Friday, May 6, 2011

a {refined} farmhouse dresser

You may have seen glimpses of her before showcasing my vignettes, but I've never properly introduced her...





This is Anne.





This is what she looked like when I found her.






I loved the curve of her legs, and especially the detail of the key holes.













I painted her a pretty cream but left the top alone, adding only a warm wood stain.










She reminds me of a piece you'd find in an old farmhouse, with a little more refinement.





Two of the knobs were damaged which allowed me to add some cute glass ones at the top. The existing ones were a brassy color which seemed too bold, so I dry brushed some paint on them so only a little bit of the brass showed through.







I couldn't let Anne go without introducing her--she will soon be replaced with a buffet I am currently working on in the garage.







Also, big news (for me), next week marks my 1 year blogiversary. Enter my giveaway to celebrate--it's like Oprah's favorite things--well, kind of--more like a few of Primp's favorite things.

51 comments:

  1. She's very classy, how can you let her go!
    Tracey

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  2. Congrats on your one year blogging! I've been following you for a while and sure enjoy looking at what you create. Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate the whimsy you use in naming your furniture- you are a kindred spirit.
    Liz

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  3. I have a dresser almost exactly like that, except Anne has curvier legs! My folks bought it at a garage sale just after they were married in 1950. It sat in our garage as my Dad's tool chest for years, and I got it last July when he put it in a garage sale. It's completely painted in yellow and green LEAD paint, and I've been going back and forth on how to finish it. Thanks for the inspiration -- now I know what I want to do. It's beautiful!

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  4. Wow this dresser turned out so beautiful! I have several pieces that I need to paint for the room that I just got finished! Love this look!

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  5. this is just so pretty!!! you did so good!

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  6. That is gorgeous. Can you come makeover the cabinet I just bought?! lol

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  7. What a fabulous makeover. LOVE it!
    xo,
    Sarah

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  8. Simply gorgeous! You outdid your self ♥
    *hugs*deb

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  9. Beautiful! The after compared to the before is simply stunning.

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  10. Beautiful! I love what you did. The dresser looks so much like an Ethan Allen one I got about nine years ago to go in our nursery. Love it!

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  11. This is a lovely piece! I love the crystal knobs as an accent to the other hardware.

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  12. so pretty - nice work!!

    -h

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  13. Wow...great eye on that one! You made Ms. Anne amazing!! I'm a new follower!

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  14. it came out beautiful!!
    Amy

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  15. I love furniture with mixed finishes like this! Just beautiful! Congrats on your milestone!

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  16. I'm just adoring the white with the dark top! Very chic farmhouse! :) Great job!

    xoxo laurie

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  17. Anne had a fabulous makeover. Well done.

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  18. I love how white paint can totally revive a piece...LOVE it!
    Happy WW!
    Rene

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  19. gorgeous! the finish looks so smooth and beautiful!

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  20. WOW! What a marvelous transformation! It's a gorgeous piece - well done!

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  21. I just live for redoing furniture and this is just the kind of project that I love to do. It looks great!

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  22. Love the dresser, especially the story! Celeste, victoriantailor.com

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  23. found you from cassie's POWW and I'm your newest follower :) I love that dresser, beautiful!! come on over and visit my little blog if you'd like! paintedparlor.blogspot.com

    have a wonderful wednesday,
    julie

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  24. I love Anne's pretty makeover. I could see her looking fine and confident in any space. You did a beautiful job.

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  25. WOW! Now this is a serious transformation! I like how you named the table ;)

    -Lindsay
    Delighted Momma

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  26. Anne is just lovely! What an awesome transformation!

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  27. Hello Anne,
    nice to meet you. you have a lovely shape. glad your top stayed wood; it contrasts so beautifully with the white.

    Karen
    from WW.

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  28. That is one beautiful dresser. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

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  29. Gorgeous! Must be hard to see her go!

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  30. Hi Michelle, this is just gorgeous. I love the finish you chose, and the handles. I have the honor of being your "linky neighbor" over at Debra's this week, hope you have a wonderful Friday, tami

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  31. Love this! She is just beautiful.
    Happy to be a new follower,
    Bec :-)
    www.littlelucylu.com

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  32. Great re-do! Love the color and the the natural wood top! Also, you have great ways to designing the vignettes>>>Visit me over at my blog sometimes...Tiffany

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  33. Anne is gorgeous. I like her too and I am sure she is glad to be pretty and not ugly anymore.

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  34. She's beautiful. Congrats on your anniversary!

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  35. Beautiful Job! Now she can be presented in style!

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  36. Anne is such a beauty, love the metal topiary forms too, it really makes a statement. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xoxo Debra

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  37. Just beautiful. I would have to keep Anne for ever and ever, never to be replaced.

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  38. Your dresser looks beautiful! What a fabulous transformation. Love the soft paint color and love that you kept the top natural wood. Lovely knobs, too. Really love it all.
    Visiting from Show & Tell Friday. TFS!

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  39. She's lovely! I really like the glass knobs and the curves.

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  40. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your dresser today! Please take a look and grab a button while your over there!

    http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/05/time-to-shine-features-no-17.html

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  41. Love your post AND dresser. Had to chuckle... about your "lady Anne." My fixer-uppers are all women too. I recently talked about a buffet that I painted white in my latest post and refered to it as a "she with curvy legs." Anne's new look is stunning. She's a keeper.

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  42. I am featuring this gorgeous dresser at my Swing into Spring party tonight (link opens at 8pm EST). Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  43. If you don't mind me asking, what paint did you use to refinish her? Thanks!

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