Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Aqua Antique Makeover

Horrors to Murgatroides, I did it.  I painted a beautiful antique dresser.  Don't send me hate mail.  I LOVE IT. (Not hate mail, my dresser!)  And I'm glad I did it.  So stick a sock in it.  Or just don't continue reading this post if you'll have a caniption over my devaluing this gorgeous antique.  (Hey Spellcheck, please add caniption to your list.)
My mom snatched this up at an auction in Grundy Center, Iowa back in the day when she was doing those sort of things and decided she needed to thin out her stash and passed it on to me.  It's a beauty.  And THIS post folks, is beginning of the major master bedroom makeover!!  Say that five times fast.  
I found the green paint that I had used on the walls of my bedroom 8 years ago in the dark scary corners of the basement. I mixed it with some turquoise paint from my sweet darling daughter's room.  It was EXACTLY the color I had envisioned - a gorgeous sea foam green.  Or I'll just call it Aqua.  I'm not good with all that paint color terminology.
I used yellow Zinnser primer (because it was a cheap mistint) and it turned out awesome when I did the distressing with my sandpaper.   That itty bitty little bit of yellow peaking through was just the right wonderfullness it needed.  This whole project literally only took me a few hours.  It had to, because my mom is only here visiting for three and half days and we have/had three dressers, a nightstand, a four poster bed, and the walls painted, along with curtains painted (yes painted), wall decor hung and other jazz that goes along with redoing master bedrooms.  
Anyways, this just might be my favorite part of the whole makeover.  Stay tuned for MORE!!!!!
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Oh, and the whole time I was painting this, I was thinking about my grandkids 75 years from now stripping this piece and rantin' and ravin' about Grandma Kammy who had to paint all her wood furniture hideous colors...  BAHAHAHAHA
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58 comments:

  1. Oooo, I love it. I like it both ways, actually, but the color sure is cheerful!! What an amazing piece!!!

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  2. I love it!! Totally brightens the piece up! Great job! -Sarah

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  3. That "aqua" color is really pretty. And what a nice piece of furniture your mom passed on to you! Lucky Girl!!! I'm thinking those grandkids will be rantin' and ravin' to their friends and families about how totally awesome their Grandma Kammy was at DIYing.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your bedroom makeover.

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  4. What a gorgeous piece - lovin the aqua, cant wait to see the rest of the makeover. CJ

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  5. Oh...thank you, thank you! This turned out so awesome! I have an antique buffet and I have been strugging with the idea of painting over that beautiful wood. I'm so doing it now! Thanks for inspiring me!

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  6. That is awesome! Great color, and great job with the distressing! Cant wait to see the rest of the room! Good job to you and your mom! I love projecting with my mom. Love hearing about others who do too!!

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  7. Looks gorgeous Kammy! I love that colour :) You did beautifully!

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  8. KAMMY! Its GORGEOUS! I love that color! Absolutely beautiful! Who's jealous now? Uh huh. M-E!

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  9. This looks so much better painted! Sometimes the dark wood just doesn't highlight the beautiful details of the piece and paint just does that. I appreciate the beauty more if it is highlighted. Plus it goes so much better in the bedroom!
    Kim@reposhture.blogtspot.com

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  10. In my opinion, it is gorgeous now...I just don't like dark wood....I love white and colors.....AWESOME!!!!!

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  11. Both are beautiful...BUT when I saw this photo I immediately LOVED it (and I am very picky). Thank you for posting your work, I truly enjoy it!

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  12. It's absolutely beautiful! I'm not a wood person and seem to end up painting anything I can get myhands on. This color mixture of your's was just so perfect and look how all the detail just screams now....just beautiful! So glad I stumbled up onto your blog, now I'm your newest follower!

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  13. It is hard for me to cover wood because I had heard it all my life, "oh, you need to refinish that to original"! Then my daughter said, "if you like the piece you can paint it any color you want mom, its not like you have a life investment in it!!" So I like her way of putting it! I think your dresser is gorgeous! Teri @Decor8N with Teri on Facebook

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  14. Love it! Paint transforms everything and I am all for it!

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  15. It's beautiful & in my favorite color! I'm feeling more brave about painting a few of my own vintage pieces.

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  16. Wow! you have been busy. such a beautiful piece!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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  17. Kammy, I would love for you to link this up to my Friday Block Party still open through the weekend.
    Thanks, Tami @ Curb Alert!
    http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2012/04/friday-block-party-2.html

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  18. Oooohhh I love it! It's beautiful and too bad if anyone doesn't like it! I always tell my kids to make sure and paint my cofin a nice blue or white...lol
    Good for you - enjoy it!
    Elisa
    home sweet nest

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  19. This is sooooo gorgeous. It looks 10 times better that before it was painted. AND it's not like it was a family heirloom of yours, so it's okay to paint it because the heirloom starts with your mom and you. It is so gorgeous, I just can't get over it!

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  20. This looks beautiful! That is one of my favorite colors!

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  21. You are too fuuny......stick a sock in it lol, I love the new look can't wait too see the rest.

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  22. Thanks for the post loaded with so many information on wall paint.Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for.

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  23. Beautiful job, Kammy! This dresser is an exact replica of my childhood dresser my parents have in their home. I wonder if my mom will let me do this to it. :) Megan

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  24. Well I think your dresser is brilliant. Sometimes brown furniture is just too.....well brown!!

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  25. LOVE the makeover, it's just what that piece needed!

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  26. this is one of my favorites of yours- i LOVE the color and the details and the awesome hardware!

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  27. Loving the color of the dresser ! It turned out beautifully:)

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  28. Good for you for following your heart. It's beautiful!

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  29. Your dresser looks really great. what a pretty color.
    amber

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  30. It's really gorgeous! I get the same reaction here when I go to paint something. And your Mom's slipping and falling....that sounds exactly like me! People used to think my husband beat me I'd be so full of bruises when I DIY!! And it IS funny!!

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  31. I love great wood pieces, and I love turquoise and aqua painted pieces. It's yours so you get to decide. You did a great job on it and it looks lovely.

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  32. GORGEOUS!!! the color is so perfect. I'm cracking up thinking of you with your grandkids--- I often think how crazy our kids will think I am when they realize I paint over EVERYTHING! lol
    blessings to you!
    Lauren @ www.SummitStreetJoy.com

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  33. Love it! I think it looks better painted. Don't you just love when paint colors come together to create such a heavenly hue? Really nice!!

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  34. I love it and will not hold it against you....never! Sometimes these tired old pieces just need a little love and a brighter and cheerier new look. Love the color you chose. Pinning it to my aqua/turquoise board:-)

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  35. I won't send you hate mail. It looks gorgeous painted! I think it brings out the character in the piece. Great job and way to take the plunge! :)

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  36. It´s lovely. I didn´t know you could paint furniture with wall paint! Do you think it will resist, since you didn't waxed it? Please tell me, because I've got a dresser to paint, myself, and I've got a gorgeous wall paint and don´t want to spend a lot of money buying ASCP! Thanks.
    Isabella

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  37. HaHa...No hate mail here, I love painting and updating old furniture. Boo to any naysayers, you did a fab job. That is one big piece and it truly is beautiful.I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/04/get-schooled-saturday-20.html
    xxx, Kim

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  38. This turned out beautifully! The color is awesome. Got no problem with you painting it! A room full of brown furniture is just too boring! I've painted a lot of furniture in my day - but I've never mixed a color. Need to get more brave I guess! I'm a new follower - have to see the rest of this makeover.

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  39. Simply gorgeous! Now I want to paint mine.

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  40. GORGEOUS color, Kammy! I just LOVE it! You won't be getting any hate mail from me, girlie! lol!

    xoxo laurie

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  41. Just when I can't decide whether to paint furniture or not, I spy this gorgeous inspiration! Beautiful job, Kammy! Thank you so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade too! ;)

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  42. It is beautiful! So much better than the before. Love the color! Aqua is my fave decorating color right now.

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  43. Hi, Kammy! What a beautiful makeover! You picked a perfect color! I'm your newest fan. Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com any time.

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  44. I think this looks fabulous, Kammy! I would have painted it, too. I think paint shows off some detailing so nicely. In my case ignorance is bliss because I have no idea of antiques and reproductions, so I would just be painting stuff.

    By the way, I'm sold! Loving the posts I've read so far on your blog and I am your newest follower! : )

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the color. (BTW, it's conniption.) :)

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  46. Love how this turned out. The color is just perfection! I'd love it if you linked it up to my linky party - Mod Mix Monday


    http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/2012/05/mod-mix-monday-49.html

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  47. You did the right thing! It's gorgeous...and now I want it. :)
    P.S. I love the bed redo, too!

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  48. I'm picking up a dresser tomorrow to do this to! Feel free to stop over and do all the work for me ;)

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  49. Why does everybody freak out about painting wood furniture? If it's your furniture what's the problem? Why in the heck not? Sure it's pretty the way it was originally but it's even prettier in the aqua. I love that color you made. I'd love to have that dresser. So serene and pretty.
    I've been known to do things like that too. I'll use whatever is handy and make it work. When we lived in KY I got a wild hair one day to paint the living room. I wanted a pretty taupe or tan color so I went into the pantry (where my son who had remodeled the house then sold it to us) had put leftover paint. There was about 3/4 gallon of white semigloss so I went into my craft acrylic paints to find whatever brown I had. I proceeded to dump browns in til I got the shade I wanted. Let somebody match that paint.
    We lived out in counry and I was pretty broke but wanted to paint l/r that day. I knew if I went into town by the time I got home I'd be out of the mood and it would be too late. So I started painting. I couldn't find the rollers/pans so I used this straight flat thing for around windows to paint the whole living room. When I make up my mind I just go for it. I paint picture frames that way also by mixing shades I have to make enough paint. What have I got to lose? What's funny is it seems those things turn out best.
    Believe me painting that l/r wasn't easy. Was a good size room with two doorways out of it and 3 big windows. I started about 11 I guess and got thru about 7 that night. I had to move some big pieces of furniture also. When my husband got home I didn't say a word. It took him about 2 days to realize. My husband was a trucker at the time and gone during the week.
    If I thought about things before I did them alot wouldn't get redone in our house. My husband says he never gets bored as he never knows what I'll do and I'm almost 72 now. What fun.

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  50. Love it. Love the old wood and love the re-do as well. The color is phenomenal ! :)

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  51. love this colour!
    kisses from Poland:*

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  52. It is beautiful and everytime I take paint to natural wood I think the same thing. Someone, somewhere is going to be stripping this piece (Please don't let it be me) in 50 years and cursing the fool who painted wood. Who cares? It's yours and it is amazing. Love it!

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