Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fun Aqua/Turquoise Dresser

I actually passed on this cute little dresser the first time around. I saw it at the Goodwill last Wednesday. It had just arrived and did not have a price yet. The lady in green (she wears all green, only green, head-to-toe green, every single day) told me it was $15. Now, I don't know what I was thinking, but I walked away. That night I couldn't stop thinking about it and was just hoping it would still be there first thing in the morning. As I was walking (very quickly) down the aisle, I saw it was in fact still there - whew! But now it had a price - $30. Oh no! The lady in green does not work on Thursday, but I found the manager, told her my sad story and she sold me the dresser for $15 - whew again.






It started out mint green with a lovely oval of tiny twinkly stars contact paper stuck to the top.












The drawers were lined with more colorful contact paper.







The contact paper may have had something to do with my initial hesitation, but fortunately it all peeled off rather easily.





I thought this looked like a fun retro dresser that deserved a fun fresh color - a shade of aqua/turquiose.





I've been wanting to do a stencil on a piece of furniture and was just waiting to find the right piece. I had a vine stencil that I thought would work well on the drawers. Instead of stenciling across one drawer at a time, I did the center vertical row of vine, then spaced out the other rows after that.










To soften the look, I did a light sanding and brushed on my favorite glaze - a little white paint mixed into Valspar's Clear Glazing Mix. I've talked about this in detail in several recent posts in case you missed it




I added pretty oval crystal knobs and this Goodwill find took on a whole new personality!










I can't believe I almost let this one get away!







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32 comments:

Staci J said...

Wow!! That looks amazing! You got a screaming deal:) I LOVE the floral reed accents...
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Jeralee said...

Once again you have outdone yourself. I like the leaf detail and the crystal knobs.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the knobs too and you did a great job with the stencils!

Rondell

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

SOOO cute! you know i love me some aqua... it really turned out nicely! the details fit the style of the dresser so nicely.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

wow, great job! lots of work, but turned out super.
gail

Paula said...

W-O-W! Love it!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What an absolutely beautiful dresser and what a great job you did on it.

Kristen said...

I LOVE the transformation. So cute! And the knobs? Perfect!!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It's beautiful! I love your stenciling.

Magic Brush said...

Oh how I love me some aqua! I've been on a turquoise or teal kick with furniture lately! It can spice up any old piece! It looks great!

molly susan strong said...

You clever lady! I love how this turned out. NOW where do you have this lovely little piece?
You sould come to the Gallery Walk this Saturday! Would love to see you.
Molly

Cathy @ The Far Fifty said...

That looks so cute! I'll have to go check out this glazing effect, thanks for the tips! Amazing job, great colour!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from Furniture Feature Friday! The dresser turned out just amazing!

Lisa said...

Love the dresser, love the colour! Great new look !

Caroline said...

Awesome makeover !

Caroline
http://ateliercaroline.blogspot.com/

Jessica Hills said...

This turned out SO GOOD! Thanks for posting on FTF!

Chris said...

Wow, I love how this turned out. Great job. Turquoise/aqua hues are my new favorites.

Dignified Rubbish said...

How fun is this little dresser! Good job!

Jess said...

Fun is the perfect word! I love the colour and I love the vines!

Young and Crafty said...

Pretty color, pretty stencil!! Love the redo!

Hannah
http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com

Rene said...

That is such a great color!

-Rene

Shanarun said...

Fantastic transformation!! Such a bright piece! Thanks for the details on the paints -I always like to know what worked. :)

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Oh this is just lovely! I saw this on a link party and just had to come and check you out!

I LOVE this dresser, it is so unique and lovely! I kind of wish I had one! And what a great price you got!

Cute blog too.

I host a Friday link party if you are ever interested in joining. (No pressure of course!)

Thanks for the inspiration though. I am just about to close on my first home and will be in desperate need of some new furniture but will have a very limited budget...now I just need to find where a goodwill is in this new town/state I moved to!

~Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Maureen said...

I think it's a great upcycle! The color matches the 'bones' perfectly.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Looks so much better. I'm glad you didn't pass it by and REALLY glad you only got it for $15.

Debbie Moore said...

Beautiful job. What a fun color & the stencil came out so cute. Perfect glass knobs. Love it!

decdiva1 said...

i love everything about this dresser! you did a fantastic job-nice save!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

brilliant redo! love the blue + white leafy vines :)

Mandy's Creative Corner said...

It turned out just beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration =)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Sharon! I'm not sure which I love more - The color or the stencil! Fantastic job - very pretty! I am featuring this today; stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Atticmag said...

The stenciling detail is terrific! It's a very charming chest now (but don't you miss that contact paper? LOL)

Chrissie said...

I love this dresser. The stenciling really makes it pop! I am going to check out that glazing post!