Wednesday, August 22, 2012

my own inspiration

I have been enjoying the heck out of my summer, hanging out with my 2 kiddos, jumping in the pool, bbq'ing with friends.  But alas, a little work should get done, and I recently finished something worthy of a few words.
This is his before state.  Not sure why I always have to make the furniture have a gender, but I guess they just speak to me, and this one definitely said boy.
Not a bad looking guy at all.  Has the fun curvy bottom, nice detailing on the drawer fronts, and all of his original hardware in tact.  OF COURSE I hemmed and hawed over the color.....and used this as my inspiration.
This is my buffet in my dining room and one of my very first "real" makeover pieces.  I still get compliments on this one and figured, why not give it a shot and see how it turns out.  Who knew it would be so easy to find inspiration in myself??  So everybody got a coat of paint.  Used my handy homemade chalk paint recipe on Sherwin Williams Reliable White, and Vaslpar's Desert Hot Springs.

  Then I came down with the worst cold I've had in forever. In the summer even, SO lame.  I literally got one coat on this project and had instant headache and chills.  Boo to that!!  Enough with the sob story though.  After about a week when I felt like a human again, I headed back out to see where we were.  To me the yellow looked too light, and the drawers were a little too shabby chic.  So a second coat, and then a third coat, and that seemed to do the trick!
The hardware got 2 coats of Vaslpar's Cottage black.  I did a light sanding between each coat, some very light distressing, and sealed the whole thing a soft wax.
What do you think??
Not exactly like the inspiration piece, but a nice tribute!  This guy is now down at Persnickety's.  You should head down there and see all the other amazing things they have in stock!!!


  1. Thanks so much!!! After being sick it was pretty fun to work on :)

  2. I love two toned dressers and this one looks awesome!! Stop by my blog for a visit if you would like :)

    Jill (your newest subscriber!)

    1. somehow I missed your comment, so sorry!! checking out your blog now!!