Sunday

~A Thrifty Treasure Makeover~

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BEFORE

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Stop by Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality, for Thrifty Treasures, each Monday.

I’ve shown the dresser, in previous posts, with a little preview hint of the makeover.  Last week, the makeover was completed. 

The dresser is one of the elements of a mini makeover of the master suite.

The cost of the dresser was $25.  A little sanding, $10 worth of paint & faux finish mediums, turned this thrifty diamond in the rough into a treasure, at the total cost of $35.

This style and size furniture is often found in children’s rooms; a child’s room is where the furniture served, for many years, in it’s former home.

When I saw the dresser and a matching chest of drawers, from the road, that day in June, I had one of those light bulb moments.  Not long afterward, the pieces were loaded in the back of the truck and on their way to our garage. 

On a side note: Lately, we’ve discussed selling the truck and buying one of those snappy new Camaros.  But then, what in the world would we have to bring home treasures like this!  It’s a dilemma!

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An in progress photo shows the dresser, after 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Front Porch, latex satin; a sample size container.  The cost is under $5, for these samples.

J painted the dresser.

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The drawer pulls were spray painted with Rustoleum dark brown.  After the hardware was completely dry, I brushed the high spots with Ceramcoat Metallic Bronze, by Delta. Later, Rub n Buff Patina was applied, making sure to allow it to settle in low places or crevices, here and there. After polishing the patina finish, I used Raw Umber acrylic medium to darken areas; giving more “age” to the drawer pull.  A matte finish clear acrylic spray will protect the finish from chipping.

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The photo, below, shows a drawer pull after the metallic bronze paint is applied to high spots. The top pull is shown with the application of Rub n Buff Patina, before it has been refined and after. I used my fingertips and a soft cloth to achieve the effect.

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The finished drawer pulls. 

The faux finish varies on each piece; hopefully giving the appearance of natural patina.

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A sweet metamorphosis, sitting at the foot of the iron bed, in our room.

In this photo, the walls are Laura Ashley Gold #3, soon to be replaced with SW Antique White. The prints will be recycled to another room.  The dark tables will be replaced with painted pieces.

The bed linens and panels will remain.

I’m considering a replacement for the area rug.  The hardwoods are beautiful. I’m actually thinking of not having floor covering.

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Preview

The makeover continues with more painted furniture, a new chair with ottoman and Sherwin Williams Antique White, for the walls. The reveal will be featured here, sometime during Fall.

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The round table, formerly used on the back porch, has been painted SW Medici Cream (another sample) and will be used for the “new” room.  On lower right, the fabric for the wing chair and ottoman. 

We ordered the chair and ottoman, from a locally owned furniture store.  We knew the chair we wanted, because we have two of them in our hearth room.  They are so comfortable and have worn very well, through the years, even with Miss Molly. 

Thank you, Angie, for helping us find our favorite chair and ottoman!

The new look, for our room, is neutral with painted and stained furniture. 

We redid the room over two years ago.  At that time, we left the walls painted Laura Ashley Gold #3 and used a darker pallet for accessories, rugs, and furniture, found in other rooms of our home.

We are hoping for a lighter brighter, more relaxed atmosphere for the room.

The Metamorphosis continues…mondaymet

at the Back Porch and at Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch.

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83 comments:

Cheri Peoples said...

What a great find.

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Brenda Eason said...

Pat this s simple,but one of the most beautiful I have seen. Great job.

auntpittypat said...

What a wonderful change you have planned. Your eye is incredible!! Love the work you did on the hardware.

Hot and humid here......it may be a day to stay inside since the a/c is on. With the rain we have had in the last couple of days, I can watch the grass turn green again and finally grow again.

Love to you both.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love how the dresser turned out! I appreciate you showing the hardware transformation because I just redid a maple hutch and painted it white but left the hardware the original patina...I am still thinking about maybe changing those with some kind of antiquing like you did. Please check out my blog and see the transformation I did on my hutch.
~Patti

Cindy said...

Hi Pat,
Just Superb! I love what you did with the dresser and the pulls, the look is so serene and pretty! I can't wait to see the finished room, I know, without a doubt, it will be stunning!! Love what you do~ Cindy

Rose Mary said...

It turned out beautiful, Pat! I love to re-do finds and make them a part of my house.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of the room make-over!

marty39 said...

I love the dresser. It is gorgeous. The new look sounds wonderful. You did a wonderful job on the drawer pulls, they look fabulous too. I can't wait to see the finished room. Hugs, Marty

Risa said...

This is so very cute! great job:-)

jskell911 said...

It looks absolutely gorgeous! I love what yoou have done with the hardware.

Katie said...

What a job well done!! I just love how you placed the piece at the foot of the bed too. You are such an inspiration!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Pat, what a beautiful transformation. I'll have to remember these colors when I do my next project.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

beautiful!!! I am so excited to see the progress down the road too.

Denise said...

Another beautiful job! I can't wait to see the finishedroom.

XXDenise

Gaston Studio said...

Love your treatment on the handles Pat, and the overall look is just stunning. I've just picked myself up a couple of tables from a second hand store at ridiculous prices and am looking forward to redoing them. Don't you just love rub'n buff?

Dawn said...

Your dresser looks beautiful now! I love it!

You have a beautiful bedroom, too!

Cherrie said...

Nice job very pretty!

Terri and Bob said...

As much as I like the finished piece, I have to say... I LOVE where you put it! Clever!

Dana and Daisy said...

stunning Pat!

love, Dana

Kim said...

The dresser turned out fabulous. I love the color and I love how the pulls turned out as well. Can't wait to see how the room turns out when you are completely done.

Christina said...

Just beautiful. Love the new fresh coat of paint and the handles look great. What a beauty!

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

Beautiful tranformation.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, your dresser is a dream...oh, it is perfect!

I have recently replaced most of the wall colors in my home with Cottage White and I cannot tell you how it allows me to breathe. I adore color...but as time passes, I need more calmness.

Your room is lovely!

Barb

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - very nice! You and J did a great job.
May I please ask what J used to apply the paint with on the dresser. It is such a smooth finish. Thanks in advance.
Glenda

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Love it! You did a great job. I would add a few books to the top as well...Can't wait to see the finished project. Don't let me miss it.

Linda said...

Pat, the dresser is so beautiful - and the hardware makeover is fantastic! What a great deal! If only the former owners could see it now! Linda

~~Carol~~ said...

That dresser turned out just gorgeous, and I love how you put it at the foot of the bed! I've never seen that done before, and I am just in awe!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Love it, so simple yet elegant!

Suzy said...

Absolutely AMAZING!!

Carmen said...

What a wonderful job you have done on this dresser! I love it!!!!

Sue said...

Pat, Your drawer handles came out just great! The room will certainly get one heck of an overhaul when you're done, won't it? :-) Sue

Kammy said...

Great job Pat! Love the new room!
Kammy

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Gorgeous redo! Your room is absolutely amazing!! Love it all!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a "great" transformation. Love it.. hugs ~lynne~

ellen b said...

Pat! That just looks fabulous. You really have an eye for redo's.

Helen said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to visit! I must confess whenever I think I have what it takes to do a transformation like yours .... I just chicken out and live with whatever it is in its present state.

I must gather up my decorating courage and complete a make-over of some sort. I certainly don't lack for make-over project possibilities! Enjoy your week.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, your furniture makeovers are always great. I just love what you did with those pulls, gorgeous, lady. I might have to try Patina, love the layered look you got.

As always, it's fun to stop by the Back Porch. Wish you could have been with us chicks for the yardsale.

bj said...

It looks just fabulous, Pat..

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a makeover! :) I love the piece at the end of your bed! Visiting from Rhoda's party. :)

Carrie said...

Great transformation!!

Beverly said...

The dresser makeover looks great, Pat. I'll be tuning in to the bedroom redo. I know you must be having fun.

Twice Remembered said...

I love that sweet little dresser! I recently redid a similar one for my daughters room but wasn't quite sure what to do with the handles so left them for now. Thanks for the instructions! You should come on over tonight and add this project to my Make Your Monday link party - it's a fabulous redo!

Frugal Fine Living said...

Wow, Pat, you totally transformed that dresser! And, your bedroom looks fabulous

Jane

dawgyah said...

I love the dresser at the foot of the bed. I wonder of that would keep my dogs off of the bed....hmmmm.

Elizabeth said...

I love it!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Pat super job on the the transformation and I love it at the foot of the bed! Wouldn't have thought of that myself!

blessings
mary

Chanda said...

Love the dresser! It looks great.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,
You and J did a beautiful job refinishing the dresser and I love how the drawer pulls turned out. It looks very nice placed at the foot of your bed with that pretty cloche sitting on top. I look forward to seeing the finished reveal next month. TFS! Sheila

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Pat - The chest is wonderful. It is just perfect at the foot of your bed. The drawer pulls are lovely.

Angie is so ldelightful to work with every time we go in there. Her husband was our son's best man at his wedding. Angie has a real flair for design. She does a lot of research and really knows how to pull things together.

Is is warm enough on this side of Missouri? Our son and his wife just came back from the lake and said things were rather quiet there. I think the heat and the fact that school is close has decreased the crowds. It won't be long until we will have the place to ourselves. I love it.

Have a fantastic week.

Charla

Michelle said...

Just love how you aged the hardware..it looks just wonderful. And the chest is perfect at the foot of your bed. I would never have thought to put a dresser there, but it looks great!

janice said...

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Marsha's Mpressions said...

Pat, looks great! A very unique idea. I'm been looking for something for the foot of our bed. Everything I see is too pricey. Maybe I should start looking on the side of the road. You did pretty good that way! LOL!

Mrs. C said...

I love what you have done here. The dresser looks fantastic! I also enjoyed learning how to do the hardware. Thanks for sharing the names of the paint in your tutorial.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a great find. Looks so much like the dresser I grew up! You did a fab job with it.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful transformation Pat! The dresser looks perfect at the end of the bed.

Mary said...

Pat, I love your makeover and you have no idea how much I appreciate your explicit instructions. I found a hope chest in the same style as your chest and I'm going to copy yours. What kind of surface was the top of yours? Mine is like laminate..I was curious if you had any problem painting over that.
I just LOVE what you did with this!!
YOur bedroom redo will be great, SW antique white will be such a pretty change and more soothing for the room. I can't wait to see your finished room. Mary

pk said...

Beautiful transformation. Can't wait to see the finished room!

abeachcottage said...

g'day sweet Pat

love it and did I hear you mention antique white, haha! I will be waiting for sure to see how wonderful it turns out...

and just look at that bed, I don't think I will ever get a bed like that, well perhaps one day in my dreams

as usual, inspirational and wonderful photos...I'm learning...

sarah

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow, Pat! I love what you did with that chest, and thos handles... what a great look!

I will be interested to see your new white room. I love it like it is, but I know it will be beautiful in its new dress, too!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Create in me a clean heart O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 said...

Oh wow - that is gorgeous! I just bought a dresser for our living room and want to do something similar to it - thanks for all the tips and instructions!

ceekay said...

Very pretty Pat! I can't believe how different it looks and I love that you put it at the foot of the bed!

Kitty Scraps said...

Beautiful transformation on the dresser. I love those linen curtains hanging on your bed! What a beautiful and peaceful room you've created.

mary'smom said...

You're very talented. I love your idea of using sample-sized paints as well. I love how you've turned a child's dresser into something more appropriate for an adult. May be moms out there will turn their little girls's room into a room for teenagers using your techniques.

Twice as Nice said...

All of your rooms are magazine worthy. You have a gift for decorating and J does a great job on the furniture make overs.

Oh, and keep the truck!

The twins

xinex said...

What a beautiful makeover, Pat! Your bedroom is gorgeous!...Christine

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Oh Pat! The dresser looks marvelous. My dresser is almost just like it & is also awaiting it's make-over. Thanks for kicking me in the butt...it may be just what I needed to finally tackle the project. Love the patina on the hardware!

Shanty2Chic said...

WOW!!! LOVE it... sooo cute and I love where you placed it! Way to go!!

Anita said...

The dresser turned out great...looks wonderful at the foot of the bed. Can't wait to see the complete makeover...looks like it will be quite the Oasis when finished.

~Country Lady~ said...

Absolutely fantastic! Wow, wow, wow! What a delightful blog you have. I'm adding it to my favorites.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh Pat it looks wonderful and I love where you placed it !!

Debra from Bungalow said...

You are really lightening it up! I love the old dresser and how the knobs turned out.

No, don't get rid of your truck, you know you'll regret it. :)

Carrie said...

You've transformed the piece beautifully...it looks great at the foot of the bed!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Pat!

This chest is darling and looks so nice at the foot of your bed. You and J did a wonderful job restoring it.

I say as long as it is running well keep the truck! :-)

dana said...

OMG Pat! We had the VERY piece in our daughter's room when she was growing up. I'd bought the set, which included the dresser, night stand AND twin head boards and foot boards from a neighbor's garage sale!!! I love your makeover and I am really wishing we had the dresser back after seeing what you did with yours! I sold it in a g. sale when we moved HERE!! :) Have a great evening......it's been very stormy here this afternoon. Dana

PS Thanks for the b.d.wishes!

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Pat! Love this!! My cousin had a similar piece back in the 70's!!Wonderful job--and I love the look of the bed! You are so talented!

Hugs!
Susan

Joy said...

turned out awesome! Love where you put it too.

Wendy said...

Looks fantastic!

We picked up one that looked A LOT like that, but it had a yellowish finish, free after a sale. We also gave it a fresh coat of white.

Lisa said...

Pat,
I love what you did with that piece. The transformation sounds wonderful, I'm doing something similar in my master bedroom. Can't wait to see your big reveal;)

Sandy said...

Pat,
Beautiful job on the chest, I can't wait to see the rest of the room.
Sandy

jeanne said...

Hi Pat, your makeover for the great dresser is awesome. The pulls look perfect. Definitely a nice look of patina. It looks great at the end of your bed.

I love your gold walls. Guess what? I am using that same color in my great room right now. A great color, I am loving it. Gold 3 Laura Ashley!!! BIG smile.

More of the castle on my Thursday post. It is a very interesting place.

Hugs...Jeanne

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, that dresser looks wonderful, and I love it at the foot of your beautiful bed. You and your husband are so talented. I am inspired and impressed every time I come to your blog. laurie

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Just perfect! Maybe you could help me do something with all of my treasures I found this weekend. Planning on coming south anytime soon?...hehe

Catherine Holman said...

Beautifully done and I love it at the foot of the bed! I've always wanted to do this to an old set of bedroom furniture. I just need to get with it!
Hugs,
Cathie

Kathleen said...

Pat, it looks wonderful, and a perfect spot!
Can't wait to see the chair..
You are the energizer bunny!