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earthmama1978
« on: April 15, 2010 10:59:36 AM »

Found this ugly but sturdy wooden dresser curbside. It was white when I found it. In an effort to strip the paint off I found several layers of canary yellow. Gave up the stripping efforts and just sanded it down smooth (but not bare).

Here is "BEFORE" (in mid-stripping)


Ewwww, ugly, right?

Sooo anyway, we hard-up for Christmas money and I worked all summer on this dresser as a gift for my 6 year old daughter. I could only work on it when she was in bed or at school, so of course it took for-freakin-EVER! After I painted each drawer  I had to find a good place to hide it in our very small duplex apartment. Hahaha! Anyway after about 4 months, I finally finished the dresser, each drawer hand-painted and sealed with Krylon Triple Thick Glaze (I love that stuff).

Here is what it looks like now.


I don't know why I didn't take a picture, but in the lower right corner of the top of the dresser I painted the words "I love you, Magnolia".... My little girl LOVED it and said it was the best gift she had ever received and "she would even love it when she is a teenager". Heehee
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010 11:06:10 AM »

...I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that someone actually made a conscious decision to paint an entire dresser that awful yellow.

But it turned out really cute! My favorite drawers are the birds and the pink with black swirls.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010 03:57:29 PM »

Thanks!!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010 08:46:51 PM »

Thats just gorgeous, and you are such a loving, wonderful Mama, I got tears in my eyes. Who needs money? You are AWESOME.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2010 08:55:36 PM »

That is such a great idea for an individuals room. Your not going to see that in the prepackaged Pottery-barn kids room. Her friends are going to be so jealous.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010 10:01:38 PM »

WOW!!!!! That is AWESOME!! Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010 03:00:04 PM »

I Love the music panel. its Pretty amazing how you hid that thing for xmas. (I would of wanted to show of each draw after finishing them  Cheesy ...im so bad with gifts)
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earthmama1978
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010 09:00:35 PM »

Thank you all so much! And yes it was INSANE trying to hide this from her. Once it was all done and together, we just threw a tarp over it in the basement and put some boxes on top, but while it was in progress.. ohhh my goodness... We had a couple drawers in the bedroom, one in her brother's room, one at the neighbor's... It was a lot of fun.

For her 5th birthday, I revamped an ugly old chest for her dress up stuff. It's posted on here, check it out!

Thanks again for all the complements!

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010 09:22:07 PM »

really colorful!!

I love that all the different drawers are different themes
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2010 02:57:58 PM »

Wow, "even when she's a teenager"?? That's pretty high praise indeed from a little one! Cheesy

You did a beautiful job on this, as always.  I am looking really forward to seeing your next creations!
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