Friday, June 30, 2017

When The Mirror Breaks... Beautiful Antique Dresser Makeover


Hi!!!!!!  You thought I'd abandoned Kammy's Korner, didn't you?
I may have just gotten too busy.  I even semi-retired from lawn care jobs this summer so I wouldn't be so busy!  And here I am, too busy to blog! :)

So last summer, one of my lawn mowing clients took me into one of her out buildings and asked if I'd like a couple pieces of furniture.  It was in rough shape BUT I WAS IN LOVE!  (See, there are major perks to having a grass cutting business!!  And wait until you see the SECOND piece she gave me..if I ever finish it!)

So that mirror.  It was reeeally messed up.  But I see these days, there are actually tutorials on HOW to antique your mirror to make it look all messed up and old.  Really?  If that floats your boat, hey I say put your sails up and hit the waves hard.  But if I have a mirror, I want to be able to see my pimples clear enough to pop them.  You are either "ewwwwing" right now or "amen-ing"!  Bahahaha.

And then.... my problem about what to do with the mirror was solved in one huge nasty wind storm.  The same storm that did THIS:

Also did this:  blew the mirror right over and broke it into a hundred pieces.
But ummmm, cool wood slats back there?  Uh, yes please?
Those slats told me loud and plain "make me a chalkboard!!"
So I mixed up my chalkboard paint and did as I was told (see my recipe HERE).
I'm obedient like that.

I'll just show you now the final result of the chalkboard before I get back to more details because oh goodness it's beautiful.  But I'm not patting myself on the back here.  No, you say?  No, because I couldn't make my handwriting look that good if my life depended on it.  My good pal Becky came to the rescue.  That girl is a free-handing WHIZ.  I'm so envious.  But so thankful she doesn't hoard her skills for herself.  See?  "There's ALWAYS something to be thankful for!".

So the question when done painting - which I went with a pale yellow to match the curtains in my guest room - is always "to distress or not to distress".  Okay it's not really that big of a question to me. 
I usually distress.  Mostly because then if it gets scratched, who cares?  Just looks like part of the patina. 

So I just did some light distressing on this - sandpaper by hand around the edges of the details, like these flowers.  See the comparison and how it brings out the design in this next photo?

I have to tell you this.  I wanted a table top oscillating fan for the guest room since there's no ceiling fan.  I had an old rusty aqua blue one in my booth at the Parma Antique Mall so I went in to get it when Darin tells me he's got one in his trailer that I  can have for a good price.  DUDE.
Exactlyyyyyyyyyy what I wanted!!  

Yeah for yellow!  I love the sunny "new" look in this room!
See what was there before, along with pictures of the whole room HERE.

Wow, that was a close one! It JUST barely fits under the wall sconce light!!

Oh, I forgot to mention about the drawer pulls!  If you noticed in the first photos, the top ones were broken or missing.  I just happened to "find" the two I used on the top drawer out in the little summer cottage behind our house on some cabinets down in a hidden corner.  They were the right size and exact right coloring!  Viola!  LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS.

Yeah, so there are business cards on it for when people stay in our airbnb.  Yes, I really do have it listed, don't freak out.  It's only available like .4% of the time. Ha.
And isn't that copper tray great?  My mom has an obsession with trays.  So pretty sure that was one she picked up for me. One of the 58 she's given me in the last couple of years. :)

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  1. Kammy.... I love this makeover! Great. You really brought it back to life. In a world of gray, I love that yellow. I have a yellow and dark green room and it's my favorite! Very pretty!

  2. As with everything you do, the dresser is absolutely beautiful. Love the yellow (which I am usually not a fan of btw) and how your fixed the mirror breakage problem. I would not have thought about just painting the slats. Great idea!

  3. Outstanding! You must be swimming in lemonade.

  4. Beautiful transformation! And so nice to see you in my inbox again too! Hey Kammy girl do me a fav and pop on over to my place and share this lovely at #FridaysFurnitureFix.

  5. loving the makeover. I can no longer say I don't like yellow furniture...that little chest is lovely!

  6. Gah... leave it to you to come up with a save for a possibly devastating mirror breakage! Gorgeous outcome!

    I'm featuring this on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects this weekend. Thanks for linking up!


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