Friday, February 26, 2010

Some Serious Ugly

When I got married nearly 6 years ago my Aunt Judy gave me a dresser, armoire, and a night stand.

They were great sturdy pieces, but what I call some serious ugly (sorry Aunt Judy!).  They were straight out of the 70's and they were a stained wood with a black splatter to them to imitate worm holes - really - why?!?

This is the dresser.  It sits in my walk in closet so it's never been refinished.  There isn't much of a point because no one ever sees this baby, but Jade & me.

You're jealous aren't you!

When we moved to our new house, these babies were still wood.  I finally realized paint them!  Paint them now!

So I painted them big bold, and red.  I love red.  I don't know if I'd want a red room, but I love a splash of red.

The hardware wasn't easy to replace because of where the holes were and the thickness of this wood so I just spray painted what I had.  Then I did a lot of distressing.  It's hard to see since it's brown underneath - but in person up close they are really aged.

So much better.  When you walk in the front door you can see a slight angle into the master bedroom and you see this baby, proud & bold in my room.  I love it.  Trudie also loves her little dog bed - soon to be painted maybe a different shade of green - still picking a color here.  However, it must be patched up first because Everett, I break everything, Reid stood in it and broke it.  Poor Trudie can't have anything nice!


  1. I just love how bold you are with color. I wonder what my oh-so-ugly piano would look like painted up? I don't know if this Canadian has the guts? It's time for a drastic change, and color is going to be paramount. Thanks for giving me some inspiration. You should enter this on Design Sponges before and after section!
    Have a great Friday,

  2. Thank you! I'm debating on painting our ugly piano too - I probably will eventually :) Design Sponges huh- I'll have to try and find it - I've never seen that blog!

  3. Love the red. I need to start painting with more bright colors, your inspiring me

  4. Oh yeah check out Design Sponge, its a great site! Aren't those old pieces from the 70s just the BEST?? SO heavy they will last forever! Lovin' the sure know your way around some color! ~mary~

  5. Thanks ladies! I definitely love me some color :) I totally agree - old pieces are really heavy they are great! These 3 pieces I got are really nice furniture - just ugly. We have a few older antique dressers, and honestly they aren't anything compared to the make of these babies!

  6. LOVE IT! I have some dressers too I really dont care for and just sit in the basement. They just need a good paint job!

  7. looks great! and Trudie's bed CRACKs me up:O)

  8. Annie, I love the RED! I am also finding that I'm liking to have and use more and more color in my home decor too! Seems like it just adds that certain warmth and coziness to the room!
    You have really inspired me! Guess what I'll be doing when I get back to Oklahoma?!


  9. What a wonderful piece of furniture! Love the red.

    I hope you will stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

  10. What a transformation! LOVE the end result!

  11. I LOVE RED TOO! I just love how this turned out! Paint is the best thing ever invented! Don't ya think? Great Job!

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  12. I am very impressed! You took a very dated piece of furniture and made it look completly different!! It looks great!!

  13. You definitely gave the piece a great new makeover!
    And I love how bold you are with your color choice - I would have never thought to paint it red - and it looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


  14. Yep, that was serious ugly, but it looks great in the red. Almost Oriental. Great job, as always!

  15. I was thinking the same thing as Miss Mustard seed up there, the red, along with the designs on the doors it has a Chinosiere (sp?)look to it. Can't wait to finish my bedroom. It will be more muted - blue grays with a pop of red here and there. I'm going for Parisian Chic with the grays. Nothing like a little trip to Paris in the boudoir. (laugh funny little French laugh like the chef in Little Mermaid)


Thank you so much for your kind words & support! I love hearing from you & read each and every comment you leave for me! ~Annie


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