Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Be Still My Heart



I was faced with a ginormously huge small dilemma as the weather started getting cooler this fall.  This past spring I moved from my shop to my garage, which was fine when the weather was nice.  But, as the temperatures began to drop I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do (ummm...paint doesn't dry too well when it's 40 degrees).  

In steps my hubby.  Have I told you how wonderful he is?  He really is. (Maybe, in part, because he doesn't want to hear me complain day after day, but that's beside the point!)  He said he was leaving last Saturday and when he returned he had a truck full of insulation for our garage!  And, he bought me a heater, too!  See--he IS wonderful (for many more, and profoundly better, reasons than that!).  ;)

I hadn't bought anything in a while because, at the time, I didn't know if I was going to be able to paint this winter.  My garage was EmPtY!  Can you believe that??  Well, that didn't last long.  I was so excited about my new garage that I just had to jump on CL to see what was out there...

And, that's when I saw it.

You know that feeling, right?  When you see the perfect piece(s) and you know, in your heart of hearts, that it just has to be yours!  This was a whole bedroom set!  My heart was pounding until I saw the price...  big BOO!  So, I moved on.  

Lol, did you believe me?? 

 Of course, I couldn't move on!  I couldn't think about anything else.  I finally emailed the couple and they were kind enough to knock the price down a little.  I'm thinking...I'm thinking...I'm thinking....

 Tell me you've seen it and know what I'm talking about. :)
("Me want gum gum, dumb dumb!")

AnYwHoO--I went to look at it in person and told the nice gentleman that I just couldn't pay that much for it.  He said he would talk to his wife and text me with what she decided.  I had to 
w.a.l.k. a.w.a.y.!! :'(

He did end up texting and said his wife was willing to accept my offer!  So...

I CAME HOME WITH IT!  WOO HOO!

**I don't normally feel the need to justify myself, but I will at this time because I know I will be getting comments!  Yes, I bought it with the intent of painting it and I did!  What's that song??..."It's my perogative..."  The top of this particular piece was ruined (water damage right down through the veneer to the sub layer), that wasn't something that could be restored and made my decision a lot easier. 

  

Before

Do you see why I just C.O.U.L.D. N.O.T. pass it up??

My client liked this dresser I recently did, so that was her inspiration.  




 After

This just makes my heart HaPpY!!

She asked me what I thought of it (she hasn't seen it yet) and it took everything in me to not tell her I didn't want to give it to her! ;) :) 

I am absolutely in love with this deep, rich color (I glazed it with a dark stain to deepen the color a little more) on this particular piece.  It's bold without taking away from the lines.





 Keeping the top and the trim pieces wood defines the curves and make each level pop.



 I've never seen a vanity with a curved front like this before.  I am still swooning!



 I added these amazing knobs (again! you wouldn't believe how many of these I've purchased since the original dresser I did).







Another beautiful mahogany top.  Can't get enough of them.  I stained it with Espresso and gave it 3 coats of poly.



Ok. I'm going back into the garage to stare at it a while longer before it leaves. ;)

*Stay tuned for the other two pieces.  Each piece sold separately--all on the same day I listed them!  So grateful!!

This vanity was featured by:

Stacey @ Embracing Change
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Molly @ Just A Little Creativity
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage
Patti @ Ivy and Elephants
Brooke @ Start at Home
Karen @ Redoux
Holly @ 504 Main
Linda @ Crafts A La Mode
Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
Becca @ DIY Vintage Chic
Rita @ Suburbs Mama
Jen @ PinkWhen
Megin @ VMG206
Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds
Kathryn @ The Dedicated House

Thank you!!

color = Green Bay SW
stain = Espresso (Varathane)
glaze = Espresso + Mineral Spirits
knobs = Hobby Lobby

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91 comments:

  1. Holy cow, girl - just wow.

    You are amazing and have the talents - sheesh I wish you lived closer - I have the ideas but am the world's WORST painter, that's the truth of it - I have zero patience....and good painting requires a lot of it. Sigh.

    This is awesome, I am not one for colour (I live in a happy neutral white/beige universe) but I totally love this for what it is - a gorgeous WORK OF ART!!!!!

    Well done, ma'am!! And so so happy about your toasty warm and comfy husband, er, I mean GARAGE. ;-p

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  2. You did a stunning redo! Beautiful color combo as well.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Pinned it! I painted a curved vanity last year very similar to yours only it didn't come with a mirror. I haven't seen another one like it until this one! Thanks for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  4. That color is KILLER and you knocked this piece out of the park!

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  5. Wow, that is absolutely stunning! I love everything about this makeover - the colors, stained top and those beautiful knobs. That's quite a beautiful piece of furniture to work with. Found you over at the All Things Thursday party.
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  6. What an absolutely stunning piece. You are very, very talented and have a great eye! :)
    Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

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  7. OMG I want this!!!!!!!!!!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  8. It's perfect! May i ask you a glazing question? How much mineral spirts to stain do you use to glaze with. I thought the ms was for stripping the paint...?

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    1. Why didn't this get a reply? I would like to know the answers to these questions myself..

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  9. Absolutely stunning, It's so stunning. I'm stunned. Did I mention stunning? I love this color.

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  10. What a beautiful piece. I am loving the two tones you used with the stain and the color of paint you picked is to die for, love it ~ Lisa

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  11. whoa. what a unique piece, and i love the way you painted it, gorgeous.

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  12. Oh my goodness, that piece is totally amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  13. Love this gorgeous piece!!! I seen it over at Common Ground blog (: Very nice and pretty!! :) Happy sweet day! xo Holly

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  14. It is stunning, Lisa! I love the color and the espresso stain on the top. The piece itself is great but you really brought out the beauty of it with this color. The knobs go great with it! I wouldn't want to part with it either but, of course, having no room I'd have to.

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  15. Lovely! It's one of the prettiest makeovers I've seen!

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  16. That is beautiful! You did an amazing job and it's just perfect! I feel your pain at having to let it go!

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  17. Home run with this one. I am in love with that color!

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  18. Wow! You did such an awesome job on this. It looks amazing!

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  19. Wow, what a find - it is a gorgeous piece and you did an amazing job.

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  20. Wow! Love, love, LOVE! You continue to amaze with your consistently awesome painted pieces. You are my furniture painting hero! Thanks for the inspiration and blessings to you, Patti

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  21. I wouldn't want to give it to her either, it is beautiful!

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  22. Oh my goodness, I would never be able to sell that, it's too gorgeous! That color is amazing and the wood just makes it. So so beautiful!!

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  23. This is breathtaking! Love it!

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  24. I've never seen any piece of furniture quite like this. It's unbelievably gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing ..

    Linda

    craftsalamode.com

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  25. Seriously amazing!! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two. Sharing on my FB page right now :)

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  26. Oh my my my how BEAUTIFUL. A pinner's paradise! Been having fun with this one.
    I do not see my blog hop on your list! That means you can come by this Wednesday and share it!
    Sinea
    Ducks ‘n a Row

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  27. What a GORGEOUS piece, and you did a FABULOUS job! Thanks for linking it up to the DIY Sunday Showcase!

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  28. This is such a beautiful piece, and you gave it a beautiful new life! Love, love it!

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  29. Wow! What an amazing piece. You did a fabulous job, I'm sure the owner is thrilled.
    Those knobs are just the icing on the cake! Gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  30. I wouldn't have passed it up either, it is amazing and you have done a great job on this wonderful piece with the beautiful mirror, so pretty...love it...I am a new follower of yours..

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  31. Beautiful color! Great job. Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers.

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  32. That is absolutely gorgeous! Love that color.

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  33. Love your blog girly !!! Found you over at Elizebeth & Co. Just love love everything. I will be a regular. Stop by and follow along @ The Rusty Pearl if you every get the chance. Cant have enough BLoggin SIsters. HUGS and blessings your way .

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  34. Wow! What an incredible piece. Great job. The before and after are incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Congrats! You were featured on Friday’s Five Features over on DIY Vintage Chic. Stop by and grab yourself a button!

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  35. This piece is GORGEOUS! I'm featuring it in this week's PoPP.

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  36. That is a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the color and the large mirror! Wow! I'm pinning this to my Fabulous Furniture board.

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  37. Oh my gosh! I want one...that is gorgeous!

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  38. wow this is amazing! I love everything a bout this, the color, the piece, the wood. Do you know when it was made or what style it is? i've never seen anything like it. Great find!

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  39. Gorgeous! You did an amazing job.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  40. I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!1 I featured you this week at Boogieboard Cottage, Take care, Mary

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  41. Stunning!!!! Love it ! thanks for linking to Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

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  42. Lisa, You had the most clicks at the Furniture and Paint Party…OBVIOUSLY!!! I am featuring you!

    Brooke
    startathome.blogspot.com

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  43. WOW...excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor! Stunning!!!

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  44. I have never seen anything like this!! It is GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing at Redoux, I am sharing at my party, starts at 9:00 PST!

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  45. Featured and PINNED!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  46. This is one amazing piece of furniture!!! I'm absolutely in love with it! Gorgeous color choice as well!
    Chelsea
    chelseaandcamille.blogspot.com

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  47. I can't get over how beautiful this piece is! You do amazing work. Love the color and paring with the dark wood. Thanks for posting!

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  48. The color is perfection, and I really love that you used some stained wood with it! Gorgeous!

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  49. This is a GORGEOUS piece!!! You did an amazing job. I saw it on Pinterest, and about died!!! I followed the photo to your blog, and I am a new follower.
    Heather

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  50. I'm not a partier.... (pun intended); but this is one of the most marvelous transformations I have ever seen. I am so envious.

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  51. Wow, saw your feature at Life on Lakeshore Dr - it's gorgeous!

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  52. Holy Flip! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  53. Wow, what a beauty! Such a unique piece, with those curves. Just beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  54. What an amazingly beautiful piece! It is just so very lovely.

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  55. WOW! That is a fabulous makeover! I love the color.

    Thanks for linking up to our Twirl and Take a Bow Party. We plan on partying every Tuesday. We'd love to have you back!

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  56. So pretty! You made this piece shine! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  57. OMG! This is Ab Fab! I adore the color with the rich top.......another inspiration for a piece of my own someday :) Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Gorgeous redo! I would of been scared to use teal myself. But she turned out beautifully. One of these days I will get the courage to paint a piece of furniture something bright and bold. Until then I will just ogle the beautiful work of others. :-D

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  59. This is so beautiful!! I love everything about it! <3 Wow!

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  60. My goodness, what a fabulous piece! You did a gorgeous job with the paint makeover and the color is perfect.

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  61. Absolutely stunning! What color/brand paint did you use?

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  62. You've been caught having done a Fabulous Furniture piece and you are featured at Friday Five. I hope you take the time to stop by and see your feature.

    Stunning work. The color and warmth along with personal touches deserved to be seen repeatedly. One of my favorite inspirations.

    ~ Robin
    Redo It Yourself Inspirations.

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  63. Absolutely destroyed this piece!!! The refinished wood on top looks amazing! Should have done that on the whole thing. Not sure if it was laziness, or if you like to ruin beautiful wood pieces which are essentially works of art.

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    1. Mike, I'm not sure if your comment is meant to elicit guilt or cause me to have a mighty change of heart about painting furniture. I am sorry to inform you it is has done neither. What is has done is reveal that you are an ass. I'm sure you are intelligent enough to realize you are on my personal page. While I am open to criticism and realize not everyone will be pleased with what I do I am not open to people, such as yourself, being rude and nasty. Normally I would delete such drivel, but I felt compelled to reply. I can assure you I am neither lazy nor am I the destroyer of all things beautiful. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are not always so ignorant and mean spirited. You have no idea what condition this piece was in when I received it, or why I chose to paint what I did. So, five things. 1. As a self proclaimed expert in antique furniture I am sure you are aware this piece already had little value as much of the veneer was already damaged. That being the case I could not refinish the body as I did the top. 2. I'm not sure if you are aware that paint does not chemically altar the nature of wood in any way. If someone would like to strip it in the future they are welcome to do so. It will still be wood, therefore not "ruined" or "destroyed" (you should actually look up the definition of that word before carelessly throwing it around and making yourself look like an idiot). 3. The person who owns this now does believe it's a work of art and is enjoying it in her home. 4. It is none of your damn business what I do with anything which is legally and lawfully in my possession. 5. You can feel free to keep your small minded opinions to yourself next time and should probably think twice before opening your big pie hole. Ultimately it is a piece of wood, mahogany and maple to be exact (hardly exotic). I'm a little disturbed you are willing to cause hurt feelings over a piece of wood and one that has no value to you personally at that. You've accomplished nothing this morning but reveal your intrinsic nature (which, btw, is not good). So, be along your merry little way and feel free not to revisit me. Or do take a look around and be aghast at all the "art" I've ruined over the last three years. I will leave you by saying thank you for the lovely compliment on how the top turned out. It is very pretty.

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    2. Good for you Lisa. Keep up the beautiful work!

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    3. Good for you Lisa. Keep up the beautiful work!

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    4. I'd like to contact the owner and make a rediculous offer on this piece! If anyone has any contact info, please LmK. THANKS!

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  64. somebody on facebook is making a giveaway... and i think the stole your image.. here is the link
    https://www.facebook.com/684915374959946/photos/a.684918591626291.1073741828.684915374959946/711802542271229/?type=1&theater

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    1. I saw that too! The site is Divine Fashion and I think they steal people's pictures and post as giveaways!

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  65. This piece Is gorgeous. Absolutely breathtaking gorgeous. And you go girl on dealing with the ignorant reply above. You have a beautiful vision and that is a gift, my friend. Keep up the exceptional work:)

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  66. This piece Is gorgeous. Absolutely breathtaking gorgeous. And you go girl on dealing with the ignorant reply above. You have a beautiful vision and that is a gift, my friend. Keep up the exceptional work:)

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  67. I know I'm waaaay late to the game on this post, but I have to say, I LOVE this piece. I have always been anti paint when it comes to antique/vintage furniture. I still am, providing the item is in really good condition, and can be easily (is there such a thing as easy in the re-do world) refinished. This is what changed my mind, and gave me the ok to paint! Such a beautiful job was done on this piece. I love the 2 tone finish. Fantastic re-do!!

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  68. I just saw this on Facebook and was struck with awe. Lovely piece. I will have to come back to read your blog now. Beautiful, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Has to be 1930s!! Reminds me of my bedroom set. It's waterfall furniture from that time.

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  70. What a find, and kudos to you and your finishing work absolutely gorgeous SOS hope you have a wonderful place in your home to put it I'm in love with it

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  71. What a find, and kudos to you and your finishing work absolutely gorgeous SOS hope you have a wonderful place in your home to put it I'm in love with it

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  72. Thank you for sharing the paint color! It's beautiful!
    I would like to do something similar - what sheen level is you paint? Maybe that's a mute point with the 'glaze' you applied. I'm not sure what glazing technique is, so will do some research on that :-)

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