Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Second Time's A Charm

I'm generally a patient person.  I'm willing to wait my turn in line, don't get antsy at stop lights, and can bide my time waiting for the water to boil.  But when I get a vision for a project, I can't wait for it to be done.  Do not pass go, do not collect $200.


I found this dresser recently in a resale shop.  It was a great, solid piece, but lacked character.  I spent weeks trying to figure out what to do with it.  I even asked your input.  

Well, I decided to strip and stain the top a darker color.  So I used my usual Citristrip, which stripped the top quickly and easily.  I wiped it down with paint thinner, then applied two coats of a new stain, Rustoleum's Black Cherry.  After two coats of stain, here's what the top looked like.

You're not seeing things!  The stain obviously didn't take at one end.  UGH!  It started out looking so promising!  What happened?

Well I posted pictures on a furniture forum and the consensus is that I didn't get the stripper off on that end.

Soooo, I re-stripped, and re-rinsed, and re-stained.
Second time was a charm!  Three coats of ASCP Old White (it just never looks right after two), some distressing, and two coats of clear wax and voila!




 Some things are worth the extra effort. 





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31 comments:

MONICA LIVAS said...

That's beautiful!LOVE it..

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Sometimes it takes a little trial and error, but this one was most definitely worth it! Love the color contrast - very sophisticated now! I had to scroll back to the before shot to be sure it was even the same piece!

Maureen Hayes said...

SO worth the extra effort, this piece is gorgeous! Why does everyone have to live so far away, because that piece belongs in my home?! It turned out beautifully.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Cyndi! I could see something like that first go round happening to me. Love the painted base and stained top. I was doing that myself yesterday to the side tables in our guest bedroom. I'll be doing more stain to the tops today. They already look like totally different pieces.

CJ - Juniper and Roses said...

Absolutely perfect! Exactly the right choice - Love it. CJ

Prissyville said...

I would absolutely agree (re: the extra effort). Nice subtle distressing. WAY Cute!

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

WOW...this dresser is stunning! You did a great job. Thank you for the reminder that even if something doesn't turn out the first time, going back and redoing it can yield amazing results. I needed to hear that! Thanks for the inspiration!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous!
I would love if you stopped by my linky party to link it up! I would love to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

How did you do your distressing??

Sarah @ Imperfect Patina said...

Great job!! I love how this one turned out!!

Decor & Harmony said...

Very nice it's classic and fresh!

Monica B. said...

Just lovely. I love the 2 tone. Thank you for linking up at Furniture Friday.

xo...
mONICa

Lisa said...

I am a huge fan of furniture with dark tops and a lighter body. My husband thinks I need to stop doing this to any furniture I can get my hands on but your dresser is just more proof of how gorgeous it is! Nice job!

Nicole Estes said...

Oh my how I love ASCP! This turned out precious! I would love for you to post this on my link party at... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/link-party-time.html
Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

Beautiful piece Cyndi! I love the stained top as well :o)
Thanks for linking up - so happy you did!
Stacey of Embracing Change

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Gorgeous transformation! Love how this turned out! It was well worth the extra time and effort put into it. :-) Visiting you from Kammy's Korner. I'm happy to be now following. Hope you have a wonderful night!
Sharla

Miss Kitty said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That piece turned out amazing! Your hard work really paid off in a wonderfully charming chest. Thanks for sharing your trial and error with us. I saw your post over at "Kammy's Korner" blog party

Sherry said...

You're right, somethings are worth the extra effort and this turned out amazing! I'm your newest linky follower!

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Excellent job! It does look so much more interesting now!
A little paint can really transform something!

Sooner Laura said...

Very very pretty! Some furniture I think it's best to leave in natural wood I'm not one of those bloggers who want to paint every piece of wood furniture with chalk paint. But this style I like painted. The combination of paint and natural wood is my favorite. I think you made excellent choices. Beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to all this and was wondering what ASCP stood for? I love the color!
Lori Green

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Lori, ASCP stands for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It's my fav paint and you can read all about it in lots of blogs in blogland. As a new blogger I would recommend that you go into your bog settings and turn on your email so that people can respond to your comments. I know how overwhelming all this seems! I was in your shoes just a few months ago.

reFresh reStyle said...

I agree, worth the effort! LOVe it!

Nicole Estes said...

Thanks for linking up. I absolutely love this piece!

Christine said...

Amazing transformation!! I love how it turned out!!

Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks wonderful- such a timeless look!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

You did a really nice job on the dresser. I like the dark stain on the top in contrast to the white paint. Thanks for showing it at Your Cozy Home Party.--------- Shannon

Helen said...

I LOVE IT!

Nicole Estes said...

Congratulations! You are being featured tomorrow on http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/. You're welcome to grab a "featured button" and add it to your blog! Thank you for posting this awesome piece of furniture. I love it.

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This is SO beautiful! You are quite the talented lady and I am totally with you about being patient until I get a project on my mind!

Take care,

Trish

Miss Charming said...

Love this! Beautiful dresser, Cyndi.