Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The New Adventures Of An Old Dresser


It's DIY Thursday and this is my official second entry.  WOOT!!

This beauty survived a house fire and was sitting in a warehouse with junk all over it. It had great bones, but was just a wee bit tired. I paid a whopping $25 for her, took her home and let her sit for a few weeks and air out (with the help of some charcoal to absorb the smokey smell).

From there she was sanded, sanded some more, and sanded still more.

FINALLY I decided her only hope would be some odor killing Kiltz and some good black paint.


About two years into our relationship, I saw this beauty in a magazine and KNEW "I" could m ake it happen.

So I went to my DFE (darling friend Everettt) and with pleading, begging eyes, convinced him that he could make it happen (confession - I had already tried.  I had ripped off the top and that was as far as I got).  DFE rolled his eyes and came over to pick up my sweet girl.


So DFE went to work (I so wish I had taken more pictures!) and SLOWLY she started taking shape.

(This is getting ridiculously long...)

FINALLY after weeks of sawing and sanding, only one near trip to the ER, more than one 'test' of our relationship (which resulted in "Look, I'll call you when I'm done, ok?), my girl was FINALLY ready to be picked up.

When she got to her new home (which turned out to be a new home for me too) I let her sit for a few weeks while I figured out how exactly to arrange her (something I'm TERRIBLE at).  But finally I got her all arranged and I was LOVING it!!!  DFE even made shelves out of her old top!!


Isn't she love-er-ly?

But, alas, I was never quite happy with how it all was looking and stuff, so NOW she sits by my front door, looking grand (as she should!).


 
Doesn't she just make your toes curl with glee?  She does mine!!

I am NOT at all pleased with how she's decorated, but I'm working on that (Seriously?  I have a red framed lamp and a pink matted picture?  REALLY??)  Yeah... I need to work on that one.

So if you're reading this it's because you wandered over here from either The Shabby Chic Cottage and their wonderful Transformation Thursday or  A Soft Place To Land, Thrifty Decor Chick, and (last, but FAR from least - Between Naps on the Porch and their AMAZING Metamorphosis Monday and one or two others that I promise to come back later and link to, like Hooked On Houses (LOVE IT!) .  So take grab a cup of coffee (and if you haven't tried Storyville, you haven't lived) and click away.

And one more place (because I fear y'all aren't totally tired of it yet).  Funky Junk Interiors is hosting a Saturday Night Special.  Check out some of the other COOL stuff!!

And ONE MORE!!  (I'm sure y'all are sick of this post by now!!)  Miss Mustard Seed has started a "Furniture Feature Friday" and well... yeah, I'm linking.


Furniture Feature Fridays




Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


























DIY Day @ ASPTL


Enjoy!!

***UPDATE:  I am so T-TOTALLY stoked!!  Cheri over at It's So very Cheri gave me shout out!  She is most definitely one my of my FAVORITE places to stop and visit daily.  Check her out!***

56 comments:

  1. Great dresser transformation! I love when a great piece of furniture gets a new life. I'm signing up to follow your blog and I hope you check mine out and do the same. I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleve.

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  2. Oh SOOO cute... What a great revamp... She is love-er-ly!!
    ~Whitney

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  3. That is AWE-SOME. And we should be friends because I swear (except I don't, usually) that I just typed "lov-er-ly" in a post yesterday. Really, I did.
    Really good job and I would like to know where you find a DFE. :)

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  4. Fantastic transformation...great piece!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. beautiful buffet, i love black furniture!

    i host a goodwill party every week, stop by and link up! :)

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  6. Oh! I am in love with this! It looked great as a hutch, and looks just as great as an entry table/buffet. Great job!

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  7. What a great idea! I never would have seen this come out of the dresser.

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  8. Okay, wow! That's all I can say!

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  9. So, DFE. Does he travel much? I LOVE IT.

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  10. What a great dresser makeover. I like that you showed both ways your used the dresser.

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  11. GORGEOUS absolutely GORGEOUS.

    Love it and want it.

    Tonight is the cut off for the Celebrating Home give-a-way.

    I hope you will come on over for a visit.

    Cheri

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  12. What a great way to use an old dresser? I'm already trying to figure out how to steal your idea. :-)

    Can you talk about how you changed the original dresser? Take out the drawers and take off the top - what else changed? What was the hard part that made you recruit your friend?

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  13. This is a great transformation! It looks like this was the original design. Lovely!

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  14. This is so creative and WONDERFUL! You're such a DIY Diva!

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  15. That is great! I love her! But, I loved her before too!

    SMiles!
    Michelle

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  16. I love it! I like it black and if you want to change it up some more, maybe paint the back 'wall' of it red (or another color that goes with your decor) and maybe the face of that bottom drawer...? I think the frame above would look great painted black too, and a white mat (can't see the picture in it). ??
    Thanks for stopping in....

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  17. This looks great! I think some crystal knobs would look gorgeous on the bottom drawer:)

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  18. Oh my!! I'm really loving this:) Great job.

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  19. faboulous! I love, love, love her too!
    way to go!
    gail

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  20. I'm loving black furniture lately, and your transformation is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Really likey.

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  21. Um.. Are you serious? That's AH-MAZING! Were you always this fabulous? Or is it acquired with time, because I'm uber jealous!

    But, anywho. I love it, it's beautiful. I could think of a thousand places in my house I could use it for if you want to get rid of it ;)
    Rachelle

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  22. I am already trying to figure this one out for myself too...and where to put it. I LOVE the curves on that dresser. Just lovely! Great job!

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  23. Wow this is a great transformation though I gotta tell you I always cringe a little when i see old furniture like yours- I bet it was tiger oak by the looks of the design- I have one like it. I always try to refinish and yet with the one I got (5.00 at thrift store- missing a drawer!) I am thinking this just may be what I need to do with it!!

    blessings
    mary

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  24. I want it !!! really really.

    If you have a moment, stop by and say hi! I would love to have you.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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  25. Wow, this is an amazing transformation! We all need a DFE in our lives.

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  26. That is the most creative use of a dresser I have ever seen. Well done!!

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  27. This is beautiful, you've done an excellent job.

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  28. TALK ABOUT metamorphis... and creative too! who would look at a dresser and think bar/shelving decor unit? GREAT WORK!

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  29. That is a wonderful transformation. I love it. Genius. Laura@the mansion

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  30. WoW! Beautiful transformation! ...and love it black! ~Rhonda :)

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  31. Love your tranformation! Stop by for a visit sometime!
    Michelle

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  32. What a great dresser makeover... It turned out wonderful...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  33. I want to feature this but I need you to add my link or button.

    Thanks,
    Cheri

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  34. It looks wonderful with the dishes or by the front door--it's a shame you don't have two! DFE ( I love that) is very talented and you are very creative!! Is he still screening your phone calls? :)

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  35. I still don't see my button or link I thought I got an e-mail from you that you fixed that, maybe I am wrong. Anyway I need you to add it and you can go grab the button on mmy blog because you've been featured.

    Cheri

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  36. Just found your blog. I am loving this redo!

    It's fabulous!

    Thanks for great inspiration.

    Fall Blessings,

    Natalie

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  37. Wow! I love this transformation. Like the fact that you actually recreated it into something else rather than just painting it. Great job!

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  38. Oh, I loved this post, and the transformation. I am in love with that style of furniture anyway though - so it was beautiful to start with! Great choice! And even greater outcome! Thanks for shairng! Hope you can check out my blog soon, the first of the many interior shots of the house now that I'm having better luck with my camera. The first of the series is up now!

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  39. Fabulous job on this!! It is a true treasure now.

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  40. Oh my goodness. You've totally morphed not only the look, but also the function of this piece! This is totally insanely creative!

    How nice you have a friend to help! (how I wish!!!)

    Thanks for linking up to the party!

    Funky Junk Donna

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  41. I give up. I'm trying to contact you. Could you please email me?!?

    sigmmakergirl@hotmail.com

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  42. Nope, I'm still not sick of it. :) I have a dresser almost exactly like that, so I'm seriously thinking about going that route with it. Thanks for participating in my party!

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  43. that is the same piece!?? amazing!

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  45. Well now... Alice already knows how I feel about THIS dresser. :)

    She just won a full interview/feature over at my blog today from my own linky party Saturday Nite Special from last weekend!

    Congrats Alice!!

    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-blog-in-town-feature-winner-from.html

    Funky Junk Donna

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  46. Wow that's really neat. You did a great job with your helper.

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