Henry Musser Dresser

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Not much to look at is he?  Again, sorry for not taking a true "before"  picture.  I'm always so excited to get started that I remember after several steps in to start shooting some pictures for you guys!  Anyway, this is after I gave him a good scrubbing, took apart the drawers to use for extra sign material and helped my husband tighten him up then build these shelves.
Lots of love, soft tapping with a rubber mallet and gorilla glue and this guy was well on his way to becoming something much better!

 We attached the shelf from underneath so none of the hardware shows.  
Isn't it amazing how much difference a little paint can make?
Found this label on the Graphics Fairy.  I love her!  I transferred this on top using what I call the PENCIL METHOD...LOL.  Blow up my image to the size I need, color the back with pencil lead, then flip it over and trace.  Leaves a great outline for you to paint in.  Probably an easier way, but I like this the best, works for me so I'm gonna stick with it!

One last close up...
I really am in L.O.V.E with how this dresser distressed with the soft blue shining through.  
I really have no tried and true method of making the tops look old.  I just keep at it until I get it like I want it.  This time I mixed some Minwax dark walnut stain with faux painting glaze and put it on lightly, wiped off, repeated until I got this.  I finished it off with wax.
  This is what I started with...EEK!
I adore these legs...

  Again, not a great staged picture, but here he is in all his "finished" glory.  I need help in the staging department.  I'm not really good at it and we all tend to shy away from things we aren't that good at.  I'll work on it, kay.

You know, pictures speak volumes.  I think I just may add an applique to the center of this drawer.  I don't know, would that turn him into a her?  I call it a him cause of the tobacco label on top.  Obviously, I am way over thinking this!  What do you think? 

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  1. Clydia, what an awesome transformation! You did a great job! The tobacco label is a nice touch! I'm not bold enough to try this just yet...LOL. But when I "grow up", I just might! Everyone makes it look so easy. Beautiful piece!!

  2. You really did a great job with this!

  3. Clydia,
    You and the mister did a fabulous job! Good going. I am now following you hehe.
    Smiles, alice

  4. Love how this turned out great job :-)

  5. (found ya on a linky party)
    wow what a transformation! great job!

  6. The dresser looks great! I love the idea of removing some of the drawers and using baskets/containers instead. Very nice!

  7. Wow! That's awesome! I'd love to see more detail on how you installed the shelves!

  8. sheesh! you knocked this one outta the park! and leave that drawer alone! "less is more", chicky!


  9. Oh my goodness, what a transformation! I adore this new piece! Great job!

  10. I love it! Very creative. I too am bad at staging. I am reading and trying to learn. Keep going, you are doing great. New follower here.
    Warm Regards,
    Cindy @ changeofpacecreations.blogspot.com

  11. what a cute transformation! I love this! Officially a follower!


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  12. It turned out great. You motivate me!
    We just put our house up for sale and I sold alot
    of stuff. Including a desk that would have been
    great that color. Well gives me something to look forward too
    when we move and get settled.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend,

  13. BEAUTIFULLY redone...don't add anything to the drawer...he's perfect just as he is...absolutely positively fabulously...PERFECT...can you tell I LIKE him!? Swoon...

    Deborah ♥ (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you can stop by and say hi...)

  14. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT. This table is fantastic! Thanks for creating such a fun blog full of inspiration.

  15. You did a great job of adding warmth and texture to this piece. Now it's a treasure. andrea@townandprairie

  16. This turned out great!! I love the baskets you used in place of the drawers!! The stencil on top looks wonderful too!

  17. Looks beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Can't wait to see you again on Wednesday!


  18. This is delightful! Great transformation.

  19. This turned out great, and I too love the baskets in place of drawers. Great job!

  20. great job. its a beautiful piece! I would'nt be able to part with it.

  21. I'm not sure how I found you but I love this dresser! I tried to find this label on graphics fairy but just keep going in circles. Do you happen to remember where you saw it? lol, I know it's a year later!


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