Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweet Blue Chest

I found this chest at an auction…here is what it looked like when I first saw it!  It has some great details and trims and I could see the potential through the antiquing that had been done a while back over about six layers of paint.  I knew those pulls had to go…IMG_1136
I had started out looking for a bookshelf, for my bedroom to replace a kitchen trestle table that I have used as a desk for oh, lets say 10 years!  I envisioned a bookshelf with wicker baskets lining the shelves with all my things tucked neatly away!
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I had found a rough basic handmade (probably shop quality) bookcase that I was going to fix up with some molding and paint and probably lots of time.
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Right up until I saw this baby!  I got it for $65!
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It couldn’t be more perfect for what I wanted.  The drawers are very deep and wide and hold everything that I need to stow away.  The bottom drawer is dedicated to my things listed on etsy.  Very handy to have them all in one drawer.  I sanded it really well, learning fast that the trim is actually plaster, not wood, so I had to be really careful. 
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I used Glidden paint with primer, not my first choice, but it was OK. The color is a soft blue, sort of a blue waters color.  I wanted to do some glazing but loved the color so much that I decided to distress the piece and not glaze.  I used two coats of paint and then Minwax satin lacquer.  I love that lacquer—it gives such a nice luster to the piece and it protects the paint. 
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I am so pleased with it and it looks great in my bedroom. 

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30 comments:

Amanda said...

You've done a fab job! Love the detailing on it!

Ginger said...

Awesome change! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So pretty!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

LOVE that color!! I am wanting to refinish a dresser too! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.. www.ladybug-blessings.com

Susan said...

I love that you chose blue!! How pretty is that?

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

The dresser looks wonderful, I love the color very nice choice!

Pam said...

It looks great! I love how the details pop with the new color.

Visiting from Type A's party. I'm looking forward to following your blog.

Have a great day.
Pam

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks so pretty and beachy! the color is gorgeous!

Tammy @ Type A said...

it is so sweet, great job! thanks for partying at Type A!

Jacqueline said...

love the color blue you chose. Great makeover.

Melissa said...

I love how this turned out! It looks so pretty and I would love to have something like that in my home. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

Melissa

MyCraftieLife.Blogspot.com

oops! said...

This dresser has so much character and with the new paint it is gorgeous!

Judy said...

I just love the color you chose. It really looks beautiful.

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Kristin said...

Hi! Love the blue dresser makeover! Commenting from 504 Main!

Erin said...

Oh, that blue really compliments this piece, Ellen! I couldn't see the gorgeous detailing in the before photo, but it pops with that coat of blue on it now. Great job--just beautiful!

Erin said...

And I forgot to say I'm visiting from Primitive and Proper! :)

Melissa Moore said...

Cute redo...love the color choice. Visiting from LovelyCraftlyHome.

cucumbers and vinegar said...

Looks beautiful, Ellen! I LOVE refinishing old furniture!

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

I really like the color that you used! It looks so much better!

Meg said...

Oh, Ellen, it looks AWESOME! I just love that happy blue color!

Katie said...

I love that blue! This is such a cute dresser!

Jill said...

Beautiful! I love the colour!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Hi Ellen~

What a great find! The color is beautiful & the detail is really special. So happy to be a new follower of your lovely blog. :) Please share your Sweet Blue Chest with my follower, link to my blog bash K.I.S.S.

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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Ellen! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? The link is at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-042411.html.
Thank you so much :)

At The Picket Fence said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous Ellen! The detail on it shows up so much better now. Thanks so much for sharing it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday! :-)
Vanessa

Jenn Erickson said...

Ellen, it's so lovely! Good eye! I has beautiful detail and the new paint and darker knobs make it an absolute treasure!

Jenn

c.w.frosting said...

Beautiful color choice & hardware! Following from Making the World Cuter =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

I am such a sucker for anything blue these days and this is so cute!

Bobbie said...

I love this! I just featured it on Check Me Out Saturday with A Vision to Remember. http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2011/04/check-me-out-saturday-week-63-crafty.html