July 12, 2013

Black Chevron Dresser Transformation

Guys, 
this summer has been a furniture-filled summer so far. 
I'm not even playing. 

One of my big goals for this summer was to make a big dent in the pile of sad & beat-up pieces that have been living in my garage for the past year. 
Some were purchased, some were given & some were roadside rescues.

I have so many fun pieces to share with you over the next few weeks- I've really been trying to think outside the box with a few of them and have fun with their transformations :) 

And I've been pouring a lot of sweat (a lot!) and tears into them. 
I can't wait to share the ones I just finished this week but they're awaiting good weather so I can get pretty pictures :) 

So today I wanted to share a piece I did for a friend at the beginning of the summer. 
She had found a picture of a black & distressed chevron dresser that she loved and was wanting the same for her son's room.
We never did find the perfect sized one so we decided to go with Plan B and redo the dresser he already had. 

It was in great condition but she was just wanting a new look & for it to grow up a little with him.
Here's what we started with: 


It was definitely a fun piece to work on considering it was in such great condition. 
Usually my pieces need quite a bit more love to even get started. 


I know that this totally makes my readers who can't stand to see pretty wood get covered up cringe.
But it goes into my whole 'if you have a piece & don't love it, then do something to make you love it" philosophy.
It had great bones and exactly the storage she wanted, she just wanted a new look for it. 

All it needed to get started was a good sanding to roughen up the surface and get any residue off that had landed there over the years. 


I painted it a gorgeous glossy back from Sherwin Williams. I'm obsessed with their water-based enamel line. You get that gorgeous, glossy, hard finish with a much easier clean-up than with the oil-based enamel paints.
A little pricey, but so worth it. 


One of the things my friend really wanted was a chevron pattern on the front of the dresser. 
I kept the pattern just on the main front drawers, not extending them over to the taller side. 
I wanted it to be the focal point.
I used a pretty navy paint and sponge-painted it on. 
If you're going for a more distressed, aged look, don't be too liberal when sponging on the paint. It makes the perfect uneven finish. 


After painting the whole piece, I went over it with my little mouse sander to distress it up. 
We both love distressed pieces which makes me happy :)


I love how the whole pieces turned out. 
I think black always look so classy and the black/navy combo will be gorgeous in a boys room!


I finished it all off with a coat of furniture wax. 
I love the satin-y feel it gives the piece after it has dried. 
You just wipe it on, buff it and let it dry. 


The original knobs just got a coat of black paint as well. 
I lightly distressed them, then sprayed them with a coat of gloss enamel sealer. 


Of course, my favorite part of any furniture redo is sharing the side-by-side before & after pictures! 




Such a huge difference! 
Isn't it beautiful??

Do you like the black/navy combo? 

I sure hope you enjoyed it, there's lots more furniture transformations coming up so get ready!!!

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5 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I adore it! I'm getting ready to tackle my sons' room and you have just given me A LOT to think about! I love this piece! And as for the naysayers about pretty wood... Well, I'm on board with you. If you don't love it, make it so you do! Beautiful job!

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  2. absolutely beautiful!! I love the color choices~ another awesome job Kelsey!!

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  3. What a gorgeous transformation! I love the colours and the chevron pattern and the distressing is perfect. I am inspired to get my tools out and work on my own furniture stash!

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  4. yes i love the combo! good choice by doing chevrons only on the drawers, it looks awesome!!!

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  5. I love the chevron! I just did this to my boys old locker! So cute!

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