The Great Reveal: My Dream Dresser

Here is the before photo:

BEFORE

It looked drab, dreary and very old fashioned. It didn’t go with anything else in the house but for a while I was just too scared to even attempt to paint it…what if it went wrong? Well, it took well over a year but I eventually found my backbone and just went for it and I am so glad I did! I LOVE THE RESULT!

AFTER – ignore the random Chappie. Sometimes it is crazy difficult to get a photo without him in it!

AFTER

AFTER

I started by taking off all of the hardware and took the doors and drawers out. It just isn’t a good look to have paint splattered hinges and door handles.

Next I completely sanded down the top to the original wood. This was hard work and I have definitely discovered arm muscles that I never knew I had. After this I then lightly sanded down all sides of the dresser, the drawers and doors. This helps  the paint to stick. After this I then had to use a clean cloth and white spirits to clean off every speck of sawdust.

Thanks to my amazing husband to be’s Christmas present last year I have a brilliant paint gun, which allows me to paint (using any type of paint) at a quicker speed that with a paint brush and with a much better finish. Originally the aim was to get the flawless finish with the paint but as I started to sand down one of the coats of paint I fell in love with the the distressed look, so I decided to not put another coat on and leave it be. I completed the look of my dresser by coating the sanded down top with bees wax. I didn’t want varnish as this would give it a shiny finish which would be quickly scratched by keys. As it is sitting next to the front door it is highly likely that it will have keys on it at some point.

I know need to work out what and how to store things on it. It definitely needs some dressing up.

It also takes point number 1 off of my house related to do list, WAHOO! Onto the next project…

 

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My Soon To Be Dream Dresser

As promised I did start renovating the dresser, however, I am no where near finished. The weekend just isn’t long enough!

Dresser Renovation

This is how far I got. It took me absolutely ages to take out all of the hard wear because whoever had put them in had cleverly bent some of the screw heads. But after a lot of pulling, tugging and fiddling I managed to take out every screw, hinge and door handle. I even managed to remember to put them safely in a small bag to keep them safely together. After that I set to work sanding down the top of the dresser. This is the bit that I want to leave unpainted and coat it in a clear varnish to keep it as natural as possible.

Dresser surface after first sanding

I used a medium grit sandpaper on my  Bosch Palm Sander that I was lucky enough to inherit off of my parents after they had finished sanding down their live aboard narrow boat. But even with the help of this nifty devise it still took a lot of work and a lot of arm ache. As you can see from the photo there are patched on the top that are slightly darker than the rest of it due to some of the stain still being on. THIS NEEDS TO COME OFF! I also need to do all the edges of the top. This bit I am a little nervous about doing because if I use the palm sander I could easily sand too much off and make it uneven and unrounded, but if I hand sand the edges it is a lot of hard work…hmmmmm.

In terms of finished product I would love to line the drawers (see below) with lovely bright wallpaper. It would provide a spot of colour and cheerfulness each time I opened the drawer. I would love for the inside to be just as beautiful as the outside.

In terms of the outside finished product I want it to be decorated like the picture below. The off white colour combined with the pine varnished top gives it a warm clean feel while the blue of the back makes it quite a quirky piece of furniture. I love the blue but I am unsure as to whether I will paint the inside blue. I am a little bit worried that when we do eventually get around to decorating the hallway that it won’t co-ordinate. It’s something that I need to think about. I guess I can always change it if need be.

This is the biggest project I have undertook but hopefully it will look good once it has been done. Fingers crossed.

 

Happy Sunny Sunday!

I just thought it was about time to update you on the progress of my garden furniture. Take a look:

My dog Chappie enjoying the sunny garden

I love it! It brightens up the garden so much, especially compared to the drab grey wood it was before. I have even brought a lovely cream parasol and base that was discounted in Argos. They were £50 at the start of the summer but I managed to get them for the bargain price of £20! Total bargain!

Just for the fun of it I thought I would add a photo of my husband-to-be manning it up on his man-B-Q 😉

Photo Frame Table Numbers

I have finally gotten around to trying out my table number idea for my wedding in January and I have to say that it has been a huge success. I love them as have the lucky few that have seen them in the flesh!

Table Number One

Side View – Table Number One

I am going to do the same thing for each table but with different papers in different patterns. I cannot wait to have a complete set…one down and 9 more to make.

 

Bargain Photo Frame Renovation

Renovated photo frames

This is just a quick post to show off my renovated photo frames (sorry about the terrible photo). I primed them, painted them and then sanded them down to create that ‘shabby chic’ look. I look forward to seeing how they look combined with my table numbers. What do you think?

My Transformed HOME sign

It seems that the universe has decided that since we have had a week of sunshine back in May and a week last week that summer is over for us in England. We are back to rain again. Usually this doesn’t really bother me to be honest but yesterday I had penciled in finishing of my outside chairs to go with my table and unfortunately it has had to be postponed. It did however give me a push to finish off some of the other projects that I needed to get done. Such as the HOME sign I brought last week.

Home Sign Close-up

I love it and it cost me a fraction of what I have seen them for sale at in various shops, especially as I already had the sandpaper, primer and paint. I was contemplating getting a sample pot of paint to paint the letters various colours but that would have meant spending more more, which defeats the object of it being a cheap project. I love it regardless though. What do you think?