Saturday, May 7, 2011

Charlie Brown Yall!

 Here he is!  I've decided I will never do a crazy detailed piece again.  These flat dressers are just too easy! Who am I kidding.. I love details.  This was a nice change though!
Here is the before from craigslist - I was in too much of a hurry to snap a before shot:

I began by sanding the dresser with my NEW Bosch random orbital sander (if you don't have one, I would highly recommend it! I love it!)

Then I spray paint primed it with Valspar primer.  I did a sloppy job because it was late at night and I was impatient, so the next day after I bought my sander I smoothed it all out and got it ready for the paint.

Originally I wanted to paint the entire piece yellow with white stripes, but while I was sanding after the coat of primer I saw this:

I kinda liked it.  So I decided to paint the top white then distress it.

After I painted the yellow (Valspar's Summer Wish) on the bottom portion I let it dry so I could tape off the stripes.  I just eyeballed it.  No meticulous measuring.  You know me, I want it easy and imperfect!

If you look closely you'll see that the tape is uneven and sloppy.  The edges are jagged.  I just wanted to get the design on real quick.  Then I went back with my exacto knife and carefully cut off the excess of tape.  Here you can see it nice and even.

Looking back I probably should have started painting white on the second stripe, but oh well.  Here he is mid-process and after I peeled off the tape.  I only did one coat of white on the front and top.

I let it dry overnight then took my sander to it.  Again, I wish I had bought one of these much sooner! They're great.  It sands so evenly and doesn't peel the latex paint like it does when I hand sand.  I'm in love.  I heavily distressed the top, then sanded the drawers enough to look worn.  I sanded the sides real good too.

I took this picture to show how the yellow darkened up a little bit when I sanded it.  I don't know why it does this, but I'm glad it did.  The yellow was just a tiny bit too pastel for me.  I don't think you can really tell in this photo though... the difference is very subtle. The drawer on the bottom is the sanded one.

I then gave the entire piece a nice coat of wax.

Ladies and gentlemen - Charlie Brown, Katie style.

For some reason the yellow looks kinda like Grey Poupon.  It is much brighter in real life.  This almost looks like it has brown undertones.  I don't know why, but furniture just does not photograph well in my living room.  It was sprinkling here today too, so the gloomy weather doesn't help.

I love the way the top turned out!  It looks old and worn, but still kinda clean since I didn't have to use any glaze.  Here it is with my current decor on it.  This will all change with time.  It doesn't really fit the look of the new dresser.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies!!


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  1. super cute! flat pieces are always nice cause you can get creative with them = ) and p.s., id die without my orbital!

  2. Love this! The color and pattern are so cute! You've got some serious talent:)

  3. It looks so bright and cheerful, perfect for a bedroom.It is always fun to watch something transform, especially when you create it.Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Masterpiece Monday.Happy Mother's Day to you.~Poppy

  4. My favorite part is the top! The yellow and white is so fun, too!

  5. That's way cute!! Makes me want to try! How much is that sander?? I just have a little mouse one, nothing too fancy. It turned out great!


  7. What a creative way to paint a dresser -- a huge improvement. Thanks for the tip on the Bosch. Joni

  8. Wonderful! I can't believe you eye-balled those stripes. It looks amazing.

  9. That is stinkin' cute! Love it! Love the chevron! I will store this idea away for later...thanks and Happy mother's Day!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. So does this mean that if you redo a piece of furniture intended to hold blankets, you will call it "Linus?!" lol

  11. this came out so cute.... i have a buffet/hutch/cabinet thingy that i am getting ready to re-do and the front doors are flat, so i might have to try some sort of design on the front. thanks for sharing, i love it!

  12. What a transformation! LOOOVE the yellow! Doesn't distressing things make you love them even more ;)
    We would ♥ for you to show this off at our link party!

    Lolly Jane

  13. So cute. I love the yellow. I'm here from Homemaker on a Dime and I'm a new follower.

  14. Charlie Brown dresser, lol! that's a great description. it came out great!

  15. LOVE the dresser!!! I've got one sitting in the garage that I've been wanting to do the exact same thing to :D You've given me the kick in the seat to get it done finally!

    Saw you on DIY Showoff!


  16. your dresser looks great! :)
    nice job taping!!!
    Thanks for leaving a nice comment on my post about the hens and chicks!
    have a great evening!

  17. Such an improvement, I love it! Thanks for thinking up to Weekend Warrior at Ask Anna. :)


  18. Great job - I love how the top looks so distressed! Thanks for linking!

  19. I love this dresser! So cute! I wondered when someone would start making Charlie Brown jokes about the chevron trend . . . I'm glad someone finally did :-) The dresser looks amazing!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  20. Katie, this looks awesome, especially with the chevron design :) Thanks for linking it up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  21. cute cute cute!! excellent job and I love that it doesn't have to be perfect. Makes it even more lovable. That's just the sweetest dresser ever!

  22. Looks fantastic!! Thanks for linking up to craft and tell, hope to see you back next week!!

  23. hi! i just came over from the remodelaholic link party– i wasn't sure i loved chevron stripes, but this is starting to convince me. it's so cute and happy!

  24. Hi Katie...

    Ahhh...soooo darn cute! I love it! You did a fabulous job, my friend...such a sweet piece! Thanks for sharing it with us for the Feathered Nest Friday party today!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  25. It looks super cute Katie! And kinda funky ya know? Love it! Thanks so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  26. Love this Katie! It's such a little charmer!! You did a great job on it! Thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

  27. The colors are so cute - what a whimsical design, too! I think it would look great in a nursery ;)

  28. this is so pretty! love the yellow, love the chevron. so cute!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again this week :)

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