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Serene dresser refresh.

‘Don’t be afraid of change, you may lose something good, but you may gain something even better.’

We have moved several times as a family, from rental apartments, to rental country homes, to home ownership in town and now home ownership in the country.   As we have moved, each home calls me to a different style.  Our first home was filled with dark, cabin themed, rustic styled colors and decor.  Our current home is a little farm house on 5 acres and I am aiming at styling it like an old farmhouse cottage with a bit of a soft rustic flare.   Living on a small budget, each time we moved and styles changed and evolved, I couldn’t go out and buy all new furniture and decor, so I had to make do with what we already had from the past 10 or so years- and that is when I started doing DIY.

This dresser is a great example of how my style has grown and also fits along nicely with my new approach to simplistic design and minimizing this year in my home.
Originally the dresser was dirty white when I purchased it for $10 from a thrift store and was one of my very first dresser makeover projects!   I love the color mustard yellow, but again want to aim for a serene feel in my home and felt that the mustard color on such a big piece wasn’t working at this ol’ farmhouse any more.
So, two days ago I got the motivation to paint it- again!   My 11 year old son was such a big help and took of all of the drawer pulls and knobs!  He maybe complained once or twice, but he still completed the task and I thanked him with a bowl of cookies n’ cream ice cream (wouldn’t you help me for a bowl of ice cream too!?)

As I was planning the idea in my head, a whole 5 minutes before I got out my paint brushes and got to work, I also decided the green lamps didn’t look right in their current space any more either.  I have always wanted big clear , or neutral colored glass lamps- but again, budget friendly decor, doesn’t allow for the purchase of 2 new lamps every time your design style changes.  So I decided to paint those as well.  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  I do that well.

Here is the dresser before It was refreshed;

Dresser before

 

Here it is as it stands now in a beautiful grey from Sherwin Williams (The same color I used in my kitchen and dining room)

 

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& a few reloved items that I found at Flea Markets style it as well ;

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That is all for today my friends, stop by again soon to see what I have been up to today!

As always, to keep up with my latest projects, flea market finds and treasures and to be inspired weekly, head on over and follow Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook!

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Red license plate dresser | Before & After.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
I love being an artist.  It is my passion.  I love the feelings that come along with creating and transforming a piece of furniture.   It gives me such satisfaction to take something old, worn, and broken and restoring it and giving it a brand new life and a new purpose.
Last week I got a vision for this plain brown dresser and marched forward with the vision and the details came to me as I went along.Here is the before image of the dresser;
Before. Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
How I transformed this dresser;
1.)  Sanded and painted red.
2.) Applied a thin layer of Minwax stain + poly.
3.)  Removed drawer pulls and filled in holes with wood filler.
4.)  Attached rusty license plates to each drawer, for character.
Dresser after;
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Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
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I hope you enjoyed this transformation!  Be on the lookout for this piece to be featured soon on News channel WQOW 18 in a Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center commercial, along with myself and 2 other pieces I have transformed from Hope Gospel!Thanks so much for reading!
Have a beautiful evening,
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9 drawer dresser makeover | Before & After

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.” ~ Winnie The Pooh

My son just turned 10 last week.   I am trying my hardest to not let his age make me feel sad about the fact that I am losing my ‘baby’ boy.   It is a hard transition when they go from sweet little boy who follows mommy everywhere  to becoming so independent and not needing their mommy as much any more.   I miss those pounding little fists on the bathroom door every time I take a shower, I miss the tugging of the pant legs when I am needed for something, I miss the sweet calls of  ‘Mommmmy come play with me’ from the other room.   But I am also thankful to God that my son is a healthy, adventurous boy who has been with me for 10 wonderful years.    He has now grown into someone who loves the Lord, enjoys a good conversation about anything that involves facts,  loves getting dirty in the mud, and is one of the greatest travel buddies I’ve ever had.

Lately he has been really interested in my projects, and has been asking me what I will be working on next when I am in between projects.   He has enjoyed going with me searching for my next ‘victim’ and I can see a huge change in him that has happened recently, where he is really understanding and appreciating the work and love I put into my furniture makeovers.   As a mother, it is such a great feeling to have a son that wants to learn from you and also looks up to you.  And now I also see, that even though he is getting older, he still does need me, just in different ways.   This morning before school, he hugged me and said “Mom, thanks for making my new dresser and my other desk too, I really like them both.”  Ahh, talk about melting a mothers heart!

I have slowly been working on getting his room together and out of all of the rooms in the house, his is still my favorite, and the closest to being ‘complete’ .   Last year, I worked on making over an old desk from a thrift store for his room, and this year I have been in search of a long dresser with plenty of drawers for his clothes & toys.   I was lucky enough to have a friend donate a dresser to me over the weekend and once I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for , for my little mans room!

This is what the dresser looked like before;

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I let my son pick out the colors and theme for the dresser.  Below is a list of the changes that I made;

– Stained the top of the dresser & legs with 3 coats of Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black.

-Painted dresser & drawers in red satin paint.

-Stained over the entire dresser & drawers with Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black (which is stain + polyurethane) to give it a dirty/aged look as my son requested.

-Lined the drawers with ripped out pages from a 1973 issue of Popular Science Magazine.

I decided to use the original copper pulls that were on the dresser, I just love the patina that they have and their simple, straight lines.

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I completed this dresser in a day and today I am planning on setting it up in my sons bedroom to surprise him with the complete product when he gets home from school.

Here are the after photos;

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In the photos, the dresser is staged in my living room, once I get it into my sons bedroom I will add some new photos of it in there as well.

I hope you have enjoyed my latest furniture makeover, and that you leave feeling inspired to take on a project at your house too!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

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Rope Dresser Transformation | Furniture Revival

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Today I woke up with a huge burst of motivation.  So I ran with it.  I completed 5 somewhat simple furniture transformations between 8am and 4pm.   All of todays projects were completely spontaneous, I just wandered around the house and basement looking for items to re-do and had them all out at once, jumping from one project to the other as paint dried and continued on like that for the whole day.

Now my feet are up, Im eating pretzels and drinking a big glass of chocolate milk.   A well deserved little rest before I must jump into mother mode when my kids get home from school!

This dresser was purchased several years ago, it was originally a light brown, but was in bad condition, I had painted a quick coat of white paint over it last year, and it has been sitting in my daughters room ever since.    Today it was begging me to give it a new look, so I did!

I sanded down the entire dresser, drilled new holes in the drawers to fit the rope pulls, and painted in relaxing a grey-blue.

Below are the before & after photos, enjoy!

Dresser Before;

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Dresser After;

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This dresser is ready for its new home (could it be yours?!)  for $150.00  If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Kelly at endlessacres@live.com

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Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

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Tranquil Dresser Transformation | Furniture Revival

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” ~ James Allen

I love being by the waters edge.  If you know me well, you know that I am always going, always working on something, driving the back roads, or getting my hands dirty on some project.  There are a few things in life that will slow me down, and bring a sense of  peace to my mind, and water is one of them.  I could waste an entire day laying by a lake, or walking beside a creek.   There is something so serene and calming to my heart when I am around water in nature, in some ways it makes me feel so connected to God , and I love that feeling of contentment and tranquility in my heart.

My love for water, especially Lake Superior, has formed my love for shades of blues and greens, whether its on vintage cars, or in decor in my home, like this tranquil dresser transformation I worked on yesterday.

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The color is called ‘Dinner Mint’ but I really think it deserves a better name, like ‘Beach Glass’ or ‘By the Sea’ , but unfortunately I don’t name paints, I just use them. 😉

For this project, I did the following:

-Sanded, primed and painted the dresser

-Lightly stained the dresser

-Added a coat of polyurethane

-Spray painted the original dresser pulls in a hammered oil rubbed bronze spray paint from RustOleum

Dresser& drawer pulls  before;

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After;

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This dresser for be for sale at The Shabby Shed Boutique in Bloomer, Wisconsin after February 24th.
I hope you enjoyed my latest furniture revival project!  To see more of my creations and keep up with my latest DIY Adventures, you can also follow me on Facebook & Twitter.

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly