Thursday, January 10, 2013

Curvy French Dresser and Desk

This was one of those dream projects - cute pieces in perfect condition, totally free and delivered to my doorstep!





















My friend Nancy was visiting her mother in Ohio. They were doing a bit of cleaning out and Nancy sent me a quick email with a photo of a curvy French dresser and desk with a simple question, "Any interest?" My answer was equally quick and just as simple, 
"Yes please!"




Each piece got a wipe down with TSP, a light sanding to break down the shine, two coats of paint, a light distressing and two coats of wipe on poly for a beautiful finish.




I kept the original hardware, but freshened it up with two coats of white mixed with the homemade chalk paint recipe.


The pictures are showing the color as a little more blue than the actual color - Behr's paint and primer in one in Lotus Leaf - mixed with the homemade chalk paint recipe. The color really has a little more aqua to it. It's the same color I used on this china cabinet.



 Lotus Leaf is a very close match to Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint.


This desk would make a great vanity too!





The chair is really simple and got the same white as the hardware. I think the desk would look amazing with a cute chair with some colorful fabric.


The hardest part of this project was peeling off the layers on contact paper inside the drawers.


I'm happy to report that all three pieces found a happy home with my friend Susan. And Susan and Nancy are friends as well, so I thought that was pretty cool!



Thanks so much to Nancy for thinking of me! And just remember that if you are starting off the new year doing a little cleaning out, you probably have a furniture painting friend who would be thrilled to find some furniture on her doorstep!

I'm sharing with...
Common Ground
Craftberry Bush
Finding Fabulous

44 comments:

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Sharon, what a beautiful job and piece!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

These are so beautiful! I love the color you have chosen.

Tire Swing Mom said...

Score! Very pretty.

Patty Gallegos Kyra Castaneda said...

They came out great...

Sayuri said...

I'm drooling overe here!! lol

These set are SO cute and I love the color....
And it was free? Delivered? Wow!!:)

Patricia Krank said...

That IS the perfect gift on the doorstep! What a nice friend you have. Thank you for sharing the color you used. I love Duck Egg but love making my own chalk paint even more. Patti@OldThingsNew
http://patricia-krank.blogspot.com/

Amanda Jones said...

This is stunning! Great work!
If you use a blow dryer on the contact paper, it makes it a lot easier to remove. :)

GirlRural.com said...

That is a super cute set! I love the color you chose.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so so so pretty! i especially love that desk. it's just perfect!

Emily @ The Diligent One said...

Another beautiful set! I'm curious to know what you did with the drawers. Leave them plain?

NanaDiana said...

Sharon- Those pieces look beautiful! It turned out great. What a good friend to think of you- xo Diana

priscilla said...

These turned out beautiful ! Love the painted hardware ! I have a buffet in my kitchen that I want to paint but I am scared !! Its oak and I want to try the homemade chalk paint .. I just need to get up the nerve to do it ! Thanks for your chalk paint recipe !:)

bahar006 said...

Great work:)

Allison@FabRehab said...

This set is one of my favorites from you!! Gorgeous color!

Anne said...

How did you get so lucky?! Beautiful pieces! Lovely color and transformation!
xx
Anne

Twice Nice said...

Super Score! Gorgeous color and what great pieces!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Great pieces and a lovely colour too.

Laurel Stephens said...

Well, if furniture is going to just fall out of the sky like that, it couldn't happen to a nicer furniture painter. : ) Those curves are simply oooo-lala.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

whoa! sharon--those pieces look beautiful. I love the color!

gail

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Gorgeous--I love that blue with the white hardware and chair!

Ali Richardson said...

Gorgeous!!! Perfection :) That's my favorite style and that's the prettiest color! Great job!

Julie Boarder said...

I saw your post on the Inspiration Gallery Link Party and I love this piece. I'm now following you and look forward to your Thursday party!

Julie Boarder said...

Oops, that would be Tuesday party, looks like I don't know my days of the week!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

Free is always the best price :) The blue is a really fun and fresh color. Very pretty.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

That's crazy! You did a fabulous job, perfect color too!

Jenna LaFevor said...

These turned out beautifully! I'm currently in the midst of re-doing a dresser just like that!!

Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com

Pam Jackson said...

So amazing what paint can do for an outdated piece. Great job.

Sooner Laura said...

Very very nice! How great for someone to just offer them to you! I've been working on my bedroom project (off and on) since last summer. Shopping on craigslist, at resale and even digging one piece out of my Mom's storage building. Great job!

Dear Emmeline said...

so jealous! so gorgeous! love the color choices!

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Beautiful Sharon -- love your homemade chalk paint!

Danielle said...

Beautiful. x

Good Time Charlie said...

Sharon, that was am amazing New Years gift! That style of furniture iSync favorite and I just can't get enough of it. The color looks perfect. What a fun story of where the furniture ended up!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Gorgeous pieces! Love the furniture style and the color, ...perfect combination, job well done! :)

Karen Albert said...

Sharon how great that these beautiful pieces just fell in your lap! I adore the new color!

xoxo
Karena

2013 Artists Series

The Golden Sycamore said...

So, so cute!! I love the color you chose! You did a beautiful job!
Allison

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These came out fantastic!!

Great job!

Hugs,
Deb

Between Blue and Yellow said...

I love these pieces! That color is absolutely beautiful.

Life 101 said...

Very nice.
Rick ~ Just started following you.

~ Liz ~ said...

Love this set. I found a dresser that I think is just like this toward the end of last year. I just love it. Unfortunately, mine is missing the hardware for one of the drawers. It had been painted a horrid royal blue and white pattern and it took a while to remove that. It's currently awaiting it's fate. I kinda like it as it is now sanded down. Yours is so sweet with the blue, it gives me hope for how mine may one day turn out.
Liz

Jennifer L. said...

Gorgeous! I love the blue.

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marthaleonedesign.com said...

Hi Elizabeth,
These are beautiful and the finish is super smooth. I've been using the recipe you provided for my homemade chalk paint and it's working very well. Thanks!

very merry vintage style said...

Gorgeous! Love that you painted the hardware white... such a unique and beautiful touch. Love those curvy french provincial legs!
Mary