Wednesday, February 23, 2011

From blah to ooh la la!

After completing our entryway makeover, I was determined to lighten other areas of our home as well.  I was loving the lighter, brighter colors and the crispness they added to our home.  So, I decided to move into the living room (just off the entryway).

We have a small dresser that once belonged to my Granny and Pop that sits between our two front windows.  It is nothing special, just a small pine dresser, but I love it because it belonged to them.  It houses our smaller board games, decks of cards and such.  So, it is a great storage piece!  I wasn't however loving the dark color I'd painted it years ago (it didn't turn out the color I had anticipated, but I was willing to live with it). 

Here's a couple not so great pics of the before.  (couldn't find a full length shot)




a really bad side view!


So, with the sunny weather we've been experiencing I decided to take it outdoors and give it the paint job it deserved.  I ended up spraying the drawers with Rustoleum's white Laquer spray paint, but rolled the cabinet with our trim paint as the wind was giving me fits when I got to the cabinet part.  I lucked out because the two colors are identical and you can't tell the difference.  I then distressed the edges of the cabinet and the drawers with fine sandpaper to reveal a bit of the old paint.

Here's a shot of the drawers up close...


And, the dresser finished and with its' new accessories (white porcelain lamp with burlap shade-Target, iron tray-Southern Living at Home, framed picture-Brighton, candle, vase and reed diffuser-all Pottery Barn).








I love how it turned out!!  I will be making some other changes to the room, and hope to reveal those soon.  The sea shell mirror is something I made a few years ago.  It is a store bought mirror that I hot glued shells that we have collected on our many vacations over the years.  It was a great way to display them!  However, I'd recommend wearing gloves...I had many a burnt fingers during that project!!!

15 comments:

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Nice when you can use a family piece and give it new life. Sounds like one you wouldn't want to part with but now it fits your decor. Love the fresh new white!!! Looks great, Lauren! ~xo~ Michelle

Decorchick! said...

I love it Lauren!! So so pretty! Really made a big difference. I love your light and bright entry redo too!

Judy said...

I love being able to use family pieces that hold a place in our hearts. You did a great job and I'm loving that lamp and lampshade!

Judy

emily said...

It looks fabulous!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Yeah girl!! You are ROCKING the furniture/vignette look these days. So, so pretty. Looks great.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Looks fabulous much brighter!
XO
Kristin

Jen@Organized-Design said...

It looks so great now. I love the dark handles on the white finish. And I think that is the perfect amount of black coming through. Great job!

Kirsten Krason said...

The shell mirror is beautiful. Looks great!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Wow your shell mirror is absolutely gorgeous. I have one that is all covered in beach glass! I am your newest follower!

xo

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I love the lamp and shade!! looks great!

classic • casual • home said...

Sorry you injured your fingers but the mirror is stunning.
Mary Ann

Michaela said...

Oh I love this! It's so cute. The drawer pulls are great (:

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Just stopping in to say hi!!
XO
Kristin

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

ooh- I love the shape and color of that lamp!!

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I love the shape and color of that lamp!!