Monday, May 17, 2010

A Terrific Turquoise Dresser

I bought this dresser through craigslist, what seems like, seven years ago.  Seriously, it’s been sitting in my garage for almost two years.  I loved the inlaid wood and didn’t want to cover it up with paint but I did want color.  Soooo color stain was my solution.  Except, I’ve never stained anything before so it wasn’t as easy as slapping a coat of paint.  There was sanding involved (lots of it) and I hardly sand anything.  After all, that’s one more step!  Ok, I’m rambling now.  Here’s the dresser in its “raw” state.

I liked the original knobs it came with but a couple were missing.  I replaced them and saved the original knobs for any future project.

Sun Kissed Boy #2 loves to help me.  But FYI, if you’re staining, it’s not a great idea to have your 3-year-old help.  It’s not as easy to cover up their “masterpieces”.  I had to sand down his work of art and re-stain.  More steps!!

Here’s the dresser with one coat of the stain.

I sanded it with 220 grit paper to let some of the inlaid wood details show through.  I'm not crazy about how that came out but I'm letting it marinate.  I added the knobs and TAH, DAH!!!

I want to use it in our entry way but first I have to talk Sun Kissed Husband to help me move what’s there now.  It’s a heavy piece and I don’t want to throw it away.  But I really don’t want to hear the sticking-ONE-MORE-thing-in-the-garage speech so I have to wait until the right moment to ask.  You know what I’m talking about, ladies.  There are certain moments when we ask our husbands to do certain pain-in-the-butt jobs for us.  And it’s not the day he’s to watch the kids while you’re off to a jewelry party.  I will post pics in the near future (hopefully) once it’s in place.

I do love the color!  What do you think??!!


Update (09.14.10):
It finally found a home!  Check out all the details here.
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40 Sunny Notes:

Pink and Polka Dot said...

looks great! i love the color! fantastic job!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh what a fantastic DIY project. You are one clever and creative gal.

I finally finished a project I have been working on for 23 years.

Pop on by.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Your dresser turned out great! I love the color.
gail

Gina said...

What a great project! I love the color, and the cool pulls on the drawers. Nice work!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Your dresser looks happy in its great new color and sparkly bling. And I TOTALLY get the "sticking-one-more-thing-in-the-garage" speech because I've heard it 1000 times myself.

Jo said...

I love the colour as well!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That is s nice substantial dresser and looks so cheerful in that color! It's so great your sons helped to paint it. Happy "T" day

Julie Schuler said...

fantastic color! It's all robin's eggy.

Theresa said...

Love it! I'm a big fan of turquoise!

My name is PJ. said...

What an improvement! Just beautiful!

laterg8r said...

very cool color :D

Jenny said...

Yanet! You are really the master of recycled furniture vision I think!

I loved your transformation of this plain piece of furniture into something so contemporary. But what? No alphabet stencils on here?

This was a terrific stop!

Thanks for participating!

A+

A 2 Z said...

Well that looks a thousand times better. Now you need to rest and join me at my Tea Party at my blog. I'm a new follower. Cant wait to see what else you will refurbish.

Anne-Marie

Viki said...

I never knew that had stains that color. It turned out great. Really very colorful. Great T post.

AshTreeCottage said...

Great transformation, great color!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Brenda said...

I love the color also. Should look quite wonderful where ever you put it.

Jingle said...

lovely blue,
very sweet t post!

Linda said...

Love that color and I think the stain is perfect and lets the patten of the inlay show through.

mub said...

That's a really fun color!

Anna said...

What beautiful work you have done! Lovely colour! You should be proud of yourself!
As far as your last comments about asking your husband to do you a favour. Yes, I know exactly what you mean. You try to read his mood. You clean the kitchen extra nice or cook something he likes...
But why is it so?
In any case you did a great staining job and have made a great T-post about it!
Best wishes,
Anna

Anna's Ts

Christy said...

it is a great color...the piece is completely transformed--darling!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Absolutely love the color!

Do you want to come by and refinish all of the furniture in my house? Ok, maybe just some of it? Ok, maybe just my old table that looks like crap?

jeff campbell said...

I think Turquoise is such a swell color...I have a lot of Turquoise jewelry and stones...great post...peace and blessings

Terra said...

what a great chest and a great color...I love it!

Cheryl said...

I would be the lone dissenter since I prefer wood grain to be seen. However, given what you had to work with, using the light turquoise stain and shabby chic rubbing, I think this came out great.

Great T and awesome helper you had there even if you had to redo his artwork.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love turquoise....the dresser looks good.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I love this color, great job!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I love the turquoise, it goes so nice with those knobs!

XO
Lenore

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I've never used color stain before, but you've made me want to give it a try! It looks beautiful.

Life in Rehab said...

Gorgeous! I love the color, and I want to take a bite out of your little helper's tiny pot belly.

Chic Creations said...

Wow! You did a beautiful job on this dresser. I really like the color. Thanks for sharing.
karie @ karieschiccreations

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wonderful job on this piece and great color.

Ανεράιδα said...

Great color, beautiful dresser!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oooh- this was from back before i followed you and i hadn't seen it. gorgeous!!!

Andi said...

I think this turned out beautifully!!! love the color and the distressed look! just awesome!

thriftytickle said...

I love the color too! I'd be honored if you would drop by and link up to Vintage Suitcase Friday!

Chris said...

Such a happy transformation. Well done!

Jennifer said...

I didn't even know there was such a thing as color stain. Awesome, I can't wait to try that out. You did a great job, love that you let your little one "help." I let our 21 month old son help me too on a book shelf I did for his room, it definitely added more steps to the process.
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paperglueetc said...

I love it!

carolyn said...

i like the color- and who would have thought, turquoise stain!

i also love the little stool underneath- it's adorable.