Friday, April 8, 2011

~a dresser makeover, mustard seed style~

Ever heard of miss mustard seed?
She has a fabulous blog, is a total do it yourselfer, and has been featured in many magazines.
She's pretty much my idol.
Anyhoo, she painted the most gorgeous union jack dresser.
 I knew when I saw it I had to copy try my hand at it.
Marian graciously accepted my request,
so I set out on a mission to find the perfect ugly dresser.
 My only qualifications were that is was solid wood, the drawers worked
smoothly and it wasn't over $100.00.
I found the perfect specimen at a local thrift store, bare bones,
and ready to go.
The drawers were smooth, the wood was solid,
and it was pretty plain and ugly.
I sanded it down, primed it, and painted it with a base of horizon grey recommended by Maria.
I then added the flag details with antique white I had matched to a pottery barn piece, and slate grey from restoration hardware.
I sanded it down, quite a bit, and finished it off with antique brass bin pulls.
And here she sits at ruffles and rust square waiting to go home to a new home. I think it would look darling in a child's room, but also it would look very chic in a master bedroom or family room as a side table, and it would hold a ton of storage!
happy friday friends!
xoxo

30 comments:

Amy said...

i love the idea of it in a living space. It is a very functional piece for a sideboard
It turned out amazing!
Amy

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I LOVE it! The grey and white is so fresh and different! Nicely implemented!

Donna

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks fantastic, Melaine! I love the interpretation of the Union Jack you and Marian have achieved. Beautiful! I hope it finds a good home!

XO,
Jane

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

http://thefrenchprovincialfurniture.com/?s=union+jack

Did you see this one? It was actually one of the first ones I saw done on the web. I thought it was such a great idea! And I guess Miss Mustard Seed did too! I like her version. But I really like yours with the grey too!!

catie said...

~l♥Ve!~
the white + grey is outstanding.

Tammy said...

Love the colors you used!
and Agree 100% Marian is a totally a rockstar at furniture re-do's! Love love love her style!
You're pretty great too! :-)
Tammy :-)
JUNK WILD

sissie said...

Wow, I love the colors and the design. It's great and I'm sure won't last long in your booth.

hugs
Sissie

Al said...

This is the coolest dresser ever! An awesome idea, nicely done! It looks like something that should be in a music video... seriously. You should look into this :) Thanks for sharing this post. Have a great weekend.
www.skylarkmanor.com

Cottage Mommy said...

It is darling! You did such a great job! And so funny you mention miss mustard seed...my sister just told me about her but I have yet to check out her blog...I think I will now!

Theresa said...

That is gorgeous, I love the gray with the white, really perfect! Marian would be proud! I think it would fit in so many rooms. Love it! xoxo

devonaz said...

That looks fabulous..great job..I will have to keep this in the back of my mind,,for when I see an ugly beat up dresser next time at the thrift store..

SANDI said...

I LOVE IT! The grey and white is awesome.

emily said...

So pretty. And do I spy a woven pin board :)? Loving that as well!

Simply Me said...

What a great Idea!! me to a fan of gray and white

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love the Union Jack dresser in neutral colors! It is right up my alley. What a great piece! I think it will get snatched up quickly.

Annastacia said...

Ok so I love Miss Mustard Seed as much as anyone, she is fabulous, but I like your union jack dresser more! I love the white and gray you did it in! It's seriously an awesome piece!

Robyn said...

I bet that dresser sells quicker than hotcakes! It's so pretty! GREAT job! I'm having a give away, a LOVELY SHABBY APPLE dress, please come over and enter! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Tiff said...

Wow! It looks so amazing! I saw a table top done with a faded union jack and it is at the top of my must do list! X

Deb said...

gorgeous dresser...i just love it! ~deb~

Looking Glass said...

This looks so awesome Melaine!

~ Clare x

Daydream Living said...

Hi Melaine,
Yes, I know Marion's blog, she is lovely and so creative, but so are you; your blog is really inspirational, just wanted you to know! Thanks for sharing this piece and the styling is great!
Hope you have a good weekend,
Maureen

the cardigan-inn said...

That looks so cool!
I love these makeovers

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

I do follow Miss Mustard Seed. Love her site as well as yours. I LOVE your color version of the dresser. You are very inspirational. I need to find something I can paint that flag on;)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

A neutral Union Jack dresser. LOVE it! I always wanted to do it in my son's room but never thought of using other colors than the red, white, and blue. Perfect! I love the grays. Well done!

Alexis Brooke Lane said...

This is such a beautiful and unique idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

Pamma said...

This is so beautiful, elegant and understated in the grey! Love it.
~Pam
pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

Kari @ fresh paint creations said...

I love your gray and white version!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love the softness of your gray and white version!

Lilly* said...

... i wish i could join your lovely giveaways :) ... but i'll enjoy them instead ... just found you tonite ... sitting at my dining table here in germany ... love your beautiful happy style ... lilly*

Donna said...

I would buy this dresser in a minute id you make and the Union Jack pillow too. Did u make that? Love all of your things and blog.

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