Monday, September 6, 2010

Making Big Boy Furniture Last

I recently painted a couple of dressers for a friend. It was her husband's furniture when he turned five! To be honest, I wasn't sure if they would look any better after painting them and adding hardware.

Here are a few before pictures...


Do you see how the drawers overlap the cabinet? That will help explain the next picture.


Because of that, the drawers needed to be removed and wrapped like presents before I could paint them. If I didn't wrap them, the overspray from the sprayer would have been all over the sides and insides of the drawers. This was my husband's idea and it worked perfectly.

Let us get one more look at the orange finish shall we?


I think the big impact for these dressers is the hardware. They didn't have any their whole life until now.


For the long one, I put all the pulls on and didn't love it. So I used wood filler and filled the newly drilled holes so I could use the glass pulls on the top three drawers.


I think the glass pulls make all the difference on both dressers.


So what do you think? Big boy furniture making a comeback? ;)

Linking to metamorphosis monday Mustard Seed Creations Fresh-coat-friday

36 comments:

  1. Great job and I'm loving the color! I am so into grey these days!

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  2. Beautiful! You have a sprayer??!! I am so impressed! Your friend is going to love them! {Great color by the way!}

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  3. i think you're brilliant! i love the grey lacquer with
    the glass pulls. so sophisticated yet comfy.

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  4. Absolutely amazing, as usual!!

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  5. They look great! And you're right, the hardware makes all the difference in the world. Without the glass knobs, it might look a bit too "office furniturey" but with them they look totally modern! What a great way to reuse a piece of furniture with so much family history!

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  6. They look great! Fabulous job!

    I didn't see your friend at the Flea on Sunday...maybe she didn't make it?? I didn't have much left, just a handful of pieces so maybe she just didn't see what she was looking for so didn't introduce herself...anyway thanks for the referral! ;o)

    ~mary~

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  7. Love the color. Fabulous job! Love the added hardware, and the glass pulls. :-)

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  8. What a nice friend you are! They look fab - great job!

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  9. way to class up the place. they look great.

    ~janet

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  10. WOW! what a transformation. it looks wonderful painted and with hardware. the color is fab, too, but you know i love me some gray!

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  11. fab job! inspired pull and paint choices

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  12. Im loving the color! They look fabulous:)

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  13. Oh very nice! That hardware must have cost you a fortune but it sure looks good!

    XO
    Lenore

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  14. Thanks Lenore, my friend bought all the hardware for them.

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  15. These are fabulous Londen- great job!!

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  17. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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  18. Awesome job Londen! I just love the hardware. I have been looking at some just like that for when I redo my bedroom dresser. Another future project!

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  19. Gosh, what a little paint can do! Looks great!

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  20. Looks wonderful! Good job!

    Judy@cutest-little-things

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  21. I have two of those same tall dressers ... you have inspired me. Time to get some spray paint and hardware! They look amazing!

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  22. FANTASTIC! You are right on it too with the grey, or so the designers tell us! Your package is on the way today...

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  23. I finally have internet!!! Thanks so much for doing such a WONDERFUL job on these dressers! Every time we look at them, we can't believe they are the same "Big Boy" dressers. They came out beautiful and have the smoothest finish ever! Keep that sprayer out...we have plenty more projects for you! :-) Thanks Again!!!

    ~Your Lucky Friend

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  24. Big Boy furniture is making a come back, if it looks like this! I love the color and the hardware! Good Job!

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  25. Looks great! Its so cute that you wrap them like presents - then your unwrapping a present before putting it all together. I use tape and saran wrap - definetely not as exciting lol Have a good weekend!

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  26. I also love the glass hardware. I wish I knew where to find it more inexpensive.

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  27. They look great! I love your choice in hardware. And wrapping the drawers like presents is a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Wow. Amazing. Very 50's retro with a 20's elegance. I don't know how you did it, but you did!!

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  29. Love it! the color is wonderful...when I saw the before photo I would of never guessed it could look so good! great job:)

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  30. Oh it all looks so familiar...ick! Turned out fabulous. Isn't it amazing what some elbow grease and paint will do! Amazing transformation:)

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  31. i LOVVVVVVVVVVE this makeover! I have an old dresser and desk set, and have just been waiting to pull the plug on transforming them. Thanks for the inspiration!

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