Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Aviator Dresser


This dresser was given to me from my Mom and I used it for our oldest when he was a baby. It had a few drawers broken, needing glue and drawer runners that had been used as star wars light sabers and had broken(funny how that happens with boys around!), so I took some wood and “made” new drawer runners. Yes, I took wood, planed it down and notched out the corners to make new runners. I even fixed one of the drawers corners.DSC_0477Now that it was all fixed, it was ready for a little pick-me-up! I had just bought my first Annie Sloan Paint that I would need for another client’s project but, since this was a new paint for me, I wanted to try it on something else first before I used it on the client’s dresser. So, this dresser became the guinea pig for my new paint. I painted the dresser Annie Sloan’s French Linen grey color. B-E-A utiful!!DSC_0691

I wanted the dresser to be masculine , so I knew it would be striped and distressed. I used some tape and made three bold, masculine stripes and painted them in old white(another Annie Sloan Paint color).DSC_0701

Here’s the Aviator Dresser ready to go to it’s home to live with airplane’s and vintage maps. Perfect for a little boy’s room. Super stylish  Masculine!!


The paint was fun to distress and then I used Annie Sloan clear wax and then a dark wax on top to highlight and give some age to the dresser.


I was heading to my hometown that weekend (two days away). I texted my sister a picture of the dresser (the first picture when it was painted all white with mint green knobs) and she said it would be perfect for her little boy. I asked her if she wanted it painted before I came, she said sure and gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted to the dresser. This meant, I had two days to decide what direction to go with this dresser and paint, distress and wax it! Phew…glad I got it done!! (what we all do for family….ha ha…good thing I love her!!) I decided to go with an aviator theme and have since(meaning, today) found her not one, but three vintage maps for her little boy’s room and paid $2 for all three maps (a steal….I know!! Gotta Love Public Auctions!). She picked up a red airplane this last weekend so, she should be able to put this room together soon.

DSC_0706 So, I can’t wait to see it all put together!! Side Note: I told her when I finished this that I wanted to keep it! She hadn’t seen it finished but said, “If YOU want to keep it…then I DEFINETELY want it, it must be awesome!” Too bad I already promised her I would take it out to her (that is why it isn’t all staged for pics…It went straight from the garage to the trailer, to her house…remember the two day timeline!) plus the weight of moving is still hanging over my head and I know I can’t take everything! So, off to my nephew’s room it least I can still see it and I guess it did stay in the family!



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