Monday, October 15, 2012

Master Bedroom Update - The Dresser

I finally had a free afternoon to work on the big beast of a dresser that resides in our master bedroom. The dresser was left by the previous owners because it was that big and bulky. It's a beautiful piece of furniture - well made, sturdy, plenty of storage - and free. But it needed a little love (in my opinion in order to fit in with the design scheme going on in our bedroom).


This is the beast with lots of stuff thrown on top of it. I think this photo was taken over a year ago.

This is where we last stood with bedding and window treatments.


I've since removed the pillow closest to the camera (too much pattern and distraction - less is more) and moved the yellow polka shams behind the navy floral pillows (photo update soon).

And below you can catch a glimpse of the window treatments that were installed - more awesome pattern which led me to remove that pillow in the front.


Back to the dresser...I bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from Phantastic Phinds (woo-hoo - took me forever to finally purchase but once PP starting stocking the paint I knew it was meant to be) because I knew it would be a huge time saver for me (no sanding or priming needed).

Pure White was the choice for paint colors - classic and neutral - and will transition well into another room or home.

Here are some Instagram photos that I took over the weekend:

Getting ready...


Details are starting to come alive...:)  This photo below is one coat. I ended up doing 2 coats. You see how some of the dark wood is stilling showing through? I like that and I'm embracing the look.


Line 'em up! (I might add it was a gorgeous fall day here in PA and perfect painting weather - although some nasty little gnats would occasionally stick to the paint).


And yes, I decided to leave the hardware as is...what do you think? I really didn't love it on the existing stained dresser, but I think it looks mighty pretty against the white - perfect patina.

I did 2 coats of Pure White and 1 coat of the clear wax. I'm still getting the hang of the wax but overall I'm thrilled with the result.

I also have the dark wax and contemplated trying it out but I like it just the way it is right now. Anyone who has tried ASCP - what do you think about trying the dark wax on this?


Reveal of the monster dresser hopefully to come soon...lighting is so tricky in our master bedroom that it's going to be a matter of finding the right time and light.

And I can't end this post without including this from our weekend...


Can you smell it? A new cheese steak place opened in our town and it was DELICIOUS. Cheesesteak, fried onions - that's Whiz on there too. Steve got American and also thoroughly enjoyed his. Oh and we also had a side of fries that were perfectly seasoned, and S had hot dog which she ate the entire thing - must have been good.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and let's do this Monday thing.  :)

21 comments:

  1. Oh wow as if I wasn't drooling enough over that new paint job- you had to go and show a pregnant girl that picture of a cheese steak!!

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  2. Yes!! This is so exciting, Holly!! I'm so glad you posted about this. The dresser is looking beautiful, can't wait to see it all done. The white definitely does wonders for it and the hardware. I'm totally for leaving the original hardware if it looks good with the new paint, which yours does!! I'm psyched you actually took the leap and bought the chalk paint and are getting it done! So jealous, but this will be motivation for me:) That's an online retailer, right? Did you compare prices anywhere else? Is that a special kind of brush? How much paint did you order to have enough to do the dresser? I seriously want to get started painting something/anything, so I'm looking for any and all tips/help, etc. Was the chalk paint hard to get used to? Woo hoo, go girl!!

    PS. I miss real Philly cheese steaks:(

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    1. There are stores throughout the US that sell ASCP, but here in the Philadelphia area there were only 2 stores both of which were about an hour away from me, so when Phantastic Phinds started selling it I couldn't resist (they are only 10 minutes from me - trouble!) I didn't price shop at all - I was all about getting it easily and getting the dresser done. The paint was really easy to use and goes on really well, and surprisingly I only used 1/2 quart on the dresser. The paint comes in quart quanities. I did buy the ASCP brush which they recommend using. There is a lot of great info online about techniques and trouble-shooting, so when the time comes do a little reading (and ask me of course even though I'm no expert whatsoever) but you'll love it Sarah.

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    2. Awesome! Thanks, Holly! Wow, only a 1/2 quart on the dresser?! That's great, good to hear! I think I found one shop around here (well, in Boston) that sells it..still haven't decided if I want to try Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint yet though. I will probably get the special brush too, might as well do it right;)

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  3. What a great way to give that piece a facelift! The white was a good choice and I think it looks great as is especially with the original hardware. Your nedroom is really looking great!

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  4. Oh Holly, what a great piece! The perfect complement to your new room. It's looking so great, wish I was as far along as you are! And, now I'm hungry. :)

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  5. You're inspiring me friend, I haven't tried AS paint yet, but have a piece I'm not excited about sanding and priming, so hopefully soon! Your dresser has great bones, and that hardware looks amazing on the white. It's all coming together so nicely!

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  6. Hey Holly...we are on the same page this week! I just posted about buying my first ASCP products and am currently trying it out on a few small things before I tackle the antique dresser awaiting its makeover! Today I finished an item with the Dark Wax over French Linen paint...and I like the look! Check out my post...

    http://elegantnest.blogspot.com/2012/10/ascpwhat-cant-it-do_15.html

    and maybe try out your Dark Wax on something small first to see if it's for you!

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  7. Mmmm...cheesesteaks! Oh do I miss Philly! Sounds like you had the perfect weekend - refurbishing furniture and eating cheesesteaks! You have a really nice piece there, Holly and I like where you're going with this. So, are you using the wax to achieve a glossy look? And, what is dark wax? What is the difference?

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    1. The clear wax basically seals your paint after you're finished. It does give it a slightly darker look but it dries lighter. After using the clear waxy, I could sand and do another coat of clear, or I could sand and do some of the dark to achieve a different look. The dark wax is basically used to achieve a more antiqued look if you will, but I saw those affects coming through without using it (I suppose since my piece was darker to begin with).

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  8. Hooray!!! You tackled the beast and it's looking great. I love the vintage, antique feel of the hardware too. I've never tried ASCP, so no advice on the wax. Thanks for the cheesesteak pic too...now that's all I can think about and they are impossible to find out here. Hope you are well!

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  9. That is a beautiful dresser and I love the hardware as is. Just posted a dresser makeover myself - but I went in another direction with a high gloss blue. Also just tried ASCP over the weekend. I may be the only one but I didn't love it. After two coats the finish was still streaky - and I'm not going for that antiquey distressed look.

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  10. Hey Holly! Do you not love how easy it is to paint with ASCP? We've ditched latex entirely in favor of ASCP for my business because we'd rather not prime and put five coats on to cover up. Things get done so much faster and the finish is more durable, in my opinion.
    I've never used the ASCP dark wax, but Lane just did and told me that it turned the entire piece beige and she had to paint it again. She recommends another brand like Bri Wax in walnut, because it's not as dark. But I suppose she could tell you this!
    Anyway, that dresser is looking great. It is so awesome to give something old and sturdy some new life!
    Camille

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  11. Yay, yay, YAY! I'm so happy for you, Holly! Your dresser looks amazing... Can't wait for the full reveal. I think it looks perfect as is, especially with the hardware. I wouldn't use the dark wax on this piece... But if you do, you need to wipe it off very quickly, because ASCP dark wax is intense. A tiny, tiny amount goes a very long way! It's great, but you seriously don't need much for it to make a difference. Your bedroom is coming together so nicely... You're inspiring me to get back at mine!

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  12. Holly, the dresser if looking fantastic. I don't have any experience with ASCP, but I'm sure whatever you decide to do about the wax will look great. Seeing those cheesesteaks made me hungry. Time for an afternoon snack!

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  13. Holly, the dresser is looking beautiful! I can't wait to see the reveal!

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  14. I have not tried ASCP but have thought about it. Give the wax a try if you are not quite set on it without or I would say live with it for a while before waxing. I know that would mean bringing it all out again to do the work. I love the contrast now with the hardware in their original state- definitely a pop.

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  15. Hey Holly - glad you finally got the paint! I love the dresser and it looks so refreshed in pure white. I would dark wax over the pure white. It looks so fresh and clean and the dark wax will really aged it maybe even give it a dingy look. And that hardware just pops! Nice job - can't wait for the reveal!

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  16. I've never used ASCP but I've heard such good things! I can't wait to see the transformation!

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  17. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint on my sons desk and I liked the way it went on and covered, but not too sure about the wax finish. I love that you kept the hardware. It seems that for a while everyone was switching out hardware. Yours looks great and something you might find at Anthropologie...except yours is original!

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  18. I'm really excited to see the reveal on this! I've heard nothing but good things about Annie Sloan chalk paint, but have yet to try it. Your project looks really great so far, and kudos to you for tackling it!

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