Saturday, April 9, 2011

Jade Dresser

If you read my previous post where I showed a snippet of paint, as you probably guessed that color was used on this old dresser.
Lets refresh, shall we?
Here it is in it’s original state. Very dated, missing a few handles and lets be truthful, slightly unattractive.
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And wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t notice this chipped drawer until I brought it home.  Dont’cha hate it when this happens?
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I bought two colors for this project.  What you see below is Valspar paint, in Favorite Jade, and Gravity.  What you see on the dresser is ONLY Favorite Jade.  I decided I didn’t like the Gravity Grey as the two-tone between the Jade and wood was enough.
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I didn’t prime this piece as I wanted the wood to show through the paint. Very little paint was put on the brush and long strokes were used all in one direction.  A dry brush was used just after to spread the paint even thinner. When it was all dried, a sanding block helped age the corners. It was then sealed with a spray Polyurethane.
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So back to the chipped drawer.  I thought I would try to fix it and if all else fails, I would take out two drawers from the top and put shelves and baskets… but I really wanted to fix that drawer.   And I did.
Here’s how I did it.  Wood filler and a putty knife.
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Glob on some wood filler.. not a whole lot as you’ll want to do this in two steps so that it dries. Let dry at least overnight. Then sand it down to get your corner shape and put some more on.  Let it dry again.  Sand to corner shape with a sanding block.
This was after the first application.
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As a few of the smaller handles were missing, I bought new knobs and plates and sprayed them black with the the other original larger handles. For the new ones to fit, new holes were drilled.
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She’s finally done, and I must say, I think she’s become a personal favorite of mine. And you’d never know where that chipped drawer is.
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90 comments:

  1. I wasn't too sure when I saw closeup of your paint treatment, but when you showed the whole piece, WOW! Another great save!

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  2. I absolutely love it! I think you made the right choice in leaving off the gray; the Jade is lovely on its own. I especially love the new hardware...it's perfect!

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  3. You did an amazing job on this one!!!!!! It is GORGEOUS!!!!

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  4. I love how it came out. It really has some warmth to it now. It looks like the same color as the tutu's in your picture, great choice.

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  5. It turned out fabulous and I love the color. Beautiful vignette also. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  6. That is seriously GORGEOUS!! You did an outstanding job! The color is perfect! Love it!!

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  7. Now that is just stinkin' gorgeous, girl! I LOVE it!

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  8. What a beautiful paint job! I LOVE the color with the wood showing through. What a great transformation!

    I'd be honored if you'd link up this lovely project to The AFTER Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage...

    http://www.3meadowlakecottage.com/2011/04/after-party-and-fireplace-beforeafter.html

    ~Erin

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  9. I love how this turned out!! It looks awesome! I love the drawer details!

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  10. Looks great! I love the finish. www.myoohlalaandi.blogspot.com

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  11. You did an fantastic job on the makeover. I LOVE IT!! Martina

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  12. I am in love with this piece! You did an amazing job!

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  13. Just gorgeous! Thanks for the neat painting technique ~ come by and say hi sometime!

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  14. GoodNESS that is gorgeous!! I love it!

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  15. This looks fabulous! Especially paired with that Dega painting :)

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  16. You have quite the artistic vision. I love the scrolled details, but I never would have thought a dry brushed jade would look good. You proved me wrong.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  17. That was an amazing transformation. It turned out gorgeous.

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  18. I LOVE this...it turned out beautifully

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  19. Thumbs up for me! Looks amazing!

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  20. LOVE THIS!!!!! My MIL wants me to help her do the same technique with white on her entertainment unit. She's worried it'll look too 80s. I say we go for it! Thoughts?

    XO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

    www.classyclutter.blogspot.com

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  21. That is so pretty, Lisa! I love the detail on it. I found a small dresser someone was throwing out this weekend and I'm thinking on what I want to do with it. Mine is missing two of its three drawers though and it needs some TLC.

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  22. Oh wow Lisa that piece is amazing! I absolutely love how you allowed the wood to shine through the paint. Fabulous!

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  23. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I have been hanging out at my local Salvation Army every Monday (my day off) trolling for things to "re-purpose". I now have a small collection of things, but am to afraid to do anything with them. Thanks to your blog and step by step pictures I am feeling a little bit brave.

    Buffie
    http://scrappingwithbuffie.blogspot.com/

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  24. Love, love the way this turned out! Thanks for sharing!

    http://sunnissideoflife.blogspot.com/

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  25. You did an awesome job on that dresser. Love the glazing technique!

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  26. What a great job! I have been redoing furniture as well. Would love for you to check it out.
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  27. I LOVE it! I was scared when you showed the green paint at first. :) But it looks amazing!!!

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  28. I am loving the light green colors nowadays! Beautiful dresser!

    I am now your newest follower, and I hope you will stop by and visit "The Artist's Life" sometime!

    Blessings,

    Sarah
    www.jonathanhowefineart.com

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  29. WOW and WOW!!
    I looks amazing!!!
    WAY better than it did before!

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  30. My heart just went "thump-thump."
    Your work is terrific :) looking forward to seeing more I'm glad to find your blog.

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  31. That is fantastic! I love it so much and I never would have predicted such an amazing makeover based on the "before" picture! Great job!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  32. What an awesome before and after. So happy I found your blog. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

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  33. Ooooo! It is gorgeous! Love the color and the piece is so pretty with all the detail. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  34. Wow! I can believe how that paint makes me love that dresser! it really made the design in the dresser pop! Your newest follower...hope you can visit me sometime soon.

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  35. Simply gorgeous!! I featured your before and after on my blog this morning. :) You did such a beautiful job on this.

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  36. Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous!! You'd never know there was a corner missing - great job!

    Stopped by from Vintage Wanna Bee!

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  37. Oh so Beautiful! Caught my eye on Todays Creative Blog!

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  38. So very nicely done. A really good tutorial and great photographs. I appreciate that.Thanks.

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  39. Visiting from a referral at Addicted2Decorating....and so glad I've come! Love your dresser and I'm off to read all of the archives! Thanks.

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  40. This is SO SO SO great! Love the details on the dresser and you highlighted them brilliantly!

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  41. Wow! Great re-vamp, love the colour and the finished piece looks amazing!

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  42. Oh my gosh! I'm in love!! What a transformation! The final product is beautiful :-)

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  43. What a wonderful blog!!! I'm so glad I found you through the Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  44. OK ~ you got me. For a piece I thought was downright fugly it turned out beautifully! I really do not know how you do it Lisa ~ you are an inspiration and are teaching me to look outside the box!

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  45. This is a gorgeous transformation! You really brought this piece to life. I also love the vignette, it is beautiful!

    Sherry

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  46. Found you on somewhat simple. This looks awesome! Two days ago I posted a huge dresser I need to refinish on my blog. I am looking for ideas on how to paint it. I have stained the top but am worried about picking the wrong color for the bottom. Maybe you could stop by and take a look and tell me what you think?
    Thanks!

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  47. What a beautiful transformation, you did a great job!

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  48. You have definitely recaptured the charm of this piece. It's quite stylish again.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week. Come on back by and see this transformation featured.

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  49. That's Amazing..... I Just Love how it turned out~

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  50. WOW! WOW! WOW! That turned out beautifully stunning! I really love this effect and have been wanting to try it! Love the color of choice too! Beautiful!

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  51. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G what a little color can do. Just makes the detail pop.
    Fabulous rescue.
    Blessings ;-)

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  52. This is so beautiful! The color is perfect!!!!

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  53. AWESOME!! I love it!! I am adding a dresser to my want to do! Would be a great help for my boys room!

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  54. SO much better. I have been hunting for a great dresser to redo for our family room. I love how you found a diamond in the rough.

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  55. Nice job! It suits the room very well. Jane

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  56. Fabulous transformation ... you make it look so easy !! *Becca*

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  57. So much better than the before. I love it.

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  58. Lisa this is AMAZING! That color is like nothing I've seen before. Wow oh wow! I hope you will share this at my VIP party today... http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-11.html

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  59. You did an incredible job. Congratulations! I did wonder what about legs? Its wonderful though exactly as it is.
    Kathy

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  60. Oh My Gosh! This is absolutely stunning! Love the color, the paint treatment, the perfect fixed corner and the way you accessorized it!

    Perfection...

    Lou Cinda

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  61. Yes, Lisa I think we do have the same mind! Haha! And I am totally obsessed with your furntiure! I love, Love , LOVE it! Actually, If you lived closer to me I might even try to swipe it from you! JK! But really, I am in love!

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  62. You did a wonderful job! What an adorable piece of furniture. Well done!

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  63. amazing work !!!!

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  64. This is absolutly gorgeous! Turquoise is becoming my new favorite color and this is beautiful. Thanks for bringing it to the party!
    ~Gay~

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  65. I think I remember someone related to me having one of those ugly dressers. You turned it into something fantastic! Guess I'll have to use new eyes when I am seeing old crap!

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  66. It's completely fabulous... love how the paint brought out all the curves on the curly que parts on the front.
    Stop by and visit my blog anytime - I'll be back to visit yours and I will follow you right after I send your comment :)

    Michelle
    www.newengland-style.com

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  67. Wow! That turned out beautifully... love the color! I'm featuring you on my Flaunt it Friday features. Thanks for linking up!! :)

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  68. Beautifully done, love the color!Hugs and please stop by and enter my latest giveaway to win a gorgeous dress.

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  69. I'm featuring this tomorrow at womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

    :) Jill

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  70. great job - LOVE this look. I'm thinking of trying to find a second hand dresser for my dining room and this is such perfect inspiration. I like your dry brush painting technique. Good to know. Thanks so much for explaining your process :) ~diane

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  71. I'm not usually a fan of this type of paint treatment but it looks absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE it! You did a professional looking job. (Magazine worthy for sure!)

    I'm your newest follower.

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  72. Lisa: My husband is from Trenton, Ontario and I love looking for treasures when I visit. I can't help but notice the wooden box/drawer you have sitting on top of your beautifully made-over piece. I found hundreds of those at a little antique store where I dropped my husband off to golf one day. When I picked him up, I begged him to somehow fit 10 into his golf bag so we could get them home to AZ. They are going in my office, and I love them! I have used them for so many things. Just curious as to where you got yours? Wonderful blog by the way! I love that you have 8 spare minutes a day.... so do I!
    Jilly
    jillmckee2000@gmail.com

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  73. Ooooh I {heart} this! Beautiful Job!

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  74. Seriously ingenious. I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing your talents with us and explaining the way to do it, helps a lot!

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  75. I love those old dressers. You did an amazing job!

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  76. Awesome! May I ask where you found your replacement knobs??

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    1. I usually find any hardware I need at either Lowes or Home Depot. I believe these were found at Lowes.

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  77. I love this dresser so much and am considering doing it to one of my own. Did you sand it at all before you painted? Also, what type of paint specifically - semi-gloss, eggshell, etc.? I was thinking of making the top of mine black and I want it to wash/wipe easily. I painted another dresser years ago and it always seems kind of sticky and rough when I try to dust it. Thinking I probably used the wrong type of paint? I'd be grateful for your advice.

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  78. oops, here's my email - I just sent the question. jokr76@comcast.net

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  79. what kind of paint did you use? They reccomended semi-gloss at HD but she didn't understand what I was trying to accomplish.
    Did you sand it first?

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  80. what type of paint did you use. HD said semigloss but she didn't understand what I was trying to accomplish.
    also did you sand it first?

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    1. You can use semigloss, eggshell or something flat. Semigloss actually lets you work with it a little longer ... it's easier and you'll get the same effect.

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  81. LOVE THE MAKEOVER I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT, IF THAT WOULD BE OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW,
    LAUREN

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