Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Break

Today I am writing from one of my favorite places on earth... the home I grew up in. My husband is off of school for the week so we came to Utah for a wedding and to visit with friends and family. One thing I love about Utah is, one day it will be a blizzard with record high snow and two days later 65 degrees and sunny. I was in desperate need of fresh air and some adult conversation. I'm happy to report I have had both. Every morning I get to go out on a long walk with my three favorite dogs down the river and through the fields and trees. Nothing is more therapeutic than a walk with my boys. I bought movie tickets with my mom and sister for Hunger Games on Saturday, I can't remember the last movie I went to. My daughter is having the time of her life playing with all her cousins. She's getting some much-needed kid time.

Well, I haven't slacked off on my work too much while on vacation. I promised my mom for her birthday I would paint a few of her ancient pieces of furniture that are desperately ready for a new look. My dad thinks my style of furniture looks like it was dragged behind a truck, but I think even he likes the new look for his dresser :) J/K he is very supportive of me and helps me with my furniture needs all the time.

So here she is before. My parents told me that they bought her from an Estate Sale in Illinois when they were first married. They still use this to hold the T.V. in their bedroom.

I painted the dresser with my mom's choice of color. She is planning on repainting her room and giving it a much lighter and brighter look, so she chose Duck Egg Blue. You can't ever go wrong with that. The whole piece is covered in dark wax and lightly distressed (lightly for my dad). It has been finished off with faux crystal knobs.

I didn't have any of my usual tools from home and just planned on using my dads. He had this awesome buffer that just slipped onto his drill and worked amazing. Waxing and buffing is by far my least favorite part and it made buffing quick and breezy. It's less than 24 hours later and I've already bought one for myself.

I will be here for a few more days and will be painting an old marriage hope chest for my mom as well. I should be able to show you that on Sunday, so be sure to check it out. Here is a sneak peek at the before picture.

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  1. I'll be back to see what you do with the other furniture piece. Enjoyed your post.

  2. The dresser looks great! I just finished painting some furniture duck egg and I love it! I can't wait to see the next piece!

  3. OK You HAVE to tell me more about this buffer!!! I too hate buffing and it's soooo necessary with Annie Sloan wax to get a nice finish. I bought one awhile back but it was useless, as soon as I applied any amount of pressure it would stop it from spinning - to wimpy. So I have been meaning to get back to the store to return it and look for another alternative. Please share what it is exactly that you and your dad use! I am really excited to try it!
    I love the piece you did - Duck Egg is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing.
    home sweet nest

    1. Elisa, it's called a sanding and buffing kit. The buffer is just 5" and round, it has an attachment to attach to the end of your drill. It does stop if I apply too much pressure but if I don't push too hard I notice a light touch gets the job done. I bought one for myself, I found it at cal ranch while I was buying some other stuff but I know they'd be at normal hardware stores as well.

  4. Another great makeover and such a pretty colour.

  5. oh i love the color on that dresser! it's beautiful! and love the new knobs!

  6. Ooooh, so pretty! Gorgeous color.
    I'll be back to see what you do with the other dresser too!

  7. beautiful job!! im a new follower :)
    Mindy~ my dad feels the same way!

  8. Such a great makeover, great work!
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  9. Very pretty! Duck Egg Blue is by far my favorite ASCP color. The crystal knobs are such a lovely touch.