Friday, August 5, 2011

Rustic 3 Drawer Chest

Our house has a tiny little basement with dirt floors and lots of old...junk.

But in the corner we found this little lovely underneath...junk. 
She was in such bad shape when we brought her up and she smelled kind of funny. 

Like wet mulch.

I know, makes you cringe right?
The legs were rotten and the whole thing needed an deep cleaning.

We had a friend saw the legs off where they were rotten and then installed new legs ourselves! It's surprising easy ... I can say that now after we messed it up a couple times. You just buy legs that come with screws attached from a store like Home Depot, drill a hole in the part of the dresser you want to attach them too, fill the hole with glue to secure it better, and clamp the legs down for about an hour. When you're done, you've got new legs.

Luckily, besides the legs, she was structurally sound and we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to see what she could be.
So here she is now.

Normally I don't do distressed. 
It is SO hard for me to sand something flawlessly smooth only to distress it.

But with this chest it just worked. 

She's painted in Ballet White by Behr and dry brushed in Pencil Gray also by Behr. 

Also, I learned a new technique for dry brushing/hand painting that I'll share next week. :)

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  1. Awesome! I like the tips on replacing the legs. I have a nice antique bed that needs two new legs. I may try this tip! Beautiful redo!

    1. Wow--great makeover! I also have a hard time distressing after carefully painting; however, this piece was just begging to be distressed.
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  2. This took my breath away. I wasn't expecting what you did to it...but I love it!

  3. Wow--great makeover! I also have a hard time distressing after carefully painting; however, this piece was just begging to be distressed.

  4. That looks amazing! Great job.

  5. I love love it! I also feel bad distressing a piece I worked so hard on painting but always love the way it turns out and you did a terrific job!

  6. very nice. it looks fantastic!!

  7. Oh my goodness!!!! It's stunning! I love it!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing the idea of putting new legs on an old piece. Normally, it sounds hard but you make is sound "doable". I love how the chest turned out. Did it take long for the musty smell to come out? I am "liking" post over at VIP party.

  9. hi Julia, id love to feature this piece on my next revival monday. you did a beautiful job. very pretty and i love the two colors together.

  10. It looks beautiful! I think distressing suited this piece perfectly. Very charming!

  11. That piece is GORGEOUS!! Love love love how it turned out! Can't wait to see your technique!

    I ♥ Nap Time

  12. Thanks so much for coming by with her...her makeover looks outstanding! Happy NTT!!!


  13. Absolutely LOVE this chest...I would buy her in a heartbeat! The more distressed the better for me...just became a new follower:-))

  14. Visiting from Nifty Thrifty. I love the finished look of this and your paint job! Looking forward to your paint technique tips.

  15. Looks great! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again!

  16. Love the rugged texture of the dresser and the classic styling for the photograph. Andrea @ townandprairie

  17. i love the rugged look of this one, too! very very cool.... anthro-chic!

  18. Good job on recycling!! Love the colors you chose for the cute chest!! Visiting from PDP!!

  19. Came out super cute~Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE the distressed look of this piece! You did a GREAT job :) found your site through Not JUST a house wife link party :) I'm your newest follower!

  21. You did a beautiful job. i love the way you distressed it.

  22. Love it!

    I'd love for you to share it on my link party... you did an amazing job!

  23. Her new legs and finish look great! Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!

  24. your talent at transforming beasts into beauties just amazes me!! thanks for sharing this at my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

  25. This is fabulous! The thumbnail JUMPED off the page at me from Whipperberry!

  26. This piece is absolutely stunning! I can't believe you were actually able to get that result. I love it! I bet it makes such a fun addition to your room!

    I would love to have you share this at my first link party--

  27. This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm putting it on my FB page! Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday...I'm now following you via email. I can't wait to hear how you dry brush! :)

  28. LOVE the paint technique you used on this piece. It's perfect!

  29. Love it, love it, love it. Very nice finish.

  30. WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

    I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out:

    See you soon, I hope!

  31. Love this dry brush technique. The dark blue is so much better than the pale teal

  32. Just wanted to hop over and say THANK YOU for linking up with the frog last week! I absolutely love seeing what you have given new life too!
    We had a record breaking week; all because of you! Hope you will join us again tomorrow for the par-tay!

  33. she's beautiful with her new legs! the before was pretty gross!
    ps catching this post this week.

  34. Wow! I am impressed! Looks terrific!
    Thanks for sharing!

  35. That drawer chest really made a difference in the whole room. It looks elegant and beautiful together with other log furniture in the room. You have great taste and I am amazed by your creativity in making old furniture look even better than a new one.

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