Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mexican Pine turned Shabby Chic

So I have been very fortunate not to have to buy any furniture for our new nursery (besides the crib).  I have been transforming funiture we have around the house to match the nursery decor!


This is a dresser my husband had in his office (which is now the nursery).  We've had it for about 8 years...how it has managed to keep off of my 'transform and make better list' I haven't a clue but her time has come!

This hardware was a booger to remove but I succeeded!!!

If you have hardware attached this way, use plyers and a flat head screwdriver to pry the pieces out of the wood.



Yes, I am painting red over carpet....27 weeks pregnant and a heat index of 111 can do crazy things! Not a drop thank goodness:) I used a semi-gloss latex paint by Behr. I just had the paint guy a Home Depot match it to the red in the bedding. It was a perfect match!





I used my 3M sanding block to scuff up every edge and then followed up with Minwax Dark Mahogany stain to add to the aged look!

Now for my favorite part...the hardware!


I found these super cute large glass knobs at Hobby Lobby.  Unfortunately I needed 5 and at $7.50 each I had to wait until they were on sale.  But I did get them 1/2 off after waiting patiently:)







Before...


After!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
~Ashley

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35 comments:

Brandy said...

Wowza!!! I love this, it's fantastic! I love the read, it gives a completely different look!
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Tales From My Empty Nest said...

The dresser turned out great and I especially love the knobs. So many people have commented on finding great knobs at Hobby Lobby. I want to check out there for knobs to use on a dresser I am re-finishing. Your nursery is going to be so cute. Can't wait to see the finished room. Love & blessings from NC!

mom2marbles said...

wow, that is amazing! LOVE the knobs! great job!

Kristie Clower said...

beautiful. i'm so in awe of your creativity and commitment(27 weeks preggo?!)
awesome job.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love the distressed red & the knobs fit it just perfectly!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I recently did a similar transformation! I love the knobs you chose.
http://redhenhome.blogspot.com/2010/08/im-such-sucker-for-red.html

trish said...

Are you kidding me?! :o) That is so cute!!
Sincerely ~ Tricia
ps. I have a new little button on my blog titled "bartering" and I would love if you dropped by. :o)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a cute piece. I love the color and I would never have dreamed it is the same chest. Love the addition of the glass knobs too. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

- Brittany said...

I am so glad you shared this! I have a very similar dresser and bedroom set in our master. My husband was mortified that I've been thinking about painting our bedroom furniture (all except the bed.) Luckily I have a gifted vanity that will get the split to make two nightstands. No guilty feelings painting that. But, the dresser has kept me undecided. I'm fearful of the vertical size of it and of our two boys trying to climb on it. I should just anchor it to the wall, but I just don't like the size.

Phew, sorry this comment turned into a book. I guess I've been trying to think this through too long. Anyway, love your dresser!

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Shel at Dreamy Nest said...

I love the red! Perfect - and the knobs are gorgeous!

Wendy said...

Great color choice and your waiting for the knobs paid off...they look perfect :)

Cindy said...

Beautiful! I love it.

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

So gorgeous. I'm so excited to see how this entire nursery comes together. I'm loving the unconventional color combo's!
Plus, I feel these colors will "grow" with her (but I have a feeling she'll go through several room revamps in her time! ha!).
Great work :)

ChelseaSalomone said...

WOW! It looks awesome!!

AntiqueChase said...

Looks so much better... painting red over the carpet had me LOL.. something I would do!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Oh very fabulous! Love the big chunky knobs too!

3LittleByrds said...

Beautiful. I love it. Your little girl is getting such a precious room.

Brenda said...

Beautiful! I love the RED! I did the same thing when I was expecting my last child. There's sometihng about the nesting stage!
Congratulations to you!

Brady and Andrea said...

I love the new dresser!!! I had a VERY similar dresser and painted it in black (yawm, I know, but I love it....). Anyhoo, how did you go from the two-hole required pull to a one hole pull? Did you use a filler? I'd love to switch out my hardware, but the two hole thing is really holding me up!!!

Laura @ House of Thrifty Decor said...

WOW!! The dresser looks great. I really like the glass knobs, they really pop against the red.

sara jensen said...

Love it!!!

Shannon Richardson said...

Hi! I am in the process of doing the exact same thing to a chest of drawers and armoire our for baby's nursery. I am almost 30 weeks with our third child, and I am also doing this project inside!! Yours turned out amazing!!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely adorable. LOVE the red!

Kristine said...

LOVE this dresser! I have a few questions- what color red did you use? Do you have to prime before you paint? i have a few pieces to paint before our baby #4 comes along (I'm 31 weeks-so I better get moving!) God bless you- i absolutely love your blog, so inspiring! :-)

Sue said...

I am lovin' the red on this chest of drawers!! It looks great and how nice to have a 'freebie" from another room to re-use.
:-) Sue

AEM said...

Hi, I can't remember how I stumbled on your blog, but that dresser is the cutest! I have a question though, when you do the dark stain, do you just rub it on over the paint and then wipe it off? I haven't re-purposed anything yet, but I've got something in mind!!

Janean said...

ashley, beautiful and much better.

i'm not pregnant. i still paint on a drop cloth over carpet or anything i please....coz i can. :P

Heidi @ Budget Wise Home said...

This looks fabulous! What an amazing transformation.

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Heidi @ Budget Wise Home said...

This looks so fabulous! What an amazing transformation. I'm in love with those knobs.

Ellenay Designs said...

Very cute! I'm redoing and old desk for my boys' room. I'm going to get that wax for the aged look. Great tips, as always! thanx :)

Linda Higgins said...

I can't wait to see the final un-veiling of the nursery and the total package...isn't your sis prego too?

Jenn-Lee at Moments said...

I love those knobs! This turned out so cute! I have a project I am doing and plan to get knobs just like those but in pink. If only I can get it finished. :)

Kim said...

Beautiful, you'd never know it was the same piece.

scott said...

So beautiful , and also appreciative creativity, Looks so much better than first picture, colour is also nice.
Good job done.

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Margaret - French Provincial Furniture said...

The knobs are so expensive but it's worth the price.The old dresser turns out into a new and elegant dresser.I just love it and it's so beautiful.

 
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