Friday, July 22

alice & isla's dresser transformed


A couple of years ago we lucked into a free antique dresser from a friend of my Mother-in-law's.  We always knew that we wanted to eventually paint it and use it in a nursery.  We just weren't exactly pregnant at the time.  So it sat in the garage for a while, then it sat in one of the former guest room's (now nursery).  Every so often I would look at it and hope that eventually we would get to paint it... we just needed to see that positive test first.  So it took about a year longer than we hoped but I was finally able to look at that dresser with some real potential.

Originally we were thinking we would paint it white and then distress it and clear coat it.  Then we bought white cribs and a white leather recliner.  There is a lot of white going on in there.  So off to Uproar Paint and Paper I went.  They are our only local source for Farrow & Ball paint and they have never steered us wrong in the colour department.  We chose one of their new colours from 2011... Cabbage White.  It essentially is white with blue in it.

You may have seen the before... or maybe not... just in case you missed it, here is what we were working with...




and now for the transformation...






We are so happy with the final product!  The colour is great in the room and works very well with Farrow & Ball's Teresa's Green (the wall colour).  Normally I would have contributed more to this type of project (I love to paint)... but this belly just didn't make that feasible so Andrew takes the credit (well most of) for this transformation.

He started out by sanding it down with an electric sander.  He then applied several coats of Kilz Original Spray Primer... not the most environmentally friendly product but we were dealing with several stains including a big area where wax was seeping through.  After priming he hand sanded it to a smooth finish.  He then applied two coats of Cabbage White in the Estate Eggshell finish (which is amazing on woodwork) with a brush (although you can see no brushstrokes since it dries so flat).  He sanded in between coats.  We (this is the part I helped slightly with) then used 320 grit sandpaper to distress parts of the dresser.  To finish he applied one coat of SafeCoat Acrylac which is a non toxic hard clear coat that doesn't yellow.

We love it.  This nursery is finally coming together!

15 comments:

  1. Oooh it's really nice!!! Good work!

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  2. @Anna - thanks! I see you are also pregnant with twins!!! Congratulations!

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  3. I am thank you! 21 weeks now, its flying by!

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  4. Ooohhh... very nice!! Looks perfect in their room!

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  5. You did an awesome job! It looks amazing! Transforming furniture gives you such a great sense of accomplishment!
    :)

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  6. It's beautiful! You guys did an amazing job.

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  7. It looks so awesome! I love it! The artwork on the dresser i sweet too! Great job! :)

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  8. I love it..it's perfect! How are you feeling Ashley?

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  9. Thanks Ladies!

    @Anna of IHOD - yes definitely a great sense of accomplishment!

    @Janet - I'm feeling very very pregnant, like it's time for these girls to make their entrance into the world very soon.

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  10. Ashley it looks amazing! Andrew did a great job...looks so perfect in the room.

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  11. @InteriorGroupie - thanks! Andrew is actually onto project number 2 now thanks to a trip to homesense on saturday!

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  12. Amazing the difference a little bit of white makes! You have a really cool blog here so I added you thru Google Friend Connect..maybe we can follow each other? I just started my blog 4 months ago about travel and design and I would appreciate the support so, so much!.. I want to make it a place where people can come for inspiration and escape. Please come visit soon! Hopefully you like it enough to follow along also :-)
    Thank you and have a beautiful day!

    Hugs from NYC
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  13. The draws look great, what a transformation from the wood! And the little cartoon prints are so cute! Your blog is lovely!

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