February 27, 2012

Heading out of my Comfort Zone: Two-Toned Dresser Redo

It's been a day.

And most definitely a monday.
Sorry this post is getting up so late...
Just a bajillion little things that led to having no time to sit down and chat it up here.
Until now :)

I've been dying to share my newest furniture redo with you guys and see what you think.
I'm pretty used to keeping it simple and within my 'comfortable' color schemes.
So I was excited to go outside my comfort zone and go in a different direction than I usually do.

A friend of mine offered me this dresser when her parents were moving and getting rid of some of their childhood stuff.
This dresser had seen better days so it came to live in my garage :)

Check it out...

So this guy hung around a bit until the weather finally allowed for some good painting to happen.
It took a bit for inspiration to hit but thanks to the back-up I got from my Facebook friends,
I decided to go with the beautiful grey I picked up at Habitat for five bucks.

I love the slatted design on the tops and sides.
And the grey was the perfect, silky hue for it.

While the first coat dried, I played with the hardware.
Changing the hardware wasn't much of an option for this piece considering I would have to do something about the giant holes that they live in if I did.
So I stuck with the original pieces.

The color scheme I had in my head didn't scream oil-rubbed bronze.
So I decided to just glaze the original brass.
It ended up with a nice worn look that I loved!

I used some black acrylic paint, brushed it on, and then gently wiped it off.
I didn't really wipe it off much to leave the look I wanted.
Once it dried, it was good to go.

Want to see the difference?

This is where I strayed off my normal path.
Usually, I'd go all one gorgeous color, maybe some distressing and glaze.
Or possibly some white accenting.

But I really liked the idea of keeping some of the wood color around.
But I wasn't head-over-heels in love with the color of the original wood.

So I decided to tape off the middle insets of the drawers after I painted them.
I painted the edges the grey color and then used painters tape to tape off the middle part.

I did let the grey paint dry overnight to keep it from lifting the paint right off though.

Here's where these guys came into play...
some of my favorite go-to helpers to get the job done :)

I used the pre-stain conditioner to prep the wood after I gave it a good sanding.
Then I brushed on my dark walnut mixwax stain.

Here it is after a couple of coats:

So I did something crazy here.

Bear with me.

I decided that even with the walnut stain, it wasn't giving me quite the rubbed aged look I was going for.
I stomped around a bit trying to decide what was bothering me and then it hit me.

Umm. My favorite thing in the world.
It needed glaze.
(that was my internal monologue in case you were wondering)

I brushed the glaze on and I was in love.
Head over heels love.

Now, I'm not going to go crazy and do this on every piece from now on, but it was the perfect touch that this guy needed :)

Go ahead.
Check out the difference for yourself and tell me it didn't make it look a bazillion times better!

I popped the drawers back in, took my sander to it for a few minutes to give it a good distressing then sealed it with a protective wax to give it a buttery, satin feel.

Check him out now!!!!

Isn't he soooo good-looking??

I admit, I was nervous there for a bit about how it was going to really turn out but it looks so much better in reality than it did in my head!!!

Don't you love it when that happens??

And just in case you need another glimpse of it's humble beginning, here's a quick reminder...

I'm in love with him.
And I hope someone else is too because, sadly, we don't have room for him in our house.

So he'll be finding a new, fabulous home to live in :)
(Why is it a he?? Really. Who knows. It's how I picture it.)

So spill it you guys.
I'm anxious to hear what you think about my newest venture.

Loving the two-toned or is it not quite your cup of tea??

I have a ton more furniture redos coming up so gear up :)
And I hope you're as happy as I am that Monday is finally over and we're that much closer to spring break!!

Love you guys :)

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  1. I love it!! I think that totally works on this piece to do it 2-toned! Great job!

  2. I adore it!! I am LOVING the wood-with-white look these days. I have big plans for my boys room to be done in that style. I would SO love a dresser just like that for their room! FABULOUS job!

  3. Awesome job! I love the two tone look, the wood grain is beautiful!

  4. OMG...GORGEOUS! You did an amazing job!!

  5. I love it! I love two toned furniture!

  6. looks good! I'm your newest linky follower! Would love you to come follow me back at

  7. Hi! I'm dropping by from Tip Junkie's linky party~! I gotta say this is a really pretty way to transform a dresser! I definitely love two-toned furniture, but I know what you mean from straying away from your comfort zone... you picked two great colours to experiment with! :D

    -jane @

  8. OMGoodness!! It looks AWESOME!! And the glaze made all the difference!! :)

  9. Love it! Great job! Did you mix the glaze or just use it straight up on the drawers buy the way? I would love for you to come to my linky party happening now and link up - I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. I adore dark wood and white together--thanks for linking up!

  11. This is incredible, Kelsey!! I love the two tones. You are a furniture re-do queen! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  12. Just featured this in my Sunday Wrap-up! Woot, woot!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love the two gives it a lot of dimension!

  14. I adore two-toned furniture! It has so much more depth and interest.

    Fabulous job!!!


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