Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Too Much Stuff

I just passed my one year anniversary on Glendora Ave...selling retail...out of a store that is! I had huge plans for my anniversary month as far as the blog goes. Customer testimonials and stories, room reveals of "knot too shabby" homes, including my own, major re-do's that I never wrote about, painting tutorials, videos...there are a wealth of topics that I mull over my head, late at night when all is quiet.

Then, reality hits. I'm busy. I have a family, little girls, a pile of unfinished furniture, bills to be paid, furniture to be posted online, a website that needs daily updating, a house to clean, laundry to do...oh yeah, and have I mentioned we're moving stores! AHHHHH!

I LOVE blogging, but it always seems to fall down to the bottom of the list.

No more I say! I am renewing my commitment to blog...regularly about meaningful things.

To start, this before and after of a gorgeous antique dresser that I bought from New Unto Others at the Bazaar.

The detailing won me over on this piece and it is the most expensive single piece of furniture I have ever purchased to refinish. I saw Old Violet and Old White. Everyone was trying to talk me out of Old Violet. "French Linen, Paris Grey...keep it neutral!" I love those colors, but when push came to shove, I really wanted it Old Violet. So, I disregarded the feedback and went with it.

Heavy dark wax richens the Old Violet. I left all of the original hardware which was intact and in good shape. The brash finish compliments the wood distressing my opinion.

Ahhh...those feet! sigh

This dresser has a coordinating low-boy with a mirror that I have yet to refinish. But, that will be a bit more traditional. I'm not sure which way I'm going yet but I will definitely share the final result. I'm holding off until I get my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint starter kit.

 What color would you put on it?


  1. Oh I love the Old Violet, it sure stands out. Love, love, love! Those are very awesome pieces of furniture!!!

    I'm thinking a blue for the low boy? MMS has some beautiful blues in her collection!

    1. Thank-you! I'm right there with you...I was thinking the French Enamel for the low boy! It's soft and still neutral even for a blue!

  2. My gosh, Michele-that is just a gorgeous piece. I love it- you did a great job- xo Diana

  3. It turned out beautiful, makes me rethink Old Violet... It always looks so purple to me but with the dark wax it's just perfect! - Susan

  4. What a stunning dresser - this is one of the colors I need to try ( I would have been one of those urging you to take the high road with Paris Gray lol ) so happy you followed your heart- I. LOVE. THIS. DRESSER

  5. Just beautiful! I love the color and the piece!

  6. I am so glad you used the Old Violet. It is a beautiful underused color and one of my favorite Annie Sloan paints! It's a truly lovely piece!


    looks fabulous. found you via MMS's party where i'm partying too. would love to have you as a follower.

    smiles and happy weekend.



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