I’m 16 weeks pregnant today! I can safely say that I am done with the “morning” sickness now. Hooray!! And I’m back with my first official project since I went down for the count around Christmas time! (Thanks to Cara for holding down the fort in my absence.)
For my first project back in the saddle, I chose to tackles this great dresser I picked up for $15 (I know!) back in December. (I’ve had lots of time to think about what I wanted to do with it with all that laying around and moaning on the couch.)
I decided to do something I’ve been wanting to for a while now… chevrons!! Chevron is the new quatrefoil didn’t you know? Or was that the new damask? I can’t keep up. All you have to know is that chevron is in the NOW people. :) Taping off the pattern was extremely tedious. It probably took me two hours of taping, no kidding.
Then, after I was all done, I check the TL facebook page and my friend NataLee from Designed to the Nines told me that she did a chevron pattern and made a cardboard template and it saved her tons of time. Now you tell me?!?!?! ;) But, really, that sounds like a killer tip, so if you attempt this kind of chevron pattern yourself, I’d give the cardboard template thing a try.
I painted it “Thistle Blue” from Martha Stewart and painted the chevrons and stripe with a hand mixed gray. The top is stained my good ol’ fave, Minwax Dark Walnut. It’s difficult to tell in the pictures, but I added some beadboard paintable wallpaper to the side panels to cover up some less-than-wonderful veneer. Since it was missing one of the original pulls, I used some knobs from my (large) stash on the top drawer, and used the original pulls on the bottom three drawers. I sprayed all the pulls with some Oil Rubbed Bronze from Krylon.
Here it is! I LOVE it!!
This pic is a better representation of the stain on the top:
So I’m feeling pretty good about my first project back in the game. Not too rusty. :) And I picked up three fantasticly french chairs the other for $15 (yes, for all 3!!!), and although upholstery usually gives me panic attacks, I’m actually pretty excited to tackle them. I have some great ideas and already bought some fabrics.
Those on top of the wardrobe/armoire, fancy desk, LARGE dresser that I have big plans for, and I’m going to be a busy, busy woman for the next few weeks. I’m going to be participating in the Junrestore Vintage Market again the first weekend of April! And this time, we are bringing the wares to Scottsdale’s Simple Farm. I’m so excited about it!! If you’re in the valley, make sure to mark your calendars and tell everyone you know. ;)
That’s it for now! Thanks for hangin’ in there while I was a sickie. :)
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Awesome! I love the chevron design. I think the Stripe on the top drawer really makes this dresser perfect, what an eye you have. Love that hardware too. I am so glad you are feeling better, take care of yourself and your wee little one.ReplyDelete
WOW!!!! It is absolutely AMAZING!!! Great job (and I'm super jealous of those 3 chairs).ReplyDelete
That is amazing! You guys are so talented!!ReplyDelete
Your dresser if too fabulous and those chairs will be so fun to create into new pieces. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Yaaaaaaaay! You're back in business! whew! Love it.ReplyDelete
I just knew you would post this after the kids came home from school! I've been so crazy the past few hours it was driving me crazy not being able to get over here and check it out! LOVE it!ReplyDelete
Those 3 months are no fun. glad you are over that phase w/ new found energy! Love your dresser and how you broke it up with the stripe on top. I also love the stained top that wood grain is beautiful!!ReplyDelete
you should be feeling pretty good about your fiest project back- it is awesome!!! i love it ann marie, and i love that you were able to salvage some of that awesome hardware!ReplyDelete
So happy to hear you are feeling better! And what a comeback! This is so so so stunning! Love it. Are you keeping it? You should keep it!ReplyDelete
what a beautiful transformation! i love the original pulls, casters and the single stripe on the top drawer to add a bit of whimsy along with the chevron pattern.ReplyDelete
i just grabbed some dressers off craigslist this week for $20 each. now if we only didn't have so much white stuff on the ground i could get busy outdoors!
Wow that is stunning, great job....just yesterday I heard something about not painting due to the chemicals while pregnant..have your heard that?ReplyDelete
Firstly congratulations on your lovely news, glad you are feeling better and your transformations are wonderful, just my taste :) Mel xxReplyDelete
Woohoo! Glad you see you back in the saddle. That dresser is truly one of a kind and you did a great job on it. By the way, you don't really want those chairs do you? Think of that belly, reaching over trying to rip all that upholstery off. I'd be happy to take them off your hands ;) Seriously, where did you find them?ReplyDelete
loooove it! The chevron is super trendy right now...and yours is beautiful!!ReplyDelete
It's incredible! Way to make a comeback, Ann Marie! :) So glad you're feeling better.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness -- I want that dresser SO much!!! It is gorgeous!!! I love everything about it!!!ReplyDelete
I shared it on my TT&J facebook page. It's funny I just did a post about Chevron yesterday, I wish I had seen your dresser and I would have included it:)
I am in love as well. Can you have it on my front porch by morning! Just beautiful. I have taped off chevron so I know the time and effort. Just so darn fantastic.ReplyDelete
Wow! You did an amazing job! Hope to see you in Scottsdale:)ReplyDelete
I love this! The Chevrons add something special to the piece and the old hardware is awesome!ReplyDelete
That pattern is getting very popular! I was concerned at first, about the design you choose on that lovely dresser, but you pulled it off. Looks wonderful! Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
That is so perfect. Love it!ReplyDelete
This is SO beautiful! you did an amazing job!!!ReplyDelete
And congrats on your pregnancy!!! xoxo
I am completely in love with that dresser! I would love something like that for my boys' room.ReplyDelete
Such great prices on those chairs! Wow!!! Love your blog!
I absolutely L.O.V.E. the dresser, you did a fantastic job! I recently painted the chevron design on a table, and I used very similar colors!ReplyDelete
Outstanding! Not only is your finishing work out of this world, the design is gorgeous. Love how you switched up that top drawer!ReplyDelete
I've featured you on SNS #70's sidebar this weekend. Thanks for linking up!
i love this SO Much. what a fun dresser.:)ReplyDelete
I Love your dresser! You did an amazing job!ReplyDelete
I have a party on Wednesday called Anything Goes, I would love it you shared this.ReplyDelete
I've been wanting to do chevrons but can't imagine taping the thing off! The new dresser looks amazing!ReplyDelete
and lucky you, $15 for 3 great chairs?!
That dresser is fabulous!!!! Just love it!!!ReplyDelete
amazing. love the chevrons!!ReplyDelete
This is definitely one of my favorites!!! Neutral yumminess. :) So glad you're feeling better; think of you often, friend.ReplyDelete
I am just in freaking love with this dresser. You did a stinking good job, lady! I mean. wow.ReplyDelete
saving to inspiration folder.... now.
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I love this dresser. Great Job. I am dying to try this on an old desk that I have. Not looking forward to all that taping, but looks like it really paid off!ReplyDelete
LOVE LOVE LOVE! please come on over and link up to MMM!ReplyDelete
I LOVE THIS! NO. SERIOUSLY. can I just buy it? Because sometimes I'm too lazy to do my own. ;) ADORE.ReplyDelete
That dresser is fan-freakin-tastik! I also linked up with Bonnie's Twice Owned Party(House of Grace) today and one of my projects was a dresser with the same kind of wooden casters.ReplyDelete
Wow what a great job!!!ReplyDelete
I love it!!!
Girl you got SKILLZ! I am your newest follower! Can't wait to see what you do with the chairs. XOXOReplyDelete
It is just fabulous! Love how it turned out! May I ask what you sealed the top with for a protectant? Thanks! :)ReplyDelete
Just beautiful! Great job!ReplyDelete
Great idea! Can't wait to see what you do with the chairs!!!!ReplyDelete
Love it, love it. I am so liking this chevron trend.ReplyDelete
Your distressing is perfect! And the colors on this are really amazing, what a great job.ReplyDelete
I painted chevron on a table with a poster board template, so I did it freehand, but the taping makes such clean stripes for sure.
This is so darling! Great job :)ReplyDelete
That is one of the most gorgeous makeover projects I have ever seen! I am IN LOVE!! Definitely saving that in the "inspiration folder."ReplyDelete
I would be totally honored if you would link this awesome project up at my BEFORe & AFTER linky party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage :)
Looking forward to following your amazing work!
Beautiful job! I love it. The chevron pattern is one of my faves (:ReplyDelete
That looks INCREDIBLE! I have seen this on several parties this past week and it catches my eye every time. I'm debating copying it for a very antique dresser I'm working on right now. I love that you stuck with stripes on top rather than chevron the whole way. I am also in SHOCK that you found all 3 of those chairs for $15... unreal. Are you planning on upholstering the backs (where the caning is ruined) on the matching set? That would look phenomenal. I've got a chair similar to that in the works right now that just has caning in back but I will upholster. Check it out on my blog soon if you're interested; I'm also writing my tutorial for reupholstery on this style of chair.ReplyDelete
Officially your newest follower! Great work and good luck with the morning sickness :)
Love, love, love it. I hope you don't mind that I linked this to my new little blog.ReplyDelete
Wow!! That is incredible! I wish I had the courage to try something like that myself. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Hope you have a great weekend!
Awesome! And congrats on the upcoming baby, being featured with your first project back, and just being great all the way around!! Great job!ReplyDelete
wow! lots of work! I love scotch blue, but even that's too much for me!ReplyDelete
cardboard, huh? yeah!
featuring this post in my highlights.
Fantastic job! I linked this to my chevron post today too, well done!ReplyDelete
Your Chevron Dresser inspired this: http://philosophyofacynic.blogspot.com/2011/04/el-table-de-chevron.htmlReplyDelete
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Wow! You did an amazing job on the dresser! This will be on my “to do” list, it’s truly an inspirationReplyDelete
You should post your before & after on http://www.picklee.com, its a DIY inspiration site for sharing your creations!
So cute! I'm having a chevron themed linky party, I'd love you to link up!ReplyDelete