Guest Room Dresser

1.30.2011


I know I have been working on the guest room for some time now, or at least it feels that way, but I can scratch off another piece of the project.



I thought I had better before shots of this dresser, but cannot find them. I didn't take many 
pictures of it because I didn't like it this way. It is actually a very nice piece by Thomasville, but I
am tired of the pine look.


After some sanding and painting it is fresh and new looking. The lower drawer on the right
got the top corner broken off a long time ago as you can see. 


This was not an easy paint project. No sir. The drawers would not pull out so that I could paint the base easily. Even Mr. Savvy, who is very handy, could not figure it out. So I had to paint with the drawers still in.


I decided to use the same handles and these were not fun to paint. I hand painted with a tiny model type paint brush to make the pine wood centers white.


Here it is with the mirror I refinished. You can see that project HERE.


Still need to get Mr. Savvy to remove the sliders out from under the feet.

Now would you leave it white and pristine or distress it? Doesn't really have any pretty
details that would show up and I don't think everything should be distressed, but
what is your opinion? Inquiring minds want to know.
A couple more small projects and this room will be finished.

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blogaversary.

Have a great week,

KIM

I used Behr paint with primer in cotton knit.

Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
DIY Showoff project parade
The Shabby Chic Cottage for transformation Thursday

68 comments:

  1. i like it as is! distressing is great for pieces that have bumps and bruises that need to be made to look like they're supposed to be there... but that's not really the case with this piece. :) and like you say, not everything needs to be distressed

    my philosophy is that you should do as little work as possible... and if you already love it... then it's done :)

    but then again, i can be pretty lazy... so you may not want to take my advice... maybe live with it for a few days or a week and see how you feel??

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  2. This is perfect as is, your insticts are spot on girl! I can't believe it has been a year already, wow look what you have done in that time, amazing things, you should feel so proud!

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  3. I love the piece White!!~ Great job Kim...and I can see not an easy task!

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  4. I like it as is pristine... and then next month you can....haha, great job! Love the baby bed in the corner.

    Lori

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  5. I like it white looks very good

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  6. Wow Kim! It looks great! I would stop now...but you should do as you like! Whatever you choose will be perfect.

    Congrats on the one year anniversary! I an thrilled to say I have been with you from the beginning! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your beautiful site and am beyond thrilled to call you my friend!

    Look forward to following along for many more years to come!

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  7. Kim ~ the dresser looks wonderful just the way it is...we can't distress everything and some things should just be pristine. I love it and it sounded like it was difficult. Great Job!

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  8. Looks great Kim....I would leave it as is.....until it gets a few dings on it...then go with the flow!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  9. I love the dresser! I think it should stay white. I love the contrast between the mirror and dresser. The handles look great too! Happy blogaversary!
    Lacy

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  10. Wow this looks amazing!!! 100% better than the wood. You did such a wonderful job giving it a fresh look, I would leave it as is. Inspiring paint job!

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  11. Happy one year anniversary! Woohoo!

    Your dresser turned out fabulous! That stinks that the drawers wouldn't come out. Lots of extra work! My vote would be to leave it free of distressing. I like the distressed look but not every piece looks good with it. I kept our bedroom dresser pristine. Hope it stays that way :)

    Looks great, Kim!
    ~Michelle
    xo

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  12. I vote for keeping as is! It looks great!

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  13. I love the birdhouses and birds what a beautiful peaceful guest room. Its perfect just as it is.

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  14. Personally I would probably leave it as it. It is beautiful! But then I don't have the creativity with paint that you do. You must have stood on your head to do this!
    Brenda

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  15. Love the dresser in white. I swear you and Marty are like the ever ready bunnies of painting!!! You amaze me with your ablility and your energy. You have come a long way baby from Micasa!!! We both started our blogs around the same time and just look how you have grown, truly amazing!!! Congrats to another fun year of blogging !!!! xo Kathysue

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  16. I love this dresser and the white, clean look you created. I would stick with just the white because it looks so crisp and everything you put with it seems to play off of it well! Great job with all of your hard work!

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  17. Looks great Kim. I have a couple of pine pieces that need this.

    -Rene

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  18. As is - beautiful. Love that crib too!!.. Isn't it awesome to have one of those in the house, and to fill it with a grandbaby now and then...

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  19. What a beautiful transformation! I love what white paint does to a piece of furniture. :-)

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  20. Hi Kimmi! Oh, another gorgeous piece! I love it and I love it just the way it is. It's a nice contrast with your shabbyed up mirror.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. I usually cringe at the thought of painting natural wood, but in this instance, I couldn't agree more with your decision to paint this piece white. It looks like a totally different piece of furniture now. Love it!

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  22. I like the dresser just like it is. You did a beautiful job! I can't believe you painted the whole thing with the drawers still in. That's amazing! Thanks for sharing this.

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  23. Oh Kim, you and Miss Mustard Seed are my inspiration. I have tackled a project in my fourth bedroom. I'm painting old Maple furniture SW Creamy...I'm stumped where to go from here and whether I want to distress and even glaze it...so your post tonight is perfect. Your dresser looks fabulous and having the contrasting mirror is perfect. I'm pondering my dilemma now which I've tried to discuss on my blog. Now I have to decide if I want to leave it pristine like yours. Which I do love. I have found that the chest that I painted that is in my makeover room has a lot of detail work, and I glazed it this afternoon after church and love the look of it. It has crevices and nooks and crannies for the glaze to fall into! But the dresser and chest I'm doing is pretty smooth, and I was having a problem. So you may have answered my question! See.. you are a true inspiration. Thank you. Your work is always lovely.

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  24. Wow, I just love it ! You did a great job !
    Kammy

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  25. Luv it white but you are so talented at painting furniture I am sure distressed would turn out great also.

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  26. I would not distress it. I like it as is. Love the little birds.

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  27. I do love all your projects. You do a beautiful job. I vote to leave as is. I think it looks lovely with the hardware. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

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  28. Love it just as it is!

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  29. Wow it turned out great! I love it white. That was alot of work.
    I had a dresser that I could not get the drawers out. Then we figured out that you had to pull all the way out and lift up on them. Can I just say it was a pain to take them out.

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  30. Nope love it just the way it is...
    job well done!
    terry

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  31. I like it just the way it is. You have made me hate the pine bedroom set in our guestroom. My drawers do come out, so that would be easier to paint...might have to put it on the list. I just brought in samples today to repaint the kitchen, living room, dining room (which is really all one large space). That will keep us busy for a while once we start.

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  32. I really do like it white like it is! Looks clean and neat and makes the mirror that is distressed really stand out. Nice work!

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  33. i love the look of painted peices, the dresser has beautiful new look, i will have to keep following your blog.
    hugs
    janet

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  34. The white is smart...very fresh looking.

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  35. I think I like it the fresh clean white! It looks so nice paired with your mirror. You constantly awe me with the quantity AND quality of projects you accomplish! Great job, Kim!

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  36. LOVE the change Kim - another job very well done!!

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  37. Love this Kim. It was a great makeover. Looks great white. I like the handles too.
    Sherry

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  38. Looks great Kim! New and refreshed!

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  39. I really like it, Kim...just as it is...white and un-distressed. You are right there are no "details" to be brought out by distressing it. Did you know that you can "fix" those corners that are broken off by using plastic wood? You can just kind of mold it on and then sand it a bit to shape it just right and once you paint it you never see the imperfection of the mend. I wouldn't go back and do it on this piece because it would be hard to blend it in now..and because it is not all that evident...but maybe for next time. You did a great job painting those pulls. I'll bet that was a real pain in the patooty!;>) Diana

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  40. I like the way the dresser is just painted white without being distressed. I can't believe how much better it looks painted. You are really inspiring me to paint some furniture in our house. Unfortunately, my husband is hard to convince as he thinks oak and mahogany should be left stained. However, if I don't like them stained - why not try painting them.

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  41. I think that this is one of my favorite projects, Kim. I like the contrast between the mirror and the dresser - it is somehow very 'authentic'.

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  42. Love the mirror. I think the piece still looks too new to be distressed. The white is MUCH better!

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  43. Another great job. Well done, Kim!

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  44. You did an excellent job as usual.
    I would leave it as for now. You seem to like it that way and it does look so fresh. You also don't want it to look like you went through the house and used the same technique on everything. Kinda like when someone would sponge paint every surface. Besides, with time it will distress itself. Hugs, Ginger

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  45. Super cute as usual. I have no idea how you have all the time to do what you do.

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  46. I like it just as it is, too, Kim! Really a lovely project!

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  47. I love this Kim!
    You are amazing, so many talents! And I like this just the way it is.
    What patience you have too!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  48. Kim, I love the dresser you remade for your guest room. It looks so crispt and clean.
    Great job and thanks for sharing.
    Traci

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  49. Bright white is a nice contrast to the wall color in the room, Kim. Looks clean and fresh.
    Happy Blogging Anniversary, BTW!
    ~ Sue

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  50. Love the dresser just the way it's finished Kim, it sits so well in that position.

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  51. What a neat and eye catching thing you did Kim... very lovely.... the touch of white make it so beautiful and such a dignified look...
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  52. The dresser looks great! I am still working on the courage to paint my bedroom furniture.

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  53. I like the change and I'd probably keep going with an umber glaze so it coordinates a bit more with the mirror (not that that's necessary) and ages it just a little. Sounds like a big job. Lucky Mr S is handy. Hope you'll stop by too, and see our fabrics. Jane

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  54. I am with the majority, keep it as is! For all your hard work it turned out FANTASTIC!!!

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  55. Kim! It looks GREAT! I love it just the way it is ... SO clean looking! Can't wait to see the guest room all finished! :)

    - Lauren
    www.thepaintedcottageonline.blogspot.com

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  56. It looks wonderful as is. Nice and clean looking, that's for sure.

    Have a great day!

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  57. taking reservations???

    I need a get away

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  58. I am starting to think you don't have hands but just paintbrushes extending from your arms! I like the white. I agree that everything can't be distressed!

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  59. Looks great!
    .........I'd say leave it white!
    What a job not being able to take the drawers out!

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  60. You're great at getting things done, Kim! Where do you get your energy? Do you have a secret??

    I tend to prefer things distressed, but I also like the dresser white. If I were you, I think I'd keep it white for now--you can always distress later if you like. :)

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  61. I love it just the way it is! I like things distressed but I don't want everything in the house to be distressed. I think it's gorgeous!!

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  62. While I love it like it is, I have a feeling that it will get a bit of distressing somewhere down the road. :) It really pops against your pretty wall, too! Beautiful guest room, Kim! *Becca*

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  63. I just love it as it is! I gives balance to the distressed mirror. The handles turned out just awesome! I'll bet that was quite a job if the drawers wouldn't come out. We have a dresser like that too. I have tried everything but can't figure it out!

    We are bracing for the terrible snow/ice storm that is coming overnight into tomorrow. Not looking good for us. Hope you don't get bad storms from it.

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  64. Hi Kim, your dresser looks really pretty! I might just lightly sand the edges to soften it. I think this would tie it in with the mirror a little without being too matchy matchy. You have such great taste so it will look great whatever you do!

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  65. I luv it, to me it's a classic piece that will be in style 60 years from now.
    I also luv the added touch of the rustic house.

    Don't forget to link it in our linking party this week.

    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/02/fun-ideas-for-valentine-day-2011be.html

    Maggie

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  66. It looks gorgeous!!! And perfect just like it is. :)

    I've noticed that better quality furniture often makes the drawers non-removable. My Broyhill is that way too. And I have a magazine that slipped behind the nightstand drawer and I can't figure out how to get it out!! And of course the drawer doesn't want to close all the way now. ;)

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  67. what do you call that style of dresser? My husband and I have been looking for one to refinish and can't find them anywhere. the project is BEAUTIFUL! =) I'm super jealous. =)

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  68. To the Youngs, I know it is a triple dresser other than that I don't know what it is called. Thanks

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