Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Final Piece

How appropriate that the last piece of furniture to makeover in my bedroom is my hubby's dresser, and it is the week before Father's Day.
 So here it is.
We bought this thing 15 years ago at Sam's Club.  It was a piece-it-together pine furniture kit.
Hubby painted it hunter green when we first got it.
10 years later I painted it black.
Since I did not strip it or sand it, the black paint did chip, and you could see the green.
It didn't look too bad.
Now I am lightening up our bedroom, and it is going to be a handsome Antiqued White.

Hubby wanted the top stained.
I stripped it and sanded it.
However--I always seem to have a however--I forgot to smooth it out before staining it.
I tried sanding it by hand after staining it, but I couldn't get it just right.
So don't look too close!

Now the word 'dummy' ends with the same sound as the word 'me'.
as I was trying to take off the handles I noticed that the last person that painted this dresser put the handles on it when the paint was still wet.
I pulled and pulled to no avail.
Then I thought, "You know if I pull too hard this pine wood is going to split.", so I stopped pulling and started cutting in around the handles with Annie Sloans Old White.

Although you can't see it here, there is a major box effect going on around the handles.
Annie Sloans paint is made to give a texture look, so I knew it was not going to blend very well.

Knowing this fact, the Dark Wax was going to be my Hero.
I piled a glob of dark wax right at the handles and worked it out from there.
I thought it gave it that dirty-hand manly look.  You know, like he never washes his hands after work before getting his clothes out for his shower;)

I stained the top in Minwax's Early American and hubby wanted it Polyurethaned.
I painted the whole dresser in Annie Sloans Old White.  Then I used clear wax along with the dark wax to antique or age the piece. It really does take some getting use to--using the dark wax--again the clear wax can be used kind of like an eraser with the dark wax, but you must use them together.  It cannot dry.
After getting my workout buffing it, I was pretty happy with the end result.

The layers of black and green paint came through when I sanded the edges--Love it!

Although this next picture's color is off, I just wanted to show the paneling on the sides.
The dark wax just brings out an antique beauty.

So all the furniture is finished!
Our bedroom is complete in that sense.
I know I will still be adding little things here and there, but the major stuff is complete!


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  1. Janet@Ozarks Livin'June 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Great job. I'm sure he will love it.

  2. Great job! All that waxing will give you a work-out!! Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

  3. Tammy, It turned out fantastic:) I know what you mean about a workout with the waxing. And once you start you cant stop or it will dry. I love how your hubby gave his opinion of how he wanted it. My hubby wouldn't notice if I painted is dresser neon orange. LOL Not an observant type.

  4. I think it looks just great. I love the stained top!

  5. FABULOUS, Tammy! Sometimes when you have to work with what you have...it just turns out better than what you first envisioned! I love the soft, worn look you gave it! :) What a terrific Father's Day gift!

    xoxo laurie

  6. I could not tell that this piece turned into one of "those" pieces - the ones that exasperate you at every turn. I cannot believe your husband is into what color the dresser is. I bought an antique dresser for my husband to use and he did not notice until he ran out of socks and wanted to know where they were! Beautiful job! I think the host should be featured next week!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  7. I looks fantastic! Well done.

  8. I love how you fixed the problem with the handles. The piece will be a testament to your fortitude. I hope you enjoy it!

  9. I have the best daughter-in-law!! Aren't you ladies a little jealous. Tammy is a great wife & mother.
    She has a God given talent that she uses & she is a wonderful teacher (homeschool)& on her blog. I love you Tammy!

  10. It turned out beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)


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