Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Distressed To A Pulp

Let me first express how much I am amazed by what one can do if only using a little imagination....

For instance, I purchased this dresser at a garage sale for $50.00 (I tried to get her down to $30.00 but the woman wouldn't budge...). It was green with a brown varnish top layer. I tossed color ideas around and then it just landed on my brain like fresh morning dew.....what about painting it pink and then bringing out that yummy green that's under the varnish. I gave it a good try and applied the tip from a friend of using soap between the two paints and then knocking it off after painting. This worked like a charm for the look I wanted...showing lots of the green.

I had to sand like the dickens to get it where I wanted it, super distressed and very dramatic. I was nervous, but I can't tell you all how pleased I am with the final outcome.

The last thing I did was change out the ugly brass drawer pulls and replace them with lovely pink depression glass pulls. My inner Barbie is coming alive in my pink studio, with pink furniture, and pink accessories..... *grin*


Thatiana said...

Amelia, that is beautiful! You are a whiz at all you do and I am anxious to see the whole room put together! I know that will be stunning!

Katie Jean said...

That is really beautiful. I love the distressed look and the pink! We bought a similar dresser at a junk store and painted it an off-white and added those same handles, but in clear. I wanted to distress it, but alas, my husband isnt a big fan. Oh well. I absolutely adore yours though!

Amelia said...

Thanks so much, you both just brightened my day extensionally!


OliveJuice said...

I'm not sure how I found your blog...a link, of a link, of a link...but I've been a long time fan of your ADORABLE stuff you sell on ebay, and recognized your cute girls immediately. Just darling! Anyhow, just wanted to introduce myself & say *hi*...the dresser turned out sooo cute. Brilliant idea for the distressing!

Oh, and I suppose I should have told you who I am. DUH! My name is Kim, and my blog is

All the best~

Amelia said...

Kim thank you SO much! Your blog is AMAZING, I'm so glad you posted here!!


Tonya said...

After adding myself to your ebay mailing list I came upon your blog. Very cute...You must have been inspired by Heather Bailey's "Sugar Shop". What a dream studio. I love what you have done! I am amazed on all that you seem to keep up with in your busy life. Your girls are adorable & lucky to have a Mommy with such talent & Style!

Amelia said...


I was whining to my mother one night about all I wanted to change in my sewing room and how I wanted to create a happy place to create with lots of pink and color...the very next day I dropped by Heather's Blog and it gave me the push to get myself going. The real inspiration for me was provided by my darling friends in the eBay group LilyPlum, they have encouraged me all the way!!


jade said...

I know this is an older post...but I love, love, LOVE this pink distressed dresser!!! It's gorgeous. I'm going to try one in a light teal... although I have no clue as to what I'm doing!!