Friday, January 25, 2013

From Beast to Beauty

Have I mentioned that I LOVE Craigslist??  Especially the free section?  This solid pine wood BEAST was left in a vacated apartment.  The guy emptying the apartment put it up for grabs as a freebie and I grabbed it!  Actually, he and I heaved and hauled it.  Then we sucked in our tummies as we squeezed it into the back of the suburban...which had both of the back seats completely out.  It fit, but barely!
 

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the Beast is about 5 feet wide by 4 feet tall!  Maybe part of the reason the previous owners left it behind was the chewed up bottom corner.  Nothing a little a lot of wood filler and some sanding can't fix!


I had a really hard time deciding on a paint color for this one.  I took my oldest son with me paint shopping and his suggestion (as usual) was black.  "No black son, that's boring."  So, I picked out "my" colors...light gray, dark gray, and teal.  I started out with the light gray on top and a teal/dark gray combo for the body.  And hated it.  Sorry no pictures!  Back to Home Depot with all the kiddos and this time I listened to my son!  I tried painting just the top and leaving the body with the teal/dark gray, but I still didn't love it.  So, top to bottom black.  And I love it!  It doesn't feel like such a BEAST now...now it is an elegant beauty!


I replaced the top three original knobs with black and white swirly design knobs from Hobby Lobby.  The remaining original knobs I used and painted black.  I very slightly distressed and then waxed.



Good choice son!

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20 comments:

  1. That is quite funny! =) I think that is nearly identical to our dresser....which I have been wanting to replace. Maybe I will just paint it! My hubby is funny about painted wood so we will see.

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    1. Ha! I'm not getting in the middle of that argument! I need to stay on his good side so he'll still think of me for his freebie finds! :)

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  2. Oh, I'm jealous of that free find! We are in need of a big dresser like that! Nice job.

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    1. Thanks! We could ship it to you...but it already sold! Whoohoo!

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  3. such a classic now, and i LOVE the new knobs!

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  4. Lauren I LOVE how your dresser redo turned out, just gorgeous!

    xo, Tanya

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  5. Wow! Just wow! This is not only a great paint job, but what a total transformation! Love the sweet Russian dolls :)

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  6. It looks awesome! My husband always tells me to go black... >:/ But in your case, it looks great!

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    1. I always hesitate to use black, but after this one I think I will be using it more often.

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    2. featuring this today too!
      http://jedandivy.blogspot.com/2013/02/aloha-friday-link-party-21-black.html

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  7. What a huge difference! LOVE IT!!!
    Would love if you came and linked up with us at the Humble Brag. We give away free ad space every week!
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-18/

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for the invite!

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  8. I love it! Black was a great choice and I love the knobs. I'm always picking up knobs at Hobby Lobby on sale. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

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