Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Two Toned Dresser

Let me tell you how crazy yesterday morning was.  I told you all that I was headed to the gym to take a Body Step class.  I had never taken it and was looking forward to taking it with two of my girlfriends.  We headed into the class and were greeted by a sub who told us she didn't do step so we were going to get Total Body Conditioning.  Well that was fine by me... still a great workout!  It started out great and we were all loving it and having fun... when suddenly the fire alarm went off.  The instructor ran out to check and sure enough she told us we should leave.  We grabbed our things and as we walked out of the studio, there was smoke in the air, and sprinklers were on in the gym.  It's in a strip mall and turns out the space that is for lease next door had a fire.  The firemen arrived within minutes... needless to say, my friends and I were a little freaked and we didn't stick around.  But I did go to one of their houses and continue my workout!  Not going to let anything get in my way! :)

So this week has been all about the dressers I picked up in West Virginia, so I figured I would share with you the last one I bought there.  You have already seen the two toned oak dresser, as well as the vintage dresser I kept for my room, and today you will see the last one, a sweet vintage 3 drawer dresser with a mirror.
Here is what I was working with....


I loved the pretty wood tones of the drawers and loved the original hardware.  I didn't love the shape the top was in, and the sides weren't as pretty as the front either.  I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed's Grainsack milk paint.  It's a beautiful slight gray.  I sanded the body first lightly, then mixed my paint.  I gave it two coats, and then used super fine sandpaper to sand all over, to allow the paint to wear and ship where it wanted to.  Finally, I waxed it with a clear wax and buffed it.  I wish you could feel this dresser because if you could, it would feel like buttah.
Here is the final result... I realize that two toned isn't always for everyone, and it's not even really for me in my own home aside from some wood tops with painted bases, but I like it. :)



Peek-a-boo!!!  Here I wanted to show you the mirror.... I tried to clean the mirror BEFORE I waxed... the cleaner ended up taking paint off the mirror frame as I wiped.  So I waxed it and then finished cleaning.  Here you can see where it took some off, but I decided just to roll with it.... It suits the look. :)  But lesson learned- wax, then clean the mirror!  And as you can see, the mirror still needs a little more cleaning.



Sarah and I will be setting up our barn space on Monday.  It's already going to be full, and not with any of the pieces I have shared this week. (I have a big dining table I have wanted to share, but haven't had the chance to photograph!)  The good news is when March rolls around, I will be all set to fill 'er back up!

Hope you all have an amazing Thursday!
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44 comments:

uniquelyyoursormine.com said...

I love it, and the two tone look! I use too gone on a paper towel to remove the wax residue.. Works like a charm :) - Susan

Andrea said...

I am loving this one! That wood grain is beautiful and the simple color you added suits is well. Good luck at the sale! That's scary about your gym. I hope everything is okay.

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

A dresser with a mirror? What's gotten into you? ;) It will add great height in our space in March!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

ooooo...love it! (BTW--this is why I do not exercise.)

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

ooooo...love it! (BTW--this is why I do not exercise.)

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

ooooo...love it! (BTW--this is why I do not exercise.)

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

ooooo...love it! (BTW--this is why I do not exercise.)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Absolutely beautiful Cassie!!!
What's with the fires in your neighbourhood ( very frightening! )
XXX

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That's so crazy, Cassie. the dresser is absolutely amazing!

The Golden Sycamore said...

This is gorgeous, Cassie! I love that you left the drawers unpainted. It is the perfect contrast! Love it as usual! :)
Allison

Jenny said...

You always find the BEST pieces! I loved the look of this one from the start, and you just made it even more beautiful. I'm sure these will all be a hit - definitely want to see a photo of that barn space full 'o goodies!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I'm so loving this two tone thing. And I love that you kept the original hardware on there. Another great piece! That barn is gonna be full of goodies!

Ange said...

Oh my goodness, glad you are safe, how scary! Love the two tone look, I did that to my dresser and I have it in my bedroom. Have fun this weekend!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I'm a fan of the two-toned look and this one is a beauty!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Cassie,
Great looking piece...love what you did to it.

Blessings,
Linda

Angela Santaniello said...

I love this one, too. You are so talented!

Angela

vintageshabbychicks said...

Great job Cassie...I love the two toned look:)

Julia Konya said...

What is it with you and fires lately. That's scary!
I love this 2toned dresser too

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love this look!

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love it!!

Allison@FabRehab said...

Simply gorgeous!! I'm working on a 2 tone dresser myself. Yours will fly out the door!

reFresh reStyle said...

I love a two tone! And this one is awesome :)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Jeez that's some serious perseverance for getting your workout in!!! Impressive! Pretty new dresser - I bet it sells right away!

pam {simple details} said...

I wasn't a fan of the two-tone at first, but I'm coming around ~ I keep seeing some lovely specimens! :)

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Oh wow. So gorgeous!!

Vintage Prairie Style said...

love this one cassie, it was the perfect candidate to be 2-toned. amazing!
keya

Twice Nice said...

You hit the jackpot in West VA! I really like the 2 tone look on certain pieces, and this is one of them! A great way to showcase that gorgeous wood when it is salvageable. I've got Grainsack to use too, so I love seeing what it really looks like.

Kristen @ Sophia's Decor said...

Cassie, it turned out beautiful! I love two-toned furniture and you nailed it on this one :) It'll sell right away...

Jane Craske said...

Wow! I loved the last one but this one is even more gorgeous. Making my spring yardsale list right now. C:

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Another Winner!

DecorandtheDog said...

Nothing gets Cassie down. Take that fire next door.

Love the dresser. You do good work.

Rita said...

LLOOOOVVVEEEE these two toned dressers!! They make my heart skip a beat EVERYTIME!!

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

I really like two-tone. It's the perfect mix! Especially on a mid-century modern piece. It's unexpected, but in a good way. Someday I will have one. That one is really beautiful! xo

17 Perth said...

Hahaha. So impressed by yall finishing that workout. Can I tell you something funny? When I first looked at the dresser (with the mirror on it)...I honestly thought the mirror was camouflaged....like maybe you did that intentionally! Hahahaha. It seriously took me a minute.
I do love the dresser though--I am sure that puppy will be gone in no time.

Rita said...

so pretty Cassie!
rita

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

I love this one Cassie (as usual)!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

I love this one Cassie (as usual)!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

You're a machine with the makeovers, Cassie! You're my furniture painting idol... can I have your autograph? ;-)
xo Heidi

PS -- this is one of the few two tone makeovers I LOVE.

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

This dresser is so pretty! love it. Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

Catherine said...

Glad to hear you got out safely. WHat a shock!

The dresser is fantastic! As always :)

Andrea said...

I love the wood grain on this dresser!!! Beautiful job!!!!

Inspired by you said...

Looks so good!

Gail Wilson said...

oh my! I LOVE the dark drawers with the light colored dresser! it's fabulous.
Not sure how I feel about the mirror though....it sort of surprised me. not sure why. :)
gail

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

I think it turned out beautifully! Your finish with the milk paint is so good...I wish I could achieve a look like that. Practice makes perfect, right?