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Dresser re-do from dated flowers to pale blue and brown

Painted Dresser

We found this dresser curbside while visiting our son and daughter-in-law in Florida. It was made in China, but had those good bones we look for, was very well made and H E A V Y !! I was of absolutely no help putting it on the back of the truck in the misting rain. (I don’t remember where our son was that night.) There were words exchanged between my husband and me and they were not words of endearment, I can assure you. But in the end, it was so worth the trouble.

Naturally, this is me remember, I didn’t get a good before picture. By the time I got up the morning after we got home and got outside with the camera, he’d already started the re-do. So I did the best I could.

This is how the drawers looked. Floral paper covering the drawer fronts, some handles missing and plenty of scratches and nicks and tears.

The dresser itself:

If this picture looks funny to you, if it feels “off”, you’re right on. It was actually standing up on its side and I flipped the picture. But see the nice shape? And see those pretty adornments?

Yeah. They disintegrated. They were plastic and Ricky put paint remover on them. But that was OK. It didn’t affect the finished piece at all.

Pale blue and brown painted dresser

Again, I only got pictures of it under the carport. I forgot to take any once it was in the booth and it only lasted there 4 days before going to its new home.

We replaced missing knobs with Hobby Lobby knobs that coordinated nicely. Someone asked me how I pick out colors. (I suppose I should say here that my only hand in painting furniture is finding some of the pieces and making most of the executive decisions like color and hardware.) So. I really like using HGTV’s color charts from Sherwin Williams. They have booklets of colors that all go perfectly together. It’s hard to make a mistake when they’ve laid it out for you and you can be assured that the colors are “in”. That’s not the way we pick colors every time, but it’s my favorite.


5 thoughts on “Dresser re-do from dated flowers to pale blue and brown

  1. WOW that looks fabulous! You did a great job of picking out the colors and your Sweetie …WOW again.

  2. It’s beautiful. The blue is soft and so many people paint their bedroom blue.

  3. That is CA-UTE! I can’t believe someone would just throw that piece out? It really does have great bones, but yahoo for you!! Vanna

  4. you turned trash into treasure like a genie, lol! Good job girlfriend!

  5. Wonderful re-do! It looks great! I re-did a dresser this last year too. It was so much fun to see the transformation! It feels so good to put new life into a tired piece of furniture. And, it allowed me to have a wonderful piece of furniture that I could afford.

    I just popped over for a visit from the blog party. I’m enjoying your blog. 🙂

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