Monday, July 23, 2012

173 Our Dreamy Studio Dresser is DONE!

Finally!  I can finally say that I painted the studio dresser.  It took me almost an entire year along with countless polls and paint swatches to finally select a color and get my rear in gear.  And I am so glad that I not only waited, but that I finally got. it. done.

To help jog your memory, I found this dresser on Craigslist last year:


I figured the dresser would be a great, slim way to add a bunch of studio storage for items like fabric, extra school supplies, miscellaneous "in progress" projects and decor pieces.  All those extra things that really have a hard time finding a nice home.

The storage has been working swimmingly, however, the color, not so much.  I thought about white, but we have SO much white already.  I thought about yellow, but after working on the adjoining playroom, I wasn't sure yellow was "right".  I thought about turquoise, and even painted some onto the side of the dresser to see for sure.  Nope.  Wasn't right either.  And with future plans in my brain to build in more white cabinetry, I thought something a little darker would be a nice balance.

That is when my gal, Emily, introduced me to the color Restless Sea by Behr.

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She was using it on some furniture in her home, and I fell instantly in mad love.  I knew it was just the color I had been searching for.  And it helped in a major way to see it already being used on furniture.

Since the dresser is a cheapo veneer dresser, I knew it would need some work before painting.  It also had a small water mark on the top.

We used fine grit sandpaper to sand down the entire dresser.  The point wasn't to scratch it up, just to even it out and give it a little texture to help the primer and paint get a nice grip.


Since we were also planning on swapping out the hardware, we also used woodfiller to fill the old hardware holes and ran the sander over the dresser fronts as well.


After sanding, the dresser was wiped down with a damp rag, and then a thin coat of oil based primer was used to cover all of the visible surfaces.


After the primer dried, the next day I got to painting!  It was looking lovely, but once it dried, we realized that our woodfiller had shrunk a bit, so we added some more, resanded, and painted another coat.



Much much better!!

Except those drawer insides and sides.  Oh boy.  Those needed to be painted also.  So they got a few coats of white paint which made a major difference.  So happy I didn't skip the important details!


You know me and my obsession with lining drawers... being that this is my studio workspace, I thought it would be fun to add some fresh pops of color to make me smile each time I open the drawers.  And wrapping paper never lets me down!


Measure, cut, spray {adhesive} and pop it inside!


For the new hardware, I took advantage of a recent D.Lawless coupon code I shared during a giveaway I was hosting, and picked up ten of these pretty ladies.


Ready to see the lovely results?


Once again, a little paint, a little hardware, a whole new piece of furniture!


The charging station moved from our bedroom area to the studio, since I was finding the phone a distraction throughout the night while I was trying to sleep.


The fresh flowers are a nice addition to the space as well.  If only they could last foreva!


Now for the glorious before and after:



Oooh, and it feels oh so awesome to have another project checked off of the ol' top ten project list!  Wahoo!  I love the way the blue pops against the gray blue walls and white trim and doors.  I love the white hardware against the beautiful blue backdrop.  I love all of the storage and that it was an old Craigslist frog that turned into my handsome prince of a dresser.

Anyone else painting some furniture recently and totally swooning over the end result?  What are your favorite furniture color choices?

173 comments:

  1. I love before and afters! The dresser looks amazing. It's so much fun to update pieces like these. Awesome job!

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    1. Thanks Kacey! I love a good B&A as well! Painting furniture is such a rewarding process!!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  2. You are a rock star! Your creativity amazes(and inspires) me!

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  3. The dresser is beautiful, how do you get such a smooth finish?

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    1. Hi Gam!

      I use good paint brushes and do some minor light sanding in-between thin coats. I also really like Glidden paint {which I typically color match to}, since it seems to give a nice smooth finish.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. Did you sand in between the blue coats of paint or between the primer and blue paint?

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  4. Love! Now, if I could only get the motivation to work on the train-wreck of a dresser sitting in my bedroom...

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  5. looks Gorg! Do you finish off with anything to protect the top from surface scratches?

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    1. I typically use Minwax Polycrylic protective finish when working with higher traffic furniture like our entertainment center, however, I skipped that step this time but I still may do it at a later date depending on how it wears.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  6. It turned out perfectly gorgeous!

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  7. Way to repurpose a mediocre piece into something beautiful! Love it!

    Elisabeth@Simply Parkers

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  8. Looks amazing! Where do you find such cute wrapping paper?

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    1. I always have my eye open for cute wrapping paper, since I like to use it for so many projects. I may have to do a post on the subject soon! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. I was just coming to find out the same thing. Looking forward to your post! :)

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  9. it looks fantastic!! i love the wrapping paper for draw liners. such a great idea.

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  10. Looks great! Where did the sunburst mirror come from? I didn't see it in the source list. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Dani!

      I have had the sunburst mirror for quite a few years, it just moves around as we continue to tweak our home. It came from Pier 1 about five or six years ago.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  11. What a difference! I am curious, what finish was the paint? Also, was it regular interior paint? I have some furniture to paint, but in the past I have had mixed results with how well the paint held up.

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    1. I used a Glidden Interior paint in satin finish. Paint tends to cure over time, so within a few weeks, it should be nice and durable. The primer helps with that as well. And if painting higher traffic pieces {tables, entertainment centers, etc...}, adding a protective poly finish is always a good choice.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. Thank you! That info really helps!

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    3. Could you give some tips on how you apply your Polycrylic? I recently painted a dresser and it looked smooth and beautiful until I applied the poly- and it streaked so bad that I now I brush stokes everywhere! I tried a light sand and several other methods of applying it (sponge brushes, etc) and got air bubbles instead. I'm frantic since I spend so so much time on this dresser, but really need the protective coat on it since it will be used in my 4 year old's room.

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  12. so pretty! makes me want to paint something? where oh where did you find that sunburst mirror? it's awesome!

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    1. Hi Amber!

      I have had the sunburst mirror for quite a few years, it just moves around as we continue to tweak our home. It came from Pier 1 about five or six years ago.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  13. Looks beautiful! Good question on the paint finish that HMS Team 7-4 posted. I am looking forward to the answer on that one.

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    1. I used a Glidden Interior paint in satin finish. Paint tends to cure over time, so within a few weeks, it should be nice and durable. The primer helps with that as well. And if painting higher traffic pieces {tables, entertainment centers, etc...}, adding a protective poly finish is always a good choice.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. Hi Jen, so are you saying you color matched the behr restless sea with a glidden paint? If so do you know what the color was called that you used?

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    3. Hi Kristen!

      I used Behr's Restless Sea, they just mixed it into Glidden paint. {they sell both Behr and Glidden at Home Depot}.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    4. Oh cool, I wouldn't have known to do that...thanks for the clarification! :)

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  14. Sit back and beam at another great finish!

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  15. Oh my goodness! I have the exact same "before" dresser in my home at this very moment which my husband and I were gifted when we first got married! It is not awesome, but I am loving what you have done to yours. I feel so inspired now to give it a facelift now! Thanks for the lovely post!

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  16. that looks amazing!!! The color is so pretty! I used MS Plummage on a giant armoire in my living room, and it's very similar to your choice. I still adore it and the color goes with everything!

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    1. I agree that it is a color that should stay relevant as I continue to grow within the space and tweak things. :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  17. Looks great! And please share your secret for finding such cute wrapping paper. I'm always on the lookout.

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    1. I always have my eye open for cute wrapping paper, since I like to use it for so many projects. I may have to do a post on the subject soon! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  18. I love the transformation and the new hardware. Much better.

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  19. Looks Awesome! I can't believe what some paint and change of hardware can do!

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  20. Love the dresser color! Great choice. I also love your charging station. Where did you get that?

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    1. I found it a few years ago at Pottery Barn, but have since seen similar options at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and HomeGoods.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  21. Lovely! You did a great job!
    I just repainted a buffet in a gorgeous shade of dove! A weekend of work was soo worth it!

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    1. I bet it makes you smile big! Sounds lovely!!

      xoxo,
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  22. Gorgeous! Definitely worth the wait :-)

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  23. I love the color you chose! The piece is gorgeous.

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  24. Ooh la la, gorgeous shade of blue - looks amazing! Love how you have accessorized around it, the yellow lampshade is a great contrast. I am currently painting a vintage chest of drawers with Annie Sloan chalkpaint; I hope it looks half as good as this!

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  25. i love the colour, much better then before :)

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  26. Amazing transformation. Inspires me to try it! How do you get these projects done with the boys around? Are they not the mischievous get into Mama's stuff types? Or maybe that happens as they get older...mother of very young children hoping? :)

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    1. Hi Jessica!

      I think they have gotten used to playing and living around projects {we have been DIY'ers since they were itty bitty}. We do our best to work at night while they sleep and project in areas away from their spaces.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  27. Do you use a paint brush or spray your paint on?

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    1. Hi Karen!

      I use a fine bristle paint brush and a smooth foam roller to achieve the smoothest finish possible.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  28. Love how it turned out! I have been planning to repaint all of the furniture in our bedroom (hand-me down) and this post answers so many of the questions I had! Adore the color!

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  29. i know close to nothing when it comes to re-doing anything :) what kind of paint to use on the outside and in the drawers? i guess i'm thinking finish? thanks!

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    1. I used a Glidden Interior paint in satin finish on the exterior of the dresser. Paint tends to cure over time, so within a few weeks, it should be nice and durable. The primer helps with that as well. And if painting higher traffic pieces {tables, entertainment centers, etc...}, adding a protective poly finish is always a good choice. As far as the drawers, I had a gallon of white Behr Premium Paint & Primer in one already on had, and I used two coats of that and it seemed to do the job perfectly.

      xoxo,
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  30. I, too, would like to know where you found your wrapping paper. I can never find stuff like that and I love the prints. I'm about to paint a dresser but was not sure of the color to use. I'm definitely putting this on the list!

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    1. I always have my eye open for cute wrapping paper, since I like to use it for so many projects. I may have to do a post on the subject soon! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. Yes, please, I'd love to know where you got these ones! They are so beautiful! I typically use scrapbook paper for a lot of things, but that limits the size I can use them on. Wrapping paper is such a perfect idea!

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  31. Love love love! Also, where is that gorgeous mirror from?

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    1. I have had the sunburst mirror for quite a few years, it just moves around as we continue to tweak our home. It came from Pier 1 about five or six years ago.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  32. Beautiful! You really can give anything new life with a good coat of paint! Love your attention to detail of painting the drawer sides/insides and adding the pops of wrapping paper liners - so fun!

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  33. seriously, this is beautiful! Love the navy blue and love the idea of putting different color drawer liners inside each drawer, like a little pop of surprise color each time you are putting away clothes!

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  34. I love this! What a great before and after...you did an awesome job!

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  35. We have an old upright dresser sitting in our garage that is the exact same style as the dresser you refinished. Seeing the process that you used to refinish it actually makes me think that I can do it too! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. YAY! I hope you give it a whirl!

      xoxo,
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  36. Gorgeous! That color is AMAZING! I also love what you did on the inside of the dresser with the wrapping paper. Very creative!

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  37. I like it, I have three things painted in Sea Serpent by Sherwin-Williams, so a fan of the rich, angry ocean blue.

    But did you try any dark pulls? I think a dark grey, brushed stainless or black crystal pull would give it a more custom look.


    The light hardware just takes something away.

    If you try darker, I would love to see that!

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    1. Hi! This is Jen's assistant, I actually have the same colored dresser with brushed stainless steel cup pulls and I LOVE it! I love the white Jen picked too though :)

      xox,
      Emily

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    2. I had some brushed nickel pulls but they seemed to be a bit too much for the space {but they may not have been the "right" ones}. Oil Rubbed Bronze may look great as well. I always play around with hardware, so if I find another option, I just may go for it! :) Until then, I really love how the white pops against the rich blue and ties in all of the other white in the space. Maybe when once the studio is done and I can show a full view of the room it will make more sense.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  38. Eek! Jen, it looks so gorgeous!! It's totally dorky, but I'm super excited for you. I know how awesome it is to complete a project that's been long in the making!

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  39. Another glorious mission accomplished! I have the worst luck finding cute wrapping paper and u have so much that I want to line {like drawers and pantries}. Where do you get your wrapping paper from?

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

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    1. I always have my eye open for cute wrapping paper, since I like to use it for so many projects. I may have to do a post on the subject soon! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. Yes please! My blank drawers and walls are yearning for some pop! Looking forward to reading it {hopefully} soon! ;D
      ~ f

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  40. UH I luv it too much I am posting it on pinterest {go figure right}

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  41. The dresser looks great. Right now I'm working on two nightstands. Just need to put in some liners and hardware. I love the way your whole space looks.
    Karissa
    www.afreshstartonabudget.com

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  42. Another shout-out for information on getting cute graphic wrapping papers like you used in the drawers -- you definitely ought to write a post on this topic!

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  43. It looks wonderful! I've been toying around with going deep blue on a dresser we have in our home... hmmm... thanks for letting me "see" it better here.

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  44. When I first saw the dresser as it was, I wondered why you would want to change it. Now that I've seen the makeover, I understand. Good color choice. Great job on the dresser, even inside the drawers!

    Keep writing...

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  45. The dresser looks amazing! I am trying to find a color for our office. What is the color of the wall behind the dresser? I love it! The only problem is it looks different in some of the photos... some light some darker. I like it ligher for whatever reason.

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  46. I love this and love the Colorado. Your post is giving me some confidence to tackle s similar piece in my entry! Thanks!

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  47. Dreamy is the word for it, that deep blue is so lovely! Great work, Jen!

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  48. WOW, well done!!! Where do you find such cute wrapping paper to line the drawers with?

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  49. Love the color and the lined drawers-so fabulous!

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  50. This is fantastic! I always see old pieces of furniture that are usually hideous at Goodwill or even on the side of the road, and I see their potential. I only wish I had the space and time to do this and have awesome unique furniture. Someday! This is great. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. It looks fantastic!! Love the color!

    Is that lampshade from Target? I am still kicking myself for returning the two I bought. Grr!!!

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  52. Beautiful, as always Jen! Did you buy that lamp shade or cover it with fabric? Love it! Keep up the inspiring projects!

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    1. Thanks Kari!

      It was actually a gift from the sweet stylist from Storage Magazine. I believe she found it at Target.

      xoxo,
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  53. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!! Did I mention that the color is gorgeous? lol I also love that you painted the inside of the drawers. Can you tell about painting the inside of the drawers? What type of paint did you use? Did you paint the inside before or after the outside? Any tips/tricks on painting the inside?

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    1. Awww, blushing and THANK YOU!

      For the inside and outside of the drawers, since it was a little bit of an after-thought, I used some white Behr Premium Paint & Primer in one, which I already had on hand. I gave it two coats of that and it seemed to do the job perfectly! I just made sure to let it cure a few days before lining them with paper or filling the drawers.

      xoxo,
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  54. Love x infinity! I'm drooling over the shelf liners- source please?! :)

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    1. They are a mix and match of different wrapping papers and shelf liner. Stay tuned for more details!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  55. Hi
    Its so so awesome...
    Here in India painted furniture is not seen much...
    secondly almost nothing is done by us we get it made by a carpenter or buy it outright from a store...
    But this is so creative.. I love the space inside the drawers too..
    Where did you get these wrapping paper? My Sis stays in the US so I can tell me to get me some...
    How I hope I could do something like this too... which paint did you use for the outside its so good and well painted too..
    Keep up the good work...

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  56. Jen! So beautiful and inspiring!! I would like to throw in an additional request for a post about wrapping paper for drawer liners. :) Wondering if that pretty pic of the lining in your kitchen is wrapping paper, and if you use it in other kitchen cupboards for dishes and if it holds up, or do you laminate it or ... post please! Love, love, LOVE your blog and your style. Thanks for doing what you do!! Several (okay many) projects have come about because of your blog. I don't know if that's a great thing or not because I'm a very tired stay-at-home-mama to two (youngest four months), but I guess making my house beautiful is what I like to do in my "me" time. :)

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  57. So beautiful and well done!
    I just wish I could pluck enough courage to paint some of my furniture!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  58. WOW! the dresser looks amazing in that space with just a few of those pieces on the top and I love the mirror -where did you find it?

    kx

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    1. Hi Karen!

      I have had the sunburst mirror for quite a few years, it just moves around as we continue to tweak our home. It came from Pier 1 about five or six years ago.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  59. Thanks for enthusiasm! There was a huge desire to change design of furniture. However there was a fear. Thanks to you, there was a confidence that everything can turn out! I thank you for your work. I heart, Larissa

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  60. Beautiful! Amazing. Thanks for another inspirational idea, and lovely pictures.

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  61. This looks amazing. That blue is perfect.

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  62. Gorgeous Jen, absolutely gorgeous!!! I love this color. Great job. :)

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  63. Love the color and the knobs are fantastic! Of course, I expect nothing less from you. :)

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  64. The dresser turned out beautiful. I also love repuposing and recently completed my work space with cabinets that came from a friends kitchen. They were white wash that had turned pretty pink over the years. It was alot of work but so worth it. I also have a passon for orgainizing. Hope you'll stop by and take a look at my work here http://kimberlycb101.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-little-piece-of-heaven.htmlLove your blog!
    Kim

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  65. What a transformation. Love the color and the details of adding the drawer liner!

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  66. I think it looks great and I love your white knobs. Thanks for the answers above about what kind of paint you used. Do you have any trouble with the paint feeling "sticky" or items placed on top sticking to the paint? I refinished a vanity for my daughter's room and some paint easily came off, plus has chipped off in a few places since then. I did let it cure for several days. Maybe I need to use a different primer - you used oil based, but mine was latex. Do you think that makes a big difference? Thanks! LOVE your blog and your writing style.

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    1. Hmmm, not sure that how the other primer would impact the end result, I have always used oil based. How is the humidity where the furniture is located? They may impact it. I also try and do very thin coats and let it dry for at least a day in-between if possible.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  67. I just finished a similar project! I painted a dresser I've had for decades. You can see it on my most recent blog post. Don't know why I waited so long!
    I heart your blog!

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  68. Absolutely love this transformation. The color is perfect. Great job!

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  69. omg... LOVE how it turned out! totally worth the wait... the color is fabulous!

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  70. Wow! I looks great! So Smooth! I also love the way you added colors to the inside drawers!

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  71. This looks beautiful! I love the blue and the fun pops of color inside each drawer. Great job!

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  72. Jen, this truly is a work of art. How do you find the time? This is no small project. Great job!

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    1. This project didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would... paint, wait, paint, wait... DIYing at night after the kidlets go to sleep is my idea of a good time :)
      xoxo,
      Jen

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  73. Super super makeover!! I love the color you picked!!

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  74. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent reading your blog, and this was no exception:-) Can you share about how much money you spent doing this dresser? I often wonder how much it would cost me to do projects like that. Thanks!

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  75. Very nice result -- the color is going to last, I think.

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  76. WOW! Serious eye candy! Great color selection, and love the drawer liners! Hey have you heard of Annie Sloan chalk paint? It is all the rage here. My friends are painting furniture like mad! It's non-toxic, no sanding or priming required, and you can also distress it. It's the bomb! I have a high chair in my garage that is ready for some! www.anniesloan.com! -Rachael @ FrugalFaye

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    1. Hi Rachael!

      Thank you! I have heard of the chalk paint and have been itching big time to get my paws on some and give it a whirl! Sounds really amazing, and I think I have the perfect piece to use it on! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  77. Love, love, love this! Do you have a blog post about that awesome charging station? Have a good week!
    -Sandy

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    1. Hi Sandy!

      The charging station is from Pottery Barn a few years ago, but I believe they still carry it. It is from the Bedford collection.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  78. This was one I was looking forward to seeing and you have exceeded my expectation ...awesome job! I am most excited to see when you update your home tour with new pictures because it seems like there has been a lot of changes lately happening in the Jones's house and a lot if swap-a-roos with items! :)

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    1. Thank you! And done! Home Tour page is finally updated! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  79. Wow!! Look amazing! You did a wonderful job!

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  80. I have been thinking of revamping one of my dressers and have been searching for inspiration all over the place without finding exactly what I was looking for. But this is perfect!! I love that you chose different colors and patterns for lining the drawers. I have a hard time committing to a color and I think that is the perfect way to combine all of the colors you love without disturbing the look of the room. Great job!!

    www.organizedmeg.blogspot.com

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  81. This is beautiful--I'm so impressed!

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  82. I LOVE the wrapping paper!Source please?

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  83. I LOVE the wrapping paper!Source please?

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  84. Great job! I love the color. I'm stalking Craiglist for a dresser to paint myself!

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  85. I love this but I was wondering whether you bought or made your chargin station. I want one :-)

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    1. The charging station is from Pottery Barn a few years ago, but I believe they still carry it. It is from the Bedford collection.

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      Jen

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  86. Love this! I was wondering if the dresser is solid wood, or if it more of a veneer finish/ particle board type. I have a chest of drawers that looks similar to yours, and I want to refinish it, but didn't know how to do it.

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    1. Hi Carmen!

      The dresser was definitely a cheepy veneer finish piece.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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    2. Great, thanks! I can't wait to try mine now!

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  87. you _painted_ wood? on purpose?? eegads... how can you talk to the wood if it's captive beneath layers of paint?
    No, it's just me. It looks great, I'm just not a wood painter.

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    1. It wasn't real wood if that makes you feel better? lol

      I totally understand, we all have different tastes and styles. I love giving old items {even wooden} new life with paint. It's just my thing. :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  88. Looks amazing! I love the color and the little details you added!

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  89. Jen, this dresser is GORGEOUS!! I recently re-did an old craigslist dresser ($10, oh yeah!) but it did not turn out as well. It had LOTS of dings and dents and then ended up with some pretty good brush strokes...so I called it rustic ;D
    Anyway, how fun to find another "iheart" blog! Our budget is certainly organized but our home is a different story! I'm very excited to continue checking out the blog!

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  90. I love what Camille did with that bedroom. I have a small son, with a small bedroom, so I keep an avid eye out for good space-saving solutions. I think lofting his bed is our next step!

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  91. I love love love the color you picked, and the paper liners are gorgeous. It was worth the wait - you must be thrilled with it. :)

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  92. I love how it turned out and love the color! We're painting our dining room table right now...such a job! But, hopefully it'll turn out as well as your dresser and it'll all be worth it! :)

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  93. I love the fun wrapping paper designs......where do you find fun paper like this?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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  94. I absolutely love how this came out! I've been looking for a dresser and now I think I'm going to look for something used instead!

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  95. Love the idea that you tackled this with the veneer. I have a kitchen table I have been toying with refinishing but have been told not to bother if it has veneer. The table has been through a few moves and is chipped and could use some love. How did you find info on painting with the veneer? Would love to make sure I have everything I need to take on this project. Thanks and love all your inspiration!

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  96. I am so inspired by your blog! Not only do you have impeccable taste in decorating/organizing/DIYing. . . You also show how anyone can do this on a budget. I love it, and I admire your desire to help others make their homes (and lives) prettier. :)

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    1. Sweet comment of the day award! :) Thanks so much for making me smile and for the kind words!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  97. Hi- I am attempting to paint a similar dresser - did you use a roller or paint brush? It was recommended for me to try spray primer & paint but it is very messy so going to start over.
    I need easy with a baby & would like to cut out the sanding & just use a primer then paint.
    Thanks for any helpful tips.

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    1. I actually did both and found my brush marks completely disappeared after the second coat. I used a foam roller on the flat spots and a brush on edges.

      xo!
      Jen

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  98. Beautiful! I'm getting ready to tackle a big credenza that we got on CL for a steal.. Found your blog by accident, looking for images of grayish blue painted furniture and am hooked! Will browse more, am a bit of a newbie as long as DIY furniture is concerned (painted a few smaller things and sew too), so I'm doing my homework as I don't want to mess it up! Your dresser came out amazing :)

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  99. Hi! My husband and I just spent an entire weekend (plus two days of my week sanding and prepping) re-painting up a 5-piece dressers/nightstand/desk/hutch set for our 7 year old daughter that was an awesome Craigslist find. I was looking at how to line her drawers and found your blog. Yay! I LOVE the idea of using wrapping paper to line the drawers - fabulous, since there are sooooo many more options than with contact paper and I would NOT have thought of using a bunch of different patterns in the drawers of one dresser but what a great idea. Especially since I now have 13 drawers in my daughters room to line! I HAVE To know - WHERE DID YOU GET THAT STARBURST MIRROR above the studio dresser??? I want one for my bedroom but they are hard to find. I couldn't even find a link to get one off Houzz.com. Love your ideas - thanks for being you!

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    1. Thank you! Sounds like you are working on a great project!

      I found the mirror at Pier1 quite a few years back. I have since seen similar ones on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RJ6JB8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000RJ6JB8&linkCode=as2&tag=iheaorga-20

      Hope that helps and happy hunting!

      xo,
      Jen

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    2. Thanks so much - I think I did see that one and was scared off by the price...but I may have to bite the bullet. Did you make the starburst "O" in the toyroom??

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    3. I actually found that one at a Thrift Store, you can snag the details here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/04/ha-i-labeled-wall-now-too.html

      xo!
      Jen

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  100. I came across your site once more! I am needing to redo a dresser for my boys' room and was looking for the perfect blue and also a tutorial so it gets done right. I searched pinterest and low and behold your blog came up. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me to do with what I have and to try and organize my life...not always easy with 3 little ones and one on the way! Your blog is my happy place.

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  101. I love this, I have the same dresser in my daughters room I have a (two set) the taller dresser has been sitting in the garage for a year and it just does not go with the rest of the house, , I never even thought of painting them. I am so doing this now!

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  102. What did you put in the dresser for the office?

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    1. For now, just extra school supplies, office supplies and my fabrics.

      xo!
      Jen

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  103. I keep looking at this post....I pinned it months ago when you posted it...I love the color and this is by far the best furniture makeover piece I can remember seeing. Ever.

    I'm going to HD tomorrow to get this paint color to paint some frames for my boys' rooms....but I will do this dresser one day soon!

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  104. This color on the dresser! I love it! I think it is what I have been looking for.... but obviously it's not in person. I want a grayish blue to paint an ugly old china cabinet. I want to paint the inside of it a turquoise type of color that pops through the glass doors. In your opinion having this in person, do you think that combo would look nice together? And is your color a bit more blue than the photos might look?
    Thank a bunch! Looks great!

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    1. Hi Ali!

      It really depends on the lighting. In the photos above, the dresser is in a windowless room with overhead lighting. You can see the dresser in natural light here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2013/03/making-some-changes-in-master-bedroom.html It is a deep sea blue so it does have some turquoise in it, but it also comes across on the navy side too.

      xo,
      Jen

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  105. Hi Jen!
    Thank you very much for your response! The link you gave was great - helps a lot with the comparing of the color it really is :D
    I still think it is a fantastic color - I appreciate the help, and I may just be going to get some of it soon ;)
    -Ali

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  106. It's AMAZING what a fresh coat of paint and some pretty prints can do to a dresser. We have an old white dresser in our basement that I am itching to fix up and make pretty and useable but I have not had the time or the inspiration to do so just yet. This really makes me want to tackle that dresser! I just have to figure out what color would work best with black floors?

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  107. I've recently come across your blog while searching for ideas for my home. I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your organizing and decorating skills. Your work is amazing!

    Where do you find all those beautiful wrapping paper?

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    1. Thank you so much! You can find a post on wrapping paper finds here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/08/you-asked-wrapping-paper-wrap-up.html

      xoxo!

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  108. Hi Jen, thank you for your soooooooo inspiring blog and ideas :)! I tried to line drawers to with wrapping paper but it gets creased in some parts :( How do you process to get it smooth? Tks :)

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