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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Perfect Plum Dresser

Remember the post I did ages ago about wanting to paint something plum?  Well, I finally took the plum plunge, and it wasn’t so scary after all!  :)

I picked up this little dresser with a gloppy black paint job, but I could see that it was a diamond in the rough.  It’s got obvious age to it, with pretty brass keyholes (that had also been painted over) and caster wheels.

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I didn’t need to sand it back down to the wood, but I did need to sand down the gloppy paint job, so I could have a smooth surface to repaint.  When I started sanding, all that black came off pretty easily.  Whomever painted it didn’t prime over the last paint job, which had been polyurethaned.  When the black started coming off, I saw this underneath:

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Lovingly painted by someone’s mom before I was even born:

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Someone had given it new life for their child in 1978, and here I was about to renew it again.  I love that!

Once I sanded the surface nice and smooth, I broke out my perfect plum, Folklore by Behr.  Mine was a flat enamel, paint and primer in one.  I picked it up at the mistint counter at HD for just $1 for the quart.  Gotta love mistints!  (I still plan on adding a satin Verathane top coat for added durability and ease of cleaning, but I couldn’t WAIT to share it!!)

I bought a big lot of old Victorian pressed brass pulls that I’ve been selling at The Hob Knobery Etsy shop, and I decided to put together a mix and match assortment of them for an eclectic look.  (I still have more of most of these in the shop, so hop on over if you’re interested.)  And don’t they look great with the brass keyholes!!  Ta da!!!

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She’s a classy and sophisticated broad, she is.  It was a super fun project.  Can’t wait to get her in Livy Lou’s, hopefully later this week.

Got another great one for you, probably tomorrow!  Bustin’ ‘em out!  :)

Linking to:

House of Grace, Sassy Sites, Primitive & Proper, Domestically Speaking, Somewhat Simple, Perfectly Imperfect, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Sassy Sites, Chic on a Shoestring, Miss Mustard Seed, Family Ever After, Tatertots and Jello, I Heart Naptime

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28 comments:

  1. I love the purple. It turned out so pretty.

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  2. Love it! Love that you're back!

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  3. Love that you found a secret from the past underneath that gloppy back paint.I've been thinking of doing something in plum myself...I guess I need to hit up the mis-tint's.

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  4. I love it! Great job!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  5. i love it with that hardware= so elegant! sorry i have not replied to your email yet- sawyer had surgery and emmy is finally better after a 6 day bug. it's been crazy.

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  6. Awesome color. The hardware is beautiful too.

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  7. love that color!! i'm currently working on a project with a very similar color, so it's cool to see one done already :)

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  8. Always great to see something fresh and new. Don't think I've seen anyone pull plum off in blogland. Love the handles, very one-of-a-kind and Livy Lou-worthy.

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  9. oh yeah...love that plum!!! It looks lovely!!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  10. This piece is fabulous!! Loving that hardware too!

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  11. This really is a beautiful piece. The plum is the perfect shade of purple!

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  12. I think I would have passed over that one ~you made it look awesome!

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  13. Great color and I love the mismatched drawer pulls!

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  14. Awesome! I just painted some plum pieces today, I'll share soon. I like the idea of using mismatched handles, very cool!
    Jannet ~ Simple Matters (for some reason I couldn't leave a comment with my google ID)

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  15. LOVE the FOlKLORE!!! When you posted about that color ages ago I went right to the store and bought it!! Been too chicken to apply, but now having seen this...LOOOOVEEEEE!!! Weekend project for sure:)

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  16. The color is great and the mismatched handles set it of beautifully. I love it!

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  17. This is one of my favorite colors ever! I featured it on my blog today. :) Great job!

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  18. I love this piece! the hardware is awesome. I recently did a very similar piece in teal, I think I seriously NEED to paint something this color!

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  19. Oh my gosh I LOVE this! The color is perfection & I have a major thing for all keyholes :) So beautiful! Now I have an urge to go paint something plum-y...

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  20. Very pretty! I love that plum. And the mismatched hardware? Adorable! Love it!

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  21. Excellent color! Thanks for your courage in color! It's inspiring.

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  22. The plum colors and brass pulls are beautiful together! Looks great.

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  23. Oh this is just so pretty. The plum color is perfect to show off that stunning hardware! A mustard yellow runner across the top of your dresser would be a wonderful accent! Come link this up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  24. Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor.Consultoria RH

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  25. Im a little sad that you painted over it again :(

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