Apr 26, 2013

For the Love of Burlap

 
 
This was one of my purchases at an auction about a month ago....and my husband thought I was just plain nuts!  It obviously had been sitting in someone's shed for years and there was a lot of veneer damage....and was just nasty.
 
 
The top was actually the worst.  The veneer was separating and there was plenty of mildew.  But it didn't scare me....oh NO!
 

This past week, I took it out of the pile and started taking off a lot of the veneer.  Luckily, it had been exposed to the elements for so long that it came off really easy.  The old varnish on the drawers was really brittle, so it didn't take any time to sand those down.  The dresser was in fact, a very sturdy piece.


At first, I stained the drawers and planned to keep them natural....but no matter what I did, it never looked right with any color I added (and this baby was painted three times).  I believe that because I am such a symmetrical freak, it had to do with the fact that the left top drawer had a straight grain and the others were curvy.  That just never looked right to me....
 
Before you start yelling at me about why I didn't refinish the entire piece...I just want to say that if I could have, I definitely would have.  I love oak.  However, I had to strip so much veneer off that it just wouldn't look right.  The secondary wood is not oak and doing veneer is beyond my ability...at the moment....


So, I finally painted the entire piece a sage green (after creamy white and milk paint).  I loved the green, but it just looked ho-hum.  Then, Mr. SC came up with a fabulous idea.  BURLAP!  I had to think about it, but I got really excited at the thought. 
 
I searched Pinterest...but didn't really see a lot on the subject.  My main concern was what to use to adhere it.  Well, Modge Podge is always a good start!
 
 
I slathered the Modge Podge over the drawer and placed the a pre-cut piece of burlap.
 
 

The Modge Podge worked great and the end result is THIS!
 

 
I did the side panels, too (this picture makes it look more gray than the color is....)


I refinished and put back on the original knobs.

 
I think the end result has a Modern Farm Chic Caribbean look to it.  What a mix, huh?  I adore it and it may not make it out of the house....
 
Now, for my staff of the day...my little helper, Molly, was just not in the mood....
 
 
and her brother decided to hunt, instead.
 
 
You just can't find good help these days.
  
Enjoy this beautiful weather and have a fabulous weekend!
 
Susan
 
 
 
 
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20 comments:

  1. Well done! I love burlap and I like Modpodge, so I should try this myself! There's really something Caribbean about this piece.

    Hugs from Belgium
    Goedele

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  2. unigue and very island chic, isn't it?

    visiting via MMS and so glad i dropped by!

    stop by anytime. http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

    michele

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I like that is turned out a little different than what I usually do. :) I'll be heading over to your blog now!

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  3. Susan, saw this at Project Inspired and just love it!!! What a wonderful idea and you did a fabulous job. The color with the burlap is just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful week! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

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  4. Thank you for visiting our blog. Love how your piece came out! And the burlap.....great idea! Now following.

    Patty from
    Chateaurevivals.blogspot.com

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  5. Love how this turned out! Great Job. :)
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a fun piece to do. :)

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  6. Quite a transformation! I love the crisp, cleanness of this piece. Simple yet fresh!

    I'll be interested to watch if the burlap will eventually fray along the edges...Keep us posted won't you?

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    White Oak Studio Designs / Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! I certainly will. I really loaded the edges up with non-fray and trimmed the edges up tight against the drawer edges (and put extra modge podge on the edges). The panels are set good and don't rub as I open and close. I was really quite surprise at how well the Modge Podge took hold. It's gone into our spare bedroom we use for our grandsons when they stay the night...so it will get some "rough" use. :)

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  7. This is so cute! Is it a small dresser? Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it is a smaller dresser. It would have had a tall mirror attached to the back. I sell quite a few of these for TV stands.

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  8. Love that...so very creative!! Thanks so much for sharing this week at Project Inspire{d} :)
    Nancy

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    1. Thank you so much! I have to credit my hubby for this one. :)

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  9. Hey Susan,
    Just stopping back in to let you know that I've chose your dresser as one of my favorites from last week's Project Inspire{d} linky party. Thanks for sharing it!
    Nancy

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    1. Thank you so much!! :) My husband will be very proud!!

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  10. Very cool! I am glad I found this as I want to use burlap on a table top and wasn't sure how well it would work, but after reading your post I am more confident it will work.

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  11. Looks beautiful. I love the colors. Show that to the person who had it in the shed all those years!

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  12. You did an awesome job redoing this piece. It was a mess! Love the mint color. I do a lot of my frames in mint for flea market shows and they are a hit! Good idea with the burlap. You'll have to let us know if it withstands. It looks nice with it but with my kids it would be ripped off fast!

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