Thursday, January 26, 2012

French Grain Sack Dresser

So, now that voting is closed, I can let you in on my furniture project!
This final round was the furniture round, and I couldn’t wait to get started on this piece.  I picked up this Craigslist dresser on New Year’s Day… for fifty bucks (score!).  I wish I’d have remembered to take pictures before the stripping and sanding began, but just picture layers and layers of yellow and tan paint, if you need a visual…  Hopefully, the end result will make up for it ;).
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I love vintage textiles, and found my inspiration for this dresser in the rustic beauty of striped French grain sacks.  The simplicity of the design is timeless… and that’s what I wanted to bring to this piece.  After sanding and priming, I painted the dresser with two coats of Martha Stewart’s Glass of Milk (color-matched with Glidden Paint).  Once dry, I taped off my lines and dry-brushed the stripe (Martha Stewart Wrought Iron).  I then lightly distressed the surface with sandpaper and added a burnt umber glaze for patina.  New antique brass hardware (98 cents a piece!) added a nice finishing touch.
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My plans of staining the wood top were foiled when some hidden leftover paint decided to peek through my walnut stain… I didn’t want to chance sanding the wood too thin so I decided on another plan.  I dry brushed the wood top with the Wrought Iron paint and added a polyurethane finish, buffed to a soft sheen.  The end result was a nice, weathered effect with a smooth as glass finish.
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I’m quite excited about this new dresser… and it’s new home in my front entry, a great reminder that it is possible to not only make do with old items, but to make them beautiful as well.
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And now that the excitement of OMTWI is nearly over (winner announced tomorrow!)… I can refocus on the many other works in progress around here: namely, finishing up with painting my living area, spreading the love with some Valentine’s décor, and perhaps stenciling a wall or two (or three or four?).
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Oh, and let’s not forget devouring the neverending supply of holiday-appropriate Hershey kisses in between aforementioned projects, shall we? 
It’s good to be home.made.


  1. Found you on MMS and I think this dresser turned out gorgeous! Love the idea of the grain sack!

  2. This is stunningly beautiful! You have inspired me!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. I love this - also found you via MMS.

  4. Simply genius - that's all I can say! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!



  5. Congrats on winning OMTWI! Love how this turned out. Beautiful.

    Ginger @

  6. I LOVE IT! That was so creative! Pinning it now!

  7. Okay.....seriously! You are incredible! This is a perfect idea and I am pinning it! I have the perfect dresser for it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  8. Love this dresser! Congrats on winning One Month To Win It! :)

  9. Simply beautiful! I am in love with this one! I just had to pin it!!

  10. Oh yes this is amazing! I did this to some chairs but I really love the look on the dresser!

  11. What a transformation and I love that you are using it in your entryway!


  12. What a fabulous dresser! I found you via My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. I'm a new blogger and now a new follower!

  13. Rhonda!! Your dresser is GORGEOUS!! What an amazing job you did!! It looks like it could be a Miss Mustard Seed original!! Well done my friend!!

  14. I just love how this turned out. I'm going to pin this for my master redo.

    Also, would you link it up with our "Imagine the Impossibilities" multi-blog link party ...? It stays live until Friday midnight (CST). Here's the link:

    Thanks and hope to see you at the party!


  15. duh...why haven't i seen this before???? love it! such fun to see an original piece!

  16. I love it. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  17. Wow what a find you had! This looks fantastic!

  18. just found your blog and love it. this dresser is divine. think i'm going to have to try something like this out. thanks for the inspiration
    cheers Fiona

  19. I love how it turned out. Fantastic job!!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  20. Wow this is a cool idea! I love it! Great job. 1st time visiting - new follower -I'll be back :)

  21. I love how your dresser turned out! I'll have to keep this in mind for one of my own redo's. Found you through MMS.


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