Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Touch of Masculine {with a soft side}

 I think I picked a beauty to share with you today!
My friend Karlye texted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would redo a dresser.
Of course, I said yes!
But then she came over with this gorgeous antique beauty.
Wow was about all I could think!
How lucky was I to get to work on this?!?
For this piece, I wanted to do something just a little masculine.
The chest of drawers, without the mirror attached, just seemed to call for it.
And the piece was originally going to be a surprise gift for Karlye's Dad.
So masculine certainly seemed to fit the bill.

She and I both knew we wanted to stain some of it.
The wood itself was a little too gorgeous to cover up!
But, since it was such a wonderful piece, I also wanted to give it a little umph!
Something more than just stain. 
I  immediately though of ASCP Coco.
I love it when used with dark aging wax.
So I sanded down the trim on all four sides in order to restain those areas.
This piece also had peeling and warped veneer on the top that I decided to take off. I could tell the wood underneath the veneer would look great with some dark stain. So I set to work.
Thankfully, it came off fairly easily.
Sometimes that's a super difficult job and absolutely no fun at all!

Here's the chest sanded and restained.
I did not sand the inset areas or the drawer fronts, as I knew I would be using chalk paint there anyway.
Here's a picture of the Coco on those insets.
No wax yet...
And same with the drawers. Just paint, no wax...
 This is a close up of the drawer with distressing and wax.
Love that it has the keyhole too! :)
The side with distressing and wax...
 I chose Minwax stain in Jacobean because it's really pretty dark and I wanted dark for this piece. 

Once I had the body done, I got out the mirror.
I sanded the base for that and restained it.
Then I painted the mirror frame in Coco.
I'm loving how it turned out!
Somewhere along the line, Karlye's Dad found out about the project and he told Karlye that she could keep the Chest of Drawers.
Lucky girl!
Once I found that out, I knew I wanted to do something a little feminine with the drawer knobs.
I decided to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to look at their awesome selection of knobs and pulls.
I saw these and knew they would be perfect.
The white gives the piece just a little pop of color and yet coordinates so nicely with the Coco and dark stain.
And the dark chocolate swirls are just the perfect feminine touch for this piece!
I also bought this little birdie candleholder when I was there.
It's so delicate and my favorite color.
I just couldn't resist! :)

I think this piece turned out just how I had envisioned...
masculine with a soft side. 
I hope you've enjoyed seeing this great chest of drawers today.

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  1. Wow! The dresser is amazing! You made great decisions about how to restore it.

  2. Beautiful piece and your refinishing made it even more gorgeous! Thanks for joining TTF this week.


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  4. Wow! Love the finished look.

  5. It turned out beautifully! LOVE those knobs. :)

  6. You were able to keep its antique charm and I think that is great! It is really pretty. Visiting from Sweet and Simple Fridays.

  7. Beautiful! What a nice pieces of furniture! Love it!


  8. Thats a beautiful dressser. what a great redo! thanks for joining at TTF.

  9. Very pretty, and the masculine touches really set it off as well as the contrast of the sweet knobs. Love it.

  10. What a beautiful piece:) Thanks for sharing at the Cabin's BUDGET DECORATING PARTY!

  11. This is AMAZING! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing on Pin Hop Monday!


  12. I am a first time crafter, do you have any tips or a how-to guide on how to restore & stain an old desk? anything would be much appreciated. you're awesome!

    1. I really can't answer you back very well, so I'm hoping you'll check back to see my reply. I'd be happy to chat with you. My email button is the third widget down on the right sidebar. :)

  13. Denise! What a beautiful piece-very, very nice.

    Thanks so much for taking the time this week to link your post to our BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday. xo Sharon and Denise

  14. We just loved your post and your blog and we're so glad to have you join us at our One Sharendipity Place Link-up Party this past weekend!! It has been so much fun finding your site and others like yours out there!! We hope you'll join us again this weekend!!
    Thanks again & God bless,
    Sue @ thet2women.com

  15. Wonderful transformation. I thought I would be disappointed since I was expecting turquoise to show up, but I love it!

  16. Beautifully done Denise. It looks perfect with the stained and painted timber too. Thank you for sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday.

  17. What a great dresser redo. Love the combinations you did and the knobs look so great with it.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  18. Jaw drooping, drool worthy gorgeous Denise! Thanks for sharing your dresser makeover at the party this week! I am featuring it on my Facebook page and I have pinned it to the You're Gonna Love It board on Pinterest :-)

  19. I love this style and the re-do is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  20. I love it! Very chic. Visiting from Project Inspired. :)

  21. This piece is yummy!!!! Love the look...what a fabulous job you did! Thanks for sharing! hugs...

  22. Love this pretty dresser and the personality you gave to it!
    ♥ Jil

  23. What a fun piece!! Love your creative style! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday Link Party!
    So glad to have found you, love your blog!!!

  24. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  25. Hi... just stopping by to let you know you have been featured at One More Time Events. Thank you for sharing and hope you can make it again this week http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/06/share-it-one-more-timefeatures-and-party.html

  26. Ummm can I just say its G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S?! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME! Shared on G+ plus I'm featuring it tomorrow. xoxo

  27. What a beautiful color combination and those pretty little knobs were the perfect touch!

  28. It's perfect!! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. I love your dresser and am including it in my group of favorites from last week's Project Inspire{d} linky party. Thanks for sharing!

  30. AWESOME!

    You were FEATURED on the BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop. Congratulations.

    See the post http://bit.ly/10MK99D.
    Get an I Was Featured button http://bit.ly/11S2wN1.

    The BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday party starts at midnight tonight and runs through next Saturday and we hope to see you there. Tell your friends.

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

  31. It is stunning. Excellent job!
    Thanks for sharing at the party!

  32. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. We hope to see you at this weeks party starting at 8:00PM tonight.
    Debi and Charly

  33. This is a beauty, Denyse. Love the lines and the knobs - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  34. Darlin' You never cease to amaze me! I love this dresser. Where do you find such great treasures? I guess this being a friends you didn't get to keep it but you did an amazing job! I love the cute little metal bird too :) The perfect addition! Thanks so much for linking up with me @ Great Idea Thursday's! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  35. Beautiful work! You are a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Featuring your fabulous dresser. Thanks so much for linking up at the Wildly Original link party.


    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!


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