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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Dresser Anymore…

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I was given my Grandma’s dresser when she passed away.  When I was a child I would go stay at her place for a week or two during during the summer.  I still can remember the dresser in my memories of her bedroom.

So I was very thankfully to receive this beautiful piece of furniture.  It was painted a creamy, light yellow when I brought it home.  My plan was to put it in my daughter’s room, who was only 2 at the time.  I was redoing her room to a big-girl’s room.

So, I decided to paint it white and then add some special front work.  I wish I had a before picture, but 5 years ago keeping a photo record of my work wasn’t even on my radar.

Here is her dresser…

Can you see what I did?

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A little closer…

Isn’t it cute!  I just love gingham, especially in a little girls room.  Want to know how I did it?

First you need to make your gingham device… for lack of a better word.  You take a squeegee… like the kind you’d dry your car window with and a sharp scissors or knife.  You need to decide the size of your checks.  I think I did mine 3/4”.  So every 3/4” you will cut out a section that is 3/4” wide.  Does that make sense?  So it’s going to look like a toothed squeegee.  Do the whole squeegee.

I taped over the outer edges of the drawer and removed the knobs.

Then I mixed the paint with a glaze… I think about 2/3 paint, 1/3 glaze.  The glaze will help the paint from setting and drying quickly.

Then I painted on the lavender paint and used the squeegee and wiped it one direction.  Then wiped the paint off the squeegee.  Then go back and go the other direction.

Super easy & yet it looks so tricky….

I’m linkin’ up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday… wow that’s a mouth full!  Head on over and check out all the other beautiful, creative, stunning furniture redo’s!

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19 Comments

  1. Very cute – and how special to have something to remind you of your grandmother. Nice job. Love that idea for doing gingham.

  2. This is so darn cute! I love the gingham pattern. Just wish I had a little girl to paint pink things for!

  3. The dresser looks amazing and I love that it was your grandmothers. I know where I got the letter cards now. It was at JoAnn's. I'm sorry I have such a bad memory and thanks for visiting. It's nice to meet you and I love your site.

  4. That is so cute! It really looks special. What a sweet makeover. I'm so glad that you shared it with us at my FFF link party.

  5. Thanks so much for the sweet comment and for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it:) by the way I love what you did with the dresser. Small change yet such a big difference. Love it!
    Jacey

  6. What a cool idea! I loved your explaination on how you achieved the result too. I would have never thought of that!

    Blogland is my hero today. 🙂

    Donna

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