Tuesday, April 15, 2014

the last redo: a flora and fauna highboy

So I'm a liar liar pants on fire. (On a related note, have you seen this. Hi-larious.) 

I said that I was done with refinishing furniture, but I had this gathering dust (literally) in our garage. You can see what it looked like before here

My rational 29 year old self tells me that a dresser is an inanimate object and shouldn't give me that many problems, but apparently I'm the kind of person that can be bullied by things that don't have brains. Because this dresser gave me a bazillion issues and made me have to think way out of the box. 

Truth. I fully redid this dresser 3 times before coming to the final redo. Dedication baby. Or insanity. 

So here.


Before Julia. 

After Julia.

Flowers. Enough Said. Who doesn't love flowers? Maybe I got my obsession from Aubrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (I've a right to sell flowers if I keep off the kerb. I'm a respectable girl: so help me, I never spoke to him 'cept so far as to buy a flower off me) but I love me some floral and fauna.

I was concerned with it looking too much like either a. a wedding cake b. something circa 1986 or c. a hippie flower power tribute. I hope (and think) that it doesn't look like any of the above 3 possibilities. Maybe I made this dresser's life a little better? Yeah. I think so

At first this dresser gave me a truck load of unforeseen challenges. When we brought it home, I thought it would be a quick update because the lady had some good bones. But then the carved boarders threw me and the hardware and OK really that's only 2 things but it felt like a lot more. I tried painting it pink and painting the boarders white. Flop. I tried painting it light gray and doing a Miss Mustard Seed detail job. Flop #2. So I shoved the dumb dresser into the corner of the garage and left it for months.

I'm not really sure how the idea of the flowers came to be. My sewing fabric skills are a big fat zero so my sweet friend Heather made the flowers and I love the that it's not a traditional dresser, but that it's not on the train to funky town.

A few more deets in case you're interested.

The original boarders were filled with wood filler.

The paint color is Antique White by General Finishes.

The knobs are Hobby Lobby.

The fabric for the flowers is a basic cotton blend and I attached them with a dab of super glue.

And one more Eliza Doolittle quote because isn't she everyone's favorite flower girl?

The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated. 

Well said Ms Doolittle. Well said. We'll call this dresser Eliza after you.

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  1. I love it, very unique, but it works. I love projects that are outside of the box. Great job.

  2. You're such an amazing out-of-the-box thinker! I miss your furniture re-dos. They're always so inspiring! I really love this and I'm totally copying it sometime. ;) Have you seen where people dip the fake flowers in plaster? That would be cool too.

  3. this is so fresh and funky!!!!!!!! love and i miss your redos, too!

  4. That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! I wish it were mine

  5. You are a wild and crazy girl! And that is one fun dresser!

  6. Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this so much. You are SO TALENTED! I love calling it "Eliza," from my fair lady. It is beautiful and inspiring. It is perfect and just right with spring arriving and everything beginning to blossom. You are a gifted lady and I am so proud of ALL you do.

  7. I never think this far outside of the box! Wish I did because I am clearly missing out! Wow! Wonderful creation and use of creativity.

  8. I never think this far outside of the box! Wish I did because I am clearly missing out! Wow! Wonderful creation and use of creativity.

  9. Hi Julia!
    So nice to see a beautiful piece from you! This one is amazing. Just when I think what you do is awesome, you totally top it. Amazing! I have to tweak my party link though...would you mind clicking over and relinking it? Thanks lady!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. Wow Julia, your gorgeous dresser makeover caught my eye at the Furniture Feature Friday Party. This is so pretty and creative. Great job!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  11. The flowers are such a fun idea! And I love the knob color. We have a dresser in our bedroom that is about the same original color. It needs a makeover real bad. I'm featuring this at my link party tonight and pinning!

  12. Wow, that is one gutsy dresser and I love me some gutsy-ness! :) I'd love it if you linked this up at the Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday happening on Kammy's Korner. :) Pinning!

  13. I am begging you....come out of retirement! You have too much amazing creativity to not paint. Just one piece a month!! Please? this dresser is amazing!!


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