Who Brought the Cool Kid?

28 Feb

Before I get to today’s post, let me just say- I’m writing this on my new lappy!  Last time I got a new computer was 6 years ago, so this is kinda super duper exciting for me.  And it came a day early!  Hooray!!!

Ok, I’m done with that happy dance and I’ll move on to another.  My future nephew’s nursery furniture is D O N E!!!!  I delivered it to his room over the weekend and the parents-to-be couldn’t be more happy (or so they tell me, although I doubt they’d tell me if they didn’t like- that would be awkward- but I hope think they really are pleased).

If you’re new here, or just have a bad memory- I had purchased 2 midcentury pieces that were in rough shape for $15 each to refinish so that my nephew will be the coolest newborn in the history of ever.

Dresser Before:

…and the dresser NOW:

and check out the side view:

Sexy, no?  Perfect to grow with a little boy!

The dresser wasn’t alone, though.  It had a matching cabinet.  that started out looking like this:

Honestly, the closer you got to the original pieces, the worse they looked.  It was bad.  With MUCH MUCH sanding, I whipped them into shape and here’s what the cabinet looks like today:

The original knobs didn’t all match and that wasn’t kosher, so I had to fix it.  4 of the knobs were kinda cool, but I couldn’t find their companions.  I ended up finding 11 matching vintage knobs on ebay for $20 and I like them better than the original.  I’m sooo please with the result on these.  Of course they ended up being much more labor intensive than I planned (because everything ends up being more work than planned, because I suck at time planning) but I’d do it again- maybe for my next niece or nephew.  Now that the room has all it’s furniture, it’s time to get to the details (i.e. the fun part!!).

So to answer the question in the title of this post- Who brought the cool kid?  My sister did, obviously.


11 Responses to “Who Brought the Cool Kid?”

  1. Mark Perlot 02.28.2012 at 3:21 pm #

    They came out great, I saw the “Before” and wasn’t shure how they would look, but the results are impressive.

    Handy Dad

  2. Sandy 02.28.2012 at 6:15 pm #

    They came out amazing! Can’t wait to see in person. 🙂

  3. Mary Ann Ellis 03.02.2012 at 10:40 am #

    Love all the nursery furniture. Especially liked the side view of the drawers. Your definately a combination of your Handy Dad & Handy Mom! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – you got the best of both when it comes to your talents! The stripes on the cabinet must have taken a lot of labor (Pardon the pun – Aunt Karen) but the results are great! Also the decorations look terrific… can’t wait to see them (& you of course) this weekend. Lisa is luck to have such a great sister & your nephew will also be getting a fun Aunt 😉 See you at the shower. Don’t forget your camera – Im bringing mine too!

  4. Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com 03.02.2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Wow!!! I love the stripes!!! It looks so modern and fresh! I like the dresser too.. too it looks like a paint chip! 🙂  I have a project party every weekend I would like to invite you to here:  http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/project-party-weekend-pretty-striped-pencils-tutorial.html  We would love to have you come and link this up! 

  5. Becky 03.07.2012 at 10:50 am #

    I LOVE that you kept a lot of the original “feel” of the piece, but made them so fun! And I love the knobs–I’ve seen them around and never really liked them…until now 🙂

  6. davidlwilliams 03.07.2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Perfect updating of MCM pieces! I have a great MCM dresser and chest of drawer in walnut I gought but with formica wood toned tops. I’m thinking this might work there, too. Cheaper than buying walnut veneer to cover the top. It may be too much for top but you’ve got me thinking.

  7. Denise 03.07.2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I love love the colors and the dressers! Amazing job!

  8. Andrea 03.07.2012 at 9:46 pm #

    How did you get the feet so clean? I’m working on a desk with the same legs but I don’t know where to start.

    • vintageviolet 03.07.2012 at 9:57 pm #

      I used steel wool to ‘sand’ all the years and crud off of them. After I did it, though I saw a tutorial that recommended using lemon juice and salt to scrub it away- I’m totally trying that next time.

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