October 04, 2012

Custom Dresser ~ Changing Table

Meet my best friend Emily and myself circa 1983 - 1984-ish. I think we were three in this picture but we have known one another since we were infants (5 month old infants).
 
In 8th grade, Emily moved from Texas to Georgia. We would write each other letters (this was before email), make long distance phone calls with our parents permission (this was before cell phones), and occasionally visit each other.
Through all of these years and the hundreds of miles we still stayed in touch and stayed friends.
Now we are both married and starting our families. I am so honored that we get to experience this next part of our lives together.
 
Emily is on the left and I am on the right. I would like to add that I am rockin' that homemade haircut!
 
 
Emily is having her first baby in December and asked if I would paint a dresser/changing table for the baby. Emily and her husband Brian aren't finding out the sex of the baby so she wanted to keep things neutral.
 
 
BEFORE
 
 
AFTER

A few detail shots







 
I am delivering this piece next weekend so hopefully I can get a few photos of it in it's new home and with baby stuff on it! 
 
I must say, this post is making me a little emotional but I am so happy for Emily and Brian.
I can't wait to meet their baby!
 
 


32 comments:

  1. HOLY MOLY!!! That looks amazing sista!!! I love love love it!

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    1. Thanks Susan! I've read that you have some free time so I can't wait to see your stuff!!!

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  2. what a great post! i have never seen that photo of us before. :)i can tell a lot of time, thought, energy, effort, and emotion went into this project...i truely appreciate everything you have done for our new addition and for me. can't wait to see you soon!

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    1. I can't wait till next weekend. Don't worry, the mirror is painted and also coming along.

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  3. If it is a changing table shouldn't it have a pretty covered cushioned mat for the top?

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    1. HA HA! Yes, it should! Once I deliver to her home in KY and have it set up in the nursery I will try to take a few pictures!

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  4. I love this idea of a darker top on a white body. I have two dressers that are in need of a makeover. Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Helen, this will be perfect in the nursery. You do such beautiful work! I am so glad you and Emily have stayed close through the years . . . those kinds of friendships are few and far between.
    By the way, you aren't the only one in that photo with a home-made haircut!!
    Love,
    Marilyn

    aka Emily's mom

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn!! I'm very lucky to have Emily in my life and I can't wait to meet this little guy ...or girl!

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  6. This is fabulous - I absolutely love it! I wish you had another piece like this - - I'd certainly have you paint it for me!

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    1. Thanks! I'm always getting new stuff in or I can always keep an eye out for something like this for you!

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  7. Gorgeous Helen! You've done it again :) I'm working on a dresser right now trying to stain the top dark as well, but it's not coming out quite as nice so far...

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    1. Thanks Samaa! I used a brown stain on this and I didn't love it so I wiped on black stain and then quickly wiped it off(Rustoleum...Kona black). I tested a small area and used a damp cloth to make sure it wasn't too black.

      How's that photo tutorial coming... I really do love your photos and staging!!!

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  8. I love white with a dark stained top. So sharp and beautiful.

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  9. Helen - what is your email address? The "Contact Me" tab doesn't seem to be working and I'd like to send you a private message. Thanks.

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    1. It's pickedandpainted@yahoo.com

      If you get a second would you mind trying the "contact me" tab and let me know if it worked or not....I think I fixed it!

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  10. Oh, this looks beautiful! And it will be such a special addition to the new baby's room!

    Anneke at www.thisthatandlife.com

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous beyond belief!!!

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  12. Great table. I love the paint and the top is dark and rich. It will look beautiful in the baby's room

    Cynthia

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  13. This is a beauty-love the transformation!

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  14. Oh my, this turned out absolutely fabulous. I love the dark top and details that you added. I am stopping over from Feathered Nest Friday.

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the wood top with the white! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com
    It would be a great addition!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  16. That is like exactly the dresser/changing table I have been wanting for my baby's room. SO perfect.

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  17. This is beautiful! Would love for you to share at my Fall Decor Party :)
    http://www.mymoderncountry.com/2012/10/fall-decor-and-linky-party.html

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  18. I love pieces that use light colors on the bottom with dark tops, and your came out beautifully. You did such a good job on those diamonds--were you able to remove them and paint them, then reattach, or did you have to tape all that off? It looks tricky to me, but you did a fantastic job with it!

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  19. I LOVE it! So crisp and clean yet the antiquing gives is a homey feel too. Just beautiful!

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  20. What a gorgeous piece! All the details in it are divine & I love the new paint. Perfect job!

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  21. This is a beautiful piece! I also love the staging!

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  22. I love this, Helen! I've enjoyed seeing all you are doing now...looks like you found your calling!:)

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  23. Hi Helen, I'm redoing a dresser right now and was thinking of doing it just like this - white with a dark stain on the top. I love how you gave it a worn look around the corners. How did you do that? Did you add some stain over the white paint?
    Thanks for your help!

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  24. I found this post on Pinterest and loved it so I used it in my top 5. Hope you don't mind. You can see it here Top 5 White Dressers Have a nice day. Michelle

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