May 14, 2013

A Taste of Americana

Our life is a series of projects right now. Money is limited so things are going slowly but we are getting them done. Since our extra closet (aka: my husband's closet) is in the nursery my hubby and I get to share a closet again. YAY.....not really. Our closet space isn't big so we needed to add a dresser to our bedroom to store most of my husband's clothes. 

BEFORE

AFTER




 I love this picture. Our Granddad took it in Spain and it screams Mafia to me. I love that Granddad took the picture but it also looks like a surveillance picture taken by the FBI.  So eerie but so cool.


This dresser was in rough shape when we bought it but I was okay with it because we only paid $25!! 
It was missing the trim around some of the drawers so I took it all off, sanded and filled any missing veneer and my husband sanded the top so we could stain it. 

I tried to polish the original hardware with Brasso but it was taking too long and it was hard to get in the small areas. Instead I used aged copper spray by Rustoleum. The top was stained with a walnut stain. 

I haven't put a protective coat on yet (but I will) and I also didn't distress or use chalk paint. 

The paint color I used was Americana by Behr and it took about 3-4 coats.

Now on to finishing the nursery!!



26 comments:

  1. This turned out so nice Helen! I always love stained tops on a painted piece and I like the clean {non-distressed} look of this one. :-D

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    1. Thank you, Anneke! I'm a sucker for stained tops too.

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the shade!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  3. Such an amazing difference! It's stunning. And who doesn't love a deal.

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  4. It turned out lovely. And, the color is really a standout color.

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  5. Very pretty and I really like the color on the pulls! :)

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  6. LOVE IT, IT TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL AND THE FINISH LOOKS FLAWLESS!

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  7. Wow! I love the color of the paint with the color of the stain. This is such a great combo. Love it!

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  8. This is so pretty! I love the blue you chose. I hope you share the nursery when you are done!

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    1. Yes, I will be sharing the nursery....if I ever finish it. I need to make the crib skirt and paint the changing table/dresser. But I will share!!

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  9. The dresser looks beautiful, you did a great job! Love the blue, it really pops and makes a statement! And love the picture and flowers too! :) Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

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  10. The sacrifices start well before the baby's are born don't they! First they steal your closet, then your heart.

    Bliss

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    1. HAHAHA! And when they are 1 or more they start stealing all of your food too! But it's worth it and they do steal your heart : )

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  11. Not bad for $25.00, it turned out lovely and I adore the color.

    Cynthia

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't dare pass this up for $25. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. My husband wanted something manly and it's always fun to do something you don't normally do. Thanks for your sweet words and for visiting!

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  13. I really love the color and the purple flowers on top! I'm your newest follower. Feel free to join my link party or visit my blog. Do you mind if I pin pics from this post?

    Goedele

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    1. Thanks....I am following you back! Yes, pin away!!!

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  14. The dresser's transformation is really amazing that it doesn't look like the old one at all! It was a great choice of paint color. You've made the old dresser look new and modern. Thank you for sharing!
    Pro Master

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  15. What could be better than a blue dresser? This one is a beauty!

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  16. Helen - As always you AMAZE me with your talent! Oh please . . . come over to my house for a month or two so we can hang out in my garage and paint together! Love the color your chose for this one!
    Blessings to you,
    Patti

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  17. Helen,
    I am currently using Behr to redo some bathroom Cabinets. What Kind of protective coat do you recommend using? Thanks for the help!
    Amanda

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