Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's So Easy Being Green

This is my second "real" post and I was completely overwhelmed by the warm welcome I received to the blog world! Thank you to everyone who sent me lovely messages and comments. I still can't believe how much beauty is being created out there!


I had all these great things planned to blog about these past few days but I was derailed when my lovely 12 year old competitive dancer daughter had a collision on stage and ended up with a broken foot! She is recovering nicely and will be back on her toes in no time, thank goodness.


So I thought I would do a quick post about how, in my house lately, green is the new black. I have always loved the fresh apple green colour palette but in the last year or so, my kids have become equally obsessed. Maybe it's because we spend 6 months every year in the cold, dark months of Ontario winter!


My kids are still a little baffled by the strange activities going on around the house whenever I am building, painting or creating something. They wander in and out, ask what I am doing and then after a few minutes of vague interest, they gravitate back to Sponge Bob.


The surefire way to get their attention is to paint something green. The louder the better. We had this older dresser bumping around the house for years, it's been everything from a t.v. stand to a diaper station but I never liked it and could never figure out how to make it fit into my house.


I had already removed the other handles before I remembered to take the 'before' photo. I know they are antique and probably worth some money but they always reminded me of owls, staring at me...

My husband had long ago stripped the drawers but left the old, bumpy, sticky varnish everywhere else. I decided to use it to my advantage to give the piece some texture. I painted right over the whole thing with Home Hardware Beauti-Tone D045 (only sold in Canada). I used a sort of dry brush technique - I have spent so many hours sanding and scraping, trying to distress things, I eventually learned that if I don't put so much on, I don't have to sand so much off!

So this is what we ended up with



Here's a shot of the detail on the side - I love the way the dark finish underneath shows through! Ooh, and check out that nail - nice!


The whole thing took about an hour and a half and I bought these adorable handles at Home Hardware as well - they are solid and help to get the drawers in and out because they are a bit warped with age (uh, I mean, beauty!)


Next thing to be greenified is my daughter's room - we have a total makeover planned once she's back on her own two feet, and I will be sure to share!


Linking up Here...

44 comments:

  1. I love love the color!!! Gorgeous piece!
    Tana

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  2. Sorry about your daughter, OUCH. Glad to hear she will be up and about soon. I love the paint treatment. I often leave the grungy base when I paint, it adds character. I like the hardware as well. Took a peek at your previous posts. I just became a follower. I know you will have many wonderful things to share. Stop by and visit me sometime. Welcome to the fabulous world of blogging!

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  3. What a great looking piece, and I love the color. Glad you joined my newbie party again. SOrry to hear about your daughter.

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  4. Love using old dressers. Love yours, nail and all! I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading more.

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  5. I love this color! We have a dresser I want to paint and I'm thinking of doing green like this, I love how it looks!

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  6. I love green too and this is beautiful! I would love to know what paint and what green apple shade this is.
    I have a green chair I am working on now! What a happy and fun color.

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  7. That turned out amazing! I cannot believe the before and after!

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  8. Love the green! I also love that when you so a project like this, the initial neatness of your paint job does not matter, I can just say its "distressed"!!

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  9. Hi Ella! OH, I love your piece and the green color is beautiful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Too cute! I love to reclaim furniture and make them beautiful again!!
    Blessings!

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  11. Oooo, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I'm addicted to green also...painting my new kitchen cupboards in it; almost done and CAN'T WAIT to see how they look!!! I love this color. What is it? I'm new here and happy I found you! :) Hope your daughter is well soon. It's hard to have a laid up kid...hope you survive! :)

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  12. Love how that came out. Welcome to blogland! I think that is a very pretty shade of green!

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  13. Love the color! What a fun choice. My kids roll their eyes when I have my paint supplies spread out across the great room floor, too. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party and would love it if you linked up something you made/did/bought before blogging(which would be just about anything, since your a brand new blogger.) The link will be open til next week. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.

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  14. LOVE it!!!
    Great color!!!!!!

    Welcome!!! Nice to meet you!!!
    Jane

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  15. coming over from shabby chic cottage-- i love the shade of green! it's so happy.

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  16. Hope your daughter recovers soon! This project looks so great...I LOVE the color! Thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment about my table...I am a new follower!

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  17. Love the dresser! You did a really good job. I can only imagine how upset your daughter must feel. My daughter is a dancer and has been injured before. I hope she heals soon!

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  18. I am loving the green. Looks awesome. Hope your daughter recovers soon. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

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  19. Gorgeous! The finish has such nice depth to it.Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. I Love that green! Now you can love the new piece it has become. Deb

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  21. I Heart your dresser makeover, the color looks fantastic! I'd love for you to share this at my link party going on now!


    Simply Creations Link Party #9

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  22. This looks great. I just painted a table in my family room a green very much like this color. It's instant freshness and so fun!

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  23. I'm in LOVE! It's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

    I love your Profile how your hubby knows how to stop the car LOL! you trained him well!

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  24. absolutly adorable! I really like the color and the handles!

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  25. This is beautiful!! I love the color. I found you on transformation thursday and thanks for sharing.

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  26. What a cute makeover. I have to admit, I'm a green freak as well! I'm just attracted to it period.

    I hope your daughter gets healed up quickly. It's no fun having a broken bone, let alone during the summer months!

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  27. OMG - this is perfection!!! wow, i LOVE it in the green!

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  28. The green is wonderful! This piece has great character now.

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  29. Gorgeous color. I love how fresh and happy it is. Welcome to the blog world!

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  30. Oh my, what a lovely green. I love pieces with bold colors. Well done. It's lovely.

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  31. I love the green! You did a beautiful job! Thank you so much for linking up to "It's a Party"!

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  32. Beautiful...I love it!!
    I also really love the stairs in you previous post...I am so inspired to paint mine similarly! I also am a new follower, welcome to blogging!

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  33. I love this dresser too! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your amazing yellow staircase on my Pinterest Loves of the week post today.I would love it if you would Go and check it out and grab my button so people know you were featured.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOw
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  34. Love the colour, the dresser looks awesome. As someone who also lives in Southern Ontario, I know the feeling of thinking winter is never going to end and needing some bright colours! I hope your daughter is back on her feet soon.

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  35. It looks fantastic! I love the bright color. I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate more color into my home as well. Living in MN can get a little dreary and we take all the help we can get. :)

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  36. I just love the color! Thanks for linking this up to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  37. Gorgeous! The color is just perfect, as is the distressing! REALLY, great job! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  38. love that color! so fun! i was drawn to it right away!

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  39. Sooo loving the green! What a charmer this piece is! Thanks for sharing it at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  40. What a great color choice! Very pretty! Thanks for linking this project up, I hope you come back again!

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  41. Love the green!!! It turned out Fabulous & the nail is a great touch!! It's so fun to redo what we may have thrown out. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Plain and sad to perky and happy. Great contrast on the handles. Just found your blog. I'm going to read on.
    - Joy

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