Sunday, August 26, 2012

A country vignette

I have my eyelids propped open with paint brushes ( Purdy ) trying to get this post out because I don't think I'll have the time tomorrow to actually sit for too long -

I don't think I ever posted the photo of this dresser - so here is the before ( it's the photo from Craigs list so not the best - as if mine are LOL ) 

it's a good solid antique piece but had none of the usual character these old pieces have - so had to add some on my own - and I'm not even sure it works - sometimes appliques can kind of look " forced " and not natural to the piece at all, right?

and I definitely posted the photo of this

The dresser did not come with a mirror - and none of the ones I had looked right - so I painted these 2 pieces as a set - using ASCP Pure white and Paris gray
Oh and I have such a great tip for you - for those of  you that use Pure white you know it does not cover in one coat like the other colors right? Sometimes it even takes 3 coats and this is expensive paint - so what I do now is I put 1 coat on first - and then I use a coat of Behr Ultra White Flat on top - and if it needs a 3 coat - at least I'm only using the ASCP twice.........................

The shelf has hooks to hang on the wall - but I kind of like it sitting on the dresser  - I've include the rocker because they're all painted the same colors and am going to try to sell it as a set.
Doesn't the applique look a little weird on the middle drawer?  I had to put it there though because there was an engraved design on that drawer and this covered it..................

It was already painted silver ( I literally took it off the wall in the dining room to put it on the dresser ) so I just dry brushed it with white...........
And once again I used my back plates to add a little pizazz - and glass knobs

this is how the back plates look by the way before I spray painted them

home depot in case you're interested - great value at 1.99 each - 

then I snuck into the bedroom to get a basket and tray to " stage " because I simply cannot wait until the morning - and very quietly began to sneak back out - and walked right into the door that had closed behind me when I went in ( ^&%&*$ crooked victorian flats - the doors never stay open!!! ) waking John up - 
and trust me, some conversations simply cannot be repeated.
But my nose feels like some damage was done - lol

Looks ridiculous actually doesn't it, lol - definitely was not worth waking him up for, poor guy.
But it does hide the fact that I didn't put the handles in the bottom drawer.  It's all smoke and mirrors with me.

Reve - ( dream ) probably what he was in the middle of doing

and definitely what I SHOULD be doing ......................since it's 2.30 in the morning

I have to finish this tomorrow morning - and get it listed for sell - the house is getting crowded again!

Oh and one last question - I'm really curious if this happens to anyone else - sometimes when I plug the camera in - the screen pops up and tells me there's nothing to download - when I've just taken photos!
Tonight it happened 4 times before they finally uploaded.
I wanted to take the camera and smash it into the wall - ( but that's not me talking - that's the menopausal seriously sleep deprived manic mama speaking ) 

I took a sleeping pill 2 hours ago - and it's definitely working now.  ( I know they aren't good for you - but they are definitely the lesser of 2 evils at this stage in my life ) 

Good night, sleep t...........................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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  1. Hi Suzeq! Thanks for stopping by! I came over to check your blog out and I love the fact you were up at 2:30 doing all this! You cracked me up! I hear ya about the nos sleep thing and sleeping pills!Note the fact I'm writing this at 4 am! I hate using them but it is better then me sleep deprived!! Ask my hubby! LOL I love the dresser! I think it looks perfect! Traci

  2. Hi Suzy! Thanks for visiting and following my little blog :) I love your midnight furniture capers... too funny! Glass knobs are so beautiful, my fav! Jo x

  3. Love the dresser with hutch, looks like they were meant to be! Great save once again... Don't feel bad about the pills, I frequently take Tylenol PM because of aches and pains.. ;) - SusAn

  4. Hey Suzan...A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get some sleep. Whatevs, as my daughter would say!

    Love the set, I can't believe how the shelf fits perfectly on the dresser. Very serendipitous. And I do love the trim you added. But I'm in love with those back plates! Next time I'm at the Deep, I will definitely look for them!

    (I've been so busy with family matters, can't wait to get back to painting myself!)

  5. Hi Suzan, thanks for stopping by That Old House, and of course I'll become a Follower!
    I have all too many 2am crazy projects in my past! I cannot STOP getting bargains in antiques and vintage and slapping them into shape to sell.
    But isn't it fun?
    And I am SO lucky I have a patient husband.

  6. I just love this project. I love the applique and think you should have added it to all three drawers. Love how the shelf fits perfectly on the dresser top. Very nice !!

  7. I love this project and I like the folors and the knobs you chose. Great job.


  8. Suzyq - pairing those two pieces together was genius! You added so much value to such a simple piece. Well done!

  9. Hi Suzan: I did come by and am now following you. I can just see you stumbling around in the dark, but only because I have been known to do that too. I do my best work when my husband in in bed (with the dog) and the house is so peaceful and quiet. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts and thanks for coming by the Cottage and leaving such kind words and comments..Happy Monday..Judy

  10. Me again. I forgot to tell you how pretty the dresser turned out. It all looks great and I really like those back plates for the knobs..Judy

  11. That's gorgeous! You did a great job. I wished we lived closer and I'd buy it!! Sorry about the nose!

  12. Hi Suz, I hope you saw the comment I put on Kristys blog in response to yours, your so cute, made me cry. I love the dresser it looks great and the shelf looks great with it. I think the set will sell quick. As for the pics my camera does that too, I name all of my old pics so you can tell that I just downloaded pics because they don't have a title but they are not the pics i just downloaded. Until I highlight them and download them, then I see the pics.Hope that makes sense lol
    I wake up my grumpy bear all the time, bumping around in the night. Isn't menopause fun grrrrrrr what I wouldn't give for one night of full sleep with no night sweats, tossing and turning and getting up to pee 3 or 4 times.

  13. I am freaking out over how awesome this is! Is there a limit to your talent?! Please keep it coming :)

    Hugs, Tanya

  14. Such a beautiful transformation, my friend! It's amazing how a bit of paint can revive something that was once overlooked.
    Thanks for sharing your new pieces!

  15. Wow!!! The transformation is just incredible. I can't believe how amazing you made it look.

  16. pretty! i love the color combo and love the shelf added to the dresser!

  17. I love it! The middle drawer looks great BTW. Really like how the 2 pieces go together. New follower!

  18. Oooh, I just love the handles on this one. Great job!

  19. The hardware is gorgeous and I love the color, too! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,


  20. It looks great. Love the hardware. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  21. Love your ingenuity of adding the shelves instead of a mirror. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party

  22. Those two pieces go together just right. Like what you have done to them. My camera also does the no loading thing which is so annoying.

  23. You did an AMAZING job! Love, love, love the knobs! :)

  24. Beautiful! :)
    My camera has pulled the no load trick before too and no clue why

    1. Hi Debra- you're a no reply blogger!
      The camera thing is soooo frustrating lol

  25. What a beautiful job! Love it! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  26. Amazing job, so very pretty now. Love how you re-cycled from 1 wall to this piece (scroll). Love those knobs. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  27. Oh girl your crackin me up. I think it was the sleep deprived woman that was talkin and not the actual you. I love both pieces and think the scroll looks great. I love the back plates. They really look great with the glass knobs. Thanks for telling us about Home Depot. So happy to have you share your talent with SYC.

  28. I don't think you'll have any trouble selling it as a set, it looks great!

  29. Wow! I have a dresser just like what you did to it!


  30. RĂªve! LOVE it!! WOW!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  31. Gorgoeus hardware Susan. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

  32. Just beautiful! I know what it's like to go without sleep and things just don't go right. Just 2 days ago, late at night, I sent an angry email to a company for not responding as quickly as they said they would to a problem. The next day I realized that I had overlooked their message in my inbox due to my lack of sleep. I felt like such an idiot. Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty!

  33. Great job, it looks gorgeous! I love the grey and white combo.

    Thanks for linking it up to the Keep Calm & Link Up party - see you again next week :)

  34. Suzan, you are too funny! Maybe because I can so relate to you. Thoughts of smashing cameras and other technical wonders, flashes of menopause and never enough time to sleep ~ it's no wonder we need a creative outlet yeah? Love how you replaced the mirror with the shelves, how clever!! Stopping by via 2805's Potpourri Party, have a Great Weekend, Shelly

  35. I love this so much Suzan. You are my furniture painting hero.

  36. Beautiful! And I'm reading this at 4:27am, so that should tell you something!

  37. Susan,
    These are so beautiful You always do such a great job with your redo's. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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