Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Estate Sale Find

I've been a little hesitant to write this next post... Not only do I want to keep the Ladies' Home Journal post up FOREVER, but I'm also heavily doped up on muscle relaxers - which in reality could make this quite fun.  My sister was in town this week... need I say more???  We worked non-stop on Mom and Dad's house which was the culprit for the pulled muscle in my back.  With that being said, I'm happy to have full functionality in my fingers to bring you lots of new projects while I sit on the couch and catch up on my daytime tv.  Is anyone else a little irritated that Sami and Carrie are still fighting over the same man???

That's a terrible segue into this sweet lady...  There is no drama here... Only a much needed makeover!


I found her at an estate sale in Charlotte, and she needed quite a bit of work.  The top had a layer of peeling veneer that had to be taken off.


I used a hammer and a putty knife to pry it off.  This took quite a bit of work, but it was totally worth it in the end.


The top still had several blemishes so I had to cover most of the top with wood filler.  I go a little crazy with this stuff.  It reminds me of my pre-school days of finger painting.  It was everywhere!


I planned to distress the piece, but I didn't want the light wood to shine through.  So... I painted all of the places where I thought I would distress with white paint.


I even did this on the drawers...


I painted the whole piece black, but didn't like the way it looked when I started to distress it.


Sooo... I mixed up my own chalk paint with a tablespoon of unsanded grout and a Cool Whip container of latex paint.  (Sorry for making fun of you, Mom, for saving them for all those years!)  Then, I slapped two coats on the piece.

 

While the paint was drying, I spray painted the hardware to give it an updated look.


This is what she looked like before I distressed her...



And here she is patiently waiting in the Sleepy Poet for a new home...


On a more serious note...  Thank you so much for your sweet comments and support during the LHJ feature!  You have all been so incredible during this surreal time in my life!

Happy Junkin'!

Sarah

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34 comments:

  1. Sarah, it's beautiful! And you're funny! I can so relate about the Cool Whip containers and my mom!

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  2. Lovely!And you are on the ball- thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday so quickly :)

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  3. Great makeover! I love the color you chose.

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  4. Gorgeous color! Have you ever tried a heat gun to peel old veneer? try it!!

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  5. This is a great piece-love the color!
    (found you on Brambleberry Cottage, new follower!)
    Ashleigh @ Rustic Anthology

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  6. Gorgeous color and a pretty piece with nice details.

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  7. Hello Sarah,
    Nice Job! Your dress makeover is amazing, love the color.
    Smiles, Paula

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  8. This is so inspiring! I found you via Sleepy Poet's fb page - and I must say that I'm truly impressed! Can't wait to keep up with you :-)

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  9. Sarah! You're sounding less groggy today! Glad to see that you're getting some quality Days of Our Lives time in (DOOL to us true fans). Yes, it is QUITE annoying that Sami and Carrie have the EXACT SAME TASTE IN MEN. FOR TWENTY YEARS. Anyway, I LUV this dresser. I think it's hilarious that you usually paint things twice - not so hilarous when I'm helping you paint, but hilarious when you do it by yourself! Great job!

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  10. what a gorgeous colour!! It really turned into a beautiful piece!

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  11. I really like the color, looks fabulous!

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  12. Simply charming! And I love that Federal hardware!

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  13. Love it! Thanks for sharing...

    Lori D.
    Atlanta

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  14. You did such a lovely job! Again, congrats of the LHJ feature! It's well deserved!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  15. Wow! You did a gorgeous job!! Found you via Blissful and Domestic! Hope you'll come visit what I linked up!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  16. I just LOVE the colour!! Beautiful:))/Maria

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  17. She is lovely! I learned from someone in blogland that you can take a damp towel and a hot iron. Iron on the towel and it loosens the glue for the veneer. It works I did it on my dresser here: http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/03/recycling-table-removing-veneer.html
    Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  18. Cute! I love that color, how much paint did you mix with your tbsp of grout?

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  19. Great job! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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  20. Love this sweet little dresser !
    Francine
    Ethereal PLUS what I Love

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  21. I'm glad you didn't like the black 'cause I ♥ this color. She looks so pretty!!! Great job! Hopped over from The Shabby Nest and I'm your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

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  22. DYNAMITE COLOR! I too make the homemade chalk paint and love it:) You really got this piece right and it shows:))Great job!

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  23. That's a beautiful color - her lines and the updated hardware make her quite a lovely lady! I am sure she'll grace someone's home beautifully! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  24. Just saw the article in LHJ when I received my copy today - AWESOME. I'm now looking forward to following your blog and maybe even trying to "refinish" some old items hanging out in the garage. TFS

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  25. So pretty! Great save!
    Would love if you stopped by my party to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  26. Beautiful - very pretty colour - just perfect for this piece - I love it! CJ

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  27. I have a dresser in the same condition as this one that I was wondering what I was going to do with! I didn’t want to just paint it because I was trying to go for that antique look to fit the décor of the rest of my bedroom. My coworker at Dish mentioned chalk paint as a solution, but I had no idea what she was talking about until I saw this post! How do you get the inside scoop on DIY stuff like chalk paint? The only resources I know of for DIY help is HGTV and DIY Network. I’m obsessed with these channels, and record almost everything they show! Luckily, we have the Hopper DVR in my home that comes equipped with tons of recording space because my hubby does not share my same DIY addiction. LOL! I can’t wait to see how this turns out for me. Where do I even find chalk paint?

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  28. Gorgeous piece of furniture before and after the redo! I'd love to know what you paid for it because it is an incredible chest.

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