Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed coloring just a wee bit outside the lines. At this point in life, rather than try to change who I am, I decided to celebrate what I find so wonderul in life and that be all things old, junky and colorful.
While out on the yardsale trail I happened upon this beauty. However, it didn’t look like this when I found it. That’s the best part!!!!
It had fabric glued on top, the drawer pulls didn’t fit, the drawers all had adhesive liner, the whole dresser was purple and the price was right (aka cheap).
Before I started painting I knew I wanted to start with those drawers. I just got a thing about not leaving a drawer naked. It was after I painted the drawers I knew I would go with the black, cuz Lord knows that pink was a statement all it’s own.
This dresser is all man made materials and once I got the glue off I needed to rough up the laquer for paint to adhere to. I used black spray paint in flat and then topped that off with black chalkboard paint and a little wax finish over top. At the end of the day and process I gotta say this was a pretty easy fix and temporarily satisfied my need to feed the “junk-a-holic” in me.
Getting our fall on down at the Junk in the Trunk (and then some) in downtown Yakima, Wa. In doing so I try to keep my “junk” pretty eccletic in style and just a little quirky too. For instance the two drawer dresser againt the wall has had both drawers stained inside and then painted on sides to match that glorious olive green cabinet. To me leaving a drawer unpainted is like leaving the house with no lipstick on and that ain’t good!!!!!
I found this old dresser in the shop of a home my boys had purchased as a rental. To say my heart skipped a beat is an understatement. Sometimes when coming across worn out pieces from yesteryear, I have to remind myself to “breathe, remember to breathe.”
The last two days I have tackled the rustic relic and have had so much fun doing so. Yesterday I drank wine and blasted my Dean Martin tunes all while cleaning, scraping, and painting. Believe me I got the paint in and on parts of me that not even my sweetie sees too often.
Today was even better because Liam, my 6yr old grandson helped me run the sander and I made sure the drawer he did is right on top. He even attached those beautiful knobs to couple drawers.
When I start a piece I only spend money on either fabric or knobs. To me the bigger the baubles or flashier the fabric, the better. I usually use sample paints I pick up for couple bucks at hardware store. I make my own chalkpaint with plaster of paris. Because this dresser has a cedar chest in bottom drawer, I stained all sides of drawers and also used a honey paste to polish.
My goal was to restore a little “quirky” grandeur to such a pretty piece of the past, have fun doing so and spend quality time with my cherished little friend. I got it all in and am so grateful for that.
I was so excited when I found this gargantuan, not so delicate Mediterranean gem. With missing pulls and a really bad paint job, she was still one big bold beauty in my eyes. So with this in mind I christened her “Gaudy Maudy”.
As it turned out I had a friend who really wanted “Maudy” and kind of had some color choices in mind. I researched other pieces that were similar and we decided on a beautiful lagoon color. Actually I ended up using Rustoleum spray paint and it went on great.
Here is where I must express gratitude for google, pinterest and those hardworking other junker’s who are so willing to share there works and techniques.
I found a site on how to apply glaze. I purchased some at Home Depot and they also added the black color there. I found the glazing process to be fairly easy and just a little messy. It worked great to draw the eye from subtle flaws and added a lot of depth.
One thing I discovered in process of rehab was that I only had four of the original drawer pulls. I searched high and low but never did find originals. So had to opt for plan B and replace all with what I could find and that would atleast kind of replicate that mediterranean vibe. It took a little ingenuity and a hacksaw but we made do the best we could.
The finished piece turned out pretty well I think and per request from “Gaudy Maudy’s” new owner we added the red paint to sides of drawers, for just a little more drama!!!!
Before and after, the middle pic is the completion of two more “one of a kind” pieces of transformed “junk”.
The dresser has fabric wallpaper on top and on two drawers. Because I learn as I go (much like life) I sometimes have to learn the hard way (again much like life). In regards to the dresser this was most certainly the case. In the future I will apply texture on the front of a piece, no longer on top. Also when applying the paper I tried spray adhesive and it was very difficult, messy and did not stick as well as hoped for. However good old Mod Podge went on with ease and stuck like glue (hee-hee, that was a funny!!!!!)
The beautiful (some may say ugly) lamp was at total labor of love on my part.
When I stumbled upon the two two beat up, paint-stained, tarnished relics of the past at a local yard sale I could feel my eyes widen, palms sweat and my heart skip a beat. I may have even drooled just a little.
I’m fully aware this is not an attractive sight, but sometimes it actually works to my advantage. People usually are pretty quick to want to make a deal and get rid of the crazy lady with the with overactive “junkyard” salvation glands.
This old dresser may have been a sight for sore eyes to some. But not for me. In fact when I got a glimpse of this relic I envisioned all the possibilities that come with, sanding painting and a little imagination.
This piece was going to allow me the opportunity to peak past just paint and see what could be done with Mod Podge. I had not ever tried it up to this point. I could hardly wait to drop a little Mod Podge and Dollar Store gift wrap (because I’m all about saving a buck) on those drawers. The process was a little time consuming and for me messy. In general though I loved learning a new technique and was quite happy when my vision became reality.