Traci was out hunting for hitchhikers of the furniture variety when she happened upon this guy...
He was old. He was ugly. He looked like he had led a rough life. He was full of it...trash that is and to top it all off - HE REEKED OF CIGARETTE SMOKE. (I think I know this guy! Readers, it is taking ALL of my effort not to have typed something else in there!! ALL OF MY EFFORT. Hehehehe...or to pop another pic in that dresser's place. But, I'll behave. I. Will. Behave. I'm just saying though, don't we ALL know SOMEONE like that?!?)
Back to the fellow in the pic. Traci let this guy hang out in her garage for a few months, as guys like to do. Finally, she realized he wasn't going anywhere soon...at least not in his current condition. So she gave him an overdue bath and cleaned him up.
His sides were his worst feature after she rid him of his smell. She opted to pretty him up with some beadboard.
In my own house, beadboard is a HUGE love of mine. Ask my bathroom walls, and my kitchen walls, ask the walls going up the stairs (look at what is hiding behind that beadboard - and yes, that carpet is gone now, too.) While you are at it ask two of our bedrooms about their beadboard. Don't ask the third bedroom because remember that room looks like this and needs a makeover SOON! And, WHATEVER you do, please don't ask my handsome husband about it. He'll tell you 1.) My wife started painting the beadboard up the stairs and stopped 3/4 of the way through. 2.) My wife has been talking about making over that bedroom for two years now and STILL hasn't.
3.) My wife has a furniture problem and YOU PEOPLE ARE FEEDING HER ADDICTION. (I can channel my husband's thoughts really well!)
Back to Traci, patient Traci, who probably doesn't realize that Stephanie has a tendency to ramble at times and has totally sidelined the post about Traci and her dresser. Traci went over the sides with the beadboard and worked on the drawers. They, too, were in rough shape. Sanding and puttying went a long way with the drawer fronts. Traci chose Fireworks Red from American Paint Company as the color for this piece. It's a fabulous red!
For the top, Traci stripped it down and stained it dark walnut.
Then she chose a graphic from The Graphics Fairy and using her overhead projector she painted it on the front. Then this was all followed with an application of dark wax.
Let's take a gander at the finished dresser now...
Isn't that AWESOME?!? I think it is! What an improvement. The dresser that Traci used to refer to as the "Scary Dresser" needs a new name because he sure isn't scary anymore.
You can see more pictures and details on his remarkable transformation by visiting The Shabby Nest Blog. They are located in Saint Charles, Iowa and sell their wares at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Ankenny, Iowa. You can also visit with Traci on The Shabby Nest Facebook Page. Let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.
Thanks so much for coming through with the red and sharing your spectacular furniture flip Traci!
Readers does it surprise a single one of you that I still don't know how I am planning to mark our one year anniversary for the blog tomorrow? It shouldn't if you have been following our blog for even the shortest amount of time. So, I guess with that...
I'll see you tomorrow!