Sunday, April 14, 2013

Antique Peacock Dresser

I had plans to go to some thrift stores on Saturday afternoon, but before I left, I hopped on craigslist and found an ad that was just placed in the furniture section for a tag sale about 20 minutes from my house with an awesome antique dresser.

Seriously, I couldn't get there fast enough. When I finally found the house (it's a town I'm not familiar with) I was so excited that it was still there. On facebook, I shared that I ran over to it like Phoebe Buffay. If you're a Friends fan will totally get that reference!



So, for $20 I brought this beauty home. I prepped it by removing the casters (one wheel was sadly missing) and giving it a good sanding and cleaning.

I didn't like how the top of the dresser still felt very slick, even after using the electric sander, so I opted to put a coat of adhesion primer on it for extra protection. I use Valspar.  I started the painting with a coat of Classic Silver by Behr.  When that was dry I painted it Peacock Feather (also by Behr). It is such a beautiful, rich turquoise. I think I just found another go to color!

I lightly distressed the piece, which revealed bits of the light gray, which I felt gave it a more cottage/beachy vibe.  Don't you love the legs!

Lastly, I waxed the dresser and put the hardware back on (I used all the original knobs that came with the piece).

I'm really hoping this sells super fast because I'm very quickly falling in love with it!  But as my husband always tells me, don't get high from your own supply. Which, if you've ever met my husband is the most hysterical and ironic thing ever because he is totally one of the most straight-laced people I know!



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  1. What a beauty and a great deal! I'd be falling in love too!

  2. What a super find for such a great price. I love it. I would love for you to link it up to my Inspire Me party that will be live this afternoon. Great piece. Hugs, Marty

  3. It turned out gorgeous Angela! Love this color and the chunky legs! You should try it with Martha Stewart Black Coffee glaze over the top sometime--to die for... :).

  4. Turned out beautifully! Such a pretty blue

  5. Wow great find!
    Turned out so fabulous... love the shape of the legs and that colour!

    Wishing you a great week ahead.

  6. What a gorgeous dresser - and the color is just perfection - really - talk about bringing " summer " into a home!

  7. Gorgeous! You really lucked out with the price. The color is wonderful! You can send it my way if you'd like. :)


  8. Amazing find and awesome color!! Great job.

  9. Love the lines of this dresser and the color is fantastic!


  10. Angela this is GORGEOUS! You will not have a hard time selling this at all, I love the color, and the legs are wonderful.

    xo, Tanya

  11. Darling peacock like color on your dresser- I sure hope it's a new "go to" color for you :)

    Thanks for sharing with us! :)

    Visiting from Savvy Southern Style's WOW linky party.
    Smiles, Suz @MaytagnMom
    NW Illinois

  12. Such a beauty, love the color! Would love to have you share at Amaze Me Monday!

  13. Love it! What a buy--color is gorgeous!

  14. What a great piece of furniture! You did a fantastic job with it! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  15. Perfection! Great color choice. It looks amazing. I love to see pieces like this one given new life. Thanks for sharing,

  16. Wow, what a beautiful piece! And I LOVE the colour choice too:) Amazing job,
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  17. This is such a lovely piece and I do love this color. How fun. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. $20? What a steal!! You did a great job in showing off it's true beauty :)

    Just wanted to stop in from Monday Funday Linky Party to say hello!!

    Mandy@ The Hankful House

  19. Hi Angela...Love the turquoise. Oh, such a lovely color. Good for you! Great job. Susan

  20. Great color! Cute guy with the dresser! Fabulous price! When you had to remove the caster, I noticed that it made the dresser a little lower in the front...did you saw off the back legs a little to compensate for that? I never find good deals like that on Craigslist. I saw your post over at "No Minimalist Here" blog party.

  21. Unbelievable find! Yummy yummy yummy! I love love love the scrolly legs...the two small drawers projecting past the rest...and your beautiful blue. Sigh. I'm trying not to be jealous, just to admire. You scored. Lynaea @


  22. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #72!

  23. just the happiest dresser!

    visiting via feathered nest friday and so glad i dropped by!

    stop by anytime.


  24. What a fabulous find! This dresser has terrific lines - gorgeous color now - beautifully done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  25. I love it! So pretty :)

    I've featured it today and I've pinned this post!

  26. That's a pretty blue. I wonder what the natural stain color was because it was frickin' gorgeous! I love Craigslist also. I have been looking around for some furniture to do this summer, hopefully, when I have a few months off from my classes! :)

  27. I love this color and how you refinished this dresser. If I lived in the area I would be loading it in the pickup now! HA


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