Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dad's Pick

I wrestled with dappled sunlight on this shoot.  Oh well, it is what it is.

Fresh paint does wonders...
and, although the original finish on this piece was not that bad...

...we know as girls that makeovers are so much fun.  And work.  And sweat.

But not so many tears on this one; it really wasn't damaged.

My dad found this piece for me for $20 at a garage sale (GO DAD!)

We keep stressing THE DISCERNING EYE.

Well, this pick was obviously his hall of fame-r.

Here are the afters...

Some sanding, some Ben Moore in white chocolate, some distressing,

some wipe on polycrylic,

some new crystal knobs where there were none,

...makes for a total refreshing transformation

that any girl would love.

Wouldn't this be your *dream* dresser if you were a little girl?

Ok, big girls can get in on the fun, too.

You know you would put this in your bedroom

( or dining room or foyer or office for your typewriter that sits on display and no one uses...

do you have that?  I have that.)

Sharing this transformation with:







and last but NEVER least,


NanaDiana said...

Andrea- You Dad has a good eye! What a great looking piece. Yes, it was OK before but it is BEAUTIFUL after. You did just the right amount of distressing for my taste. Blessings- xo Diana

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Very pretty, love all the details! What a deal too.

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

20$? Amazing! The final result is dreamy.
Have a nice weekend!

must love junk said...

Be still my heart! That is simply stunning-you did an amazing job! (and you need to give your dad a big hug:)

Pam said...

Very pretty. I was expecting White Chocolate to be brown, but that is probably more because I would die for a piece of chocolate right now! Your Dad did good!

Helen said...

Love this piece! Can you believe people sell gorgeous furniture for so cheap? I love the makeover.

Did your poly yellow with the white paint? Just curious!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my gosh this is stunning. Way to go Dad. :o) Can you tell me what kind of wipe on poly you use? I am going to paint a dresser I got from my FIL soon and I am dreading the waxing part!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Girl, you ARE a sweetheart!! This is one of my faves Andrea, the curvy details and great mirror. I'd snag it in a heartbeat!! and good grief, be careful, people will be trying to hire your dad as a "picker"!

suzyq said...

Really? 20.00? God I have to move to the States!!! This would never happen here in Montreal!
You did a spectacular job on an already spectacular piece - can't even describe how much I love this!!!

Donna said...

Wow! What a gorgeous transformation! The white really makes all of the details pop, and I love the knobs you added. What a great find, you are so lucky to have your Dad as your very own "picker"!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your dad sure is a legend for spotting that one! It looks amazing!
Cas x

Chrissie said...

Simply gorgeous!

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Fabulous!! My very favorite "look" for vintage (and new!) pieces! I've just discovered your lovely blog, and am now following!
So nice to meet you!

Shelia said...

What a beautiful piece and it's even more beautiful with your paint job! Love it.
Thank you for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Terry Moore said...

I am in love with this piece! Way to go DAD!

Dede Warren said...

I love this dresser and your painting of it! Can you send your Dad my way, I'd love to find something like this... and $20? Can you say bonus round?!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Really $20 bucks, the least I paid for a buffet was $70. The detail on it is so pretty and now really stands out - I always like lighter antiqued buffet - really brings everything out. Boy your Dad could become a picker for me! I'd love to see his scores. Beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Donna said...

I just found you through Debra at Common Ground and fell in love with your blog! Love the transformation on this bureau!... Donna

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

Beautiful transformation! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting Posed Perfection last week. Thanks for your sweet comment about the Chocolate Yummies. I hope you'll visit again soon. Have a great week!

Rita said...

Beautiful piece and amazing transformation.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful job! the distressing is just perfect!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH so pretty, Andrea...a total transformation...and you're right, I would use it anywhere! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Rebecca said...




Red Rose Alley said...

I am in love with this dresser, Andrea. I think you dad had a vision when he saw this this treasure. Happy Wednesday.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

$20 bucks???


That is a fabulous deal. And you made it fabulously gorgeous!!!!

Trisha said...

Oh boy did your dad do a good job or what?! And for $20-amazing! I love, love, love the way it turned out!


Anonymous said...

I am so in love with this piece! What an incredible gift...what an amazing find! What a very tasteful and discerning eye your daddy has!

And the work you put into painting the piece was soooooooooo worth it! I am jealous to the max...but in a good way! Thanks so much for sharing.

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Cottage and Broome said...

Go Dad!!!! What a great piece and a great transformation. You and your Dad make a great team! I love the dresser, Laura

Eclectically Vintage said...

Yes - I have the typewriter that nobody uses - and this would be the perfect place to prop it! Any girl - especially me - would love this beauty!

Your dad is a garage sale rockstar - $20!!!!

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Andrea,
this is absolutely gorgeous! Love, love the lines. Your dad rocks for sure! Can't believe that he got this for $20. You did a fantastic job and I love it all white and distressed! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Wanted to congratulate you for being a guest feature at Common Ground. Well deserved!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Really like what you've done ~

Popped in from Jann's SYCT.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

White works so well on all those gorgeous curves! Lovely makeover!

The Golden Sycamore said...

What a beautiful transformation! Amazing that your dad got it for only $20! Visiting from My 1929 Charmer.


Crys said...

I'm all agog! This is an incredible piece, an incredible find, an incredible price (20?!!!), and you did a phenomenal job with it!!!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I cannot even believe your Dad got this for $20! It is gorgeous. Of course your remake made it perfect. :) Love the lines--just love it.

girls said...

20$ that is incredible! I need to inslist my dad to find me great treasures also! This turned out amazing and I love the paint.. I am your newest follower and would love for you to come checkout mine if you ever have a chance!


The Porcelain Rose said...

I have a dresser almost exactly like this one. White and everything.... mine has two larger drawers at the top instead of three. I seperated the mirror from the dresser and turned the dresser into a bathroom vanity. I hung the mirror above with two French sconce's to either side.
I paid a lot more than you did for mine!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Will visit again soon.

Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs said...

I LOVE this piece! What great lines and only $20/ That is a wonderful deal. I am a bit jealous! It is just gorgeous! Well done!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great find for $20. Your dad did good. Love the new look.

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