November 20, 2011

Changing Table

I feel so lucky to have met Elizabeth. I mean seriously, this lady is keeping me busy with work!

Now that her nightstands are finished I was able to work on the changing table for her sweet baby boy.

I had this dresser that I was wanting to eventually turn into a vanity/dry sink.
But when Elizabeth said she was looking for a changing table I had to let her have it.

Look at how pretty it is.


I loved the legs and the shape of this piece.
Oh, and the drawers were so deep they could hold a lot of diapers and baby clothes!

Now the dirty work....

I had to strip this piece since I wanted to distress it.

I used  CitriStrip and the original paint and glaze literally came off in strips.
This was the easiest piece of furniture I have stripped.

I used two coats of primer and then I painted.

It's too cold to paint in my garage so I have to bring my work inside.
I really don't like working inside....

Notice that the legs are on my rug so this has to be an after paint picture....
there is NO way I paint on my floor. I really shouldn't be painting in my house.
I'm too messy and I always seem to step in paint.

Anyway, back to what I was saying....two coats of paint

If you look really hard you can see 49 stamped into the wood.
 There were numerous 49 stamps on this piece
so I am thinking it was made in 1949.

I think it makes this dresser even cooler!

After two coats of paint (Lynchburg Estate Cream by Valspar)
I started distressing.

After distressing I sealed the changing table with two coats of poly
and I added some pretty green drawer pulls.

Once again, I had a huge brain fart and didn't take pictures
before I delivered it to Elizabeth...but you get the idea!


I think it turned out amazing and I hope Baby W has it for years to come!
What do you think?


The Shabby Nest

Two Make a Pair

I delivered the second nightstand and changing table to my client yesterday.

Yes, it's still weird to say client, so from now on I will use her real name....Elizabeth.

So, I delivered the second nightstand and changing table to Elizabeth yesterday!

You remember the first one....



So cute...right?

Well this is what I worked on for her husband. I had a second nightstand in my stash but she wanted something that looked a little more similar (in shape) to her nightstand.

The second nightstand was round on the edges and the drawer on was the bottom instead of the top.
I love how they look similar in color but there is something just a little different about them.
I also love that they aren't too matchy-matchy.

(excuse the dust)

I didn't sand the laminate down at all. I'm just going to call it an experiment!
It turned out okay but when I distressed the piece more white came off so next time
I will sand the laminate.

I put two coats of primer on, a coat of white (Swiss Coffee by Behr), and
two coats of Interesting Aqua by Sherwin Williams.

Then I sanded and slapped on two coats of water-based polyurethane.

I think it turned out pretty nice.

Unfortunately, I was in my car getting ready to leave Elizabeth's house when
 I remembered that I forgot to take after pictures.
So I ran back inside and took a few...and it does no justice to how cute the nightstand really is.
Plus everything looks better staged...oh well!


I did the same drawer pull as on the first nightstand but I turned this one vertical
and for a more masculine look and I lined the drawer with a
chocolate brown microfiber material.

I love how both nightstands turned!

What do you think?