Monday, July 19, 2010

The Practice Dresser

My sweet husband came home with this dresser that someone was throwing out and I was thrilled. Some of you might be wondering why a beat up old dresser with a missing drawer would make me so happy. Well, as some of you know I have been working on perfecting my paint spraying technique and I wanted to practice on something with drawers.

I removed a bunch of stickers that were stuck all over the top and sides and got it all cleaned up before I got to the fun part.

 My hardware cleaning station.

I was painting my dining room chairs white at the same time so white it was for the dresser. I distressed this piece quite a bit because it was already worn on the edges so I went with the shabby look.

All the original hardware was there.

The basket is from Ikea.


Now I feel ready to do some painting for a friend. I'm posting this on Craigslist to see if anyone is in need of a dresser with a basket for a drawer...you never know.


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91 comments:

  1. Darling. Job well done. Wishing I was that friend you were going to paint for :-)

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  2. That looks fantastic! Good work. The basket was the perfect replacement for that missing drawer. I bet someone will scoop it up!

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  3. I love it!!! My first thought was to put a basket where the missing drawer is! Perfect. Love the distressed look.

    xoxo
    Janie

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  4. I can't stand it...this is beautiful!! Love the basket.

    -Rene

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  5. yes yes YES! Love it, turned out so nicely! What a creative (and clever!) touch, exchanging the bottom drawer with a basket. Great job!

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  6. What a GREAT job Londen. I would say, practice has made perfect. It is absolutely adorable.

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  7. Love it! Good eye from your husband to nab it for you.

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  8. Londen, It looks amazing! If I lived closer I would take it off your hands!!! Have a great week.

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  9. It turned out so nice. I love it.

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  10. So cute and I would be ecstatic if I found this on Craigslist :)

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  11. This dresser redo turned out beautifully and I can't believe someone was throwing this out! Whoever gets this on Craigslist will be happy for sure! Pam @ Sallgoodin

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  12. I love it! You are so creative to think about putting a basket in it. I can not believe that someone was going to throw that away. What a great find by your hubby...you guys must be a good team!
    My sister from paintingtheroseswhite.com and I recently purchased very similar ones from a second hand shop. We will post our transformations soon.
    P.S. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

    Jessica

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  13. How could you not keep this lovely for yourself? The basket is a perfect addition. I do believe you have become a master painter! You should consider placing it in a consignment shop and get a good price for it. Gorgeous!

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  14. Okay...he wins good husband of the month award. Mine would have turned around and pretended not to see it! It turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I wish I lived closer i'd be over to buy it in a heartbeat. Great Job you did. Love the basket...that was a good idea.
    Amy

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  15. That is gorgeous! I keep hoping to run across something similar for my kitchen. I want one so I can store linens in the drawers and the kids art supplies (since they always end up in the kitchen) in the basket.

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  16. it looks adorable! i love the basket in it, too! i would buy it. so glad your husband saved it from the landfill!

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  17. Fantastic! A great experiment of sorts, and now you can cash in on it too? Of course I love the basket in place of the drawer too... Great curb find!

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  18. Thank you everyone for the sweet encouragement, it means a lot!
    Londen

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  19. Great job! I'm always amazed at what a different paint can make. This is beautiful!
    Sharlotte

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  20. Seriously so cute!
    Nice work, girl! :)
    ~Shelley
    houseofsmiths.blogspot.com

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  21. Perfect, it turned out wonderful. Love the basket at the bottom! Cool idea.

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  22. How could someone have been throwing out such a nice bureau? Oh, wait...if people didn't throw out great stuff, what would the dumpster divers do?
    What a great husband to bring that home and you did a super job. I would be happy to give that piece a home...if I had the room.

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  23. That is so cute. I can't believe what some people throw away. It looks like you've got your spraying technique down. Want to come over and play with my HVLP and help me out???

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  24. OH MY GOODNESS I am not even lying when I say that this may be my favorite furniture transformation I've seen to date! My sister even called to tell me about it! I Think it looks even better with the basket and no drawer!
    ps-thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  25. This turned out just fabulous. I would love it in my room! The basket is just perfect. I

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  26. It looks fantastic and what a great idea with the basket!!

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  27. That's amazing. I guess you've mastered the spray gun. I called a furniture painter to see how much it would cost to have my son's dresser done and he quoted me $800! Thanks, but no thanks. Maybe he wasn't really interested in helping me, lol. What happened to that awesome settee you found??? Love that. xoxo

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  28. It's really cute! It would be a great piece for a guest bedroom.

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  29. RLG, wow $800.00!! That is crazy! My settee is sitting up in the rafters of the garage waiting to be reupholstered. One quote I got was for $700.00 before my fabric cost. Sadly, there are other projects in line before that gets done.

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  30. brilliant! you will sell this before you know it!
    if i wasn't so lazy i would snatch it up in a
    heartbeat. :)

    what a sweet husband to know just what you
    wanted.

    blessings,
    lea

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  31. I love it, clever idea for the drawer!

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  32. Londen, this is gorgeous! You are a pro with the sprayer! What a transforamtion from the dark wood. I love all the detail to the dresser and the basket adds just the right touch. I would buy this in a heart beat! What a treasure your husband brought home, too.

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  33. This is most impressive. Reminds me of something on the blog "Life in the Fun Lane." You know she has a whole business doing that stuff, right?

    It would be an adorable piece in a nursery.

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  34. I love how you refurbished this chest. The basket in the bottom is genious to replace the missing drawer.

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  35. The dresser looks fabulous!! You're going to sell this baby in a heartbeat... wouldn't it be hilarious if the person who dumped the dresser wanted it back?!! : )

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  36. You have done a fantastic job! I love the basket and the distressed look..

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  37. Gorgeous!! I love it even more without that bottom drawer!

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  38. Wow looks great! You can certainly sell this on Craig's List!

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  39. Oh my goodness, that is GORGEOUS! I love, love, love the basket in the bottom drawer. You can't even tell that is the same dresser!

    Hey, I found you over at the Shabby Nest's "Frugal Friday." I link up to that party pretty often too. So glad I found you. Happy new follower here : )

    Lots of love,
    Laura

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  40. I’m hosting a linky party today - just for thrifty finds!! Come link up!

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided. -
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/

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  41. You never stop amazing me!!! WOW! What a transformation!! Would love to see it in person.
    Heather

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  42. I love it! Awesome job--it's just beautiful!

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  43. Love that dresser and you did an amazing job transforming it! Good for you that you are going to try and sell it! I love creativity turned business. Hope you go for it! Glad you stopped by and I am trying to get back into the swing of things...checking in! Honestly haven't been blogging and especially after what happened to Marija I haven't really been up for it. So sad....Have a wonderful day and good luck!

    jamilyn

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  44. It looks fantastic! How brilliant to stage it with the basket.

    XO
    Lenore

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  45. Great job, I love the white!!!

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  46. I love this! Wish I lived close by and I'd be buying it!
    Brenda

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  47. Wow!
    I super love this dresser!
    Wonderful Job!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  48. WOW, I love the dresser and the basket is perfect. I wish I had a daughter as creative as you!!! OH WAIT, I DO!!!

    Love, Mere

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  49. Ooh la la I love it!! Bravo, looks like you have your technique down.
    Happy Friday.
    T

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  50. Great makeover on this piece...hop over and show her off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY...hope to see you there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  51. FREE!! Get out! That's so stunning! It looks very much like the dresser I did for my daughter's room! I'm sure someone will snatch it up on CL. I know I would!

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  52. Seriously why couldn't I live closer...this is such a beautiful dresser which I am in the look out for, glad I found your through Life in the fun lane...great job!

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  54. I LOVE this dresser (obviously not the only one)! It looks great with the basket! Why wouldn't you want to keep it for yourself???? I wish you lived closer, so I could buy it off of you (lol). ;o)
    Have a geat week!
    ~ Jo

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  55. The dresser is very cute. The basket idea was genius! Looks great.

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  56. I'm so happy that you came to my PARTY...hope you are having a FUN time!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  57. Geez, heck of a 'practice run'!! It looks fabulous! I just love that fresh white.

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  58. Very cute. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

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  59. I love it! And the basket is perfect! ... First time on your blog. Looking forward to reading more!

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  60. Wow, that looks great. The basket fits perfectly in there. Such great details on it too. Did you ever sell it?

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  61. Anita, I did sell it! I'm really excited to get a few more pieces done.

    I really appreciate all the wonderful feedback!
    Londen
    xo

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  62. Just fabulous! Love the basket you popped in there ~ great idea!

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  63. LOVE this!! You did a beautiful job!

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  64. What a beautiful transformation. The detail really shows up with the white paint. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Cute! you should link this up to my upcycled Awesome linky party! http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled7

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  66. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I love the carved details and the original hardware. The missing drawer with the basket gives it an extra wink of character! Love it.

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  67. Congratualations on being the #1 pick at CSI! Your dresser is AWESOME! I don't know that I would have seen such beauty in the initial piece! It turned out lovely!
    www.threepixielane.blogspot.com

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  68. SOOOOO pretty! I would have never thought to add the basket, but it looks like it was supposed to go with it!

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  69. Congrats on winning this week's CSI Challenge. That dresser is too good for C.L. I think you should put it on eBay and watch the bidding war ;-).

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  70. WOW, I wouldn't have thought to place a cute basket where the missing drawer would have gone!! Your husband has a great eye!!

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  71. Ummmm...that is totally fantastic! So nice to meet you!

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  72. Londen, this turned out fabulous! Craigs List? You're not in NJ are you?

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  73. This is fabulous! I absolutely love it! Did you use spray paint cans or a sprayer? The basket was a great idea, I have done that in my bedroom too!

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  74. very well done, this project should be copied by all of us, what a great addition to any home, Luv it!

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  75. CHARMING! I love it.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  76. That is really gorgeous, and I love the basket in it!

    Cindy

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  77. Margaret, I used a paint sprayer for this. Thank you!

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  78. i am stunned that someone would throw this away!!! it's beautiful!!!!

    cindy

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  79. londen, you know i love this one! and apparently so does the rest of blogland- holy comments, batman! thanks so much for joining my first party!

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  80. I seriously want this in my house! Great job!

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  81. Great job! That looks awesome! Were you able to sell it on Craigslist? :)

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