This little contemporary stenciled dresser or night stand and I have a love – hate relationship. I do like it…and I’m happy with the way it turned out..mostly. It’s just that it needed so much more TLC than I planned for. But, in the end it turned out beautifully and came with a big surprise.
Should I backtrack a little and start from the beginning?
I picked up this little dresser at a local thrift store. The manager mentioned there were extra screws in one of the drawers as I was walking out with it.
I was sure I checked the drawers before buying it, I usually check out everything. Later, I realized one drawer would only open about an inch. There was something jammed inside. Wow, that’s a lot of screws I was thinking as we turned it upside down and pushed the object away.
Look what fell out!
SURPRISE!!! 24 crochet hooks, 4 pairs of knitting needles, 8 rug hooks, 13 small trimming scissors, tailors chalk, 3 boxed Gingher dressmaker shears/scissors in pristine condition.
No, I didn’t hear anything as I was carrying the dresser to my car. Later, as I was looking over it I saw a few things that needed minor repair.
I finished washing, prepping and then painted it with Smokescreen by APC that’s American Paint Company if you were curious. By then I’d discovered a few more little items I had to repair 🙁
Read How to Paint a Dresser in 7 Steps if you’re new to furniture painting, it will be a big help if you’re working on a project like this one.
I bordered the drawer edges with Homeplate, also an APC paint and pulled out my stencils to see how I could jazz this baby up a bit. I wanted to drastically update the style to make a contemporary stenciled dresser. After looking at it for a while, all through dinner and every time I walked by, I decided to only add the stencil pattern down the front of the drawers.
And I liked it. A lot:)
I gave it a few coats of APC clear wax. When I stood back I noticed the wax was blotchy..just some dark spots here and there. Grrr. Really? At this point I was kind of over the little dresser, cute stenciled front or not, big surprise and all. It had already taken up way more time than I planned on giving it! I thought just finish it and move on.
When it was time to put the handles back on..I’d lost one, or maybe it was never there? Uhmm, yeah. Wendi, you need to pay better attention I thought to myself not necessarily with those words.
Guess what? I liked the little dresser even more with the new handles . It’s been a few days, the wax has mostly evened out. My little contemporary stenciled dresser and I are on much better terms.
My mom used to say there was something in the air when crazy things happened. I’d like to agree, but this time I know it was all me. This week I was trying to get too many things done at once. Contrary to my own thinking, I guess I’m not nearly as “super” as superwoman 😉
I’m very happy with how my contemporary stenciled dresser turned out. I also learned a few things about being more careful when I’m looking at furniture to refinish! All the goodies I found? I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. Any suggestions?
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This came out great! I love the colors that you chose:)
I’d love it if you shared this at my weekly link party!
Hi Ashleigh and thank you for your visit. I will definately try to stop by. Thanks so much for your visit!
This turned out awesome!! It was super smart to sure up the bottom. I have some pieces that I should do that to. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Thanks so much Marie. The veneer was splitting at the bottom in layers..ugh! Since dressers get slid around, I wanted those layers to really stick and be strong. Have a good weekend!
Pamela Smith says
I think it looks great! It is frustrating when things don’t go as planned, but it came out good in the end!
Thnak you Pamela:) You are so right, it is frustrating…but I completely forget about that when a piece turns out well:) Thanks so much for stopping by!
What a pretty little piece! I don’t have much talent when it comes to using stencils but yours turned out flawless :0) I have tried a few times but I ALWAYS seem to smudge somehow:( Well done!
Hi Terry! I didn’t always love stenciling, but now I do. The big trick is keeping the stencil brush dry. The paint goes on dry and there are no more smudges:) Thanks so much for your visit & comment!
I love the way your little dresser turned out, well worth the the time. IT looks like the perfect piece for your waterside bungalow.
Thank you Patty! When I look at it now, I’m happy with the way it came out. I’ve been planning a stenciled dresser for a while and I think this was a good fit for the project. Thanks so much for your kind words and visiting today:)
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says
Oh wow! I can’t believe all those goodies you found stashed away in this dresser! I wonder if you could sell them on eBay or Craigslist in a bundle? I’m sure there’s a crafter/knitter/sewist out there who would LOVE them. And I hate that when projects end up taking double, triple, or even quadruple the time I initially planned for; in fact, it happens to me all too often because I’m a slow-poke. But this looks GORGEOUS in the end, Wendi. Well worth in the effort IMHO!
Lauren, We think alike. I’m thinking eBay for the assortment. I believe my little stash is worth a lot more than I paid for the dresser so I guess I can’t grumble about the extra time this little project took. I respect your humble opinion & thank you kindly for saying it’s so pretty! You know furniture is one of my favorite projects! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks at the blogger meet-up!!