Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Graffitied Dresser Restored

I came across this dresser at a local yard sale and it was totally covered in graffiti.  Once we got it over to Loot, Mr. Rubbish got to work sanding it off before I could even take a good before picture.  At least I was able to stop him before he got to the drawers! The woman I bought it from said her darn kids ruined it.  I don't think it was ruined, just in need of a little love. I could tell that underneath all the tagging was a very special, old dresser.

Considering how extreme this one looked, I was surprised at how easy it was to restore.  Maybe that is because I was not the one sanding through the layers of graffiti (thanks, Mr. Rubbish).

I love the existing, old drawer pulls and I love that I did not have to do anything to them.  They have a beautiful, dark, aged patina and an elegant shape.

The turned legs are so stylish and the little casters dress them up even more. This dresser has wonderful detailing!

I am happy that this dresser came with a mirror too! 

See what I mean about the details on this piece?

I got so caught up in the pictures that I almost forgot to tell you what I did to this dresser.  I painted it my old favorite combination of Country Gray and Old White Chalk Paint.  I finished with Annie Sloan clear wax and very lightly distressed.

You would never know that once, this dresser was covered all over from head to toe in tagging. She cleaned up nice!

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Myplace4tea said...

That is totally cool!!
That's what I call trash to treasure!
Fantastic find, and a fantastic job giving it a new life!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You have the most wonderful new dresser here! What a masterpiece! I love contrasting colors you chose. It really makes the dresser special!
So inspiring!

Danielle @ Antique Recreation said...

Oh my goodness! It's beautiful! Those details are wonderful, and I love your color combination!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Hi Amanda! What a fabulous piece! I too love the details and the paint treatment you gave it brings them out so beautifully! Love it! Have a great day! Hugs, Leena

CJ said...

This is gorgeous, the colours you chose have totally transformed it and I love all the details. CJ

Deborah said...

Ooh-la-la gorgeous!
Love it and the colour is perfect Amanda!

Deborah xoxo

Cathy said...

Beautiful! Love the gray/white combo. What a scary before! Kids these days!

Cassie Bustamante said...

wow that before!!!! it looks so fresh and clean now!

Cottage and Broome said...

The dresser came out great! A beautiful new piece, love it, Laura

Okio B Designs said...

I can't believe it's the same dresser! Nicely done! Coming over from Transformation Thursday and your newest follower. =)


Heaven's Walk said...

LUV LUV LUV the two-toned look, Amanda! I never would'ave thought to do that...and I want to find a dresser to try it on now! :) Gorgeous!!! What colors did you use?

xoxo laurie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a wonderful makeover. It's so nice that you saw the beauty in this pretty piece with great bones. Love the two tone paint job.
Found you at Transformation Thursday party:-)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful dresser...love the color choice you made!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous makeover! I love the color.

{my simple messterpiece}

Julie Chen said...

OMG - I had to look twice to check if it was the same dresser! You did a brilliant job. I love the colours too! I'm your 600th follower! I'd love you to drop by my blog too! x Julie

Candy said...

GORGEOUS MAKEOVER. Im your newest follower. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you'll follow back??? THANKS. 8-)

The Shabby Chicas said...

Love this! You inspired me to try Annie Sloan Country Gray Chalk Paint. Can't wait to use it on an old oak table I picked up. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love how you used Old White and Country Grey...what a fabulous transformation...thanks for sharing.

kathryn cain said...

love all your transformations...I picked up a bunnch of stuff today..O My Hubby is going to say...no more until this is all done...I bet you have done this too...we find good deals and we can see the end results in our head...loving what you have done! I will be putting you on my sidebar...when I find inspirations that I can blog hop to when I am wanting inspirations...people ask me how do you think that up.....What is hard is too think up an original idea....thanks for the ideas

sandy said...

Dresser looks fantastic! Did you coat it with one or two coats?

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