Fresh Pressed

This horrible dresser appears to have been only recently vacated by an incontinent cat. Ew.  But forget about that for a second and check out the after.  What the?!  Woah, right?  How did Kristy get so much design and detail into the drawers and side?  Well, turns out that the dresser already had these details pressed into the lightweight wood, (which couldn’t be sanded, thus explaining the puddles of stripper and acetate, and not … you know). Kristy knew just how to coax them out.  I think it’s beautiful.

See the process on her blog 4 the Love of Wood.




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  1. Wow!
    That is an astonishing transformation!
    Since I have pretty bad morning sickness right now, the thought of an incontinent cat really hit me hard but the finished product has no signs of it’s former yuckiness! The new finish makes the carving look soooo pretty!

  2. I am absolutely in love with this!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I LOVE it!!! I wish I could figure out how to do stuff like that.


  4. That is INCREDIBLE!!! Wow.

  5. That is amazing. So much character and detail behind all of that paint! You did an awesome job…REALLY, an awesome job!

  6. So pretty! I know it could not have been fun stripping all that detail in the wood but SO worth it! Beautiful!

  7. LOVE

  8. I gasped aloud (again) when I saw this piece done!! I do a lot of gasping on this site. So hey, thanks for keeping my day flabbergasting!!


  9. amazing!! i love this…so chic!

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  11. I am usually not a huge heavy distress kind-of girl, but I LOVE this piece! It’s just right and perfect for the style. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing:)

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