Monday, August 16, 2010

The Beginning

If you have been reading along for a while you know I've been working with my paint sprayer. I got some painting time in this weekend and you know what? I've got it down my friends. I am excited to be starting something that I love to do, making over vintage and antique furniture.

Here is the dresser I worked on this weekend. It was rough and in need of some love but I liked the shape and size.


My husband picked it up for me after I found it on Craigslist. Am I the only untrusting person who won't go to a strangers house to buy something?


I used white paint again, boring I know, but I do think this dresser looks good in white. It also wanted to be distressed, so I sanded the edges. Next time I will be ready to try out some color.

Are you loving the legs?

 I also gave the existing pink hardware a makeover. I used two different kinds of spray paint to get the look I wanted.


I used the black chalkboard paint as a base coat and then went back and forth with the metallic until I was happy.


This is the first piece of furniture I bought with the intention to makeover and sell. This is just the beginning...

I'm playing along with the CSI Project this week. Check it out, it's a lot of fun.
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46 comments:

  1. Oh I love it, it looks fantastic! I love white, wish that more of my furniture was white.

    I too won't go to anyone's house when I find things on Criagslist, or even show my face when we sell something. The hubs does all the leg work, goes to get things, and we take items outside to the driveway prior to people showing up to see our sale goods. It sorta sux that we have to be so suspicious these days, but, better safe than sorry!

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  2. looks amazing! serendipitous! can't wait to see more of your projects...

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  3. It looks fantastic!!!! I love it!!!

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  4. The dresser looks fantastic! I love how the hardware came out. What a fun new venture for you. I am with you, Craigslist creeps me out, but there are some great deals!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  5. Londen- let me first say THANK YOU for putting the pulls on right side up.... i see French pulls upside down all the time and it is such a pet peeve... especially if it's someone who refinishies furniture and still puts it on wrong! and also, i LOVE it i especially love how you handled the hardware- it looks fantastic!

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  6. What a great idea for the hardware! Looks beautiful!
    Lisa

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  7. Londen are you starting a new business of refurbishing furniture? How cool? do you have a garage or basement you can claim for workspace? I think of doing it but you need space, a truck or SUV at least...I'm staying tuned!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the handles!

    ~mary~

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  9. incredible. so excited for you. xoxo

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  10. This sounds like such an exciting opportunity for you. The dresser looks like perfection. Please share stories on how everything goes. Are you painting outside?

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  11. What a cute dresser!! Great fix up you've done!

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  12. Amy, yes this is the start of my business. I have been painting outside but will have a painting station in my garage. I will have a couple months of downtime in the winter because our winters are so cold. Who knows, maybe I will have a warehouse to work in someday.

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  13. Oooh, it's lovely!!! I really like what you did with the drawer pulls. Much better. You have a really cute blog...I'm going to have to go look around. :) Visiting from The CSI Project! :)

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  14. It looks great Londen, love the white and your combo for the hardware is perfect!

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  15. PS- I don't think I would ever go to someone's house alone to pick up furniture so no, you're not alone. ;)

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  16. Looks great! I have no spray paint skills, it always runs or bubbles. I'm glad you have it down! Good luck in your new endeavor!

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  17. I am stopping by from the CSI Project Challenge! I did a chandelier. I have also purchased a whole set of the same furniture for $60 and the intention of painting and selling. I am scared no one will like what I do but I am taking a chance!

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  18. WOW! you are REAAAAL good at that. so impressed. and no, you're not the only one. i wont even open the door if my husband isn't home :)

    glad i found your blog!

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  19. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to do that to something in the new little house! I have switched the colors to gray and white. This will look perfect! Thank you so very much for your comment on mt blog!!! I am back!
    Thank you!
    Kristin

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  20. That is just gorgeous! I really need to remind myself to pick up some of that metallic paint. I have a brass lamp that I need to paint.

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  21. looks great what a find! the shape is soooo pretty and the drawer pulls looks much better!
    come check me out im doing a giveaway

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  22. Londen, I do believe you are big-time in business! The dresser looks totally fantastic and I can't wait to see the next works of art!

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  23. I love the dresser! I am also afraid to go to strangers houses by myself. If my husband can't come with me I will not buy it.

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  24. The hardware paint is inspired. I love the finish. And also, I love white furniture. It's so crisp.

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  25. really nice job. what a great idea on the hardware!
    i am using cl to sell right now. it's my first time using it and it freaks me out a little, too!

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  26. It turned out so pretty! This is my favorite type of furniture. I have it in my bedroom. So romantic.

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  27. Love it! I like how you reused the hardware. Such a good idea!

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  28. Londen, it's beautiful! I love it in the white with the metallic pulls. The white suits this piece well with the French lines to it. You have mastered your sprayer!

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  29. I love it! I've been thinking about painting our old dresser so this is great motivation. And you absolutely crack me up- you write the way I think: "the dresser also WANTED to be distressed"... like the furniture is choosing its fate! Too cute. Keep up the great posts! :)

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  30. It turned out great! You did a wonderful job. And no I send my husband to pick up my craiglist items too....once he had to travel over an hour and a half (us girls can just never be to careful). But of course it was the perfect item that I needed! :) Hope you are having a great week.

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  31. This turned out wonderful! I love the white with the hardware -- it looks perfect! Great job!!

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  32. The dresser is truly a beauty.
    You're right it looks so good in white!
    You are so clever!!
    I love the handles and the beautiful legs

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  33. You did a beautiful job with your dresser.

    Thanks for stopping by my place. Blessings to you.

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  34. Great job. It looks gorgeous. And I'm with you, I feel a bit strange to go alone to someone's house who I don't know!

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  35. I am so impressed! She's gorgeous and I love the hardware. By the way, I would NEVER go to a stranger's house either, not even for furniture :). Definitely send hubby.

    -Rene

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  36. it looks gorgeous.

    you are going to start selling furniture??? good for you!

    i'm sure you've heard of mybluesofa.com. where you can list pieces for sale. check it out, if you haven't.

    your flower garden bouquet is simply stunning. there's something about flowers from your own yard that top any floral designer's work any day. well, at least for me.

    take care & have a great weekend.
    kellie

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  37. Londen, Londen, Londen. Are you sure you won't move to Cali? I just want to be neighbors really bad. I want to use your paint sprayer and take your completed projects off your hands and teach you how to sew. And then I want us to start a boutique together. Really bad. Whatdayasay?

    This dresser is great! You have definitely perfected your technique, though frankly, I've thought every one of your projects looks perfect. I'm so with you on the craigslist thing. We sold quite a few things on craigslist during a purge phase a while back and I made my husband drive each item to the grocery store parking lot to meet anyone who wanted to look at something. I'm too scared to go pick anything up.

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  38. so pretty! i won't go to people's houses alone or same thing with someone coming to mine! good luck selling it!

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  39. I have that exact dresser, I think. I'd love to re-do it, but I don't know what to do with the glossy top. If yours had that veneer (that I don't think can be sanded, painted, etc.), what did you do with it?

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  40. what a huge improvement! i think you will
    be a prosperous furniture renovator!

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