9/12/2016

My Welsh dresser - before & after

Sometimes when you move to a new house all you need is a... new dresser! Well, we definitely had a nice spot in the kitchen/diner that needed a dresser desperately. So Jamie went hunting (eBay hunting of course, no animals hurt!) and he found a nice second hand Welsh dresser that was enough for what I wanted to do with it. I like pine, but not that much, you know.


I don't like when it all gets yellow/orange and it even seems softer than it really is. So... there I was on the next day, in the workshop (this place does not exist anymore as it was by the way, but I will tell you about it in the next few weeks), with my apron on, with my focus on, with my paintbrush in my hand, armoured in Annie Sloan paint. I was ready!
We chose two colours that... well, I'm not sure that were made to go together but they PLEASED our eyes more than anything, so why would we care?


So of course, as it always is with me and painting/up cycling furniture, in the middle of the whole process (or maybe even earlier) I had totally enough. I was getting bored. The most exciting bit was gone (the first brush stroke, that's it) and now all there was was a hard work to do. But I did it and after a few days our new dresser was ready. Waxed, polished, with a few new knobs and totally different life.



I absolutely love how every little detail seems more visible now.  


In the inside of each drawer I glued some tissue paper (this one from 7Gypsies) and I think the effect is really brilliant. The tissue isn't smooth (sorry, I have no ambition to be smooth with papers :) which adds even more of this vintage look to the whole dresser.


Figa is always there, always involved and helpful.



And don't these flowers just look perfect with such rich background?


It was a hard work to me and by that I mean that I just had to force myself to be patient and keep on going. But then again... wow, it was so rewarding. It turned out that the most exciting moment wasn't my first brush stroke but sanding and waxing. Pictures with flowers were taken right after bringing the dresser home - it was two months ago. Today it's full of stuff and you know what... I love it so much, especially for it's colours. That's the thing I think - we have to stick to our intuition and create what we like.

ps. some of you probably see this dresser from time to time on Wanderlust videos as we temporarily use it as a background for our lessons (studio still in progress, but it's getting very close now!) and it works perfect, even for that. 


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16 comments:

  1. Wygląda pięknie!
    Podziwiam efekt końcowy i ogrom włożonej pracy. Miewam bardzo podobnie - takie projekty są ekscytujące podczas planowania i mniej więcej do kilku pierwszych pociągnięć pędzlem. I oczywiście potem - gdy praca jest już skończona. Sama praca natomiast pociąga mnie jakoś mniej ;)

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  2. ależ! przecudownie wygląda w nowej odsłonie <3

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  3. Teraz wygląda duuuuużo lepiej świetnie! :D

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  4. Gorgeous - a beautiful piece of furniture - bravo!
    Sandy xx

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  5. So worth all the effort - a magnificent transformation.
    Alison x

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  6. I love it! So much work. You are to be commended. I especially like the way you left the serving area as wood, but lightened it. It is gorgeous!

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  7. это просто потрясающе! рачительные перемены !

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  8. Love how the dresser turned out. The colours are great and looks very nice against that wall.

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  9. Love how the dresser turned out. The colours are great and looks very nice against that wall.

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  10. Beautiful job! I would also like to recycle furniture! Thanks for sharing your everyday place!

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  11. That is brilliant! Bravo! It looks a million and thirty-two times better. Even better is that Figa has given it the stamp of approval!

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  12. WOW Kasia, you never cease to amaze me! This is a real beauty! Fabulous, inspiring idea!❤😘

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  13. Pięknie wyszło. Widać, że w ciekawym miejscu malowałaś :)

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  14. Love it. You did a stunning job!

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  15. Beautiful! I'm about to do something similar to my mother's old hutch. You have inspired me once again!

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