Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Custom distressed furniture!

Last weekend my husband and I attended a workshop from Mandie at Altar’d – Funky Chic Furniture with some friends & family and learned some fabulous new techniques on painting and refinishing furniture.
Tyler is so talented and we have decided to pursue this craft!  We are working on a few pieces we’ve had hanging around in our garage & then will start painting furniture for a local store in Denton called When Pigs Fly – A Curious Little Shop.
In addition we would love to help anyone who has furniture that needs a little TLC. If you have a piece you’d like a quote on, please email me!
Allison {at} DesignLifeInc {dot} net
The first dresser we tackled is for Bella’s Big Girl Room!
Here it is BEFORE – quite a find for $30!
before cream dresser
Tyler structurally re-worked the entire piece and stabilized the back and sides, made new slides for the drawers and fixed each drawer.
He also removed the hardware and patched the holes so we could use knobs instead of pulls & routed the top of the dresser to give it a bit more detail.
And the finished piece! I am in love!
After cream dresserAfter cream dresser detail
On our way to the workshop we stopped at a garage sale and found an oval mirror for $6! We bought it and painted & distressed it to match Bella’s dresser so we can hang it in her new room.
Here is the frame BEFORE
And the frame AFTER, with a Giveaway chalkboard. Once we get the mirror up and in the room I’ll post more photos.
We also bought this chest for $30 for our Living Room.
before aqua dresser
We painted, distressed and glazed this piece and I think it’s fabulous!!
After aqua dresserAfter aqua dresser detail
Linking up to these parties:


  1. Allison these look great! I have been looking for a dresser just like that! What a great find!

  2. Great job, such wonderful finds! Love the turquoise, I've been doing quite a bit of those myself :)

  3. All your pieces are nice but that blue chest is stunning! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  4. Beautiful work! I think dressers are the most difficult in many ways, they have so much detail if they're old. You both did a fine job, and the finishes are truly stand out! tami from the high street cottage

  5. Very, very pretty pieces and you guys did a great job!

  6. These look so great! I love the distressed look! I would love it if you would link up to my link party too!

  7. These pieces look great! I esp love the finish on the last one. What a beautiful color you chose!

  8. The turquoise dresser is beautiful! I've been wanting to paint my son's dresser this color and distress it similar to yours. Thanks for the extra boost - I'm gonna do it!! What is the name of the paint you used? I don't want my paint color to be too shocking - this is perfect.

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  10. Great restoration projects...lots of work!
    I am your newest Follower, hope you can stop by for a visit!

    Thanks, Becky Jane
    Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!

  11. Looks awesome! I love it. I am your follower. You can follow me back at Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.
    Have a great weekend

  12. Stopping by from Friendly Friday Follow! I love your blog...I am a new follower! You make your projects look so easy!

    Have a great weekend!

    Karen @

  13. Wonderful. And as a furniture refinisher I know how much work you put into it to make it that lovely.

  14. WOW! You jumped right into the furniture refinishing world with two great projects! They both look amazing, I'm a new follower :)

  15. Hello, I'm your newest follower from Social Parade. Nice to meet you! Hope you consider following me back ( - :
    ps-- I'd love it if you linked this up to the party I cohost Thursdays (linky's still open) at www.yesterayontuesday,com (-:

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    great job

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    So happy to have found your pretty blog. I'm loving your style!
    Come visit me if you have a chance

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