Friday, May 25, 2012

Mama's going to buy you a ..................

This dresser?
Yes please!

This belongs in a nursery - with a pink chandelier and pink satin drapes
Oh how I would love to stage a room around this piece................

So if you remember I purchased this some time ago

as beautiful as it looks ( to me anyway! ) this dresser was in pretty rough shape - the vendor apologized
for it's condition - but for me this is one of those once in a life time treasures and I would have loved to have
kept it ( I'd like to keep every piece I do - something definitely wrong with the " letting go " process, lol )
so I ended up doing a sort of white wash and ended up with this

the intention was to keep it in my dining room - but you know how things go - something else ended up
in it's place and I just don't have the room for it anymore - so the conversion began once again.

First came a couple of appliques on the 2 small top drawers - and some chrystal knobs for some
" baby bling " ( start them young I always say )

Next came a couple of appliques to cover the original key holes which were in really bad condition -
normally they are a feature I know - but not in this case - the brass fittings were gone and so
they were just messy looking holes -

and that's how the harlequin pattern was born - it just seemed the right thing to do - to follow the pattern
from the appliques.

I painted the handles on the bottom 2 drawers to match the dresser - and added a little stencilling
in the corners.........................

And then?
If that wasn't enough - I started on the top

 leave me alone already! what are you doing to me now????

Around the perimeter of the dresser top - and then distressed

Next I did a mirror - last year I scored 2 Debbie Travis mirrors on sale for 20.00 each - they were
an oak color - but I knew one day I could use them for something - yesterday was the day - and here
is the something I used one of them for

and if I haven't bombarded you with enough photos yet - here are some more

Lookit the legs on this beauty!
Random thought - John says North Americans ( he's from England originally ) always say Lookit -
to which I replied - we certainly do not...............but I've noticed I do say it - hmmm - never noticed
that really - but at least I don't call a housecoat a dressing gown - I mean who calls it that uggghhhh.
" where's my dressing gown Suzan "
" I don't know John - ask your " valet " dear chap "

Ok a couple of more photos and you can get back to more important things, lol

You have to see me when I'm taking photos - I'm a lousy photographer - but I lean and kneel
as if I am a pro - it's hilarious to see me -
they always look so perfect through the lens when I snap them - and I get all excited and think
" yeah - you're getting this girl "   and they never appear the way they did -
There must be something wrong with my camera, lol
( and btw does anyone else have issues with batteries? My God, I am constantly changing them )

One last time

Now I can tell you - I was in such a rush to show you this - that I couldn't wait until it was
finished - it still needs to be waxed - and I can see the bottom drawer harlequin pattern
has not been sanded yet -
And because beauty is strictly on the outside in this case - here's what lies within...........

She is getting brand new drawer bottoms tomorrow - and then she's ready to go
An antique beauty for a little princess -
This really was labor intensive but now I know what they mean by " labor of love " I loved every moment of this makeover.

Paints used
Annie Sloan
Old White

Hush little baby,
Don't say a word..........................

Have a good weekend all


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  1. What a goregous makeover! I love all the bling you added to it. It looks just precious!

  2. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a wonderful wknd

  3. Oh. My. God. I hope you put this in every linky party there is! AMAZING. LOVE the baby bling :) Feel sorry for you about the insides though!! Looks like a lot of work, but it will be worth it. It's simply gorgeous.

  4. Oh wow, that is just precious! Beautiful work! Someone's nursery will look amazing with this in it! Thanks for linking up on SOS!!


  5. Beautiful work! I could so see that in a nursery. I have the perfect little pink harlequin patterned desk to match!!

  6. lovely makeover! Hopping over from the newbie party XO

  7. Lots of hard work and this is beautiful. Great Job.

  8. Well done. A lot of work. Love antoinette. I love reading your blogs :). Talk sooooonnnn. :)

  9. so sweet! she definitely belongs in a nursery!

  10. How sweet! Visiting from Debbiedoos Newbie Party! Agree with you on that dressing gown thing - too funny!

  11. I'm hopping over from Debbiedoos, you did an amazing job! I'm now a follower, would love for you to drop by and follow back.

  12. Love it! I'm a new GFC follower and love your blog. Please follow me back at I'll be back soon!

  13. I love this and you're would be stunning in a nursery. I love all the details. I linked over from At The Picket Fence.

  14. So so so so cute! GREAT job, Suzann!!! I just purchased some Antoinette and love it, too! About your camera...? When I'm not using mine, I open the battery door. I was told that when that little door is shut, your batteries are being used for no real reason. Hope it helps! :)

    xoxo laurie

  15. How gorgeous! Perfect for a nursery, or a big girls room too! Like mine ;)

  16. Gorgeous! I love this! I have used Antoinette and love it too. I love the design and appliques! What a great idea!

  17. I love your upcycle and I know exactly what you mean about wanting to stage a room around a piece.

  18. beautifully done, it's perfect. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo


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