What’s serp?

If you are in the mood for a serpentine dresser makeover, then today’s your lucky day!

If you don’t know what a serpentine dresser is, that’s OK. Don’t tell, but I actually didn’t know either until yesterday, and I’ve been talking about dressers every other day for the last seventy-five years.

In fact, when I received the email titled ‘serpentine dresser makeover’ I thought it referred to this paint technique…

Serpentine Dresser Before

 

Serpentine Dresser

What a cool ‘serpentine’ paint technique, right? It … uh … entails the use of sandpaper and … turpentine? That’s obviously how Beck obviously achieved that perfect weathered patina, obviously. Oh, what’s that? The term ‘serpentine’ actually refers to the wavy surface of the drawers, and their appearance of undulating like a snake? Yes, yes, I totally knew that.

I’ll let myself out.

Go visit Beck, a blogger who actually knows stuff about things, over at at Beckwith’s Treasures.


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Polka Do’s and Don’ts and Dots

There’s really no such thing as bad polka-dots, right?

polka dot wedding dresses

So maybe that’s not entirely accurate. Perhaps there is such a thing.

But today’s before bedroom had no polka-dots, and that’s got to be worse than bad polka-dots, am I right?

polka dot crop

Look lady, I’m sorry you were forced into this unfortunate polka-dot rain-hat situation, but it’s 2016. Polka-dots are like, way cool now. Super groovy. Check it out:

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom Before

 

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom

Doesn’t that look fantastic? Mint walls, gold polka dots, and a high probability that the little girl who lived here won’t look back in 25 years and roll her eyes. Maybe she will. She’ll probably live in an apartment on the moon by then, who knows.

One thing is for sure: this room is full of personality and color now. How cute is this coral dresser makeover?

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom Dresser Before

 

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom Dresser

Simple changes made such a big difference, just paint and new hardware was all it took to bring this dresser up to date. From The Fancy Farmgirls, first featured by Brooke at All Things Thrifty.

Did you notice the fun pom-pom garland too? There’s definitely no such thing as bad pom-poms.

I rest my case.


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Coffee, Chalk

Hey you! You like kids, right? And coffee tables? And chalk? And the color yellow? Right? I thought so.

That means you are going to love this makeover from Linda, if you haven’t already fully imagined it in your head.

 

Yellow Chalkboard Coffee Table Before

 

Yellow Chalkboard Coffee Table

Ta-da! Linda resuscitated this Craigslist coffee table and created a statement piece that both she and her kid can enjoy. I figured that she simply used chalkboard paint for the surface, but no! She ordered a custom-sized piece of chalkboard vinyl, which has the advantage of being removable.

I think this is a great little project you could do in no time, and a nice way to keep your kids entertained for a while if you find yourselves sequestered indoors all summer. Not to brag, but it got up to 118 degrees in Phoenix this week. CELSIUS. (Not really, but probably).

See more from Linda at Burlap & Blue.


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Get a handle on it.

Everyone like to see a good refinishing job once in a while, right? I’m assuming so. Who wouldn’t? If someone said “Hey, I just refinished an antique dresser and it looks great, and it took a lot of work, do you want to see it?” who would say no? Only some giant jerkballoon. Certainly not you. You’re no jerkballoon.

So, would you like to see Shelly’s refinished dresser? Of course you would!

Here is where it started.  Missing some handles, weathered and scuffed, and stained with an unfortunate orangey shade.

Stained Antique Dresser Before

 

Stained Antique Dresser

 

And here it is now! The wood looks better than new. So deep and glossy and 100% brought back to life.

But as you can see, when Shelly sent me this project, the handles hadn’t all been replaced yet. Don’t worry. For better or worse, I took the liberty of photoshopping a few options on it myself.

 

Stained Antique Dresser antique pulls

What do you think about these black antique scroll pulls? I thought they went with the keyhole hardware nicely, but maybe not a great option with the new silver knobs she already has on the top drawers.

 

Stained Antique Dresser gold ornate pulls

What about ornate gold handles instead?  Yay? Nay? Okay? Whattya say?

 

Stained Antique Dresser cup pulls

I think these silver cup pulls are a good choice to pair with the silver handles she already has.  They look a little huge here, but that is the fault of the photoshop-ist.

 

Stained Antique Dresser silver pulls

Here is one last option: simple silver hanging pulls. Which one has your vote?

Shelly refinished this dresser for a friend, and estimates that it’s over 100 years old. The friend had already purchased a set new handles, but we may never know what they looked like, because they got stolen out of her car! Who steals dresser handles out of a car?? I think we all know the answer to that. JERKBALLOONS.

See more of Shelly’s refinishing process on her blog 100 Things 2 Do.


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