 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

oh and thank you so much for telling us how you did this! so many don't. I want to give it a try!

August 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I featured your pretty dresser today at my Mod Mix Monday party!

August 7, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Your dresser is really gorgeous and I love the old looking card catalog pulls, I think those are genius!
Hugs, Cindy

August 8, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger The DIY Show Off said...

I think it's gorgeous! Great job, Jaime Lyn! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! I want it! lol

August 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Tanya Anurag said...

I looks absolutely gorgeous and with all that stuff on top of it, I am in love with it. Great job!!

We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-2-and-features.html

August 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love it and id love to feature it this monday on my revival monday features. please let me know if this would be ok
lauren

August 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where on earth did you get those pulls? This dresser transformation is so great! I love it!

sheenersb AT hotmail DOT com

August 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger pickygirl said...

Your project rocked. It was really the whole package, LOVE the roughed up looking edges and the yellow fabric you picked to compliment it. I saw you as the one who would win crafting with the stars. would you want to “craft from the sidelines”? http://redzoegirl.blogspot.com/2011/09/crafting-from-sidelines.html

September 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Danee said...

Gorgeous piece. I"m curious- how do you paint over the wax and where do you get the chalk paint and the pulls and handles.

December 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Jessica @ {The.Junk.Nest.} said...

I love this dresser and I love what paint can do! I also love that you paint your furniture in your living room like me :)

December 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

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