Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ombre Stained Dresser

 This dresser is one of my Craigslist finds from last week. 
It's an amazing piece. 

The wood has an incredible grain, it's solid and dovetailed, pretty much it's the piece that you hope for every time you hit a garage sale. I bought them from a sweet family who just moved here and didn't have a place for these in their new home. It was their grandmother's dresser and I could tell that it meant a lot to the family. When I picked it up she asked me if I was going to paint it and she had this look in her eye, almost like she wanted to ask me not to. I told her I had some ideas involving mostly stain and she looked visibly relieved. She told me her grandmother was very traditional, but was a little eclectic at times. I really could tell she was emotional about selling it so I promised her I would try to make her grandmother happy with the finished product.

So I used the Ombre style...but with stain. 







I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I love stain. I love the warmth it emits and the way the wood grain shows through. I love combining a current trend (ombre) with classic stain.

Here he is before, just as a reminder.  


He sold at the Barn Sale this past weekend to the cutest mom who was going to use it in her son's room. 

PS I sent the family I bought it from a picture of it's updated look. They loved it and felt like their grandmother would have loved it too. I think that makes me the happiest; knowing that I was able to keep some of the integrity of the piece and the owner it originally came from. :) 

PS This piece was featured on Apartment Therapy this week! 

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54 comments:

  1. great idea!!! and it's executed beautifully.

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  2. Beautiful! Love the ombre style with stain!

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  3. Love this idea! While I love seeing painted furniture, I'm a wood purist and most of my furniture is stained. Gorgeous interpretation of the ombre effect! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love that you know the back story of the piece! I always wonder where my furniture has come from and what it has been through. That's awesome that the family was happy with the finished product also. Great job!

    Erica

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  5. I love this! Never thought of doing it with stain, I may have to try this :0) Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh this turned out so nice. So sweet of you to take the family's wishes into consideration even if you didn't have to.

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  7. I Love LOVE LOVE LOVE this! If you were still in Utah, I would BEG Kyle to let me buy it. It's beautiful!

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  8. Very nice! I'm working on a dresser that I'm staining the drawer fronts, or not staining I kind of like it bare I'm not sure yet, but I like what you did here!

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  9. Wow, how nice was THAT? I love the look. And what a great find!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  10. Seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What a fantastic idea. It turned out beautiful!

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  11. Amazing how the updated stains and drawer pulls take this from old classic to ultra modern!

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  12. Chic, modern I love it! Such a clever idea I just may have to give it a try.

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  13. As everyone, really love it! Also like the double pulls on top drawers. Nothing better than a good wood grain!

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  14. You did more than make her grandmother happy!
    I luv it I will have to pick your brain up later on how you achieve the look.

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  15. this came out beautiful!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  16. Just gorgeous! I haven't seen this style before and I think I am in love. Pinning now. :)

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  17. It looks so cool! I also love staining wood.

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  18. girl, you are a furniture genius ! I love this piece! (make sure you link back to my party at the end of your post, thank you)

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  19. What a gorgeous piece!!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  20. I absolutely love this!!! Such a fun idea.

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  21. that is BEAUTIFUL. Hope to see you at DIY Home Sweet Home. I'm also your newest follower. Cute blog.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love you to stop by and link up.

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  22. I really like ombre dressers, and I LOVE the idea of the stain. It turned out so very nicely:)

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  23. ummm this is pretty damn cool! :) love it!

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  24. Gorgeous! I love that there's a story that comes with this piece of furniture, that makes it even more special!

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  25. Fan flippin tastic--I adore this. Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

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  26. What a transformation! Very unique. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Vavoom! This thing is sexy! What a great makeover! I'm sure that the previous owner would be super pleased at this transformation. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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  28. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! You're very talented!
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  29. I'm in love with this piece. Quite sophisticated...kudos! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back to get in on my driftwood sailboat give-a-way. Sherron
    http://smallholdings.blogspot.com

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  30. I just skipped over here from Miss Mustard's link party, and I must say that the dresser is fantastic! You are so kind to take the family's emotional attachement to the piece in mind when renovating it too - that is the sweetest thing I've read all day! I've got to try this technique. Keep up the beautiful work:~)))

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  31. Visiting from MMS's FFF. So very lovely! I have been wanting to do something dramatic with a dresser that I've had for a while. But I have been hesitant to cover the beautiful wood grain. This would be a perfect finish; thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. This is AWESOME! I featured you today, come check it out!
    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/11/good-morning-sunshine_21.html

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  33. Thank you so much for linking up to last weeks show and share. Make sure to come back and link up this week with your latest project.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of yellow
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  34. You did a lovely job on this piece, Julia. The ombre look with stain is terrific looking!

    Thank you for linking your lovely project to Potpourri Friday!

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  35. Hi Julia! Thanks so much for sharing this! I blogged about it today, check it out!

    http://houseonrene.blogspot.com/2012/02/making-trend-your-own.html

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  36. oak dresser
    With oak dresser a resilient and hefty wood with wonderful feed, oak desks are generally more powerful and are more resilient than desks made from other timber such as mahogany.

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  37. I saw it on Apartment Therapy. And I can't believe the negative comments on there! I didn't first think of "samples in a department store" I totally love it. I love the different tones it reminds me of the sun rise.

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  38. Julia ~ I LOVE your transformation on this dresser! It's such a high end look ~ simply stunning!!

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