Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kiddo's dresser

I had been keeping my eyes peeled for a dresser to replace the one in my kiddo's room.  I had made a stop on the way home from work when I came across this dresser.  I actually measured to see if it would fit in my car... I was about 2 inches shy... you would be surprised what I can finagle in the back of a small 4 door car!  Instead, I paid for my purchase and quickly returned with the truck to load up.

Here's what it looked like when I brought it home.  Well, actually what it looked like after a good cleaning.  It had been in a garage for many years.  My dad saw it before and after just dust and cobweb removal and thought I had stained it ... nope, just removed layers of old dust!

The kiddo was not immediately smitten as I was.  Yeah, even with those key holes! If you follow me on facebook, you may recall I learned that 10 year old boys have criteria of what makes a good dresser that are different from mine.   I learned that fort making capability is an important factor while dresser shopping, and one young man was concerned that this one was too 'stubby'.  

After reconfiguring the options of fort building within his room and his input on paint choices, he began to warm to the idea.  He decided he wanted to leave the top the natural wood color, with all the dings from many years (yeah!).

We actually tried about 4 or 5 different paint colors;  one I had at home, some I mixed, one that I ordered, and then finally found just the right one.  This piece is all wood with lovely rough cross pieces on the back.  I was able to use the side of one of the drawers as the test area until we found the blue he liked best.


The kiddo chose the drawer pulls- good taste,  'eh?  (He appears less than enthused here, it was a hot day in or out of the garage!)

We moved it into his room the day we finished.

I threw this picture in because I love the stamped numbers on the side.  They're well worn with age, but a bit of paint helped them be more visible.

His room is not 'done', and may never be, as the process of making a space your own is part of the fun and you never know what you may find next (insert mental picture of the bathroom sign here!  If you have no idea what I am referring to, you should check out my facebook page )


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  1. What a great find! The stained top with the blue is awesome! I love that his room is not "done." That's how I think of my whole house..."in progress" It changes all the time. :)

  2. I love the blue. What is the name of the blue you finally chose?

  3. This is giving me ideas to redo my sons dressers like this! I Love the color and the top just as it is! nicely done:)

  4. P.S. Im following you:) Stop over and chat sometime!

  5. The color is Indigo Streamer from Valspar. I used a recipe to make it act and distress more like the infamous Annie Sloan Chalk paint and I like how it turned out, but I do adore the color, texture, and the way ASCP distresses!
    Diedre - I'll stop over, thanks for the follow!!

  6. Great! I have been looking for a dresser like this for my boys' room also....just haven't been as lucky!

  7. That is a gorgeous color! And the wood top is perfect
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by
    and follow back when you have the change!

    1. Oh suzyq, aren't you kind! I'll pop right over, thanks for the follow!