a Cinderella makeover- gray and white dresser

We are in our last week of summer!
  School starts in less than a week now.  A lot of beginnings and endings. 
This is our last year of elementary school. 
I have so many hopes for Hannah, and I am trying to not let my personal feelings and emotions show too much to her. 
We've been praying a lot for a great teacher and great girl friends in her class.
I really want her to have some solid connections with girls before she heads into middle school.
And tomorrow we make our last annual bike ride to the school to see her class list!
I completed dresser number two last night. 
With each piece that I work on, it's a new favorite each time.
This one really has a lot of love and soul poured into it.
I tried to come up with a French name-
heart and soul?
Translated into French, it's coeur et ame.
I'm going to see if one of you can come up with a good name for this one.

This started out very humbly. 
It was the runt of the litter in the garage sale.  Buried underneath a pile of stuff.  I was about to leave the sale when it caught my eye and I did a double take.
I loved the engraved flowers on it:

I saw that it had potential and it just needed a more sophisticated look.
This is such a solid piece.
One of the knobs was missing, and the poor thing had a pop can tab and a pipe cleaner being used instead!

I imagined it in a soft gray with some white detailing. The color I chose was "Sterling" from Home Depot.  It ended up being too close to white though when it went on.  I added about 3 globs (like my measuring terminology??) of black milk paint.  The milk paint I used is already in the can, premixed.
I got it to the color I'd originally envisioned.
It took a lot of work to paint the insets, but it is so worth it. 

Once that was done, I thought it would look pretty to dry brush the engraved flowers.  Loved that!
It still needed another little something.
Some gold highlights at the centers of the flowers.

The top was a laminate type finish.  I primed it and waited a week to start painting so that it would adhere really well.
Before, with it's crazy, stripey, speckly finish:


I am so happy this hidden gem got a new life as a sophisticated and pretty dresser.
This has been so fun to work on!
  I imagine when this goes to the market with me, that it will feel a little bit like sending a kid off to college.  They grow up and leave so soon.
just kiddin.

So what do you think? Any names popping into your head when you see this?
Have a great Thursday Friends.
I'll let you know how the bike ride turns out.

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  1. I didn't know you could paint laminate!! I won't be walking away from those anymore. Thanks for sharing! It really turned out beautiful.

  2. The color is gorgeous and the piece turned out beautifully. I love those little flowers also. You did a fantastic job. Sorry, no name, but it is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  3. Beautiful! Amazing change. The colors are awesome! Really wonderful job!

    I would love to have you share this at Show & Share!


  4. Much better than the pipe cleaner and pop can tab. Very pretty.

  5. It is just beautiful and I love the area that you have placed the piece. P. S. Enjoy your bike ride to school...it goes way to fast.
    Enjoy the day! Bobbie

  6. This is wonderful, great save!! Love that fab mixed color you used. Thanks for linking, Denise. xoxo D

  7. Looks fantastic! I love gray furniture and the white accents are perfect.

  8. I love this dresser! You did an amazing job and I just love the detail. Did you paint the hardware? I've never painted hardware for furniture. Thank you for sharing this at Simply Creations Link Party!

  9. la petite fleur......the little flower. what a lovely dresser.

  10. I think it's fantastic! I love it!

  11. Such a BEAUTIFUL re-do! LOVE that grey!!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

  12. This came out darling Denise!! Love the color and the pretty accent painting~ it's perfect!! Thanks for linking up this week! :)

  13. This is one of the lovelist paint-overs I have ever seen; such an improvement; your made it classic and beautiful. Just wonderful! And it looks perfect in this spot.

    Have a happy day.(-:

  14. Love the dresser, absolutely gorgeous!

    Good Luck for Hannah, hope all works out for you

  15. You did it! You found her! She was crying out for help before you walked away altogether b/c she had heard through the gravevine about what you could do in a make-over! I must say, Denise, this takes the cake. Perfect color choice, you kept the pop in the flowers, the hardware looks fantastic, what else can I say! The vignette you used to style her is PERFECT! Looking for a name? I would go w/ Cozette from Les Miserable! LOVE IT!!! andrea @ townandprairie

  16. That looks so pretty! I love the gray color - you did a great job transforming her!

  17. Wow... this looks gorgeous. I love it!
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

    This week, "When Life Hands You Lemons..."

  18. love it! Gray dresser are the best. I even painted a dresser gray myself. That knob/pop can tab cracked me up lol. Great Job!

  19. You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity. To see the post & pick up your award, visit: http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabulousity-friday-13.html

  20. Love, love, love the way this dresser turned out. It's gorgeous, and looks so good there. Sad you have to sell it! But anyone would be lucky to have it. Great job.

  21. Hi Denise~
    Just pokin' around your blog after finding you through Vintage Friday. LOVE all the painted furniture projects. This grey one is my fave so far.


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