Thursday, June 16, 2011

Roadkill Dresser

I picked up this baby by the side of the road.  It smelled like an old lady.  I could totally see that some old lady with lots of cats had this dresser.  She took good care of it, but when she died the children just put it out for anyone to take.  (Do you do that, develop a back story for your found furniture?  Maybe I'm just strange like that)

It really is not a very special piece.  The dresser is constructed out of particle board, and plastic.  I had no problem painting it at all.  In fact, it took the paint like a champ.  There was no fighting this one, and only two coats (after the primer), and then the poly. 

Alright, are you excited to see what I did with it? 

I gave this one a nice coat of white paint and it was done.  I really like it in the simple white.  I kept the hardware.  It has a bit of whimsy.  I might paint the handles at some point in the future.  

Here are some more shots:

One last time:

I really am amazed at how a coat of paint can transform a piece of furniture that looked cheep and reminded me of a dead old lady to something that looks clean, light, and beautiful.  I even cleaned out the drawers with lavender scented cleaner. 

Now that I did this project I am ready to paint my beloved antique (or close to antique, it is real wood at least).
She is all ready to get sanded the next day I'm home long enough to do it.

I'm sure you all want to know what color I will paint it.  Well the color found us.

We got this can of paint for $5!!!  I will probably lighten it up a little, but blue is it.

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  1. this is lovely! I see this type of dresser a lot on craigslist for free but was never too keen because it wasn't real wood, maybe i should give it a shot! thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Wow, you did a great job on the dresser! Do you use a regular interior wall paint to paint the dresser?

  3. I love how your dresser turned out. I just found the totally, exactly matching highboy on the side of the road in my neighborhood. I am glad to hear that the paint went on fine, since I will be tackling a makeover of my own in the next week or so.

  4. i love that color of your found paint! and the white is perfect for your trial piece!

  5. stunning! you did a great job. this post would be such a great addition to my weekly party "from trash to treasure" I'd love it if you joined!!

  6. It looks great :) Thank you for visiting my blog :)

  7. Oh I love that! LOVE The cake pedestal too! Pretty pretty! I love re-doing furniture. Great job!

  8. looks great! I really like this french style of furniture.


  9. this is such a beautiful piece of furniture! love the white paint, makes it so much more cute i think :)

  10. So pretty. Love these French style pieces and love them when the hardware is painted dark for contrast.

  11. I have one of these dressers, (just a bit larger), in my closet waiting to be painted. Funny, it has an odd smell too. I got it and the night stand at a garage sale last year. I love the white! I painted the nightstand turquoise.

  12. I love it!! I especially love that you rescued it from the trash!!! My grandmother had this furniture, lol!! I love them when they are painted white!! What a difference a few coats of paint can make!!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!! (I too do a little bouncy dance :)) Sorry it took so long to make my way back around!! Come back a visit anytime!!!

  13. So pretty! I think I could drive around for a year around here and never find anything as pretty as that sitting beside the road! I think I would probably wet my pants if I DID see something like that! SCORE! Great job on the rescue of a pretty old you spray or brush?

  14. Love this dresser! I can't believe someone would just throw that out!! amazing job :)

  15. It's amazing what a little white paint can do. The dresser is gorgeous and the drawer pulls are perfect for it. Beautiful job!


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