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. . . so this is what I did in the end.

in the works--The dresser looked sO pretty and refreshed painted in the Revere Pewter and Alabaster White.

Yeah—WAS looking good up to The Accent Color Debacle. Ooooh well.

I’d decided to only accent a few of its subtle details, like the fluting in the full front stiles-legs, the flourishes, and the recessed upper drawer section.  And THEN I REvisited the recessed drawers.  With découpage.  Yes~more découpage.

I grabbed my vintage French vocabulary book and started leafing through for cool pages to use!  And I finally tore out the cover pages—which you can see on the 2nd drawer.

 découpage from a vintage French vocabulary book

 I also added the petit fleur de lis to each drawer.

I stained them dark to match what stain I kept.

After découpaging, I lime waxed each drawer to create a sun-faded appearance  -which also toned down each fleur de lis.

Lastly, I seal-coated all the remaining parts.

Tuesday morning I got everything REset at the antique mall and jumped on the highway to head out of town for the rest of the week!  More on that later -but- I’ve already found a new project to bring back—it’s REALLY UGLY, just wait till you see what I’m doin’ with it!

Impresively well-made dresser!Here’s the dresser, now at the mall for sale!

This is one very heavy, solid wood, well-made dresser.  Even Bird’s Eye Maple drawer boxes. Nothing cheap here!


the flourish on the back splash--…wish you could feel just how smOOth and silky the top feels—3 layers of liming wax, paste wax, paste wax all buffed out with my random orbital buffer!

my CL DRESSER  $25

I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!

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I returned from Favorite Auntie on Duty

just in time to begin Spring Cleanup!

toasting one of our last dinners together

And I have at last returned to my CL dresser project.

newest CL dresserHere’s the skinny

Found on CL.  $25 — ——– ~after some nonsense.

Painted Revere Pewter with accents of Alabaster White.

Strip – sand – ReFresh top.

THOUGHT it would be fun to paint a PoP of color on the top 3 drawers.  Considered a Poppy or Fuchsia.  Bf suggested maybe a yellow instead—hmmmm.

Project going pretty good till the  PoP  of  color.


See what I mean?

Epic Fail.   (awwwwww darn)

Not even a lighter shade of yellow was gonna cut the –mustard.

*Earlier picture—not showing the Alabaster White yet.  Btw- DID try the Poppy—still a big ole NOPE.

Plan B.  I sanded off the paint before it had time to truly cure.  I rummaged through my fabric stashes for something to cover the drawer fronts with, but everything that would have looked REALLY RICH had too large a design.  So I defaulted to my favorite vintage French Vocabulary Book to découpage the fronts.

Completed (rescued) project tomorrow—


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getting a new lease on life--I’m well under way on my newest Craig’s List dresserconsidering the limited time I’ve had to give it -once again- I’ve had some obstacles to deal with instead of projects.  BUT

◊ I’ve painted the entire dresser Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.

◊ I stripped the top and backsplash, and fine sanded it.  1st I lime waxed, then clear waxed for a silvered/aged look, and used my orbital buffer to bring it all to a high luster and baby’s-bottom touch!

◊ Today I will work on the contrasting colors, seal coat everything, and, if everything goes well~

◊ it will be offered for sale in the antique mall before afternoon!

getting a new lease on life--

My  ·other·  project this week…

Now playing the role of “MOM,” Favorite Auntie Catherine!

Besides covering those routine duties of alarm clock, waitress, chauffeur, homework-checker, sometimes referee—

This FAVorite Auntie is coming in with the goods!

 Chocolate cupcakes and milk after school (and sending taunting SWEET pictures to mom)

 then playing games, flying kites, chasing around the yard with the dog, basketball…

 goofy, acting-the-fool singing and dancing!

You know

the Favorite Auntie stuff!

*click on above picture to catch the beat…
…just picture the crazy-fun-dancing AND feel free to JOIN IN remotely!

Hope you have a play-full week too,

Fav-Auntie Catherine

Go fly a kite!

we DID get the other stuff in too!

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Ballard Design outlet- AtlantaMy mother and Aunt traveled with me to Atlanta for Easter in 2010.  We spent the holiday with my cousin’s family (my auntie’s daughter).  It was beautiful weather, we had a fabulous timeand of course, we went shopping!

A trip to the Ballard design outlet netted several things

including a new project!

Shortly after, I bought this round Frenchy table to modify into a “similar” island for my Aunt’s kitchen.  The Ballard Design island was very pricey I was sure I could come up with something cheaper for my Auntand found this table in a Chicago-area thrift store  $40!

◊ I was thinking to boost it with casters and add another tier to the top, ….finishing it with a butcher block too- and painting it.

round frenchy table--

Y e pshe found something else before I could work on this one, so it went to storage.  Until last Fall when I put it in the antique mall for sale.  As Is.

But no one seemed interested.

EVERYONE doesn’t like to do a project

imagine that ?!


I brought the table back to Page 10 for a little REvitalization!  *See, even the table is turning another “page!”  I was thinking I would give it a pretty paint job!

I flipped it upside down on saw horses to start with the legs.  I was JUST going to give it a light sanding to give it a tooth before painting, but that 60’s-70’s yellowy finish was coming off -WITH EASE.

OkayPlan D.

*Plan A was the original abandoned project, Plan B was just selling it, Plan C was to paint it. . .

plan BI decided to run with it and sand off and/or strip the yellow finish!  A Do-Over!  Since the table is made of mostly maple, the obvious would be to stain it but I’m going to do something different. . . .

Stay tuned!


The Frenchy table--getting REvitalized!

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I just discovered this old picture—by that I mean from 2004.

Renovating and redecorating Landen's bedroom--Three summers ago I was busy redecorating and renovating 2 of my great nephews’ bedrooms.

One of the projects was REworking a thrift store dresser (I bought and revitalized when the BIG brother was born -in 2004) to look less baby’ish as it moved to the LITTLE brother!

I shared the Before & After project with you, but couldn’t share the BEFORE THAT portion because I didn’t know what ever became of the pictures.  Since I just found one of them, I thought it would be fun to revisit this cute project!

Do you remember this?

Take 3!

This is where it started . . . original “beauty.” $15

Take 1-- directly from the thrift store.

I liked the “framed” front profileand it was SOLID wood, well made, and heavy.  Perfect for a future rough & tumble boy- right?!

My niece wanted to decorate the baby’s room with blues & greens and lots of animals!  I can do that!

Again—this was back in 2004.

Take 2!  REvamped for Braeden.

Eventually, it passed from BIG brother to LITTLE brother

-and needed to “grow up” a bit more too.  That was the Summer of 2012.

You can read about that project in the original post HERE.  In the top picture my great nephew was about even with the doorknob, at 4.  He’s 7 now  and TALL.  I should check back—wonder if it needs another update!?  ; D


3 stages--


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. . . yeah, the one she didn’t want.

Wait till she sees what I did with it!

Sunday, I cut it down to just the “dresser” portion,

and made the needed “repairs.”


filling the dado after removing the

Monday I worked on its finish, including my favorite touch of decoupage! 

I painted it a soft white—building it up in layers, with sanding and scraping between each layer to create that “aged look.”  ; D

Before I quit for the day I jumped on the decoupage.  (I’d been vacillating on a few other ideas.)  I used pages from a very old church hymnal book that I’m madly in luv with!  Done—and I decided on some new hardware! 

Tuesday I had a late start -and- I had to run off to buy a slab of wood to create a new topI had no big pieces left of anything.  The original top was actually Formica and I didn’t want to cut that down.

*It may be REpurposed into an out-feed table for a saw!
  1. details of the new top--I cut the top to a fairly tight margin of its original detailed cove (that I saved, cut down, and reapplied).
  2. Then I ran the bottom (of the new top) through the router table with an ogee bit to create a nice transition from that detailed cove upward.
  3. I changed the router bit to a ¼” round over to finish the top edge.
  4. I’d already puttied the old hardware holes, and installed “rings” for a new look.

the finish for the new top--The new top.  I didn’t want a painted top—and I didn’t want the standard stained top-hmmm.  So I “stained” the top GENEROUSLY with an off white water-based, pigmented stain.  I wiped off the excess and immediately started layering a combo of Golden Pecan and Aged Oak gel stain over the top of that—with a light hand and wiping/rubbing it in to blend.

I’m sure you’re NOT supposed to mix water-based and gels but. . . eh.

The last task was to wax everything (including the drawer guides).

I like to heat-set wax with a heat gun –because. . .

◊ It seems to really lengthen the wear of the wax.

◊ When a piece lives in a hot room or by a sunny window, they can sometimes get kind of “funky.”  This seems to eliminate that.

◊ I never have “melting” issues with resale pieces at hot flea markets—it’s like the wax is BAKED IN.  And it’s wAy less work to buff.

Here’s a snapshot of the changes. . .

the progression of change

. . .and the finished project!

It now sits in my booth at the antique mall waiting for a new owner to claim it!    A n d-   I’m on to the next project. . .

What do ya’ think my Princess Aleigha?!


a small dresser, or a larger night stand, OR a fun side table!

...just waiting for a new owner!

I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!
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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this projectooops!

It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.

oh well!I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.

Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but –eh– such is life.  Next time!

To Recap—

The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.

This is what I last shared with you. . .

the frame built and mirror inset.

putting all the pieces together--

I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.

◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.

◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job.  That was fun!

◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,

◊ then glued them back in place.

my scrap wood mirror and frame

I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place.  Then

◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.

◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.

◊ And finally—I waxed everything.  First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).

building "texture & age"

the progression-

I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,

I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.

I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!

my Scrap Wood Mirror!



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