Friday, May 27, 2011

Bird on Blue

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I am not a squealer. Really. But I almost squealed with delight when I cam across this dresser at Deseret Industries (that's Utah's "Goodwill") a month or so ago.

Isn't it cute? Despite the nasty orange color, I mean...and yes, it was really that color in real life.

The top drawer had a problem. There had obviously been water damage, and one of the layers of the drawer bottom was peeling up. was up on legs! And there was another treasure in the top drawer:

Casters. I love 'em.

So I brought it home with me. What I hadn't noticed in the store was this little problem:

Yep. I whole corner was missing. How did I not notice that?? I blame the casters.

So it sat, and sat, and sat in my garage....until the glorious day that Twice Lovely introduced me to Kwik Wood. It's an epoxy mixture that you need together to form a shapeable putty to fix those missing chunks and pieces.


It wasn't perfect...but it was heckuvalot better than what a had before.

Then I used my handy-dandy Harbor Freight Multi-Tool (it was my Mother's Day present from me) to scrape away and remove all the veneer from the drawer bottom.

It worked like a charm! You may wonder why I didn't just replace the drawer bottom. I had intended to, but it was GLUED in place! There was no way to get it out without some serious damage potential, so I chose to just remove the peeling layer. The drawer bottom is sturdy enough without it.

Finally...on to painting! The dresser was gray...briefly. But I wasn't feeling the love.


What do I love instead? Blue!

...and of course it needed a little something more on the decorative front panel. I painted a bird in antique white, which matches the paint job on the knobs. Everything is glazed with Jacobean stain to bring out the details. I only did a very little distressing...I didn't want the orange showing through!

Don't you love the legs?
What?? No casters?!
That's right. I'm keeping 'em!

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Sherri said...

Korrie, just lovely!! I love it in blue and I love the bird!!! What a fabulous job you did!! Have a great weekend!

Desiree said...

Wow, I love it! What a great job! And thanks for the tip on the Kwik Wood. I have past up a few pieces just because a chunk was missing. Now, I know it can be fixed.

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Great job Korrie! I love the blue! Kwik Wood to the rescue again! ;)

Suzy said...

What a beautiful dresser redo! I wish we had a DI where I live! I've been having a hard time finding old furniture to makeover lately.

Full Circle Creations said...

Fabulous job! I love the color and the bird. And I really like how you moved the drawers around so the decorative panel was in the middle! You gotta love Kwik Wood!


Sam | Away She Went said...

I would have squealed and jumped up and down a couple times! I would have missed the damage corner too...but it turned out beautiful!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It's darling! Love the color with the dark stain! Kwik wood is the bomb! :)

Unknown said...

once again, great job. love the bird detail. so pretty

Gayle said...

Great project! Do you sell your stuff somewhere here in Utah? I'm in Clinton and would love to see things in person sometime. Or maybe you just do this for your own use? I found you from a Funky Junk Interiors link

Brandi said...

The transformation is fabulous!! So lovely!

Lindsay said...

Wow, this is a totally different look! We refinished an old dresser as well, and I know how time consuming it can be. So very good job! It's beautiful!

Michelle said...

what a super cute idea! following you from I heart nap time ;)


Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons said...

So lovely! I've never heard of Kwik Wood before - it sounds like a really neat product. I love the blue and antique white paired together!

Susan said...

What a great redo! You really brought new life to that piece. Very impressive rebuild of the missing wood, too!

I love the poem you have above it. My great aunt cross stitched that for me and it's on our nursery wall! Great words.

Cassie Bustamante said...

that is soooo sweet! love it, korrie! you are amazing!

Hyphen Interiors said...

I like that! Well done. Love the color and the bird is perfect!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Really great...and the perfect spot for a little bird!

Beth said...

This is soooo lovely,and the bird is a beautiful finishing touch! Wish I could find a dresser like that!

reFresh reStyle said...

I love it, you have cool ideas!

Unknown said...

It turned out so lovely, and you made a great fix of the corner. Can you believe I gave away an antique dresser very similar to that in perfect condition? We needed the room at the time and it was in my pre-blogging and painting furniture days. Oh how I miss it :)

Mimi said...

I love this post for lots of reasons. First, it is such a beautiful and charming transformation! Gorgeous color! And also very happy to learn about Kwik Wood. I'm working on a table now with a messed up corner. I'm new to fixing furniture and am learning so much from blogs like yours. Thank you! Also getting to know some tools (there are lots at my husband's business that I never knew existed!) So thank you for introducing me to the Harbor Freight Multi Tool! Can't wait to get one. Harbor Freight is right across the street from Habitat Restore in my town. Makes me happy.
Saw you at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!

Melissa said...

I love your projects! I was curious as to what the saying is that you placed on top? I can't make out all of it, but I may want to use it in my home (if you don't mind). Thanks!

Sandi Sharp said...

Sandi @ Making It Homey said... I love it, I was just at Lowe's trying to find a blue that I want to do an old dresser in myself. What color did you use, I really like it. Please let me know. Thanks

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

So cute! I think your dresser's cousin is in my daughter's room!