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{entryway dresser – take 3}

You may remember my post here and here about my previous entry way dressers – well, this is my 3rd attempt – may be the last one….at least for now anyways :)


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I got this one for free (free, is the best for me!) – and its almost exactly what i was looking for – i kind of wanted something with an open bottom – but this works, plus its less floor that i have to clean :)


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I love the lines of this dresser/buffet – whatever it used to be.  Its very simple and provides lots of storage.  I repainted dresser in Valspar’s “ultra white” – then i replaced the top because it was damaged.  I was planning on doing pine board planks, but then i found these panels @ Lowes – they sell all different sizes and come stain ready – and super cheap – i think mine was about $16.  It also has a old handle/lock thingy that i still need to put back on – i only like to finish things about 90% – that’s a bad habit that i really need to break!

Don’t mind the mess, i am not a “clean as you go” kind of worker :)

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After it was painted and dry, i distressed the entire thing with my 60 grit sandblock – i heavily distressed this one.  I also used Zinsser Stain Block primer – i really liked it, except that its oil based so clean up wasn’t so fun (i use a paint sprayer to paint all my furniture, and cleaning that out kinda sucked).  The primer didn’t let any of that old dark stain bleed through – i was very impressed :)

Does anyone recommend a good stain block primer that is water based?  I have used both Zinsser and Bullseye – and both i have had trouble with stain bleeding through.

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Some more pics…

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For Christmas i took this old galvanized box and put in some old books tied with some burlap garland – i LOVE galvanized tin – love, love, love…

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I also found these twigs with lights on them @ TJ Maxx for $12 a set – i have two sets in this old milk tin.  I think these will be cute all year – not just Christmas.  You cant see very well, but the lights have little flowers on them – very cute.

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And did i mention i love the storage that’s inside this thing – this is where we keep some of the kids craft stuff – some card games – candle stuff – and whatever else i cant find a home for.  And isn’t my little model a cutie?!

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Anyways, this is the dresser that is staying for a while – at least until i find something that i like better that is :) 


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To see my previous entry way dressers go here and here


36 Responses to {entryway dresser – take 3}

  1. Shelley December 28, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    I love this, especially the top being a different color than the rest of the piece. This one is my favorite so far!

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper December 28, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    this is my fave, sausha! i like the simple and rustic look of this one, and i like the cabinet style storage- seems more practical for the space.

  3. Tanya December 28, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    Love it! Very versatile looking piece, so if you do find something you like better, you can always move it to another room…or mail it to me?

  4. Jill@Barnes Yard December 28, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    Yes, such a cute little model! I love all of the storage space-fabulous! I can't wait to check out my TJ's to see if I can get my hands on those lights! LOVE!

  5. lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL December 28, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    love this piece. ive done a couple pieces with the stained top and painted bottom. love it

  6. Skye December 28, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    omg that is beautiful…
    Following your blog! Please follow back!
    If you could follow me on Facebook, that would be awesome too!!
    Thanks for your time!

  7. Kristy December 28, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    That looks incredible!

  8. Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home December 28, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    Looks awesome, I can't believe it was free! Would you share it on my new linky party Friday?

  9. Charity December 28, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    I love it! I am on the lookout for one, and I love seeing the before pictures because sometimes it's hard to see past nasty.

  10. Melissa @ It's Fancy Schmancy December 28, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    Ahhh, love it! I really need something like that, there is never enought storage! Plus, you can't beat the price.

  11. URUGUAY LIFE - WHITE LIFE December 28, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    What a different! You remind me of something urgently needs to be done: I have a tiny space under the stairs. And for this I need organization boxes… ;)

    Hugs and have a wonderful day


  12. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle December 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Beautiful and I love the way it's styled too. Isn't it nice to have all that extra hidden storage?

  13. Reenie December 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Love it….and love the twig/flower lights too!! :)

  14. Michelle Hoad December 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Looks gorgeous! I just got a new entry table and now that I've put away all the Christmas decor (yes, all of it) I'm trying to arrange some things on it. So far, all I have is a cute lamp.

  15. Rebekah December 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    LOVE IT!!!! I am looking for something just like this to put under our flat screen TV so I have a cute cabinet to hold thing like Wii controllers, dvd players and other TV components. Where did you find this piece?

  16. BJ December 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    I think the 3rd was the charm. It is gorgeous. I would love to know where you found the wonderful wrought iron pieces that hold your picture frames.

  17. Lindsay December 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    Simply wonderful entry re-do. I am drooling over your dark wood floors too. You have got great talent that I look up to! Thanks for sharing all your ideas. :)

  18. Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. December 29, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Oh, I love this one the mostest!

    That chunky bottom is dreamy. And all the storage. And the distressing. And the doors. And the top. It's perfect!!

  19. Green Door Girl December 29, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    gorgeous – I especially love the interior storage (and the cute "vanna" in the picture LOL) – found you from Blue Cricket's link up!

  20. Handy Man, Crafty Woman December 29, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Wow, very pretty!

  21. To Sew With Love December 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    this is so lovely! what at awesome project! would love for you to link up at our saturday linky party.


  22. Tanya December 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    I am really loving this piece! Off to check off your "new" blog. :)

  23. Keisha Lynn @ Project Campbell December 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    Looks GREAT! I've been following you for some time… I love your work and your decorating! Hope you have a great new years!!!

  24. Holly Austin December 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    This looks great, I love how you distressed it! And free is always great :)

  25. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking December 31, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    Such a beautiful piece & I love it's cream'ified base with dreamy dark top… perfection! I'm putting it in the PoPP Spotlight.

  26. Farmer's Wyfe December 31, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Hi! What a WONDERFUL piece!! Storage is so essential and that is such pretty storage!!
    I paint furniture, and I use Kilz waterbased sealer. It has always worked for me.

  27. Biz January 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    This piece turned out beautifully! If you change it out again I want this one! ;)

  28. Cozy Home Scenes January 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Your model is a cuite. She reminded me of the models on The Price is Right back when I used to watch it in the ancient 80's. You know how they would always stand beside the furniture and open the doors to show it off.

    I like the piece….the after is a huge improvement. I love white distressed furniture.

  29. Funky Junk Interiors January 2, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Oh DROOL! What a wonderful piece! Just love the straight lines and 2 toned look! I'm dyin' here.


  30. Nita {ModVintageLife} January 2, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I like this one best of the three! Love the simple lines.

  31. Kim January 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    very cute!

  32. Marilyn January 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    third time is the charm. I like this one the best. You're very talented:)

  33. Morning Glory Cottage January 8, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Hi! Just dropping in from Miss Mustard Seed's site. I love this piece. It actually looks a lot like a piece that I have. It's a family piece. I believe that your piece once had a hutch on the top. I can't really tell but it looks like your before picture there is a hole in the back. Anyway love what you did with it. Thanks for sharing it!

  34. Lynda @ Happenstance Home January 13, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    That is such a gorgeous and useful cabinet. I love the new finish!

  35. Lisa February 1, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    What a gorgeous piece – how lucky are you! I use water-based Kilz and love it.

  36. Anonymous February 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    love the wreath…can you please let me know where you got it from?…

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