12.31.2009

The Caroline Dresser - Before and After

Before
I have been super excited to paint this little dresser slash side table for Faith's room. This dresser was "Built by John" and comes from the 1930s. It has some great detail which made it hard to paint because it has such a unique look to it already.

But we bit the bullet and gave it a special make over. I debated back and forth between white paint and a red paint. I am very happy with my choice.

After


We kept the original hardware to keep the antique feel and age on it. I did not want any updates on this one! Although the paint covered up part of the detail I believe the sand throughs and distressing highlighted the wood designs on the outer sides and around the cute feet of the dresser.

I am in love with this piece! And so happy with the results. Faith's room is about complete. I am still playing with pictures to put on the walls and another night table. But it is coming together.

Currently Mike is working on another dresser. It has a bit of a vintage feel to it as well. Check back to see it!


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31 comments:

Jill said...

Looks beautiful! Lucky Faith

sportzmom said...

Love it!

kathi @ traybella said...

this is sooo beautiful! you did a fab job on it.
kathi

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Good choice on the white tho I would have debated on it too. Love how you've brought out the wonderful detail and the distressing looks great.

Ro Magnolia said...

What a lovely makeover! The dresser has such beautiful lines and they seem to be so much more obvious with the antique white paint. Beautiful!

Debbie~ said...

Looove it, I've always loved the cottage look, and slowly have been going white. I so enjoy the feeling of peace that comes over me when I walk in the door of my sweet little cottage. Your beautiful dresser is dreamy in WHITE, such a beautiful makeover! Thanks for sharing! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Susan said...

Love the makeover! Isn't if such fun painting up an old piece of furniture? I have done it a few times myself and it's very satisfying.

Great job and thank you for sharing!
Susan
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Sherry said...

That is a wonderful transformation! The classic lines look fantastic white.
Sherry

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Beautiful Transformation ~ Hard to make that first swipe of the brush, but Stunning Results.....

shelly @ the familyblt said...

It came out beautifully! Love how you aged it! Visiting from HOH :)

Vintage Creations said...

That is a beautiful piece.. i thihnk the white totally highlights the shapes and lines! :)

Heather @ vintagecreationsinc.blogspot.com

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

I just found your blog and so glad i did - i had to become a new follower of coarse. I love all your transformations. Your dresser turned out awesome - and love the white! Come for a visit sometime :)

mrso' said...

gorgeous! i love these old vintage dressers!

Blue Artichoke Interiors said...

You brought out the best in this dresser. Well done!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

it looks great and you did a wonderful job of distressing!

I joined in the fun and came over from Transformation Thursdays

Carol

The Homesteading Apartment said...

I love this transformation (: Such a sweet piece that anyone would LOVE to have in their home...I know I would!

Michele
XOXO

Biljana said...

Wow!Beautiful makeover:)
I am your newest follower. Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

The white is perfect on it. Beautiful!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

oh my word, this is stunning.

The Decorating Diaries said...

I absolutely love the way this turnd out.

Janet

Rhiannon said...

great job! you have worked on some beautiful pieces of furniture! wow! where do you find them?

Debra@Common Ground said...

Just found your blog, and LOVE the dresser makeover. It's perfect white!
Debra

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, I love it!
It came out wonderful!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good night!
Leticia

Simple Organized Living said...

Look great!

I'm alway looking for new things to paint...your dresser turned out amazing.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but you absolutely ruined this piece. All that gorgeous detailing buried under paint -- so sad. I generally like painted furniture, but there's a certain level of workmanship that you gotta respect, since you can't really get those kinds of items today. Maybe you don't have the skill or desire to restore it -- but you should leave it for someone who does then, rather than spoiling it.

BB said...

Well I dont think it's ruined.. but I do have to wonder if the next generation of us DIY peeps will be using stripper to get off all the white paint we put on everything..These old dressers have stood the test of time.. they're still here while alot of the new particle board furniture is already in the landfill...I love the look of distressed white and black myself.. I wonder what the next craze will be.?? The dressers will still be here but what will we do to them..?? From the looks of things in magazines etc.. the whole Shabby movement is going out the window.. How will we update these pieces from here if we have gouged and distressed them so that the only thing they can be is Shabby?

Sassy Sites! said...

You never cease to amaze me!! I love this! Your talent is superb!! Thanks for sharing such a great piece!! I just painted over my great uncle's old dresser ... I debated it for some time (about 30 minutes) but, I decided that I could enjoy it soo much more MY way! It's YOUR dresser, so do with it what you want! xoxo!! Thanks for linking it up at Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!

Marni

Jamie said...

How beautiful. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Meg said...

It looks great! Wonderful job, as always!

ShantyGirl said...

I love this piece, beautiful job!
Sherry

LV said...

A remarkable makeover on the dresser.

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