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Monday, April 16, 2012

“Arizona State of Mind” Subway Sign Dresser

Ever since I saw this tremendous subway art dresser over at Lindauer Designs, I knew this was a project that I had to tackle myself.

As a native Arizonan, I am a self confessed arizonaphile. I love Arizona, it's landmarks, it's history, and it's people. So it seemed only natural that if I were to create a subway art dresser, it would celebrate the Copper State.

So the first step for this project was to make a list of Arizona places of interest to be included. With the help of my faithful Facebook fans, I came up with a list that was quite a bit longer than what I needed, so I could pick and choose based on which letters I had and what space I needed to fill, since I wanted a pleasing aesthetic.


This old dresser needed a bit of structural work before I could think about getting to painting. From the before pic, you can see the gaping hole where a bottom drawer should be. I cut a piece of wood to fit and made a faux drawer that is hinged for a little extra storage cubby.

The legs also needed some serious work. The brace between the front and back legs was missing on one side and one foot looked liked it had been chewed by a dog. I decided the best course of action would be to use my electric jig saw and cut the legs off. It's a tall sucker, so it could use to loose a few inches anyways.


Once the structural issues were dealt with, I set to work with my paint brush. The first layer was a dry brushed white.


I used a white primer for this. No need to be fancy since we're going for a rustic look on this piece. Since you're using very, very little of the primer on this layer, it dries very quickly. By the time you're done painting it on, you'll be ready for the next step, which is adding the typography.

Like the Lindauer Designs dresser, I used 3 different sizes of Helvetica font vinyl stick on letters I picked up at Hobby Lobby, 2 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch. (If I remember correctly, they were in the poster board/sign making section.) 

I wish I could tell you just how to go about designing and laying out your subway sign, but like most things in my life, I just winged it. ;) I started with Prescott (my home town, only natural), then just started filling in the blank spaces with landmarks and cities from my list.

Once I was happy with the layout, I mixed up some DIY Chalk Paint with some black paint I had on hand. The plaster of paris lightened the color slightly to a dark, charcoal gray (dare I call it graphite?) When you're using the plaster of paris in your homemade chalk paint, you will end up with small white specks in your paint that you wont notice when painting light colors, but when you are using dark colors they definitely show. It's not something that bothers me, as I use it to my advantage on distressed or rustic pieces, but it is something you should keep in mind if you're thinking of using the DIY Chalk Paint recipe.

In addition to the typography on the front of the dresser, I decided to leave wide stripes of the dry brushed white on both sides of the dresser as well, and I love the way it turned out! What do you think?

Arizona Subway Sign Dresser

Subway Dresser Dry Brushed Detail

Arizona Subway Art Dresser

Subway Dresser Knob Detail

Vintage Subway Sign Dresser

Subway Art Dresser Front

Ta da!! So excited with how this flip turned out. Love it when the finished project turns out just how you envisioned it!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Salvage Water Valve Pallet Coat Rack

old, gray, weathered pallet + colorful, salvage, water valves = rad coat rack



This was a quick (well, quick if you don’t spend hours searching for the right sized screws) and simple project that packs big visual punch.  I love salvaged pieces assembled for practical use!  Wouldn’t this look great in an entry way, mud room, or boy’s bedroom?  Taking it down to Livy Lous, or email me if you’re interested.

Happy hump day!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Dove Gray & White Antique Bedroom Set

This “set” is really not a set at all.  Just 3 cool pieces, picked up at 3 different times and 3 different places.

Before Bedroom Set

They all had elements that I thought would work well together, so I decided to unite them with a common color scheme and turn these thrift store castoffs into a fantastic and one-of-a-kind full size bedroom set.

I have a gallon of this beautifully subtle dove gray paint.  I picked it up at the mistint counter at Home Depot for $5 and I’ve gotten so much use out of it.  It’s a Behr Exterior Enamel, and it’s super durable!  I love using exterior paints on furniture for it’s durability.

I decided to paint the pale, pale, barely-there gray on this set, but once I got it all sprayed, it just looked white.  Ho hum.  I wanted the pieces to read as a pale gray, and I also wanted to highlight the great details, so I went back with a true white and hand-painted the appliques on the bed frame, the raised center decorative element on the dresser, and dry brushed the white on the carved drawer details of the nightstand.  The top of the nightstand got some of my favorite Dark Walnut Minwax Wood Stain.  The fantastic, original antique brass hardware was put back on, and pops against the pale gray and white.

The result is a beautiful “set” where there were just mismatched pieces before.










I’m hoping to sell this set on my own, since it would take up a lot of real estate to have it set up like this at Livy Lou’s shop.  I’m asking $200 for the full size headboard, footboard and side rails, $300 for the 5-drawer Dresser, and $100 for the ornate carved nightstand.  If you purchase all 3 pieces, I’ll discount the price to $500 total (basically you’ll get the nightstand for free!)  Available for pickup or delivery in the Prescott, AZ area.

Less than 2 weeks to go to the SNAP! blogging conference!!  I’m so excited.  Are you going?  Can’t wait to be amongst so many others with similar interests!  Gonna be amazing.