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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two-toned Freebie Dresser

I found this awesome, nine-drawer, solid oak dresser for FREE on Craigslist.  The lady said she was giving it away because it had been sitting outside and the top was all weathered, and it was missing most of the pulls.  Neither of those things bothered me in the least because:  A) the top being weathered made it easy-peasy to sand down to bare wood, which I wanted to do in order to stain the top and B) I was going to replace the pulls anyhoo!  :)

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Yep.  That’s one weathered top alright.

 

So, after I almost broke my father-in-law enlisting him to help me pick up this heavy beast, I got out the course sandpaper and stripped what was left of the finish off the top with my palm sander.  I painted the base a creamy not-quite-white and stained the top a rich, deep mahogany stain.  I picked up some great black pulls from Hobby Lobby while they were half-off last week, and voila!

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I LOVE those pulls…

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Hope you love it as much as I do!!

 

This project is competing in the Furniture Makeover Challenge and the Roadkill Rescue Challenge over at The CSI Project!

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Also linking to:

My Backyard Eden, Blue Cricket Design, Bobbypins Boardwalk, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Life in the Fun Lane, Perfectly Imperfect, Thrifty Decor Chick

57 comments:

  1. Just found your blog, and this post is amazing! I love what you did with it...loved the two-tone look, very rich. bravo =)

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! It could have so many uses!Bet that lady would love to have it back now!

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  3. I really like this.....it looks so good, good job!

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  4. you did a great job, i am loving the stained top look these days as well!
    i have a CSN Stores giveaway on my blog right now and would love it you stopped by!
    xoxo

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  5. Mercy! Talk about a transformation!! This dresser is absolutely lovely.

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  6. GREAT REDO! I love the pulls. and even better, it was free! Don't you just love CL ?

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  7. That is the best FREE makeover yet!!!! Ka-Blam!

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  8. Fantastic knobs and I love the two toned look going on right now. Beautiful!

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  9. Gorgeous, this is the best "free" object ever!! Nice job...love the hardware!

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  10. Those are fantastic pulls/knobs, they're really great on the white. Really great job!

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  11. NO WAY! If that lady could see it now... she would cry. I love it. Oh my, oh my. I love it.
    Those pulls...it is gorgeous.
    Brooke

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  12. That's gorgeous. I've never seen pulls like that, they are very pretty. I need to find some fab free stuff!! Gonna keep looking...

    XO
    Lenore

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  13. You got that for FREE?! Amazing! I love what you did with it! It looks like a million bucks!

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  14. That's amazing!!! I love it! Can I have it? LOL!

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  15. Your dresser looks fabulous! The rich dark top contrasts wonderfully with the creamy lower ssection! And, the drawer pulls . . . wow!

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  16. Ann Marie, we ARE on the same wavelength! I absolutely ADORE that dresser! It turned out AMAZING! And I cannot believe someone was just giving that beauty away! Way to see the potential. :)

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  17. Awesome, girl!! Love it. And knowing how much work it is to strip and sand down, how awesome to find it mostly done for you!! Great job! Ooh, hope you can link up this weekend...b/c you are awesome, chick!! -shaunna :)

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  18. It looks very nice! Love the creamy white with the dark stained top. Nice contrast. What a great transformationfrom the original!

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  19. I love how it turned out! You're right, those knobs are beautiful! And I love that you stained the top instead of painting it. It really gives it a more elegant appearance. Great job!

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  20. amazing....I have a question, do you use spray paint or brush the paint on. I seem to see very little brush marks, and this is wonderful!

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  21. I looooove what you did to this tired, old dresser-great job! The contrasting dark top looks awesome, seems to be the trend these days. The pulls are perfect, too!

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  22. that looks great! it is so crisp and fresh and modern!

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  23. I love finds like this, especially when they are free!!! Great job it looks beautiful!

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  24. I think you need to bring it back to the lady and show her what you did. It would blow her mind. I love those pulls too. Where did you find em?

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  25. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

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  26. What an amazing redo! I am looking for the perfect dresser to redo myself.

    Hannah
    http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

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  27. This is the FINEST "FREE" piece of furniture I've ever seen! My Lands..it turned out gorgeous! Really Love the new pulls!

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  28. What a beaut! I was toying with the idea of doing a similar color scheme on my nightstand but hadn't seen any with the wood top. Thanks for sharing!

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  29. Wow that is beautiful! It's so different than before. Gorg!

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  30. Those drawer pulls ARE gorgeous Ann Marie! It looks fabulous. And the creamy paint with that mahogany top...just beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I saw you on craft gossip.
    I'm speachless!
    UAU!

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  32. absolutely amazing! so inspiring.

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  33. Oh my gosh! I do love it as much as you do! The pulls look wonderful on it and I just may have to do a project where I stain the top and paint the bottom. Really beautiful, Theresa

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  34. Just gorgeous! The drawer pulls are a home run.

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  35. Wow! I can't believe it's the same dresser! Great job!

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  36. Oh wow, that looks gorgeous! Love the crisp white with the dark stain - stunning. And those drawer pulls look amazing! Great job!!!

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  37. VERY CUTE!! I'm a follower! Come by and say hi at Sassy Sites! ;)

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  38. These last two projects are two of my fave of yours! I am in love with the drawer pulls. Now I am looking at my furniture trying to find something that needs pulls.

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  39. What a beauty! I must do this with my guest bedroom furniture. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. LOVE IT! What color/brand of white paint is this? It is the perfect color for this dresser I am painting!

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  41. This is super awesome - you had a great vision for it... I don't know that I would have seen it! :)

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  42. Very nice. I wouldn't have thought to do the top wood and paint the rest but it looks great.

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  43. Stunning! Love the colour combo too.

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  44. Your dresser looks SO good and I am in love with those pulls too!

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  45. This looks amazing! I am excpecting my first child and I got a smaller dresser for free and plan on painting it and turning it into a changing table! I LOVE the contrat of the black pulls! Gota love craigslist

    the kelton's cozy cottage

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  46. This looks great! Completely different piece! I love it!!

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  47. Love this one just as much as the other one!!

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  48. Your dresser is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love it! You could never buy anything prettier brand new, and certainly not for that price,eh?

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  49. What a great transformation! I love the drawer pulls.

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  50. Oh, wow!!!! It looks like a new showroom piece. Hope the previous owner doesn't read your blog. ;) You did a great job, and I love it in white. Visiting from The CSI Project today. :)

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  51. Very nicely done. I love the dark top with the white bottom.

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  52. I ABSOLUTELY love this! SO gorgeous! I love the mahogany, the not-so-white color, and the drawer pulls! I love it all! Great job!!

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  53. I love this and the pulls are so pretty.

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  54. Thanks for the inspiration: you have been pinned! I have an old dresser that I scored for free yesterday, and I think a two toned effect is just what she needs.

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