Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring is in the Air, and On the Curb

For those of you who aren't into furniture re-dos, I'm sorry for yet another dumpster diving post!

But spring is in the air, and that seems to correlate to the quantity, if not quality, of stuff to be found curbside.

Here is the dresser that 2 sweet 9 yr old girls helped me load into my car Friday night:





Great shape, but a distressing job-- handles and all-- that that was a bit...distressing.

Despite a carport work area beseiged by rain, blowing blossoms, and pollen, this is how she ended up:






First I primed her with Kilz using a small foam roller. Two coats of semi-gloss paint in a putty color from Lowe's "Ooops" shelf. Then I rubbed on finishing wax/paste. I primed and painted the drawer pulls in Heirloom white spray paint. Oh how I wish the photos did her justice, and that I had room for her in my house!

Total cost: $3.00



I love spring!


Linking up to:

Transformation Thursday



Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed.

31 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Bee you tiful! I love your projects. I'm not into such things, and I'd also have no place to put them if I were, but I so enjoy seeing yours. Do not apologize1

I love a blog of many topics!

Erin said...

Adore! Absolutely in love - and super jealous that you live in a place that people just leave this stuff for you to pick up! I just bought a similar piece at goodwill for $125. (Don't judge)

I love that you used a difference color paint than white or black or regular stain. Love it! You are amazingly talented.

M. said...

Fine Job, Lady! If you post to Craigs list, I'd love to know what you fetch for your hard work.

Kristina P. said...

Looks so great! I really wish I had an eye for this.

for a different kind of girl said...

So gorgeous! I'm in love with it vicariously through photos, like some teenage girl crushing on a boy band member! You did good! There's never any good stuff on curbs here...or maybe I simply don't have the eye for things in their pre-fantastic state. That's probably more like it (though I will say, even today, when I see Simon LeBon, I'm that same teenage girl crushing on a boy band member, so maybe...)

Christy said...

Love it!!!

L said...

I have room for her in MY house!!!

Momastery said...

anna, oh my goodness. it's fantastic. i absolutely love it.

Jill said...

Gorgeous...now, if only I can find a magical dresser on the curb :)

Good Time Charlie said...

That is gorgeous! Love the color you used. Stop over at my blog, I have a link up party every Friday too. www.redoux.blogspot.com.

Have a lovely weekend! -Karen

k said...

wow!!!!
i love it.....

Anonymous said...

She's gorgeous! Amazing work, really. I wish you could keep her too.

jbhat

Erin @ Carolina Country Living said...

Now that's an outstanding curbside find! Love all the Frenchy goodness and that color is perfect for it. I found you through Transformation Thursdays and I can't take a peek around here. The dumpster diving part of your blog header has my interest piqued...my husband has started doing that and it's quickly turning into an obsession for him! :)

Erin

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love your dumpster dive posts! I need to start doing more of this kind of thing - maybe we can have a weekly Salvation Army date?

Hope you and Molly had some fun girl bonding time.

anymommy said...

You are a genius. I need several large pieces of furniture as a part of a bit of a spring redecorating plan around here and I want you to come and help me so badly!

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

I love painted pulls - takes it to a new level. Looks so pretty!

Jill said...

Okay ... I look everywhere around here. And nobody seems to be dumping any furniture for ME to do a dive. Harumph!

Love your re-dos! You simply must sell them on Craigslist ... you'd make a fortune!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

That's gorgeous
I always wonder, tho, what's the shape of the stuff you pick up? Like, it looks beautiful but are the drawers falling apart?

bc if they aren't you are one lucky lady. And if they are, who fixes them? Are you THAT handy? Gosh, is there anything you can't do?!?!

:-)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Anna! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? The link is at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-042411.html. Thank you so much :)

Nichole@40daysof said...

Anna, I love your furniture re-dos. Keep them coming. I can't believe you are going to let this one go. You have amazing will power. :)

the mama bird diaries said...

Wow. That is insanely awesome.

Kara said...

That turned out amazing! I love the choice of color!

Headless Mom said...

That is gorgeous!! I wish I had your eye for that stuff. Maybe I'll start posting projects that I want to do and you can comment and tell me what I should do with them!

Tammy said...

Love it! I really like what you did with the drawer handles. It looks fantastic! Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

nataly said...

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Grace Baxter said...

Fabulous project! How did you manage to keep the cost to only $3.00? The spray paint for the drawer pulls alone must've been more than that.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Anna, this is gorgeous! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love that!!! i actually did a very similar one in the fall in gray with white handles, too! and it was one of my faves, and i love yours, too- sooo beautiful!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I cannot believe you got that dumpster diving!!! It looks so amazing!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

The dresser looks awesome! Have you considered doing a tutorial on "dumpster diving." :) Have a great Wednesday.

Rustic and White said...

Simply gorgeous. I am redoing my bedroom within the next few weeks and gray is one of my key colours. Thanks for demonstrating what dumpster diving can accomplish...plus a little elbow grease;o)
Cheers,
Carrie