Jacked up the dresser

Joe sent me a picture of this dresser and I was like, whoa, what are we going to do with this awesomely awful thing. But then I looked at the cool aspects to it underneath the terrible aspects. Like I love the keyholes and I love that it is wood and not fake, and how it is a low dresser and how it is a perfect rectangular shape and how it can be a bedside table, an entry table, or anything table. This dresser had so much potential it was just a matter of fixing some major issues first.
Here is the picture that Joe sent me from the store. Gotta love the beautiful vase on top. Yikes! Thinking about it again though, would it have been nice spray painted all white? Who knows, we never will because it didn’t find a home in our casita.
Here is a close up of the terrible knicks and the awful paint job. It had like 10 layers of paint. Believe it or not it was red, blue, white and then some sort of brown painted over the top.
So first, we took some food filler and filled in all of the cracks in the wood. 

Then we sanded the heck out if it. I started and realized how messy it was going to be and how I was not dressed for the project, so Joe finished it up. Poor Jack, he hates the sander.

Here she is sanded down, that took FOREVER!
Heres the drawers after we sanded them down with the wood putty. Now at least they are smooth on top. 
Before we stained the piece, we fixed the drawers. They were not going in right, so we had to add a piece to the bottom of one and sand down another so that it would close well.

Then we stained the beautiful top with Kona Rust-Oleum.
Then we made our own chalk paint and painted it a deep blue. When it dried, it was darker than this. 
We thought it was a bit boring as just plain blue so we decided to put a Union Jack on it. Here is a tidbit about me. I grew up part time in London and graduated from the American School in London, so I love all things British. Here is some evidence 🙂

Then by the blessing of God, I was able to tape this thing up to look like a Union Jack dresser. I just got the picture of the Union Jack from wikipedia and copied the thing. I think it is pretty close. Here it is half way done.
And then here she is finished. We are having a hard time parting with this one as we LOVE it and think it would be great next to Wells bed when he grows up a little. Oh well, we will just have to make another one. 
Like it? If so, or if not, comment 🙂
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  • love.

    your sense of color is FAB.

    michele

    October 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm
  • Oh wow… I love it!!! The top looks awesome.. the work was worth it. And now I really wish that you had picked up the vase too! 🙂

    October 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm
  • I LOVE your ‘jacked up’ dresser! It’s amazing! I just found you through Ironstone Nest and have just subscribed. I’d love you to visit and say hi 🙂
    Susan

    October 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    • Thanks 🙂 Just checked out your blog, so FUN!! I also just linked up!

      October 6, 2012 at 12:30 am
  • Love it! I studied abroad in London and also worked there for nearly a year after college. So I loooove all things british. Feel free to just send this dresser on over to me! 🙂

    October 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    • Thanks Jackie! I know, I love all things British too! Where did you live?

      October 6, 2012 at 12:28 am
  • Love it! I had a peek around and I’m now following. (I found my way over this time from your comment on MMS)

    October 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    • Thank ya! I just checked out your blog, love the apron 🙂

      October 6, 2012 at 12:27 am
  • Like it?! LOVE it. Great, great job!
    Isn’t That Charming.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:57 am
  • Meg — do you mind if I feature this dresser as a part of my link round-up on Friday? It’s just too cool not to share!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:00 am
    • Yea! Just saw it on your blog. Thanks so much for the shout out. Love reading your stuff 🙂

      October 6, 2012 at 12:25 am
  • Beautiful!!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am
    • Thanks lady! How’s the munchkin? Isn’t motherhood the best thing ever 🙂

      October 6, 2012 at 12:25 am
  • Wow, it really was an awesomely awful thing! Looking at the finished product, I never would have guessed how terrible it looked before you put your magic to it 🙂 Fabulous job!

    October 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    • It was so bad and it was dirty, but it is amazing now. Thanks so much for the comment and the encouragement! 🙂

      October 6, 2012 at 12:24 am
  • It amazes me when I see projects like this. Your work is just fabulous.

    October 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm
  • Wow, the Union Jack looks terrific on your wonderful dresser. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Sorry It’s taken me a while to get here and say thank you xo

    October 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm
  • love how your union jack turned out, i would love to feature if, if that would be ok with you please let me know,
    lauren

    October 15, 2012 at 4:39 am
    • Hey Lauren! Thanks so much! I am so sorry it took SO long for me to see this post! Please feel free to feature, would feel honored because I LOVE your blog 🙂

      October 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  • This looks amazing! The union jack looks perfect. How did you get the paint color to have the distressed look?

    October 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    • Hey hey! Thank you so much! We used Annie Sloan’s dark wax over it. What you do it put a lot on and then after like 5 minutes you take a rag and you wipe it all off and the perfect amount stays on. It looks amazing on it. If you try it, let me know and I can give you a few more pointers 🙂

      October 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm
  • i LOVE your union jack dresser. I ust made a union jack pillow last week and am now obsessed!
    We just started back up our link parties and we would love if you came and linked up at The Humble Brag. Each week, one lucky featured blogger will get one free week of advertising, which mean thousands of ad views a day! Hope to see you there.
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-3/

    October 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

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