It is a talent to see beyond an undesirable façade.
I saw this dresser online and I appreciated the lines and the simplicity of it.
Originally I wanted to paint this as a Volkswagon Van as I have seen many pins on Pinerest.
I spent many a hour sanding this little dresser down. I started with a rough sanding then saw some beautiful wood under years of abuse. I had to bring it right down to it's full and natural beauty. My husband sanded down the drawer pulls, and I am sure he lost a couple of fingerprints along the way too.
The more we sanded the more I fell in love with the dresser.
After being in the store window for a couple of weeks, a young couple fell in love with it. They came in a couple of times, took measurements, left, came back, left, came back... and bought the waterfall dresser.
They wanted her painted. gasp!
A small part of me was like, um nope, not going to do it. Then the sensible side of me quickly kicked in and said absolutely! What colour are you thinking?
They didn't know.
The couple took home the sample cards and came back in a week and they settled on Country Chic's Elegance. A very soft blue that would compliment their rec-room perfectly.
Everything was going great until the dreaded "bleed-through" of the original wood.
I had to sand down the panel that I already painted, run out to a hardware store then prime the panels with Zinsser.
After letting that dry for a day, I finished the dresser in the Elegance.
Once it was finished being painted, I sealed it with a natural wax to protect the finish and give it a very subtle sheen.
They fell in love with it and were excited to bring the piece home.
This poor window has sat in our old shipping container that we have on our property for months and almost just as long sitting in my dinning room awaiting its new life.
Months it sat against my fireplace, collecting dust and dog hair.
One day last week, I sent my ever so patience husband a request to bring the window into the store.
After an hour cleaning and prepping the window I got to work.
I added a wallpaper to the reverse on one side and then painted on the other side a chalkboard.
The side with the wallpaper is great as a dry erase board and you can stick little notes and pictures to it along with a sturdy chalkboard next to it. For a bit more versatility, I added two small hooks to the bottom. Great for dog leashes, scarves and small bags / coats.
This will make an excellent message centre in a foyer, kitchen or office.
What does one do when they go to an auction for one item and come home with a truck full of items that they didn't really intend on buying.
Well.... you get to work making them beautiful.
I picked up a gorgeous gentleman's dresser that upon closer inspection (also know as, after i bought it and brought it home) it needed a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE!
It was so banged up, damaged, definitely showing its 100+ years of age.
On the next nice day, I dragged it out of the garage and into the daylight to see what I have to do.
After sanding, cleaning and repairing, the next big hurdle is always what colour wants to go onto a piece. (and if I want to keep it for my own home)
Once it was brought into the store I went through all the colour options and settled on Rocky Mountain by Country Chic.
Initially I was going to go darker like a black but decided on a moody dark grey with a hint of blueish undertones.
I enjoy painting at the store on quiet days. One, I don't get dog hair in the finish and it's a great way for customers to come in and see how the product works. Even more importantly, it makes the days go by faster too.
The paint totally transformed the dresser and brought out all the small details that were hidden under years of abuse and grime.
Once the dresser was painted, I sealed the paint with a natural wax and then followed with a black wax on some of the detailing and side panels.
You can really tell the difference between the original paint and the clear wax.
Applying the black wax to the side panels to deepen the richness of the paint.
To spice it up a bit more I had some wrapping paper that I had, instant drawer liners!
I painted the inside of the top part in Simplicity to brighten up the cabinet.
I debated painting the mirror, but after some consideration and polling the neighbourhood, I decided to keep it original. The contrast between the warm wooden tones with the dark grey... makes the piece stand out.
Here is the dresser in all its fabulous glory!
I absolutely love how it turned out.
It still has dings and notches in the table top, its original hardware and intact beveled mirror.
This would look wonderful in a bedroom, in a guest bathroom, a foyer or anywhere else!
Over the weekend I felt the need to freshen up a piece of furniture. I looked around the store and my eyes caught on the small wooden bookcase.
It sat in a corner for a couple of weeks and no one really paid any attention to it.
It was a great candidate because it would be simple and the in store sanding would be at a minimum. Plus... I felt that the two dressers that I currently have are a little bit too precious to put paint on... for now!
I removed the backing of the bookcase and set it aside.
With some 120 grit sand paper in hand I got to work. 30 min later the piece was sanded, cleaned and ready to be painted.
I decided to spice things up with this one and do a two tone scheme. I painted the main body in Country Chic's Crinoline and the interior of the case in their Tropical Cocktail.
Once that was painted and dried, I felt like it need a bit of something more. I bought some super discounted wallpaper months ago and I got to work applying the adhesive. After smoothing out the bubbles, it was looking pretty good.
Once everything was put together I quickly distressed the cabinet and she is all ready for her new home.
You can find her at 13 Main St for $65.
Earlier this summer 13 AND 1 ran a contest for a pint of Counrty Chic Paint. Customers and visitors were asked to fill out a ballot with what their ideal colour of Warkworth is.
Reading the responses was an amazing experience. Colours were picked that never crossed my mind and once I thought about it, all I saw was that colour.
The name that I drew, chose "Lilac" as a colour of Warkworth. Lilac/Purple was a very close second to the winning colour. Lilac was a hit because of the Lilac Festival, the purple haze of a spring sun rise and my store colour might have influenced some votes.
The number one colour that was chosen was YELLOW!
Many people had conversations about why they decided upon their colour with myself, my daughters and other customers. Some say it is because Warkworth is so cheerful and happy. Even on a rainy day, store owners and visitors are a ray of sunshine.
But.... an overwhelming amount of people say it is because of the local coffee shop, OUR LUCKY STARS! A local landmark and a daily stop for many each morning.
Our Lucky Stars facade is painted black, the window signs are black, but once the awning is open, vivid yellow greets you. Definitely a perk-you-up kinda colour.
So there you have it. They story behind the new colour that will be coming soon to 13&1! It seemed only appropriate to call the colour "Mornings on Main" when so many people start their days here.
Don't forget to sign up for sep. 28 create a crate workshop!
Create a Crate!!
You asked for it and it is here!!
13 & 1's first WORKSHOP!
September 28th from 7-9pm at 13 Main St, Warkworth.
Space is limited so please register soon to avoid missing out. ...
We will learn paint techniques, how to prep your work surface, wax vs glazing options, wet vs dry distressing too!
Your $65 includes a 9.5 x 12.5 crate, paint, lessons and light refreshments while we watch paint dry!
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there!
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.