Monday, November 29, 2010

back to reality with a turquoise dresser

Back to life... back to reality!

The past week has been glorious.  I really enjoyed the break from real life, especially after the hectic (but wonderful) few days leading up to the break.

But now it is Monday morning, and it's time to face the music :)

Somehow I managed to miss getting a 'before' shot of this piece.  Amazing, since it sat in my garage for at least a month before I got started on it.

You'll just have to imagine it, from these next two pictures...

 the drawers, one primed & the rest not

the body of the piece

closer look at the drawers

the details on this piece are so fun!
 Primed & ready to go

And, the final product...

I am loving these crazy turquoise shades right now.  And on a piece like this, you really can't go wrong with such a fun color.

I started with Martha Stewart's Aegean blue, but it was just too light for me.  So I went over the whole piece in a darker turquoise oops color from HD.  I wanted the lighter color to show through just a bit, which I think I accomplished.

Yes, the pictures are crooked.

If anyone can guess WHY the pictures are crooked, you are a genius!

Have you ever tried to hold a squirming almost 5 week old kitten in your arms while taking pictures?

It results in crooked pictures :)  Sorry!

The light in my dining room is bouncing off of the piece like crazy in these pictures.  See the shadows from the center details?  And on the sides, that is a lamp reflecting off the color.  Crazy.

I used Valspar's antiquing glaze on it after I painted, and Minwax Polyacrylic after that to seal it.

On another note, I hope you are feeling as Thankful during this season as I am :)  I love that we have this time of year to reflect on all of our blessings.

 I got this adorable sign at the Dunwoody Methodist Holiday Show for $10.   I am not a tiny-detail person and looking at all of the perfect details on this, I realize I probably would have paid more than that for this sweet reminder.
It folds up into this little book, isn't it sweet?

I got a few for Christmas, too, and I guess it is time to bring them out.  How can that be?!

Thanks for coming by!

linking to these great parties:
Restore Interiors Restore It Wednesday
Sew Chatty's Made with Love Monday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday

My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell Wednesday
Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday
Cottage Instincts Make it 4 Monday
Stories of a House Project Diaries
Motivate me Monday at Keeping It Simple
The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Mural Makers & More Passion for Paint Party


  1. that is such a fun dresser!!! and now i have that song in my head.... darn you, kathie!

  2. I refuse to come back to reality! I'm still basking in the Thanksgiving glow :) I've decided I'm taking a break until AFTER Christmas! I can't wait to do some other projects... LOVE that piece. The details are precious, and the color is amazing! Great job sista!

  3. A big bold piece in a big bold color - perfect! And I love the photos from your driveway. Looks just like my driveway before it got too cold here. Except for a few pieces that still need poly, I'm finished painting until the new year!

  4. I swear I feel like I've won the lottery when I find a color like that as an OOPS...Looks gorgeous....

    Take care,

  5. That is awesome! Total homerun on taking a huge color gamble.

  6. Gorgeous, your choice in colour is perfect. Love it :)

  7. Wow ... what a POP of colour on this piece! I love all the detail ~ beautiful!

  8. Love it, love it , love it. What a great conversation piece...a real statement! Hugs- Diana

  9. Gorgeous color...looks fantastic!

  10. LOVE the turquoise! You did a great job! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty!

  11. Lovin' the dresser! Wish I had it myself!!

  12. LOVE the color! I have not been brave enough to attempt it but I have seen it everywhere. At market they paired it with lots of orange and lime green for spring. Thanks for sharing it at my party. I think I'm gonna go paint a desk turquoise now!

  13. Wow, look at all that detail! The color is pretty amazing...wonderful job!

  14. Your dresser is gorgeous! I am loving turquoise right now too. I have found it to be a great seller too!

  15. I'm used to seeing turquoise these days (its everwhere!) but I love how yours is so bright and cheery :)

  16. Your turquoise dresser is stunning. I'd be honored if you'd link it up at my party...

    Creative Juice Thursdays!

  17. My first time here. Lovely blog! Your turquoise dresser is amazing, excellent makeover, it looks so polished :D

  18. I love how all the detail shows up on this. So much fun. I am so looking forward to spring when I can paint again.

  19. Great color choice this dresser - I love it! I can just imagine you holding that little kitten trying to take pictures; how fun!