Oh So Beautiful Dresser!

Boy, Do I ever have a Lovely to show you!!!

On one of my recent Diamonds In The Rough! posts, I came across a very tired and abused, solid cherry dresser with great bones. At a price of only $20, how could I pass it up. 

It even came with a matching framed mirror.
 I have great vision when I see what something CAN become. And I knew this dresser would be the beauty that she has become now.  I caution all of you purists that I did paint this dresser. Yes, I know that it is a high quality piece. Yes, I know that it was made in the 1930's. And Yes, I know that I could have stripped it and restored it to its former self...but that is not what I had visioned.

THIS is what I had in mind.

I sanded the top down to the raw cherry wood. I stained it walnut. I then used my Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and painted the rest of the piece. Two coats.  Now instead of using the wax after I distressed it, I used Minwax's Polycrylic. It's less work than buffing the wax after it dries, gives a different patina all together and a much smoother finish.  I still love the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but I don't like using the wax on larger pieces of furniture.  I discovered this by error in experimenting.

I can't get over her beauty and the rope twist details on each side. The hardest part was finding new hardware for the drawers. At 2 1/2 inches apart on the screw holes, my options were limited. But I decided to update this ol' gal with vintage looking pull cups. I love these anyway since they are in a brushed nickel finish in our master bath and our kitchen.

And NINE (9) drawers for lots of storage.  For now, I am not using the matching framed mirror, but I am thinking of using it for our guest bathroom mirror when we once again redo that room.  Yes, I have a remodeling sickness.

But isn't she just Lovely?

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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  1. SOOOO grateful for the tip on polycrylic. I hate the process of waxing and buffing. Way too much elbow grease and with the humidity here, I don't always like the results. I can't wait to try it!

  2. Oooohhh, absolutely PERFECT! I agree with you about waxing larger pieces...LOVE my Minwax Polycrylic too!!

  3. I love your make-over! Great job!
    'hugs from afar'

  4. Beautiful. And I am so glad that you gave advice on what not to use.l I had thought for several weeks of trying to do my coffee and end tables. Hubby had said no but I finally got him to look at a few pieces on different blogs and yesterday he finely said yes. So I am checking out lots of the bogs to no what all I need.l

    Oh I love the cup type drawer pulls you used. Just seems to add to the beauty.

  5. $20 for this beauty??? That's awesome!!
    It looks fantastic now, you did an amazing job!

  6. OMG!!! What I would give to run up on a deal like that!!!! It's gorgeous!


  7. I would have done the same thing. For those Purists my thoughts our "buy the piece before i do if u want to preserve it" cause i will paint it!I like the knobs too.

  8. This is just beautiful! Love the knobs, too....another piece well done!!

  9. YES, she is! I love all of the elements together...the white, the wood, the dark hardware...and only 2o bucks! good deal!

  10. Wow! This looks amazing! I would have painted it too... so don't feel too bad. Great job.


  11. Now how beeeuuuteeeful is that? Love how you combined the wood on top w/ paint on bottom!

  12. Wow! It turned out gorgeously! I have to get myself some of that Annie Sloan paint!

  13. Gorgeous...I absolutely love the mix of the stained top with the painted bottom. ASCP is everywhere and I haven't seen a project done with it that I didn't like!

  14. Another fabulous transformation Terry! Can't believe you picked it up for $20.00!!!

  15. Just gorgeous and I am thrilled to hear that you can use poly on ASCP! I have been afraid to try that but will now on some of my bigger pieces! Your piece is stunning and I am so jealous of the great price! :)

  16. that looks amazing! not even like the same dresser at all- love the details along the side nd the new hardware!

  17. yet another gorgeous project! thanks for linking it to my party!!

  18. Lovely make-over. Nice drawers and plenty of them too! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  19. Wonderful transformation! I love the twisty details on the sides!

  20. She's very lovely! Thanks for taking time to party :)

  21. Beautiful! I just did a dresser too, and it's so rewarding, huh!

  22. Beautiful job! The pulls look so nice.

  23. Hi Terry this is fabulous! I love the minwax liquid poly, it goes on so easy and fast, I use it on everything! thanks so much for linking up to VIF, xo Debra

  24. She is a beauty! I love the details and the hardware you picked! And no need to apologize for painting her. You gave her a brand new life and a whole lot of love!

  25. I had to click over because the top view looked so much like a piece I just finished! Your dresser is gorgeous.

  26. This is gorgeous! I have a dresser that I think would look great with this type of makeover. I am bookmarking this for inspiration!

  27. Golly pop! I wish I could come across a deal like that! People here in upstate SC LOVE their stuff they have for sale! A dresser like that around here would probably cost around $150 (I wouldn't pay it...but I guess some people would).
    You did a fabulous job on that piece! Where did you find the 2 1/2" pulls? Was it an online dealer?
    ♥ Becky in SC ♥ (beckandjoe@bellsouth.net)

  28. I love how you did this! It is just beautiful. I found you on the Creative Bloggers Blog Hop.

  29. BEEE-u-t-fulllll. Thank you for the tip on the wax. I am getting ready to do my dining room table and chairs and this will save a lot of wear and tear on my body LOL.

  30. looks gorgeous and i love the new hardware on yours as well!


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