Boys Dresser to Nautical Nod

Thursday, August 20, 2015

This month the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest is titled the "Icing on the Cake". I choose to add some shine to our boys childhood dresser. The people great people at D.LawLess Hardware sponsored this contest. They graciously provided the hardware for my boys dresser to help this piece of furniture grow up. Now this Nautical Nod is fitting for my sons room at the lake house. 
As you can see here this dresser is tired. We bought this when our first son was born 29 years ago. Did I just say that out loud? Well! I was very Young. 
Thank you to our hosts this month
Along with the creative team

The Sponsor this month D. Lawless Hardware from Olney, IL
This post is sponsored, but all the opinions are my own.
 Artesia Knob - Sedona Bronze 45mm L-P17020C-SBZ-CArtesia Knob-Sedona Bronze
Thank you for the lovely knobs chosen my son A. for the dresser from
 D. Lawless Hardware. I am very proud to have a great supportive company with superior products in the same state that I live. Illinois is certainly having a tough go of it right now. I appreciate the company for sticking with us during the hard times. 

To prepare the dresser to paint Prince Charming removed the drawer pulls and I cleaned the piece. As I was wiping the drawers down I noticed they did not even seal the wood behind the handles. I became disgusted because we spent a lot of money on this furniture. Can you believe it was press wood on both sides? Cardboard on the dust covers and the bottom of the drawers is a thick paper with wood grain on it. We both talked about how much we have learned about furniture since we were so young. Really it is made of solid wood? Ha Ha!
I chose to make a custom color by mixing DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky paint Relic and Legacy. My son N and I discussed color and decided on Navy. Prince Charming Googled the way to tie a mariner knot and tied everyone.
This picture is him in action using his phone for as a reference. What would we do without them now? Two coats of paint, clear wax, black bee wax, three brushes, a cloth diaper and loads of elbow grease. I reached perfection or should I say we.
As you can see the drawer pulls look amazing with the rope handles created by the marine knots.
Here is my Nautical Nod in all its glory. I like the way the custom color navy came out with the antique bronze and rope handles I think this dresser(cake) is wearing his icing quite nicely.
 The rope mirror leaned on the wall, a golden retriever puppy plate, and a wicker & rope candle complete the simple clean look we like for the lake house.

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Art Is Beauty said...

You are a genius with those pulls! I love it. What a makeover!
I love it.

Unknown said...

Your dresser turned out beautifully! A perfect look for your lake house!

Jenna said...

Love this furniture makeover! Navy is my favorite and those drawer pulls are awesome! Pinning :)

Sara said...

Love this Karen! Well done!

Redo It Yourself Inspirations said...

Wow, Karen!!! Love how you were so creative with the handles! And that blue... oh my! What a transformation!

Pat yourself on the back with this... it's beautiful. :)

Tami @ Curb Alert! said...

I love the creativity behind adding the rope to the existing hardware and the gold on navy is one of my favorite looks! Well done! ~Tami

Susie from The Chelsea Project said...

Well, my know I just totally love this. How clever to make nautical knobs from the hardware! And love that custom color. I am heading to my stash to see if I have any of these colors to mix. Thanks so much for linking to Friday's Furniture Fix. We love having you share with us. XOXO

Melanie, said...

I love that hardware!! Really great addition to the piece. Thanks so much for sharing it at Friday's Furniture Fix!

Unknown said...

Hi, this looks fabulous!! Such a great idea! Did you mix equal parts of the 2 colors?

Unknown said...

This looks fabulous! Did you mix equal parts of the 2 colors?