1.14.2011

The Bodey Dresser Set - Before & After

BeforeThis is a 1976 Thomasville four piece dresser set we picked up a few months back. We recognized all of the lovely curved and contours from the get go and was excited to finally get to work on the set. After We opted for black in color because the pieces were more elegant than vintage. The door on the nine drawer dresser is contoured and provides another level of dimension to the piece. You can see at the base of the dresser the different levels of details. The drawers also have several levels of detail which highlight the new oil rubbed bronze pulls we used to enhance the beauty of the set and give it a bit of an update. I have been wanting to use these pulls for some time now and I think they work wonderfully on this set. Before After This four drawer tall dresser is where you can really identify the beauty of the rounded posts on each end.



The distressing really highlights all of the detail on the drawers and at the base of the dresser.
I neglected to get a before photo of this little nightstand but here is the after.


I imagine this set in a master bedroom or a guest room. Black is so versatile and splashes of color can change the look and feel of the room throughout the year.
Yes indeed, I plan to use the knobs and pulls on more pieces. They are functional and simple. There are so many elements happening on these pieces and we wanted something that blended in nicely so as not to take away from the overall design. I have to say these did the trick. Before
After
I cannot tell you how tempted I have been just to keep this mirror for myself. It is quite large and would work beautifully in an entry way or leaning on a side table or above a bathroom sink. The curves at the top along with the wood embellishment are brilliant.
I am off to tape a fun segment with Studio 5 this morning. We have a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and the air is crisp and cold. We are looking forward to the weekend and finishing up some furniture projects. We are working on an old Thomasville hutch and a buffet that we plan to finish in a white - with perhaps a splash of grey here and there. I cannot wait to see how it all works out!


Happy Friday!

46 comments:

oops! said...

Beautiful! I love it when you are on Studio 5!

Tara Lauren said...

As always, you knocked it out of the park!

Kathy said...

Just wanted you to know I come here with every post and am so impressed with everything, especially this what a lovely eye you have for all things to make them just perfect.

Jody said...

Gorgeous!! You are an inspiration!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those details really pop now! and the black paint kind of toned the piece down and made it much more classic.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh, I think black really was the perfect choice!

squishysandee said...

Beautiful. I'm trying to get up the courage to refinish my 80's bedroom set.
Did you just spray paint right over the old finish without sanding it and then after painted sanded in spots to get that wood finish showing through?
Looks great!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hey lady who always links up some of my favorite Frugal Friday posts...I never realized you are located in Centerville...I'm in Bountiful!!! I guess that means I could actually buy some of your fabulousness if I have a mind to, huh?

Have a great day!
Wendy

Dayna said...

I just absolutely love everything you do! I love your pieces, I love your color choices, I love your props and I love your distress technique- however you do it.

Jane said...

Looks fabulous. Black was a the perfect color choice for that furniture.
Jane

michelle said...

Those turned out gorgeous!!! I love the black with the distressing, you can really see the details and curves! I can see why you would want to keep the mirror, I love the frame and shape of it! You did fabulous on Studio Five!! Great advice and a great top 10, I am sorry that they cut it short. Still looking for the scale too, hopefully this summer I can find one for you! :) You were beautiful as always my friend!!

kathie said...

gorgeous!!!

Doug Eash said...

great job on all piece's

NanaDiana said...

Oh, Melanie! Way back in 1976 I SOOOO wanted that set..I yearned for that set...I longed for that set...I pined for that set...but we could not begin to afford even the first piece. We had my son and I was pregnant with my oldest daughter and we barely eked by..but I always loved that set...and then my girlfriend's husband bought the set for her after I showed it to her. I was happy for her but felt kind of "crushed"..if you know what I mean. I don't think she ever even thought about how I might feel because she was so excited to get it. Anyway, her set has been long gone and guess what? I like the way you have rehabbed it-even better than the original. Lovely...you do such lovely work! Hugs- Diana

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Looks fabulous. I love them painted black & distressed.

Chrissie said...

I love this set in the black! Your work is always fabulous. The distressing is perfect!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

These are beautiful! They just had to be your classic black finish. I hope we can see some of your Studio 5 segment!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Yet another amazing success!!! WOW!


m ^..^

Terry said...

Looks so much more expensive and so much better. Great job.

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Those pieces are beautiful. I am so partial to black rubbed back finish, which you do so well. Thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

It's all just gorgeous! You do great work. Nice taste.

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

Mel! Loved you on studio 5 and all your awesome junk! You looked beautiful!

Love your guts
mandi

kcjewel said...

I"m new to your blog and I'm loving it. Do you share your finishing technique?

Reenie said...

WOW! Beautiful.

Blogging by Pictures said...

it looks really good! :)

i am your newest follower! You are more than welcome to come join me. :)

Gypsy Brocante said...

Beautiful pieces ... you do great work!
thanks for sharing!
xo
Jill

Tonya said...

You did a fabulous job on these pieces! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Robyn's Nest said...

You did a beautiful job with these pieces. My mother owns a similar set from around 1978/79. It makes me cringe every time I see it. Now I see what it "can" be. I just sent her an email letting her know if she bought the paint and the spayer that I would do the work. I hope she says, "yes." Thank you for the inspiration.

Inspired by you said...

wow! The magic of paint! Looks good!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

wow...I would have been all over those pieces. You have done a brilliant job with these. Stunning...You should have no problem selling these quickly....

Take care,
Lisa

Dearest Home said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful!! They look awesome!

Brittany
www.dearesthome.blogspot.com

Goodnight moon said...

As always....this looks amazing! Absolutely love the way they all turned out! Awesome job!!!!

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

Your work is art! WOW!

AshTreeCottage said...

Terrific transformation!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

This is fantastic, I love it! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence.

The Crafty Side Of Life said...

So pretty! Great job!!!!

Please come visit my blog and be a follower!! I'm hoping to get to 50 before the weekend is over!!!

Pat said...

Oh, this is gorgeous!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The transformation of these pieces are just stunning. Love your vignette also. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Beth said...

Found your link up at Cottage Instincts blog. I just love how these pieces turned out! Fabulous job!

driftwoodesign said...

You did do a great finishing job with this set. However you did an even better job getting fabulous photographes of the black set. Keep up the great work!
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Dana said...

I have this very set...I have been psyching myself up to paint them! Seeing how beautiful these are might just be my motivation!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Wow - good call on painting them black it really brought out the elegance. And I did NOT see elegance in the "before" shots, ha! I especially love the detailed parts sanded it really makes them pop!

Sanctified Spaces said...

Fab peices.

Cristie said...

I love what a difference paint can make to a tired worn out piece. It all looks great! Paint makes the world a prettier place.

Heather@The Black's Best said...

Beautiful finish on these pieces...I need the dresser for my house!

Karyn said...

I love them. Do you wax the pieces to give them a nice even finish?

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