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French provincial bureau
nancykelley
December 2, 2012 in Design Dilemma
This was my childhood bedroom bureau, growing up. I didn't take a before picture, unfortunately - but the first picture is the closest I could find to what it looked like prior to refinishing. I love how it turned out!
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decoenthusiaste
Good job! You should post it under "Before and After."
December 2, 2012 at 7:14pm     
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Darzy
This was the same dresser I had growing up. I wish I had it back now. This turned out beautiful!
December 2, 2012 at 7:18pm     
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Sheila Steelman
What a great transformation and repurposing.. Love the results.
December 2, 2012 at 7:44pm     
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sfloy
Excellent job! I love it.
December 2, 2012 at 7:57pm     
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pasadenarose
Looks fabulous! What was the silver paint you used for the top?
December 2, 2012 at 8:08pm     
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dstorek
Same dresser I had , then passed it to my daughter now she is using it in her extra room. Passing the idea on to her. It looks great. Thanks for passing it on.
December 2, 2012 at 8:28pm   
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Bonnie
Love it!
December 2, 2012 at 8:33pm   
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sstarkes
I'm in love with this!!! I have this dresser, too! What colors did you use...such a refreshing change from just painting it white, which is what every magazine seems to say do.
December 2, 2012 at 8:58pm   
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pattystudiopp
truly a treasure! good job
December 2, 2012 at 9:05pm   
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Pat Wilson
Wanna share the paint color and brand?
December 2, 2012 at 9:28pm     
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Pat Wilson
Wanna share the paint color and brand?
December 2, 2012 at 9:28pm   
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Margaret Phillips
Yes I would love to know the paint and method you used. Looks fabulous!
December 2, 2012 at 11:12pm   
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Monica travels
I had the bedside table and high chest of drawers--have always wondered how to update them someday. How did you prep the wood?
December 3, 2012 at 1:36am   
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Linda Buice
Wonderful job! Would love to hear more details...like paint color, finish, time taken to complete.
December 3, 2012 at 3:00am   
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Gabberts Design Studio
Great job!
December 3, 2012 at 5:04am   
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robinbloom
Please pass on your painting technique and colors, etc. Fabulous
December 3, 2012 at 5:31am   
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Kelley Nancy
I took this bureau to a professional to refinish because I didn't really have the know-how to do it myself. I think after seeing exactly how he went about it, I am ready to do the next one myself. Here's what he did: first, he cleaned it thoroughly, sanded it, cleaned it again and then made a few repairs on the inside of the drawers. He primed it and then painted it with Benjamin Moore silver metallic paint in a glossy finish. We experimented with several paint shades before getting the color and sheen I wanted - he would do a sample drawer front and bring it to me until we got it just right. He cleaned the drawer handles and left those for me to do. They were pretty dark so I finished them with light touches of a combination of an oil-based silver metallic sharpie marker and Martha Stewart's silver metallic paint, using a very thin paint brush. Another note: he used a sprayer to paint this bureau, so there would be no brush marks. Hope this helps you!
December 3, 2012 at 5:43am     
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charleee
What a difference a professional finish makes! They look great!
December 3, 2012 at 5:46am   
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michigammemom
Such a pretty way to display your silver pieces.
December 3, 2012 at 6:04am     
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Kelley Nancy
PS: I thought I posted this in "before and after" my mistake! Also, I'll call the guy and ask him the exact shade of Benjamin Moore paint that he used for this bureau, and post it for you. Right now, I'm scouring the web for a beautiful silvery framed mirror to complement it
December 3, 2012 at 6:05am     
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Bonnie
Nice work on the handles!
December 3, 2012 at 6:26am     
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Monica travels
Such a perfect finish would pretty much require a sprayer! Really lovely. A completely different effect would be achieved using a paintbrush, probably more rustic.
December 3, 2012 at 7:12am     
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Margaret Phillips
My Mother has several pieces that are extremely similar. Bought in 1963 at Sears my parents built a new bedroom for my two oldest sisters (five children) since they were expecting me in early 1964. The various pieces are in my Mother's basement. I may have to ask nicely and get there before one one of my DIY sisters gets there first!
December 3, 2012 at 7:51am     
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tffaulhaber
Oh weird! I have almost the same piece in my foyer.
Your's turned out great!!
December 3, 2012 at 8:04am     
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Pat Wilson
Thanks, I look forward to your response for the color of the piece.
December 3, 2012 at 8:50am   
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flgrandma
Love this. I would have called Goodwill. So glad that you didn't.
December 3, 2012 at 8:52am   
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santafesusie
Love it! Need to find a narrow dresser or buffet and will probably change the finish too...Inspiration!
December 3, 2012 at 9:00am   
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Kelley Nancy
tffaulhaber: your bureau is stunning, with a lot more detailing on the edging than mine. I love your navy blue wall paint too. Coincidentally, I just bought a gallon of Ben Moore "New York State of Mind" navy blue paint to do an accent wall in my family room. Is that the color of your blue paint?
December 3, 2012 at 11:54am   
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2bluvd
I have this same piece of furniture at home. I was so tempted to sell it when I moved, but now I'm glad that I didn't. A good friend of mine sent me this picture and I am too outdone. You did a FANTABULOUS JOB! Do you mind sharing what you did to make the outcome so wonderful?
December 3, 2012 at 12:17pm   
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glow1060
This is beautiful and I love the color. I did something similar with mine a few years ago. I cleaned it, used a very good primer and used a good Shermin Williams sponge roller. The tops of these old dressers are similar to lamanent so a good primer works well.
December 3, 2012 at 1:01pm   
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2bluvd
Thanks...did you use the same color paint? And so you used a sponge roller and not a brush or spray? The reason that I ask because my dresser looks like it's made of wood but it could be laminate. It just like I might need to use some type of sealant before I paint. I'm going to print a copy of this picture and take it to the store with me. Thanks again!
December 3, 2012 at 1:09pm   
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lisalovesquilts
Dare I say that it looks like it has grown up? It was a beautiful little girl's piece and now it's a lovely big girl's piece! I think the handles look so elegant, just a perfect way to show off your silver. Well done.
December 3, 2012 at 3:20pm   
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glow1060
2bluvd - I wish I used this color. When I did mine, everything was "white". Sponge roller was great... no brush marks and very smooth. A good primer is a must and you cannot skip the primer. You can even get a tint in your primer to make it easier.
December 3, 2012 at 4:23pm   
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Joyce Moore
Our daughter's bedroom set growing up....Dixie by Lexington,
December 3, 2012 at 8:32pm   
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Monica travels
I just had a thought that this would also look great in black, with the same handles. So very chic and elegant. Definitely a grown-up version of our dresser!
December 3, 2012 at 11:51pm   
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ozana
Great transformation!!
December 4, 2012 at 12:08am   
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Pamela Danner
Beautiful you truly made a silk purse out of a sows ear! BTW I had the exact same Sears dresser in my bedroom as a little girl I don't know about you but I loved it and my canopy bed when I got it at about 8 and hated it by the time I turned 14!
December 4, 2012 at 1:51am     
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kah416
WOW!!! That is just GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing!! :)
December 17, 2012 at 10:51am   
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C Wright Design
Great job! We all look forward to hearing which paint color and finish (sheen) the finisher used. Thanks so much for sharing this transformation!
December 17, 2012 at 10:56am     
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Felicia Ahlborn
I have this dresser and cannot wait to do this! Were you able to find out the color? Thanks!
February 2, 2013 at 6:45pm   
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Christine
Dang girl that is HOT. PLEASE POST UP THE STEPS TO GET IT LOOKING SO BEAUTIFUL.
February 2, 2013 at 6:57pm   
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