A certain two-year-old in our house has decided he’s 2-going-on-22… He’s wanting to do all sorts of “big boy” things [all by himself, of course], like sleeping in a big boy bed, using the big boy potty, etc. I wasn’t prepared for this. The artwork in his nursery says “just stay little,” and I thought for sure he’d comply.
I have been so sadly mistaken.
To accommodate all of this growing up, we’ve made some changes to his nursery, which is gradually unfolding into a “Big Boy Room.” [Please excuse me while I weep a little….] We got rid of his changing table/dresser combo so we could fit a better size dresser AND his little reading/coloring/be-a-big-boy-in-my-own-room table into the same space.
Turns out we already had the perfect size dresser elsewhere in our house…. in the Master bedroom… with MY clothes in it (ok, with some of my clothes in it, and the rest hanging and stacked awkwardly in the closet, mingling with my shoes and dust bunnies and who knows what else… it was an over-crowded hot mess in there). I’d found this [too small for me] dresser at an antique mall while visiting a friend in St. Louis and couldn’t pass it up. It knew it was a bit too small for me, but I loved the piece and, at a great deal, had to have it somewhere in my house.
And so, the dresser swap began. While the little dresser is
perhaps definitely a little more “shabby chic” than my husband would prefer in his son’s bedroom, it will soon get a makeover, too [and of course, a post to reveal]. Besides, it has these darling handsome spindles that raise it up, creating the perfect space underneath for some wire baskets = toy storage! Score. And so, the little dresser went to the big boy room, and my clothes went… on the floor.
That is called motivation friends!
Motivation, because THIS is what I had lingering in my garage, waiting for a makeover, and JUST the right size for my space!
I know, right?!?!? What a mess.
I was SO excited for this one. I started by hiring my handsome husband [again]. He’s a super amazing employee. Works for free, in the freezing cold, and people, let’s be frank, he’s super hunky while he’s doing it!
He used some wood filler on the serious gouges in the top, and sanded that whole top down for me.
Once that part was done, I was ready to paint. I got the first coat on, went to wash my brushes out, and came back to find the entire piece turning pink. PINK. What?!? I didn’t get any pictures of this because I was too busy panicking and Googling and searching for Annie Sloan’s direct line.
And then it all came flooding back to me… I remembered reading about the stain on dark mahogany or red-toned pieces bleeding through (thank you Pinterest). And there was an easy solution. Zinsser Spray Shellac. A good coat of this, and you’re good. Ideally, you’ll anticipate this problem before you start painting and put a nice coating of this on first, but… well… now I know. I got a good layer of shellac on, another coat of paint, and the problem was solved! I’m pretty excited about this piece.
She’s done in Annie Sloan’s Old White and Duck Egg, with gilding wax in King Gold for detail.
I think she sits beautifully in our Master bedroom with the Duck Egg dresser I did a few months ago.
Oh, and that framed burlap? I made that while the baby napped and the big boy watched an episode of Elmo’s World. Seriously- I painted a 90’s shiny cherry wood frame with some Old White, and while it dried I used spray adhesive to slap some burlap on the original backing for the artwork that was previously housed in the frame. Let it dry while I made lunch, distressed it, and wa-LA! I think I’ll use it for reminders… scripture cards…
I really had a lot of fun with this piece! And more than anything, I’m so grateful to have my clothes off the floor!!