28 December 2011

The Stinky Kitchen Dresser Reveal!

Mr T and I are as proud as punch over this latest project!  I say Mr T because he basically tried to take it over from me.  He's got the bug now.  Problem is I have to tell him to stop picking up crap from the side of the road because my garage is becoming so stuffed I have nowhere to work!

As I mentioned in a previous post, we bought a very old (1930s to 40s) kitchen dresser for $50 from a guy who had it sitting in his garage for many years with the intention of restoring it.  It ended up just being used as storage for tools etc I think.  Here's a reminder of what it looked like:





Nice eh?  I ripped off all the mismatched contact and then took my heat gun to the exterior.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to scrape the paint off.  I didn't even need to unscrew most of the hinges as they just ripped out. I gave it a good sand and then Mr T took over with the painting.  The bones were great, but we had to replace the side panels as they were quite warped.  We also put a new backing on just for some freshening up.  Mr T also made a whole new drawer with the new router I bought him for his birthday!  Clever kid.  I scored a big piece of glass for $5 which Mr T cut with my glass cutter for the top doors, and I bought new hinges and hardware.  Here she is now...





How's this for a bit of a 'Australiana'?  I purchased this fabulous fabric on eBay and was lucky to get the last batch.  It shows old labels of all of Australia's favourite products going back to the 1930s!  I love it!  And of course as soon as I saw the Vegemite I just had to have it.


 I scored these vintage kitchen canisters from my favourite collectibles shop up the road for $12 a while ago.  They go perfectly with my new kitchen dresser.





We installed these little LED lights just for a bit of somethin' somethin' :)









Aaah, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.  This dresser takes me back to when I was a wee young lass sitting with my cousin in my Nanna's kitchen chatting and playing while she cooked.

We have been renovating our home for the past six years.  It's almost finished, but the kitchen remains as is unfortunately as our budget just couldn't go that far.  (One of these days I might be brave enough to show you).  It's tiny and 1980s ugly.  We currently use a tall Ikea wardrobe as our pantry!  It's black and hideous.  NOW we can use our beautiful kitchen dresser which is 100% much more attractive.

My apologies for the overkill on photos, but I'm just so chuffed with this baby.

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!

Me and Mr T x




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93 comments:

Jamie Hammond said...

It turned out amazing!! Love the fabric you used. What an amazing find.

Jamie
http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Julie @ Knot All That I Seam said...

Wow, love it! Love the old tins on top too. The colour and the hardware are perfect. Great work!

Michelle said...

I love the way you've dressed up the dresser - the spotty bowls and tins look perfect. Love it!

Jackie said...

It's beautiful! There are so many things I like about it. I love that you and Mr. T fixed it up together; you can both appreciate it so much more! I also love your red and blue accessories. Great job guys!

Deidre said...

NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL A "MAKE-OVER"!!Beautiful Job!!Love your style:) Thanks,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Turned out so awesomely!! I can hardly believe it's the same piece! And not only 100% more attractive, but also really, really useful storage. Way to go!!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful transformation!! I absolutely love what you did! The drawer liners are fabulous, too! Wonderful job!

XO,
Jane

driftwoodesign said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! What an amazing find and you did a great job bring it back to life. I'm extremely envious and would love to be able to find a piece like yours to work with.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Dharma said...

You should be *chuffed*! Gorgeous job.

Karyn said...

Fantastic job & it fits that space perfectly !
Love the nostalgic fabric.
x

Jule said...

It is just wonderful and I love it!
Jule

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

Oh my word! I know the Bible says not to covet but darling I am COVETING this piece like nobody's business! I heart it.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks amazing! what a fabulous piece, and you really turned it around! WOW!

Makeminemidcentury said...

It's amazing! And gorgeous! I'm so glad you're keeping it. Man!

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

What an amazing transformation! I can hardly believe how rough it was before considering how great it looks now! Be proud!

linda said...

Just beautiful! You two make a great team ...

Ellie said...

Wow, it's so pretty! What an amazing difference!

Restyled Vintage said...

That is absolutely stunning Meg, and the best before-and-after makeover I have seen for a long time. Well done, and good on you for keeping it!

xx Karen

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a great storage piece. Awesome find, and I love the makeover.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Wow! what a transformation. It looks lovely. I love how you used the Australian fabric and added the vintage canisters. Great job to the both of you!

Kammy Wielenga said...

Ohhhhhh what a fun cabinet! Love what you did with it!!! I was anticipating it when I first saw it and it looks great! I had those same vintage tin canisters and sold them a few years ago on ebay... now I kind of wish I still had them!!!! Doht.

Mr.Magoo said...

Well done Meg and Mr. T
The finished item looks great.
From...... Mr. Magoo (Karen from Restyled Vintages' Dad in NZ)
Yes we get to read all the blogs too and enjoy them.

Christine @ sugarandtrash.com said...

What? The before looks intimidating and the after is just beautiful.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...
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Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

That is so cute I can hardly stand it! Those canisters are to die for and so are the labels and the hutch. Wish me luck when I go out furniture shopping at garage sales on Saturday, I have a never ended list of wants! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I’m excited to continue being inspired by you in 2012!!! XO, Aimee

Michele said...

Beautiful redo.
Michele

Brissiemum2 said...

Wow! You've brought it back to it's former life with gusto. It looks fantastic and has certainly been saved from being lost to deterioration. Congratulations. Oh, and I'm hearing you about the kitchen. I've just ordered a new one and it's costing me a fortune. It seems that kitchen builders like to charge!

Tammy @ Type A said...

wow, you saved that pieces life! lol it's amazing. great redo!

Sally said...

I just love how this turned out! It's amazing! I'm your newest follower from the chic on a shoestring party. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

Stuff and Nonsense said...

you took this piece from
beat to beautiful!

so glad you shared at Fridays Unfolded.

alison

LSH said...

Wow, that looks amazing - good job!

the cape on the corner said...

what a fabulous redo! wish i had that kind of vision!

Otter said...

By all means, don't apologize for too many photos of this. It's so beautiful and the change is so stunning that I'd be snapping photos like a loon if I were you. I can't believe it's even the same item! SO gorgeous now. Thanks for inspiring me!

jeanetteann said...

This is the best ever,love it. How good is it that it just fits into that space by the door. xx Happy New Year. jeanetteann

Suffia said...

Wow! It's amazing. I really love the new look. Absolutely beautiful. Well done! I'm your newest follower.

Pam said...

WOW, did you take on a project and you did such a great job at it. Fantastic.

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

The transformation is truly amazing! I didn't realize how fabulous she would look with the new glass. Are you going to use the old glass for something else? Popped over from Roadkill Rescue.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

This is one big beautiful transformation! I'll be following along. I need to see more! Happy New Year!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

You both did great, this came out beautiful!
Had to laugh that you had to stop mr t from bringing stuff home. I can't even imagine my husband picking up something for me from the curb!
I had that same cannister set 20 years ago!

Larrisa Hill Designs said...

Simply amazing....Heather

Helen said...

I am your newest follower! I LOVE this cabinet. Talk about a labor of love but it was SO worth it! I love the fabic you used and it fits perfectly in the spot you placed it.

Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com said...

Thanks for linking this up , This cabinet is stunning! great job

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

This is absolutely wonderful!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Just fab:) I featured you today! http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/good-morning-sunshine.html

sweet southern inspiration said...

Just beautiful. I am inspired!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

Looks great! Looks like you had a long road ahead when you got it.

Katie said...

So SUPER fabulous!!! I LOVE it! I also love that you "did all the details"! ...like the drawers.

Thanks for linking up to Tell it to Me Tuesday!

--Katie
Creatively Living

{northern cottage} said...

oh I absolutely LOVE it! the inside of the drawers are KILLER! I used to have those same canisters and am now kicking myself for selling them! I would love love to have you link up for my first linky GOING ON RIGHT NOW.

Come on over & join in the fun! xoxo

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

wow, this is incredible. I really love it, and I love your mix of old and new, I'm really into that too. just beautiful!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I like this kitchen cabinet! I like the paint choice.
I had to chuckle at your *vintage canisters.
I had those same canisters as a new bride back in 1983 ...just starting out. Almost 29 years ago!
LOL... I love vintage.

nice to meet you, Pat

Cottage and Broome said...

Wow, that came out great, you guys did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing, Laura

Teresa at Magazine Your Home said...

Amazingly wonderful and fresh looking. Well done!

Jeanne said...

I have a Hoosier cabinet my inlaws fixed up like your cabinet. I love it and took it with us to Florida but it doesn't fit into our new kitchen so is currently out in the screened in patio room storing items I can't fit into the house. You have inspired me to clear it out and feature it. These beautiful cabinets deserve to be preserved and used!

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Oh, I love it! How beautiful. I'd love for you to link up to my new "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party here in Australia every week. My blog features recipes, crafts, decorating, organising and decluttering advice and tips. I know everyone in Australia would love to read this blog post.

Thanking you,
Anne @ Domesblissity xx

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love your remade kitchen dresser. I live in an old house, and this would be just perfect. You and your husband did a beautiful job with this.

Feral Turtle said...

Just stunning. What a beautiful little gem you found. (and created) You should be chuffed with it! Great job!!!!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Oh my stars girl this is AMAZING and Gorgeous!! Wow, Wow, Wow is all I can say. You should be SO proud of yourselves. What a transformation. This should be in a magazine!!

I'm a new blogger of only seven weeks and saw you on Thriving on Thursdays Link Party and so glad I did. Love your blog and what you do. I just became a follower!

Nann atnannstable.blogspot.com

The Southern Product Queen said...

Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

Danielle said...

Amazing job!!

I was wondering if you would want to be a guest one Blissful and Domestic. I do a Getting to Know You post each Sunday. Where you get to introduce your cute blog to all my readers. Interested?

www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

4you-withlove said...

Saw this on domesblissity.....AWESOME!!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

just a note
to let you know
that i am featuring your delightful makeover
on this week's Fridays Unfolded!

alison

Melanie said...

Fantastic! Doesn't it just make you smile every time you pass it? I love the "rebirth" of furniture!!

citicasita said...

Out of all the transformations on seen on blogland, this is by far the best piece I've seen! I'm loving it! The vintage feel of it takes me back in time to when kitchens had built in that looked like this. I'm telling my age, huh? Great job! Thanks for sharing.
Diddie @citicasita.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

I have cupboard envy! You guys did a phenomenal job - I love the hardware and the neat interior lights. I took some old cupboards from my parents and had them in my garage for years but when I moved, my brother took them. So sad. Now they are in his garage and they so deserve a makeover like yours. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Happy New Year!
Lynn
www.cottageandcreek.com

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is SUCH an amazing piece! I can't believe you got it for $50. You really brought it back to life...and I love the drawer linings!

gail said...

wow!Amazing transformation! I love it.
gail

SJB AKA SUE J-B. said...

Very Nice.

Following you via Freestyle Friday.

http://www.sjb-myphotopage.com/

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This is Amazing from a piece of coal to a diamond just gorgeous.. I have a piece like you have in my garage. I need to redo it like you did.
Im your newest follower on your Blog now.
I hope you have a wonderful 2012 New Year with your family.
XXOO Diane

Amanda said...

Fabulous! Now I want a kitchen dresser! Great job on the makeover! I love everything about this piece! I'll be following!
Happy New Year!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button and thank you for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!
Honestly you did it again. Featuring you tomorrow my love!
Happy New Year!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Holy Cow this is awesome, that fabric is my favorite part! A few blog friends and I are collectively presenting a new challenge idea that we would love to have you join. If you have a second, check in at http://www.thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com on Monday to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Sharon said...

That is a great piece ! And it turned out wonderful ! I love this kind of vintage stuff .

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

How impressive. This looks fantastic. And I love the colorful dishes & the labels inside the drawers. Great job!

Warmly, Michelle

Heather @CommonplaceBeauty said...

gorgeous cabinet. Such vintagey goodness going on :-). Love it...thanks for sharing!

{northern cottage} said...

I'm thrilled to have just featured you in my post recap this morning - check it out here:

http://northerncottage.blogspot.com/2012/01/northern-cottage-linky-features-1.html

Be sure to link up again tomorrow (every Tuesday) with more of your wonderful creations!

Jack the Pug said...

It's beautiful! Did you install hardware on the drawers to make them glide more smoothly? If so, what kind? Thank you!

Karajeanne said...

Jealous! That's all there is to say about that!

In a nut shell... said...

what a stunning transformation!!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Turned out gorgeous- well done!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This turned out fabulous. love the colors, too! thanks for linking up to Vintage Inspiration Friday!

Good Time Charlie said...

What an absolutely amazing makeover! I love the finished result, it is just gorgeous. Sharing at my party today, thank you so much for linking up. -K

Renee @ Rustic Crafts said...

This is absolutely amazing! Thanks for linking up to Shabby Shares Saturday!

Renee @ Rustic Crafts

Catherine said...

Hello! I just found you via Too Much Time on my Hands. This is a beautiful piece, I'm your newest follower!
Always nice to find a fellow Aussie - especially for a newbie like me!
Catherine

Netties Expressions said...

Wow, you did an absolutely fantastic job on this! I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Beth Hawks said...

Great job - wonderful piece to restore and it looks fabulous in your kitchen!

Reenie said...

WOW!!! You and Mr. T did a fabulous job on this. I love it. What a transformation.

Rona Gregory said...

Oh how I love this! Great makeover, and it looks fab in your kitchen.

Julie said...

Megan,
My great-grandmother had one similar to this one. Not quite this large. She called it her "Pie Safe". She baked homemade pies, cakes, and the most delicious bread rolls one ever tasted. She always had something delicious in her pie safe. Love what you did to yours.

Rachel @ SuiteRevival said...

Wow. That is STUNNING!!!!

2busy said...

Oh wow! Looks amazing! I don't think I would have the eye to buy that old thing in the first place, but you have really transformed it. The mugs and bowls are cute, too.

Beth said...

Just the kinda thing I adore! Love everything you did, especially the hardware! just gorgeous!

EnoughAlready said...

Wow. And I love that you didn't "distress" it.