Monday, November 26, 2012

Card Catalog Style Dresser & A Guest Post

First of all, my friend Shelley is enjoying the warm snuggles of her newborn baby boy.  While she is doing that, I am a guest on her Crazy Wonderful blog!  I am over there sharing my dream Christmas, so pop over and see!  Here's a little sneaky peeky....
Swedish Christmas

And if you haven't been to Shelley's before, have a look around.  The girl has amazing style and talent. Look at her lucky little man's new digs!
Anyhow, I thought I would also share a recent dresser makeover with you today....
Each Sunday morning I go for a walk with a couple of girlfriends.  A couple weeks ago, we walked by a home that had an office chair outside with a "free" sign on it.  Of course none of us stopped or mentioned it and kept walking.  Later that day, my friend texted me "The house that had the office chair now has a free dresser.  It's nothing special but thought you'd like to know."  A free dresser on the road less than a minute from my house.... I hopped in my car and checked it out!  It was a plain jane indeed, but it was wood and had potential.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this plain jane, and hardware was going to be the key!  It had such straight lines that I wanted to give it an industrial look.  I removed all the hardware (plain wooden knobs), filled the holes, sanded it, and gave it 3 coats of My Perfect Color by Pantone in Whitecap Gray (really a warm off white).  I then distressed it with my sander, hitting all the edges and finished it with SC Johnson paste wax.

Now, I was able to get enough card catalog style pulls for it, but they were all SHINY brass.  Like super shiny, the 80's called and want it back shiny brass.  I used my trusty rub-n-buff in gold leaf to give them just the right amount of shine, tone it down a bit.  Then I attached the hardware with the screws provided. And voila!

Sorry no staging- it's heavy and I was by myself and it looked like rain was coming! :)


Here you can see how the rub n buff helped....



I just love how this turned out- what is it about those card catalog pulls that makes us all weak in the knees?

Happy Monday!
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42 comments:

uniquelyyoursormine.com said...

What! You're so lucky! You did a fabulous job updating it! - Susan

Jaime Costiglio said...

Cassie well done. It's perfect even for a living room or entry with those great pulls. And the color is lovely.

Julia Konya said...

I love the gold hardware and of course that the dresser was free ;)
Shelley's nursery is so cute too.

Terri said...

How fun! Love this and those drawer pulls are adorable, changes the look completely!!

The Far Fifty said...

If those pulls had labels in them, they'd all say AWESOME!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Free is always a treat! And yes, those pulls are totally awesome!

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three said...

Fantastic find and the hardware totally turns it into something special!

Angela

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

What an awesome idea for a dresser! Those pulls are fantastic!

Cathy Wall said...

Nothing like free, especially when you can work your magic on it and have it turn out like this, adorable!!!!

pam {simple details} said...

You're so right ~ those pulls knock my socks off every time!

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

What a great find! Your treatment is perfect, looks like what it should have been to start with. Great job, I love it.

Dana Frieling said...

Trash to treasure success story! Great work, Cassie.

Twice Nice said...

Those pulls are truly FABULOUS on that piece. A perfect match, and a wonderful color on there too!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Girl it's like you have a magic wand or something! It looks amazing!

DecorandtheDog said...

It's so pretty. You can tell true friendship by texts about free junk.

Bliss said...

I thought of doing this to something, a DIY deal since can never find them. Needless to say I'm pinning it, I love it, it turned out most excellent.

Bliss

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

What a great vision for that piece! I can see all the drawers with little labels...socks, pants, pj's, etc. So fun!

Dear Emmeline said...

ohhh! love those pulls! this would make a great dresser in a boys room or for storage in an office!

jackie jade said...

wow this turned out amazing! fabulous work. and free is just the best!

amber-wills said...

Those card catalog pulls are amazing! I love them. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

Amber @ Wills Casa

Ali Richardson said...

LOVE those pulls - u rock! xoxo

Good Time Charlie said...

Love it! I had never thought about putting those card catalog pulls on, it looks awesome! I am so jealous you got that dresser, WITH all the drawers for free! That is a rarity for me!

Megan said...

loooooove the pulls, such a fun dresser! Ohhhh I wish I had room for more furniture in my house!

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

Um...hello!! That is right up my alley. So pretty. You can make even the plainest Jane a stand-out! :) xo

Laura said...

I really love the way this turned out.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Awesome Job!

homeseasonsdecor said...

Love the dream Christmas post! Definitely inspired us to dream of our own perfect Christmas :)

Renee said...

I love this dresser! Where did you find those pulls??? Honestly, they make me swoon!

Mary said...

Love it! The pulls are fantastic!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Loverly!! Perfect for those card catalog pulls!
xo Heidi

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

LOVE IT! I love the card catalog style pulls. They look great and I'm glad you didn't go with the shiny brass :-) Yay for rub n buff.

Anne said...

Cassie love this transformation! Great color and I love those catalog drawer pulls!
xx
Anne

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

Well...I'm just not going to look at it if there is no staging ;) Great eye you have there! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Allison said...

You worked your Cassie magic again! Looks great Cassie and those pulls are perfect.

Cait Geddes said...

Wow! I love it and want it for my house! How much to ship it to Canada!! HAHAHA j/k
Great job!
Cait @ MyHouseMyCanvas.com

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Maybe we all have this secret desire to be librarians?? I don't know what it is, but I LOVE those pulls! You made that dresser into something really special~great work!

Holly said...

Hi Cassie! Look at that hardware on that dresser! My boys could use that so we can label their drawers for shorts, shirts, pj's....seriously - they wouldn't read them - but it's a thought. Thanks for takin' a peak at my door - have you tried baby oil? I used to make furniture and I always used it to blend the stain over paint. I'm no pro like you, though. Have a fun week. Heading over to your guest post.

Courtney said...

Fantastic idea!! Love it!!

Bella said...

I'm totes stealing this idea for our office! Maybe I can actually get my hubby to organize his crap *sigh*

And the whitecap gray is just lovely!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Not sure if I missed it in the post, but where did you get those pulls?

Holly Do. said...

The handles made all the difference!! I re-did this same dresser for my boys room! I'll have to take pictures and post on POWW!!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

exactly the right touch on those pulls! Pinned it! ;)