Thursday, November 10, 2011

$45 Craigslist Buffet Makeover

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I swear you guys, this dresser nearly got the best of me. I almost had a meltdown deciding what color to paint it, then when I would paint it, none of the colors looked right on it.

It was so long ago, but do you guys remember this is what she looked like when I bought her.

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She had this two-toned stain job on her, that I wasn’t that into. I liked the dark top, but it was speckled and looked like faux wood grain. I had stalked Craigslist for weeks before I saw this piece listed. The dresser came with two large mirrors too, and I paid $45 for her. Score! It’s an older Lane dresser, had great solid bones, and lovely curves.  The only down side is it reeked of dirty dogs.

This is what she looked like after I cleaned her off with TSP, and sanded her a bit.

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I ended up painting her 4 TIMES!!! before I actually settled on her now permanent color. YEAH… I will definitely not make that mistake again. Before I painted painted her the lovely Pure White that she is now, I had to strip all the layers of paint off of her and sand her again.

I took this while I was in the process of stripping and removing the layers of paint.  (P.S. I used Citri-strip, it works great.)


Honestly though, by the time I had gotten to this point I almost gave up, and was thinking about leaving her like that. You know, ghetto Anthro chic?

But I persevered, got her stripped, and painted her using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Pure White. She got two coats of paint, and two coats of clear wax. I spray painted the hardware using Krylon’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. And doesn’t the contrast look great? Lovely, right?

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I am so glad she’s finally done, a huge sigh of accomplished relief was let out once I finished her. And she might be my new favorite piece that I’ve done, but don’t tell Simone that okay?  I’ve already got plans for the dining area where she sits, lots of plans, but it’s going to take more time than usual since we’re tight on funds.  Hope you guys will stick around though and help me make some choices!!! LIKE PICKING A NEW WALL COLOR!

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I’m leaning towards going with something darker, maybe a brown gray, and something that will look good with turquoise accents. So many paint samples, so hard to choose! What do you guys think?


JHill said...

I would have gone nuts if I had to strip through all that crud on the dresser. Totally worth it in the end though!

PS I love me some greige walls. Looks great with turquoise/ Tiffany blue!

Kim @ Sand and Sisal said...

Wow, I would've given up too! You really persevered! It turned out so pretty! I really need to try out ASCP soon!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

"ghetto Anthro chic" ?
bwahahaha! I love it! I think it looks fantastic and I'm glad you didn't give up. :)

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

It's just gorgeous, Jen. Your much more patient than I am though. Me and furniture do not get along too well.

Can't wait to see what color you choose for the walls. You're a busy gal. Thanks for dropping by today.

San said...

Absolutely beautiful -- the effort was worth it!

Patti said...

OMG a steal and then a FABULOUS TREASURE YOU!!! have created... totally worth the hard work! GORGEOUS!

theembellishednest said...

It looks gorgeous!

Liz said...

That is one beautiful piece of furniture!

Butterbean Row said...

It sure took a lot of work but it was worth it! It is gorgeous!

MarilennAlcantara.Com said...

Arrrgh so jealous!! You make me excited to move to a house with a garage so I can do all these awesome redo's too but I doubt I'll ever get them to look that good!!!

Amber and Brad said...

Beautiful! Your hard work payed off!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

Gracie's Cottage said...

Wow - you are one determined painter...I would have given up! She is beautiful. As for wall colors, I like Ben Moore Sea Urchin in my family room and hate Ben Moore Carlisle Cream in my LR. :)


Anonymous said...

I'm curious as to why you went to all of the trouble to strip this piece since you don't have to with the ASCP? It looks great but seems to be a lot of needless work.

Jennifer said...

It's true you don't have to sand or prime using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I chose to strip off all the layers of paint I had put on there because I wanted to start with a clean palette. I didn't want any problems to occur with all the paint I had already put on the buffet, since it wasn't ASCP.

Trish- I LOVE TO PAINT! said...

This is a beautiful piece but I just wanted to point out something I feel - is very important. One of the BIGGEST benefits of using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that there is NO need to sand or prime- so to go to all that effort and expose yourself to the chemicals and dust- is really not necessary. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has amazing adhearsion qualities. I own a store in NY and sell painted furniture and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I teach workshops on how to take advantage of the amazing qualities of it and all the versatility in regards to the different applications and end looks you can achieve from 1 can of paint. It is phenomenal - and I am proud to be part of the organization that represents it. Using it and educating those who use it is an honor and pure joy and I love being able to do something that makes me happy!!! Feel free to contact me if you have any Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Wax questions. I am here to help you and hopefully- prevent you from spending time or energy on a task that you could be doing something much more fun. Trish or find me on Facebook. Happy New Year all.

Jennifer Curtis said...

Hey Trish, I actually have a lot of experience using the Annie Sloan paint, and realize that you don't need to sand or prime before painting. But originally I wasn't planning on using Annie Sloan's chalk paint, and had actually painted the dresser 4 other colors, with 4 different paints before I settled on making her white and painting her with the chalk paint. I wanted a very smooth finish when I painted the white on, and for that I really did need to strip all the layers of paint off of this particular piece and sand her down. You see, painting 4 layers of paint on her made her have some cracking in the detailed areas, and that's not the look I wanted to show through with the chalk paint. I have painted several pieces with the chalk paint that I did not sand or prime, but this piece was different and needed to be stripped and sanded. I think even Miss Mustard Seed would have agreed with me on this one. :) But thanks for coming by and for stopping to read my post. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Lee said...

Just curious if you used a brush or paint sprayer to apply the paint. Looks really great!

Sophia Cabria said...

I love the Picture before and after... nice idea and beautiful..