Trashy Tuesday, the weekend warrior sealed the deal

Do you remember THIS POST, the one where I started stripping a “Free to Me” dresser, and thought I would have the whole project completed that day? This is what it was transformed too!

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 This is where we started.  Country Style, all the way back to mid 1980′s

This dresser technically qualifies for “trash”.  It was left behind years ago in a friend of a friend’s garage after the friend of the friend moved.  One drawer had been painted green in an effort to transform it, then was abandoned and chalked up to the fact that it would always look like a “Country Style” dresser.  I took the dresser and painted it in white and cream, where it has faithfully served as a dresser in my bedroom for almost 7 years now.

Sufferering husband and I are finally, FINALLY giving our bedroom a grown up look.  Being one that doesn’t like to throw out furniture.  I “REDOUX” it, I wasn’t going to let this piece go without at least trying to give it another life.

I wanted to experiment a little with the finish, rustic, urban, industrial.  So here is what I did:

I stripped almost all the paint off, but left some of it in the corners.  I wanted the dresser to look like it had been around a long time.  See the remnants of the paint in there?

After sanding the entire piece very smooth.  I used a 220 grit to get a nice surface, then I always finish with a 320.  This is the step that gives your furniture a velvety, smooth feel.  I then used Minwax’s Prestain Wood Conditioner:

I love this product.  Stain takes perfectly every time now.

This time however, I did something different with the stain.  I worked in sections, top, sides, then drawers.  When I got to the drawers, I applied the stain, then wiped some of it off with a painters rag, and left some to soak into the wood a little longer.  I did this because I wanted an uneven (Old look).

I had a lovely gift card to Anthropology for my birthday. I added these vintage looking knobs.  The dresser was finished, but I was waiting for the last perfect detail.  These Vintage Casters I ordered online from Vintage Industrial   I love how old they look!

The transformation was complete.  When I look at this dresser, I don’t see Country Style anymore. I see “Perfection d’époque”!!

It looks like it could have even been around when you took pictures with camera that used film!

Can you believe THIS

Is now THIS????

I have about 4 things left to “Redoux” in my Master Bedroom.  I am challenging myself to see if I can “Redoux” the entire room with existing pieces, or pieces I found for free.  So far so good!  If you missed my other “Le Junque” Redoux I added to my master, you can read about it HERE

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  1. Awesome. I may have to try that on a piece I own. Looks beautiful.

  2. Thereasa Gargano says:

    Simply lovely! You have such vision & creative energy, I LOVE it! :-)

  3. Awesome job Karen! This is my favorite look by far right now. Love it.

  4. holy crap i am speechless! it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

  5. That looks like you would find it in Pottery Barn catalog for about $3,000! What a fabulous transformation! Love it! (and I do believe I could add 5 more exclamation points for this too!)

  6. This is seriously draw dropping STUNNING!!! A lot of work went into that dresser and it shows! LOVE LOVE it!!

  7. That look soooo good! I have an old dresser I painted white, I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Now I think I might have an idea, thanks!

  8. I wouldn’t believe it – if it didn’t come from you! The casters are amazing and I love the different areas of light/dark stain!!
    Kelly

  9. Have they bottled your brilliance yet?

    That is drop dead FABULOUS.
    So seriously fabulous!!!

    Étourdissement

  10. Hi there “GTC”,
    In my browsing around the big ol’ internet, I was pleased to run across your blog and just have to say, I love your ideas for saving furniture! I even had to share your site with friends on my own blog at Facebook. Thanks for sharing what you do very well :O) ~Molly from Mollykid Studios

  11. That looks AWESOME! I love, love those caster wheels and think you smashed it out of the ballpark on this one! woot!

  12. Absolutely beautiful!!! So awesome, as always. :)

  13. Whoa! That’s seriously an amazing transformation! Love the casters and the industrial vibe! Found you through primp.
    Susan

  14. O. M. G-osh. It. looks. in-CREDible.
    You out-did yourself!
    Catherine

  15. Your dresser looks awesome with our casters! Glad they worked out for you.

    Greg

  16. That is one of the coolest redoux’s I’ve EVER seen anywhere. If not THE coolest! LOVE what you did and it is even cooler when you see what you started with. I’m going to remember this stain technique – love the look you got. And the knobs are perfect for it. You could make a killing redoing and selling these things!

  17. Lovin those casters. They are the perfect finishing touch. GREAT MAKEOVER. Im now your newest follower. Please come visit me at PICKINand PAINTIN.blogspot.com and hopfully you’ll follow back?? THANKS!

  18. Could you share with me what size casters you used? I’m in love with them and they are just what I need for the kitchen island/cart I want my husband to build for me. Thanks!

  19. Amazing transformation. I love it. Love the uneven wax, the knobs and the industrial casters. Fantastic!

  20. That is awesome Karen! Thanx for linking up to THT! Cant wait to see your completed room.

  21. I just picked my jaw up off the ground. I fully can’t believe that those were the same pieces! AMAZING job Karen!

  22. Oh it’s gorgeous! I absolutely love it. And kudos to you for stripping it, it paid off big time.

  23. I love the casters! What a great idea!

  24. Amazingly better. It is refreshing to see furniture that is stained verses white. You really did a good job transforming that piece.

  25. I. Love. This.

    What a gorgeous piece ! And from “trash” to boot!

    xo,
    Shannon

  26. Such great transformation on the dresser. I am in love with the wheels.

  27. Hi! I absolutely LOVE your dresser makeover. You did an amazing job!

  28. LOVE this dresser! he finish looks so stinkin great!
    Saw you featured and P&P- and just had to pin this guy!!
    I’m off to poke around your blog!
    xo Becca

  29. Utter fabulousness. I love it! Especially the casters!

    Stacey of Embracing Change

  30. Jenny@NorthwestLovelies says:

    I think I just fell in love with a dresser. It’s amazing! You did a fantastic job transforming it!!

  31. This is my favorite, favorite, favorite piece ever!!!!!! You rock!!!

  32. Fantastic! You know it’s good when one adjective is all that is needed to describe it.

    ~Bliss~

  33. Wow! What a change–love it.

  34. I love it! Especially the casters!

  35. I love the dresser! I would also love some advice :). I’m currently staining my kitchen cabinets (a project I’m a little over my head in), I have stained the frames without using a wood conditioner, overall I’m happy with the result but have noticed a little uneveness, so I decided that a wood conditioner would be useful for the drawers and doors. I used the wood conditioner on the back of a front, to test the area. I noticed that it yellowed the wood considerably. When I stained it it still looked yellowed and the stain still did not take evenly. Basically I’m very disappointed now not only does it look uneven, but also yellow. (I used the Minwax conditioner) Please help! Thank you!

  36. Oh, you meant to say that is my house warming gift, right!? I love how you aged and revamped this dresser. All of the finishing details truly make it spectacular! When is the next Paris Flea Market!?

  37. What a fantastic transformation! I can’t believe it’s the same piece. :) Megan

  38. I love this dresser! The industrial casters make such a difference. I may have to copy this on a truly boring dresser in my sons room.

  39. What a gorgeous looking dresser – you’ve done a beautiful job! I have this linked to my dressers post as well today, for inspiration!

  40. WOW. That dresser is gorgeous! You did an knock out job on it – a total transformation!

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  42. One of my all-time favs! I will be featuring it later in my next post – love it!!
    Thanks for sharing at the Favorite Furniture Makeovers of 2012 party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  43. Hi! I loooove the last dresser and i am wondering what color stain you used? I have bought 5 different colors and they dont look like yours, lol also what kind of wood is that? Any info would be very appreciated!

  44. Hi! Beautiful dresser! Can you tell me what color stain you used and what kind of wood it is? Thanks!!

  45. Tiffany says:

    Thank you so much! You have helped me tons!!

  46. Omg that dresser is perfect!!! I love it and I’m going to check out those casters!
    susan

  47. Amazing look you have here. Do you mind sharing what color stain you used for this piece? thanks!

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