Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yard Sale Find, Vinyl, and a Little Bit of Paint

Yes, I've been busy, Froggers. On the way to help  my in-laws move, I happened upon a yard sale with *furniture*. You see, I've been really wanting to work on refurbishing furniture for years. However, my schedule and list of other crafts did not allow. Well, I've made the commitment, Peeps! A chest of drawers was calling out to me from the lawn, half encrusted with crap, aka wonderful finds. I screeched my wheels came to a gentle stop and got out to peruse the items. I was excited to see that the chest of drawers was from a non-smoking home and was quite inexpensive. It didn't look like it needed a ton of work, so I bought it. Keep in mind that I was on my way to help move my in-laws and now my trunk was full of my own furniture that needed to be moved. Duh. Oh, well. Fortunately, they had rented a large trailer that required two trips anyway.

You would think after all the projects that I've posted, that I would have gotten a complete before pic, but no, I haven't learned.
Now, I must add that I did see something like this in Blogland, so I can't claim this as an original idea, although I don't know if the Anonymous Blogger (sorry- I'd SO link to you if I could remember who you were) painted the knobs or not. I'll pretend like I'm on the witness stand and say, "I don't recall," which means that I'll take full credit for that part if I want to.

Here are some pics of the drawers:

I'm sorry, but I don't consider this "chippy goodness".

I'm sure this piece of furniture belonged to a girl, since it appeared that it was "heavily decorated" at some point:

Never mind the Goo Gone. I just took my trusty palm sander to these babes. This stuff needed to be vaporized.

Here is my helper who stayed by my side the entire time:

Here's a hint of what I used:

Shock of all shocks! Chalk Paint??? Like, nobody else is using this in Blogland. I do have to admit that I LOVE this stuff. But, 'nuff said. On to the project.

I painted the center front panel of each drawer in Old White and applied some vinyl letters, cut with my trusty Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot program. Gotta love those two together! And, I'm not forgetting to thank Mrs. Barford, by middle school French teacher, whose husband also taught French, heard my test tape at home, and thought I was a native speaker (had to throw that in for bragging purposes).

After applying the vinyl letters, I painted over them with Paris Grey. Then, I lifted the vinyl off of the dried paint, to reveal the loveliness underneath. I painted the body in Old White. A coat of oak Briwax and clear Briwax later, this is what I came up with:

I'm kind of tickled with it.
Fondly, Tami

June 28 postscript- I found the link of the original right here. Yea. I really do like to give credit to the original creative blogger!
And, I'm linking to:
Under the Table and Dreaming
I Heart Naptime
Sisters of the Wild West 
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. the chest turned out very nice, tami!

  2. I love what you did with this piece. it turned out lovely and I hope that some takes it home and loves it. Great job.
    PS you can't be from the States you used French :-)

  3. It looks lovely! Adding the numbers on the knobs was a nice touch.

  4. I luv a furniture redo, I also luv you use the cricut, what font did you use?

    I am inviting you to our weekly party every Wednesday, would luv for you to join us, you will get more visitors to discover your blog :)
    Have a great week,

  5. Hey, Maggie. I used the font called French Script. I love it. And, Ceekay, don't think I'm not already thinkin' of where it can go in my house. I'm kinda hoping that it won't sell. I think it'd be a great statement piece in my foyer, not to mention a great storage piece!
    Thanks so much for your comments, Ladies!
    Fondly, Tami

  6. Oooohhh, pure LOVELINESS!!!! WOW!!

  7. Oh wow,you've done a fab job, I love it !!!!

  8. Love how you did the dresser, I never would have thought to do the lettering that way. Good touch to have the numbers on the knobs.

  9. Eeek! I love this, very creative and beautifully done! :)

  10. Wow! It's a nice job, I hope we can buy chalk paint soon here in Spain (I'm looking for, but no luck!). The little cute helper is incredible similar to mi dog, who someone stole some years ago. Here in Spain we have a lot of abandoned dogs, so I never understood why someone stoled my furry buddy. Hope you enjoy your little helper many, many years.

  11. Cute, cute, cute!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. I love it! Love the knobs also!

  13. Beautiful job. And I love your little fluffy helper! If you have a moment, I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

  14. So adorable! Or should I say, tres mignon! :)

  15. Looks beautiful. You should be very proud producing such a fine outcome.

  16. How pretty! I love love this dresser. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Oh...this turned out darling! Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

  18. Very cute. I love what paint can do.

  19. Wow, great job. Love the matching knobs too.

    Can't wait to see what you do next with Chalk Paint!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at my Chalk Paint Party!

  20. I love this!!!!! What kind of cricut do you use? I really want one for vynal lettering but not quite sure which to go with....

    1. You know, I would not get a Cricut at this point. I loved it as a starter machine, and I was able to buy the software that works with it, but there was a lawsuit, and it's no longer available. However, there are some other machines, depending on how much you want to spend, and what you will use it for. The Black cat cutters are quite good, as are Silver Bullets, but the are pricey (I LOVE my Black Cat). The Silhouette Cameo is getting great reviews. I've seen some cuts it makes, and it is a great machine. Fondly, Tami


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