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{swiss miss}

I always hate the anticipation of having to drag a piece of furniture up my basement steps, rearrange my dining room and set up a photo shoot, but I am always so happy when I take the time and effort to do it.  This is my latest dresser makeover, that is going to be the “pop of color” in my room for the Lucketts holiday open house.  I’ve been calling her the “Swiss Miss”, for obvious reasons.
I found this dresser at the same shop where I found the cola cooler.  It needed a little bit of repair on the drawers, but was in nice condition otherwise.  The wood is a beautiful bird’s eye and I fancy these empire-shaped dressers.  (It did have all of the the drawers, I just snapped a quick picture with my phone before I painted it.)
I sanded down the top (the old finish was barely there, so I didn’t need to use a chemical stripper) , stained and waxed it for a warm, aged looked.  The base is painted in one coat ASCP Emperor’s Silk directly over the wood.  Once the red was dry, I taped off the cross and painted that in two coats of ASCP Old White.  The tricky part came in the distressing.  I didn’t want to turn the cross pink, so I had to distress the red and white portions separately.  I also waxed them separately, so the red wouldn’t bleed through the wax onto the white.  I just wanted little hints of red showing through the white cross and I was able to achieve that by working carefully.
Oh, I wish, wish I had the perfect place for this piece, but I don’t.  I am totally in love with it.
I used some tortoise-shell looking knobs from Hobby Lobby to tie into the warmth of the wood top.
I hope she ends up in a very chic home.  I don’t think I could stand the thought of her being wedged between a mauve 1980’s la-z-boy and monster sectional.







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  1. I love the last thing you said….and I couldn't agree more…she needs a perfect place in a perfectly chic home. :) On an entirely different note, I went antiquing with my mom today as a sort of late birthday gift and we saw an old rocking horse (similar to yours) and she bought it for me. :) I love it! So does my 11 mo.old….he's the perfect age for it and I plan to let him use it until he outgrows it, then I'll use it for decor!!

    Hugs,
    Gail

  2. Beautiful!!! You're going to laugh when you see the piece I painted today…looks totally different, but it's got that warm wood and emporer's silk thing going on. ;-)
    shaunna

  3. Ooo, how fun! I love how you leave the top wood. I want to do that with a side table I have, but it has all these carved curly-ques all around it: the thought of stripping those makes me want to cry! Not sure what to do. I am falling in love with red lately…that red is beautiful!
    I'm expecting my first order of German glass glitter to arrive any time now. I think I'm going to tackle the UPS man when it comes!! CAN'T WAIT… a bunch of ornaments all stand waiting! :) I did clay ones and gourds so far. Thanks for introducing me to the glitter…I used the cheap stuff last year and I KNOW the real stuff will make a world of difference!!

  4. Looks wonderful! Ha ha! mauve lazyboy! They are still lurking everywhere!

  5. Once again, awesome job! Love your insight into the possibilities in a piece…over and beyond the "norm"! :)

  6. I AM A NURSE. SO, TO ME IT IS A MEDICAL CROSS!!! WHICH I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IN MY HOME!!!!!!! BUT MY HUSBAND IS IN THE US NAVY AND WE ARE NOT STATIONED IN CONUS OR IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY HAVE A HOME WITH MY FAMILY, LOVE YOUR BLOG AND CAN IDENTIFY WITH YOU IN SO MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS! GOD BLESS……..

  7. Das ist gut…the mauve sectional, not so much.

    : )

    Julie M.

  8. Really, really love this. You are so inspiring. I have two dressers this would work on. Now which one is feeling lucky next week when I have time to paint? Thanks again.

  9. My first thought was to set up a backdrop and lighting in the basement for shoots … but I see that I wasn't the first with that thought ;)

  10. She is now…so much more fun! Great job re purposing this bureau.

    Jess

  11. Love it!! Your last line made me laugh out loud.

  12. Love the transformation! My favorite color- RED!- adds punch anywhere. Just super!

  13. What's wrong with my mauve recliner?

    (LOL)

    Love this!
    Donna

  14. Anonymous says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING !

  15. Cim at JingleBobs says:

    Beautiful job! I am loving the red!! I recently picked up this exact dresser, minus the legs. I almost missed it, as I had purchased a smaller 4 drawer and was dealing with that. Then the heavens opened….and I tripped over the corner of it LOL I've been contemplating chunky bun feet to get it up off the floor. It has several coats of paint, latest being nasty green and dark brown. It will be a winter project, unless someone buys it before January. Now I have the inspiration, and the name of the style!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

    Cim at JingleBobs

  16. Oh my! No worries about it ending up next to a mauve anything!! You did good! Real good!

  17. Ok, stunning, I have obsessed over this for the last 24 hours and after amassing every paint, wax, glaze, brush and sponge I’m ready for the dresser to be transformed into the exact same beautiful price I see here! It won’t happen, it will look like a bloody massacre polished off with a waxy glaze, but hey, Threes no fun in it if I don’t try ;) what was the stain color you used in the wood? I have minwax “Early American Frontier” or something like that….originally was planning on doing a union jack, but the red and white was so pretty ( and the Swiss flag/medical flag seemed more fitting for what would end up looking like a scene out of Dexter)!

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