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Bow-fronted dresserI stumbled onto this “pretty” dresser for cheap,

then took a much needed, relaxing drive to a very small, out-of-the-way town to go get it!

An awesome drive with some aMAZing old homes along the way—I’d love to make the drive again just to take lots of photos!

Anyway- I bought the dresser.  Sure, I knew it had some obvious issues, but nothing I couldn’t handle, and the owners rapidly loaded it up for me.  When I was home and off-loading it I finally started to see other problems.
Oh boy.

The biggest problem-
a completely broken,
poorly “repaired,”
(& totally concealed) front left leg.  And remember the front is a big curve!

leg & veneer repairOkay- this is not so much a problem for MY skills as much as, with mom’s full-time cancer care—I just don’t have much time for this.  I just wanted a FUN-EASY project to work on when I can find bits of time.
So -g r e a t- let the fUn begin.

I started with all the veneer problems, and then pondered on that broken leg.  At first I was hoping to clean out the terrible “repair” job and fill it with bondo.  It never set up with enough stability, and I’d NEVER put my name on that kind of work, so after a LOT of wasted time & materials- I ended up cutting away all the damage and just REbuilding it.

*Sorry- no pics to share.  But- I used scrap wood I keep on hand, figured the angles of the straight side to the curved front, glued & nailed in place, let it fully set up—then fine-tuned/shaped with coarse sandpaper in a belt sander.  Now it is  S O L I D.

I also stripped the top and discovered issues hidden under the SUPER DARK over stain job someone gave it at some point.  Looks like it was overly sanded in a few areas, but it REstained nicely and looks beautiful now!

top stripped and REstained

I waxed the top instead of clear coating it—I just think it brings out the richness in the wood more and is softer to the touch!  But that’s just my preference!
OH!  And I heat-set the wax before the final buffing.  The wax becomes a harder, more long-lasting, durable finish. 

painted 7 thin coats w/a weenie rollerNext- I taped off and covered and protected the top, then painted the body with a spongy weenie-roller—about 7 very thin coats.  Left side, right side, front, left side, right side, front, left side, right side………
Each thin coat dries so quickly and all those thin roller-coats finish more like a sprayed piece.
*Hint- I don’t have a sprayer.

Once completely painted–it had several days to set up before I could come back to it.  Actually, it was probably a week later (hospital schedules and all).  I had planned a decoupaged face and the time-lag gave me lots of time to plan the finished look.  AND figure out some other more appropriate hardware.

Victoriamagazine on ig!I was looking through ig and this caught my eye—it reminded me of a poster in my stashes!  That’s how my plan came to be. . . with a few adjustments.  

I measured off, taped my poster to the dresser face, then used a sharp Exacto to cut each drawer section free.  I was careful to save each face-frame part since I still wasn’t sure if I’d use it or not (I did in the end).  A pencil gave quick registration marks for placement to keep everything aligned.
Working from the top down, I pulled each drawer(s) out as I worked on it.  It let me double-check the alignment because 1) paper stretches when it’s wet, and 2) I was already messing with each section by my personal method of “distressing!”

my personal method of "distressing!"

Yes!  I wad it up
into an abusive ball.

Yes, it gets torn some!
It’s all part of that
“aging” process!

Then I smooth it out gently by hand, apply a really good wallpaper paste and REapply to the drawer face.
I prefer to smooth it out and position it with my hands at first, THEN use a flex-plastic scraper to gently smooth it out, pushing out the excess paste, and finally, wipe it down with a damp rag making sure the edges are well affixed.

Here’s my poster (from Hobby Lobby).

my Hobby Lobby poster-

Positioned and taped in place.

Working on the last drawer-

working on the last drawer-

MY distressing technique!

And then I decided it really did need the slight face frame cross sections after all.
You can also see I added my selection of vintage hardware right away!
SO much better!

*I filled former hardware holes and REdrilled before painting.  I poked through the paper with an awl to reveal the new hardware placement.

the small cross sections to the face frame

Now you can see how the poster was NOT large enough to cover the face,
but I had a plan!  I taped it out to expand the size with a “frame.”
But that wasn’t all.
I used a liquid gold leafing pen to freehand outline the very outer frame edge.
Irregular on the inside edge–crisp on the outside edge.

I just like that subtle contradiction!

Creating a "frame" and extra detail.

I guess I forgot to tell you how I lightly sanded all the wallpapered edges, huh?
In hindsight, I wish I had widened the “frame’s” sides.  Oh, well. . . .

Creating a "frame" and extra detail.

This project was completed in drips & drabs of time.
I bought it May 18th and finally finished it on the 29th.
I loaded it in the car right away and it went to the antique mall the next day where I spent hours REsetting my space to accommodate it!  WoW- my space had become a neglected disaster area!  And guess what?

It sold right away!


But my space is a disaster once again for the new void.
So I found another dresser to work on.  Stay tuned.


Not an antique-
not even vintage-
just  O L D.
But pretty now!

Bow-front Dresser w/decoupaged poster

Bow-front Dresser w/decoupaged poster

-my next dresser-

my NEXT dresser project

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This story begins in 1941 when my mom’s family farm house burned down.

mom's old vanityNeeding furniture, Grandma bought this dresser/vanity 2nd hand for mom (then 7 or 8) from a neighbor for $5.

Now bear in mind that my mom loves antiques and vintage furniture~ but she has nEVer liked this piece.

HATES itto be more clear.  Couldn’t believe I would want it as we emptied Grandma’s house for sale (to a cousin).  *She thinks it’s haunting her and she can’t shake it loose.

I was going to put it in HER room at my house in Chandler until hearing her mANy complaints.  It went in the 3rd bedroom instead.  This was all in 2002.

The picture above was at the time of packing to leave Arizona—I can’t seem to find any pictures from before I painted it gold.  The caned bench is not original, it was another something Grandma found back in ’41.

In emptying  my  storage  unit  just recently,

I was thinking it would become another piece I’d let go of.

mom's old vanity--It was off-loaded from the truck and jammed in the garage with SO MANY other projects.  My plate was full and I couldn’t give it my absoLUTE focus, so I worked on it a little here~a little there.  As the project began to take shape, I noticed mom actually starting to give it some POSITIVE attention.  Huh-??

Mom's old vanity---finished!Little by little,

plugging away with each chance I found,

it is at last finished, and


So do I.  And that made it harder to let it go.

We shifted some furniture around upstairs and installed it in the alcove.  It’s a keeper!

I used the same Wickham Gray and Alabaster White from My Great Aunties’ Dresser.

I let a little of the gold pop through and changed the hardware.

And oh, dear Lord~ did we have some fun getting it up the stairs.  Oy.

Here it is in the alcove….

mom's old vanity---re-finished!I’m not going to use the caned bench with it, but rather the chair I found at the Elkhorn flea market last season and recovered the seat to go with the new shelving-bench (in February).

details of mom's old vanity refinished

The old vanity refinished!

The old vanity refinished!

Yes, yes, I stiLL have work to do upstairs….

the weather finally got nice~

I was beckoned outside!  ; D


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making a mirror~



I hit “publish” prematurely on yesterday’s post ~sorry.

I forgot to show you what the mirrors looked like when they were finished —my’bad!


Click on pics for closer view!

old window mirrors

~ and now ~

My newest “bench.”

If you remember–

my mother’s neighbor went into a nursing home, and his children have had to deal with his house and belongings.  How sad to bear witness to this necessity–but they let me save a few things, including this dresser!

-SO busy with many other projects, I just haven’t had the time to focus on this art deco piece.  But I DiD know I would cut it up for a new lease on life!

cutting up the dresser--

Now, cutting it up–

cutting the dresser--

and putting it back together ~in a new form.

the new form


my inspiration--

My inspiration–

Sure, its Art Deco design and the turquoise paint gave it a juvenile feel. . .

But to me, it spoke of   old Hollywood –and- sophistication!  And made me think of this favorite old pair of shoes!

Two things of note~

1- I had two last sample pots of chalk paint to play with, and the colors happened to be exactly what I had in mind!

2- I hadn’t given up on image transfers ~yet!  I tried the freezer paper method this time~better.


I only used dark wax~mostly to give more depth to the brown.

Oh!  And how do you like the “new” hardware?  More flea market finds!

paint and dark wax

I’m pretty sure this dresser actually belonged to the neighbor’s late wife ~Kathy.

I like to think the initials in the transfer image are her maiden name initials, so I added the brass letters to reinforce the idea!

Oh~ here’s my store space reset!


my reset store space

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Remember this Craig’s List dresser?

Remember how I cut it “in half”~

craig's list dresser

~and how I had a 2-part plan for a bench and a console?

my craig's list dresser

the new plan--Well, the lace-skirted bench sold so quickly from my antique store space, that I decided to make a bench from the other half too.

1st– I needed to reinforce the new bottom of the (now) bench.  I created a frame and detailed edge using some very hard oak & the router.

And then I needed to give it some feet. Of course, I didn’t seem to have 4 of anything appropriate for this dresser- but I DiD have 2 pairs of complimentary bun feet!

figuring out some feet--

the color scheme--I wanted to use this bright, cheery linen-

-and chose a green paint-scheme to keep it perky!

Okay, I’m still trying to figure out this chalk paint— and I still didn’t get it “right,” so my game plan changed along the way.

Now, latex paints, I get.  Tinting the color, the “feel” of it and manipulating the finish.  Using glazes, dirty-ing it up with stains, aging it with waxes–I’ve been doing it a looong time.

I WILL conquer this chalk paint–in time.  With patience.  And obviously–smaller projects during this learning curve!

It’s strange to me how this paint DRIES LIGHTER, but changes dramatically when waxed!  So I learned that I should’ve picked the fabric AFTER!  And you can see that it was changed before all was said and done!

You can also see the change of hardware—from my flea market collections!

the other half of the Craig's List dresser!

It’s BRIGHT to be sure–and this was NOT my intended outcome.

When the project started, I was thinking “teenaged girl!”

Yep~there’s a definite learning curve–you have to think differently with this paint.  –I’m also still struggling with coverage and how far it’s supposed to go.

It was just ONE of the projects I took to the antique mall to refill my space today.  I tore up the whole left side to clean and reset.

*ha~while I was re-setting my space–SOMEONE BOUGHT IT!

And I thought for sure it would sit, and I would have to RE-DO it!
I quickly snapped this picture before they took it away!


my antique mall space!

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How much FUN it was–

Atlanta, and back now!

While I sort and edit pictures to show you,

and recover from the little bug I picked up traveling -dang it-

“Emma” traveled home!

-It was planned that the cabinet would be placed in Emma’s room, but a pair of Big Brothers intervened with another arrangement!


A few REvisions to the original design

My cousin asked that it have a combo of hooks and shelves.

I thought small, simple, corner shelves would be cute!

Since she mostly wants to put books on them–I created “book stops.”

B.U.T.  Ultimately– I didn’t quite like the “visual balance.”

a REvision of the 1st design

–The final REvision and design.

I grabbed more wood, duplicated the side contours (with a few alternative cuts), and routered in the bead detail–

closing in the shelves!

*None of these cabinets have exceeded 48″ in height– until creating this arch.  This cabinet tops out at 55″.  Yikes!


the final design--

"Emma" in her new home!

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*I was really eager to get back to Brody’s  dresser, so I worked on it much of the day.  It’s taking great shape and I’m pretty happy with the outcomeconsidering it’s a “plastic” dresser.

What a long way to spend New Year’s Eve day.

I had spray painted the dresser black, & gave it the night to totally set up.

So today, I started with figuring out some “new hardware,” the white knobs just weren’t doin’ it for me.  I found the 6 drawer pulls on a trip to the ReStore –I’m still trying out knobs for those top 2 drawers.

Next, I moved on to creating a new top from a thrift store side tablethat I bought for the legs.  *But held onto the top–just incase.

After figuring out the placement, I marked and cut off the excess on the chop saw.

–I’ll be using that part too–you’ll see!

The side table originally had a glass top, so I ripped a piece of ¼” plywood to fill the void.

Then I built a simple 3-sided box for the top hutch,

and attached it from the bottom side of the new top.

You can also see that I glued a band of oak around the original top’s edge,   just under the new top to visually tie the two together.

  • I cut a frieze board, and the remaining table top to form a valance,
  • added a large profile crown-cove molding,
  • and clamped one of my own flea market antlers to see how the form was taking shape.  Brody’s new daddy will be providing one of his own larger “trophies” for a personal touch!

I was planning on using live-edged wood for the shelves.  I thought someone had secured some for me, but the bark edges were cleaned.

Is it still considered “live-edged” if the bark is gone but the     edges are not properly milled–??

The boards were cut thick, which I LUV!  I cut them to length, sanded them, and used two stains for some variation.  I also stained parts of the rest of the hutch.

The overall finish will be a combination of stain and paint to bring the disparate pieces together.  The final picture collage shows you how I left it until tomorrow–when I should finish up!  YaY!



Happy  New Year


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I really don’t mean to drag my feet finishing this project–

but I do seem to be.

You know—family with more time off at holidays means more time playing!   –And, it’s sooooo cold out, it takes a while to get my work studio warm (enough to work in).  How I hate to be cold.

Detours and excuses aside,

–the gun cabinet is at last, actually looking more like a silver storage cabinet!  Yay!

The new hardware looks much nicer, and I’m finished painting—but not “sold.”  Don’t be surprised if you hear I’ve repainted down the line.  Maybe this is a good candidate to finally try some chalk paint–no?

The cabinet originally had glass in the door.  It seemed like a really flimsy piece, so I put it in the garbage can and gave it a few good whacks —but it didn’t break.   h U h.

So I’m giving it a reprieve, and restoring it back in the door.  I’ll bring it inside in the morning, and secure it in place with silicone (it rattled the way it wAs installed using clips).

All THAT is making me consider having glass shelves cut, instead of wood.  AND, I’m thinking of installing a light in the top to illuminate and show off all the silver service pieces it will hold!

The next post should show it finished  -in place-  and all loaded up!    fingers crossed!


btw–see a whole project done in gold metallic paint!  So original & so beautiful!

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The landscapers showed up yesterday morning to do the fall cleanup and, I was feeling so much better, that I spent the whole day outside working on various projects.  With the landscapers to begin, but by 2 o’clock, I ran off to the thrift store to see if that gun cabinet was still there.

It was, I got it, and showed you how I jumped on the project right away!  But I stayed outside till well past dark, and—IT GOT COLD!  When I finally quit and came in—I realized I had the chills.  It took long enough to finally feel better, and I’m not trying to backslide—so today, I paced myself a bit more working on the “gun” cabinet.

Before I quit last night, I got a coat of primer on the cabinet.  So today, I gave it a fine sanding before two more coats.

I also figured out the new hardware—hinges, door pull, and drawer pulls.

–Tough to figure out when you have so many choices— see what I mean?  I know-I know…it’s a sickness.  These are just some of my hardware drawers.

Subtle changes abound!

~~more tomorrow~~


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Flea markets–you just never know what you might stumble on to…!!

I found the deer head and cross rifle from an old cuc koo clock—and I just knew I could do something with it!

What to do , what to do…..

I started pulling “parts,” laying them on my work table.  Looking at textures, wood grains, shapes and profiles.  I was still thinking about that elusive boy’s armoire I wanted to build.  Hmmmm. . . .

I’d been sitting on one last board of sUper grainy old pine.  I could use some old, louvered, window shutters for doors.  I still had some salvaged door casing from an old house my cousin and I “toured.”  (The owners donated the house to the local fire dept for a practice burn, but said we could take anything we wanted before the burn day….wow!)

Seems like I have enough things to formulate a plan….!

Sorry—I have no mid-project pictures to share…..

This is my cabinet.  And I like it. . . but. . .

Something’s just~~off.  It needs something~~? It just looks–pLAIN.  Kind of stripped down.  So I got out the black paint.  I was about ready to paint the whole thing black~~but I really hated the idea of covering up all that inCREDible grain.

With nothing to lose, I grabbed a small brush and started to “dirty it up!”  When the brush wasn’t getting me what I wanted, I used my fingers.  That was sooooo much fun, and I was liking the outcome!  It looked sort of “burnt.”  And THAT was working for me!

I found some “birch bark” wallpaper for the backboard, and some really simple cast iron hooks for each side of the interior.  The handles were found at a ReStore digging through bins of filthy. old. hardware.

I liked the idea of re-using the old shutters.  It’s a moving part~~and boys like to open and close things!  Right?

A little side note on the deer head.

The antlers were missing when I bought it, which to me, made it look more like a baby (doe?).  But that meant I needed to fill the holes.  Nothing would stick to the resin of the head.  Then I couldn’t get a color match so the holes would blend away.

So I had to re-paint the whole head.  Like six hundred-thousand times to get the brown right.  And then one of my big brothers insisted it looked like a cow head.  Now I keep looking at it scrutinizing–Deer head. Cow head. Deer head. Cow head.

I want to beat up my big brother.  We’re still growing up… :  /

      I like to give proper names to my little creations.  And, since it made me think of the carpenter who worked with me on the renovations and addition of my mother’s home–it’s named for him!  (he liked to aggravate me too–boys)

John Thomas


21″w  x  49″h  x  13″d

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I had this idea in my head for a while now

for a little girl’s armoire.

Actually, TWO ideas, but one was definitely going to test my math and wood working skills, so I started with the “easier” design, figuring it would help me sort out just how to build the second.  Which was truly challenging and is one of my absolute favorites—

and I named it for ME!

But 1st— Ensiola!

*named for my bf!

The top picture shows a few of the pieces used.  Those porch spindles?  WellI cut them into individual “balls” making bun feet!

I imagined an old fashioned design with chicken wire doors, and used some great fretwork corner pieces found in a flea market a couple summers back.  The crown molding was found in a ReStore, and again, the bun feet were cut out of savaged porch spindles.  I’m always collecting hardware and fabulous vintage wall papers, and the paper used in both cabinets I actually found documented in a book!


22″w  x 46″h  x 13″d


*This piece sold and shipped to Arkansas!

. . . and then my difficult baby. . .


23″w  x46″h  x13″d


Now the one that became my challenge.

I wanted the lattice to be the same thickness as the door frame.  I needed to figure out how thick to rip each of the layers, and figure out the depth of the dado so both layers would stack together flush in the door frame.

And it got more complicated at the center rails, oh my goodness!  All this fuss to be sure the door looked good, AND was rigidremember a little one will be playing with it!

Btwthe base -or feet- were styled and cut from 2×4’s!

Both cabinets were made using reclaimed pine, flea market hardware, and crown molding donated to a ReStore.  AND both have the same Magnolia & Cardinal vintage wall paper     that I found documented in a book!


















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