Thursday, June 24, 2010

Painted Furniture - Before and After

I completed a project! Yippee!!
Last week, I shared lots of beautiful photos of pink and turquoise rooms. My teenage girls share a pink room and DESPERATELY needed their dressers/chests painted.
We found the perfect paint and now they keep their room neat and tidy.

Here are the "before" photos of my girls' dressers (actually -chests of drawers - I use the term "dresser" quite loosely). I tried to crop their laundry and hair dryer cords out of the photos, but to no avail.

Disclaimer: Please know that I realize my girls are messy and that I am the Messy Mama for allowing their rooms to look so horribly disgusting. Their college roommates will surely request a room change. They will probably both grow up to have their own pigsties with little messy children, all because I allowed them to live in squalor while they were teens. Their rooms were tidy when they were small - honestly!

Before - Dresser/Chest Number 1 - oldest daughter


This was actually my husband's chest when he was a kid.




Before - Chest number 2 -Middle Child.


Trust me - there are lots of scratches that you cannot see in this photo.


And here is a chair in their room that I never finished painting.....





We selected "Wintergreen Ash" by Laura Ashley Home (Valspar from Lowe's).




We sanded and painted and sanded and painted (3 coats).


It took us one day and I should have done this 5 years ago.

Here is the desk chair in its new shade of blue.......


I also bought two new lamps - one at TJMaxx ($29)........



And one at Target ($15)......


We also ran across this cute fabric at Hancock's gigantic sale. ...




$3.50 a yard, decorator fabric. (Their current sale is fantastic.)

I covered a couple of their pillows and the chair cushion. The color is "right" but a little bit of floral goes a long way in a teen's room.

SO - I also ordered this aqua/turquoise fabric from Joanns.com and am patiently waiting on its arrival. Joann's Fabric is having a Waverly sale.



Once that arrives, I'll show you what else I sew with it.

Have a great day!


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28 comments:

janet said...

Adore the color...well done! Your dressers look fabulous!

Robin said...

Your color choice is amazing. I've been trying to talk my girls into using a similar color on their dresser. Thanks

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the new color so much. I got so tickled about you allowing your girls to live in squalor. Maybe they will be nice and neat when they have their own place. Fingers crossed.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Ahhhh so much better. You did a great job! Can't go wrong with that color:)

The Pennington Point said...

Oh boy I'm a sucker for painted furniture. This looks great. I love the fabric on the chair. Lisa~

Red Door Home said...

Love your color choice. Looks great!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

It looks incredible! I love the trim on the curtains too!

Heather said...

I love the color and how it "made" the dressers/chests! The fabric is really pretty too! And I am SO GLAD you are keeping it real by showing the "mess". I have a hard time when I go from blog to blog and see perfectly tidy rooms all of the time- it makes me feel inferior and wonder why I can't keep my house clean!!! We live in our rooms! LOL

I can't wait to see what you sew with the new fabric!

Blessings,
Heather:)

Rural Revival said...

They look fantastic!

I can't tell you how many times I've said to myself, now why didn't I do that sooner?? (She writes as she sits at a desk that was 'antiqued' by its former owner and could use a pick me up just like that.) : )

~Andrea~

Anna said...

looks really good, love the paint color and fabric choices

Vintage Sassy said...

Love it Trish, but then if it's aqua I'm all over it! Do your girls like it? It's great against the pink walls.

xo
LeAnn

Karen said...

I love a pink/turquoise combination, great job!

I won't even begin to count the projects I left sort of almost finished, not quite, will get to it soon. Ugh.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

The room looks fabulous! I am so glad you shared the paint color because that color would look great on my baby girl's changing table! I knew I wanted a color like that but it is so hard to get the "right" color. Thanks for sharing!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i LOVE the color you used- sooo pretty! i also am in love with the fabric you ordered. it's gorgeous!! hopped over from shabby chic cottage. thanks for sharing!

Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

Love the color you used. Very close to the colors I used on my tables. I'm painting blue/greens lately!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I clicked on the pretty blue chest...surprise! It was you! I love your posts! love that blue color..I wrote it down. nice transformation.

Paula said...

Love the new color! It's amazing what a little paint can do to update a piece.

Low Tide High Style said...

Trish I love the color you used and the fabric choices! And never fear, I was the worlds messiest child and grew up to be neat, while my sister was the worlds neatest child and now her house is messy! But I didn't see any mess in your photos anyway!

Kat :)

burlap+blue said...

What an adorable bedroom...LOVE that color! Thanks for the inspiring photos!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a fun color choice - these look great and the room is awesome.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a lovely color and what a good job you did. If only I had the time --- and courage!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

how fun! (and i am ESPECIALLY loving your TJ Maxx lamp) :)

Stephanie Cameron said...

Great makeover! You're right, you should have done it a long time ago. Oh well...better late than never.

Holly and Sean said...

What a great color you guys chose!! Those dressers both had a lot of life left in them, and now they have a fresh start. I bet your girls are over the moon with their room now~
Thanks so much for sharing on our first Fresh Coat Friday! I can't wait to see what you work on next.
Holly

Queen Mommy said...

I just hopped over from TDC's Before and After party. LOVE the aqua dressers in the pink room. My 6 y/o twins share a room, and I have plans to paint their walls bright pink. Along with that, I had also chosen (many months ago) to paint their dressers (term also used loosely....and both also the ones my husband and I used as kids) turquoise. I thought the bright colors would be fun and and would allow me to tie in some of what they already have. Anyway, I recently finished the first dresser, and it looks really cute. Seeing your finished product makes me even more excited to finish mine! :-)

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

I am loving your blue. I bet you CANNOT WAIT until your get that killer fabric!

EVIL twin said...

Those turned out so cute!!!! Love that color.

Don't sweat the messy girls. I was also allowed to live in squalor as a child/teen - my mother said it promoted freedom and creativity.

Now I'm neat as a pin!

Shane and McKenzee said...

This color is adorable!!! I love your blog. What do you guys think about painting kitchen cabinets this color?

 
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