Thursday, 6 March 2008

Distressed Dresser

Life is a bit busy at the moment. Whilst I am reluctant to tempt fate and actually start packing in case the house sale falls through I have been sorting through the vast amount of things we seem to accumulate. Living by William Morris's maxim to 'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful' is just too difficult but I am trying very hard to de-clutter and I do actually enjoy disposing of things I just do not need anymore and which may be of use to someone else. All very cathartic.
As a little light relief (!) I have been painting. We bought this dresser when we were first married and I no longer liked it. It was either spend about £1500 on a new white dresser I had seen and liked or paint the old one so here it is before and after.

I also painted a wooden chandelier that a friend didn't want anymore.


I know just the place this is going to go in our new home (fingers crossed!).

17 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed! Love the new look dresser, it does look great white!
    Kimx

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  2. What a transformation on the dresser, you wouldn't think it was the same one, looks great in white, and the chandelier. Bet you're itching to get moved and put everything in it's new places.
    Lucy x

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  3. The dresser looks just amazing. A real improvement. That maxim seems 'Shaker' and i for one could not keep to it! Fingers crossed for the sale and purchase.

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  4. Your blue and white does look lovely against the newly painted dresser, you have made a very nice job of it, I must say. x

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  5. You're a braver woman than me! I've got a very large oak dresser, we bought it on Ebay a couple of years ago, we've thought about painting it white a la Laura Ashley but I'm too scared! What if we hate it? Yours looks fab,you've done a good job there.

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  6. Hi there - thanks for your comments on my blog - I'm glad the pics of Scarborough bought back memories for you. Unfortunately the Grand is really disappointing nowadays, for such a beautiful building. when we moved here, a year ago, we saw it and said "we must go there for tea" - when we looked inside, it was like we were somewhere else - they were serving a 2 for a fiver menu, and happy hour at the bar - such a shame! I have heard though, that they are doing a scheme of refurbishment so fingers crossed they can bring back some of its former glory
    Natalie x
    P.S - Love your dresser

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  7. Now you've started with the painting it'll be all over for you...everything with get the brush treatment, its a teribble addiction!! Look fab though

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  8. Oh my goodness the dresser looks fabulous, and that wooden chandelier looks so good.
    Love Alison x

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  9. Ahh the dresser looks amazing. I'm a true fan of the white brush at the moment. Busy painting everything I own in white paint!! :o

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  10. Amazing what a coat of paint does isn't it, bet you've fallen in love with the dresser all over again. Crossing fingers and toes for you.

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  11. Dresser looks brilliant. Tricia

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  12. Hi Ohsovintage. Just thought i'd tell you about my new shop, where i've made paintings into mugs, t shirts, mousemats, etc. I thought you might like to make a shop yourself with your lovely designs etc. No i've nothing to do with the company! I've just enjoyed making my items and have even sold a couple! It's free, the company makes up and sends the goods and you take 10% commission. Not bad for some designing. Anyway take a peek here and i thought maybe Rosie would be interested with her fab photos! Hope all's well with you and the house.
    Lynn’s Shop

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  13. Oh fiddle. I'm hopeless at links. It's at www.zazzle.com/Lynn_Ede anyway! Sorry.

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  14. Good luck with the move, I know just how you feel. You can't really do anything until you've exchanged can you? Luckily we exchanged last week and are set to move on the 28th (eeek, can't wait!). I love your dresser, you've done a fab job and saved yourself a lot of money in the process! x

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  15. wow that dresser looks so chic
    i am on the look out for old furniture at the moment to do this sort of thing with
    i have already done a few pieces in my home and it was such fun
    elizabeth-anne
    x

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  16. Just popped by to wish you a very Happy Easter.
    Lucy x

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  17. Thank you so much for your comment - yes we are loving it in our new house but like yourselves it will be a long time before we have made our mark on it. i am soooo pleased to see the pics of your dresser I am trying to get one on ebay fro my new kitchen. We have found the price of a hire van for the dayt which has opened our area up a bit - I am watching two at the moment on ebay but just dont know whci to have as they are both buy it now - what a quandry.......... Will keep watching it sounds like you are going to have a smooth ride with your sale. Its a bit lie childbirth - I have forgotten the bad days now!!

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