Wednesday, August 21, 2013

On a High Note...

It seems like forever since I've posted anything!

This summer hasn't gone quite as I anticipated (do things ever?).  I haven't done near as many pieces as I thought I would and realized I'm ok with that. :)  It's been nice to go at my own pace and not be constantly stressed out about what's on my plate.

However, this cute dresser did keep me up a few nights!  I found it in my town (it was so nice to not have to travel to pick it up!) and it sold almost as soon as I posted it.  The woman who bought it is a friend of mine and I just love her style so I was so excited to hear what she wanted done with it.  She is a music lover and loves heavy distressing so we bounced around a few ideas until we came up with something we both agreed would fit what she was looking for. 

It had its fair share of issues, but nothing a little persistence and some grumbling couldn't overcome! :)

I just want to give a shout out to my amazing hubby for always coming to my rescue!  He seriously can fix anything and I could not do this "job" without his constant help!  



I love heavy distressing and just don't get to do it very often so was thrilled when she chose a piece from European Paint Finishes as an inspiration piece for the distressing.  To me, it just fits this piece to a "T".

After I painted, distressed, and glazed the entire piece I added a few pages from an old music book she had.  We wanted the pages worn looking so I tore the edges, adhered them with modge podge (a little tricky with this thin, inky paper), then sanded them down, and stained over the top of them.  When everything was dry I gave the doors a couple coats of poly.

 I think the hardware just makes this piece.  She actually had them shipped from England and I am in love with them!  So unique! :)

The room it's going in is this eggplant color so thought it would be fun to do a pop of it on the inside.  Love this color combo!

We wanted a natural top on this, but the original veneer was too bad to save, so I ended up peeling it off.  I love the wood underneath but peeling the veneer had left gouges in the wood (sometimes if the glue doesn't "let go" it will actually peel up the sublayer with it) so I sanded it smooth, stained it with dark walnut and left the gouges to be part of her story.  I love how rustic it looks and think it pairs perfectly with the finish.

 This is probably the most frustrated I've ever been doing a piece (I had to repaint a few of the drawers, the pulls were a pain, the top was a pain, the doors were a pain, lol), but I think the outcome was worth it.  She is probably my favorite so far!

I think I've been photo bombed. :)

I'm going to enjoy the last two weeks I have with my kiddos before school starts again and watch a few football games!  Go Hawks!

This dresser was featured by:
Gina @ Shabby Creek Cottage
Kathy @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
Peggy @ PJH Designs
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Brenda @ Cozy Little House
Christine @ The DIY Dreamer
Deborah @ Green Willow Pond
Kristen @ Wonderful at Home
Karen @ Redoux

Thanks so much!

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  1. How cute and creative is this. I absolutely love it. The note pulls are amazing. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me party. Hugs, Marty

  2. Too bad it gave you a hard time--it came out wonderful!!

  3. GREAT job! LOVE IT! Our Wonderful Wednesdays party is live again, so come on over and link this up so everyone can see it! Its just too beautiful! Here is the link!

    See you there!

  4. Ok so I just stopped by after you left a sweet comment on my blog and I think I may be here a while!! I freaking love this! Your work is amazing! Now I have to see more...already gave you a 'like'! XO

  5. I am stunned at the beauty of this piece! Love the color, the sheet music, the distressing and that hardware! Can you say awesome? Lucky woman who purchased this! I'm sure that even during your planning sessions she never dreamed it would be this gorgeous! Fabulous work! Hugs, Leena

  6. Wow! I love this dresser! The musical touches are perfect! And...your little photo bomber is a cutie! :-) Thanks for sharing at The scoop!...hugs...Debbie

  7. That is just the cutest dresser ever....goodness!! Love everything about it :)

  8. This came out absolutely gorgeous! I love the handles -- really I love the whole thing! Visiting from the Wonderful Wednesdays Linky Party!

  9. Very cute! Love the hardware, love the color, love the music. Thanks for sharing. Stop by my Friday's Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)!

  10. I just LOVE this! The musical theme is so beautiful and the handles really make it one of a kind. Not sure my blog gets traffic yet but I would love to add your work. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Very beautiful. The music sheets look fantastic on this piece!

  12. This is so cool I absolutely love it! That aqua color is spot on!

  13. I love what you did to this dresser! It's amazing!

  14. I posted a comment on Home Talk but I'm glad I popped over to your blog to see the rest of your pictures of this stunning dresser. One of my favorites! The color, sheet music and those amazing handles take up a notch. Your friend is very lucky to have this beauty!

  15. Good job! I especially love the treble clef door handles. Thanks for sharing at My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Party.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  16. This looks so great! Very cute makeover. Visiting from the My Favorite Posts weekend party!

  17. This is just gorgeous! I love the sheet music on the doors with the blue peeking through the distressed parts. I'd say it was worth every ounce of pain it gave you!

    Angela xx
    Little Apple Tree

  18. I love this!! You did a fabulous job. Wow, those handles are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. You are featured today at Pick of the Bunch. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)

  19. Great piece! I love all things music sheets and teal blue!! I think I might need one of these in my home :))

    I'm your newest follower too!

  20. This is a beautiful piece! I love that you used the sheet music, and the pulls are just perfection. You really nailed it. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  21. What a BEAUTIFUL dresser!!! Love the color and the music sheets. I will deff be pinning this one! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

    Shelly @MinettesMaze

    Im also a new follower!

  22. Absolutely stunning! This piece turned out so beautiful, and the, even though they frustrated you, they really make it! I don't think I could have sold it!
    Saw you featured at Shabby Creek Cottage
    Debbie :)

  23. Beautiful job! Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

  24. A beautiful piece. Your my feature this week at Transformed Tuesday. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  25. Gosh that's pretty! I love the colors, the vintage music and that awesome hardware!

  26. A beautiful piece. Your my feature this week at Transformed Tuesday. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  27. I echo the same sentiment about not getting nearly all I wanted to done this summer. I took on a large project for a friend, when I should have been getting things done on my long list. In your case the wait was sure worth it! I love this piece, especially the music sheet doors and those handles! I will be featuring it at tonight's party. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.


  28. What a beautiful transformation. I love the color choices and those handles are dreamy! You did a wonderful job and I can see why it would be your favorite piece.


  29. Love the color and the sheet music as well!Fabulous handles just tie it all together! Great job...

  30. What a gorgeous piece! I love the photo bomb too, that just puts it over the top. Sharing at Redoux tomorrow. Party starts at 5:00 EST. Thank you!


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