July 1, 2010

CSI

Well, I am still suffering from poison ivy. Last night, as I was combing the interwebz for fast poison ivy cures, I came upon a message board for gardeners and the number one recommendation for quick relief was Zanfel. I hopped into my Tahoe and drove as fast as I possible could to the drug store only to find that they were all out of it. I went to Shop Rite and combed the first aid aisles, and they had none. I seriously started to cry. A man who works at Shop Rite asked me if I was alright and I told him that I was dying. Clearly this man is married to a drama queen such as myself because he did not bat an eye, he just asked me, "What from?" I told him poison ivy, and he said that the really expensive stuff is kept behind the pharmacy counter.

I went to the pharmacy counter and there it was. The only one left. The pharmacist said, "This is really expensive," to which I replied, I.don't.care. At this point I am ready to find a witch doctor and let them cast a spell on me using goat's hair, fairy dust and yak farts.

Since life does not stop even though I am miserable, I give you the main point of today's post which is Transformation Thursday courtesy of House of Hepworths. Today I am featuring the dresser that I got free off of Craig's list.

Here is the before, complete with the handles smiling at you like they know something that you don't.


Here is an almost after picture. I will not regale you with my tales of woe concerning Valspar paint. Let's just say that should Valspar come a knockin' at my door wanting to purchase ad space I will slam the door in their face. Not all black paint is created equally, I found out the hard way. It is what I deserve for not using my old stand-by, Benjamin Moore. How do I love thee, Benjamin? I should have waited until I had the right paint, but I suffer from havetodoitnowbecauseIcan'twait syndrome. You can clearly see that the doors and the leg are two diffferent colors. A neurotic like me would never be able to live like that. I would need to take a valium to calm me down every time I sat in the family room.



Now, here is the real after. The knobs were a splurge, but I had to have them, they are real glass. Since the dresser itself was free and we sold the other piece that we had to house the TV, I decided that the splurge was OK.


My poor photography skills do not do this dresser, nor the knobs justice. It is my most favorite piece of furniture.



Wow. That really is a bad picture what with the flash and all. If I wasn't so itchy I would care more.

Thanks for stopping by!

15 comments:

shelly @ the familyblt said...

What a beautiful piece! Love it! Visiting via HOH :)

Amy said...

Elaine - It. Is. Awesome! I'm so glad you painted it. What a great job.

Praying for an itch-free day for you, my friend!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Oh I love how this turned out! You did a fantastic job!!

Staci said...

Someday I want you to come to Missouri and decorate my house.

Alaina said...

Oh Laney I am sorry about the poison ivy. It is wretched stuff.

LOVE THE DRESSER! It look so good, just like I thought it would. The knobs really make it. I am so glad you decided to paint it.

Camille said...

That turned out very nice!

Jersey Girl said...

It is so very beautiful. I love looking at this picture. Dad says, "she is so right about those handles smiling like they know something I don't". Also, where did you get that charming lamp? I particularly like the shade. (tongue in cheek)

Laney said...

Mommy- I am in search of that lamps sister. I need something to balance out the other side.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I featured you this week!

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/07/07/hookin-up-with-hoh-11/

Thanks for sharing your project!!!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Oh my!!! Looks really fabulous and SO updated!! Great job!!

Trac~ said...

Stopping by from HOH to say hello and that I LOVE the "after" - it looks great! My husband and I were LOL over the "drama queen" incident at Shop Rite. But thatnks for the idea for Zamel as my husband always gets Poision Ivy and is having to get steroid shots and stuff so we will try this next time. :o)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Gorgeous! I love the color, love the knobs~and I really love how the great bones of that piece show now.

Well done!

jodi @ back40life said...

awesome - those smiley faces were awful! great job! hope the itching stops soon!

Tonya said...

Looks great, I did the sme thing with a buffet but haven't painted it yet. After seeing yours maybe I will.

Heather said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I understand everything you're going through! The poison ivy. The need to do the thing right.now! The disappointment and frustration when it doesn't come out the way you had planned.

In the end, though, it's stunning! Well done and have a great (scratch-free) day!