Bring on the Stain

Today’s makeovers feature the often overlooked and ignored cousin of Paint – Stain.  It’s not Stain’s fault, he really is a great guy.  He’s just a little more subtle and subdued than that loudmouth Paint.  If you get a chance to spend some quality time with Stain, I think you’ll really come to appreciate his good qualities.  He’s classy and refined. He has a certain glow about him and always seems to bring out the best in others.  So let’s tip our hats to Stain, and to these stunning redos that he made possible.
I lovity love this dresser from Jill at Junky Vagabond.  It’s both masculine and elegant!  It’s masclegant!  It’s elemanly!  I’ll work on it …

And I also love this desk from art student Emily. She needed an upgrade from her flimsy drafting table and decided to refinish this relic to take its place.  I love how the stain brought out it’s character, which is a nice way of saying ‘flaws’ … but I’m kind of digging those flaws.  It looks weathered and worn, but also loved.  Our ol’ pal Stain took it from a wreck to a WOW!

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  1. i LOVE that first dresser! it looks straight out of west elm now!

  2. i LOVE that first dresser! it looks straight out of west elm now!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you know what the stain is on the desk? Beautiful!

  4. You are right stain is overlooked these days. I really like a white piece with a wood stained top or an all stained antique piece against a white wall.

    But I’m still waiting on my chalk paint to arrive to try my hand at painting something!


  5. that first one is fab…fabulous and femiline, how’s that?

  6. What an awesome new look. The first dresser is my favorite. So glad to have found you through our feature at Emily’s today 🙂

  7. Junky Vagabond rocked that refinish! Love it =)

  8. Thanks for the feature Lindsey! It’s always fun looking at your posts, and I’m honored to be spotlighted 🙂

  9. Those handles on the first dresser are so posh!!

  10. OMG, that first dresser is a Heywood Wakefield. Aggghghghghg!

  11. I know these ones didn’t need it, but I need some serious help on how to remove paint on a dresser without damaging it. I got the dresser from a friends when I was 12 and it already had 3+ coats of paint…

    How can I remove the paint to really make it look amazing when I refinish it???! Or at this point… do I just add to the layers?!!!


  12. The dresser is perfect!!

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