Hey guys, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We took our annual trip to the tree farm, and brought home our Christmas tree and decorated it that night… I love decorating the tree at night as the glow of the lights against the glass ornaments makes everything feel so magical. Oh, and last year my mother-in-law gave is a Christmas tree wand which connects to the lights so that you don’t have to crouch behind the tree to plug and unplug every day… it’s a godsend for this pregnant mama (and really anyone who doesn’t want to reach behind those needly boughs!) I cannot recommend it enough and that link is an affiliate link, yes, but I really had to share it with you! Trust me, you will thank me. I am hoping to capture the magic on my camera this week and finally share all of my Christmas decor with you next week…. maybe even some this week if I can get it together, but I am not making any promises. Today I have for you a new furniture makeover: gorgeous wood dresser with milk glass knobs. This one might even be considered more of a makeunder, but either way, I am really happy with the understated result.
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Forgive me, but I completely forgot to take a before photo of this guy….. so close your eyes and picture it with a few more scuffs and dings and a mishmosh of hardware ranging from broken porcelain knobs, to glass knobs, to brass knobs, and a brass lion head knob. The hardware situation it had going on was atrocious!
This makeover was one of the easiest I’ve performed, and I absolutely loved the wood grain on this piece. Honestly, the terrible hardware situation was really distracting from its natural beauty. Before I decided on what to replace the hardware with, I removed everything that was on it. There were just a couple of areas on the legs and edges that were a little worn and scratched that needed attention so I took a rag with a little Java Gel stain and rubbed it onto those areas letting it sit for about 15 minutes, and then coming back and wiping off any excess. I chose this particular stain because the existing finish was deep and dark as you can see. After the stain had dried for a day, I used Howard’s Feed N Wax just to give the piece a little luster and enhance the natural beauty.
After the piece was finished, it was time to select knobs. I thought about something in an antique brass to accent the existing keyholes, but I just wasn’t sold on the idea. I perused D. Lawless Hardware for options and eventually settled on their classic milk glass knobs in the chunkier 1 1/2″ size.
The pure white milk glass brings contrast to the wood and really allows the wood graining to be the star.
Lately, maybe it is because I am back at Sweet Clover again, but I am feeling myself drawn more to pieces like this. Don’t get me wrong, midcentury dressers are currently number one in my heart, but those simple country beauties have their hold over me, too.
This piece headed over to Sweet Clover for o ur last sale of the year… It did not yet find a new home, but I am sure that 2018 will bring it to its forever home. 🙂 2018 holds so much magic in store and I just know that will happen.
Speaking of all of the magic ahead in 2018, I thought I’d share this photo from our Christmas tree excursion. The kids love taking photos with my camera, and my father has taught them well. Sawyer shot this photo of Chris and me on Saturday… This is me at 17 weeks. Really, I suppose, it’s a photo of Chris, me, and baby boy…. our greatest magic coming in 2018!
PS- how awesome is this messy bun beanie I scored at Sweet Clover this past sale weekend! I have been wearing it every day since! Mine is the ivory and gold, but they have tons of options available here and a for great price! (The shirt is the classic gingham b0y-fit from J. Crew Factory, of course, and the sweater is the J. Jill Starlight cardigan but I actually found mine at goodwill. I have been shopping the open cardigans at goodwill this Fall to make room for a growing belly).