SNS #28 brings you – dressers!

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Welcome to Saturday Nite Special #28!

If you’re new here, join in! There are two categories to link to, Home Decor as well as Crafts, Sewing, Recipes, so feel free to post your DIY project in the applicable area below.

Party starts at Fri night and ends Sunday 11pm, so you have all weekend to join!

I LOVE to highlight inspiring posts during the event on the sidebar, so make sure you check in several times over the weekend. You may be next. 🙂

~ DIY Feature~
A dresser gets dressed up

Remember when I told you about my big junkin’ day awhile back?


I found this old vintage dresser among my treasures and had to have it. Why?

Quite simply because the features and patina were amazing! Look at the layers of trim in this one corner! And TRY and crackle a finish like this! I fell instantly in love.

And just take a look at the hardware. Why the handles were all different is beyond me! But my goodness… could it have been any more made for the way I personally decorate?!? 🙂 Aren’t they amazing?

But a dresser is only a dresser if it’s just a dresser. So I had an idea. If you’ve been following me long enough, you know I love to mix oddities together for an interesting look.

I took one of my rusty old gates (oops sorry, this is a) headboard from my junkin’ day, cleaned it up, then sprayed on a clear coat…

… then added some ivory paint on the rust, to further mimic the fading original white patchy paint patina.  Using ivory acrylic craft paint, I dabbed it on quite dry with a stencil brush. I wanted abit of lightness to tie in with the dresser.

Juuuust right! And below is how I used it.

Tadaaa! The headboard offers extra interest to this dresser, creating a unique frame around the mismatched mirror. I love how the rusty tones of the headboard tie in with the dresser hardware and mirror frame.

The top of the dresser got a clear coat (from a spray can) which brought out the original oak tone through the crackled paint surface. I love the two toned effect it has, that was achieved with no effort! The white pillowcase on the left is from my mom’s stash.

This lovely teapot was my mom’s wedding gift, which now offers the perfect setting for fresh flowers.

The ‘torn lampshade’ tutorial is HERE.

Update below:

~ Surprise themed link below! ~

 Many of you in the big Link Critique post said you preferred themed linkups. If you look below at the links, you’ll see the two we normally have. PLUS a new one. This weekend it’s called Dressers Dressers Dressers! because of the dresser feature of course. 🙂 

~ What will it be next week? Lampshades! ~


For the themed link,  feel free to link up an older post so you can join in! Or better yet, get to work on that lampshade this week you’ve wanted to tweak forever anyway. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂

Let me know in comments what you think on that ever changing EXTRA themed linkup idea! Let’s give it a whirl this weekend and see what happens.

~ SNS blah blah linkup rules ~

1. Please link up your intended post, NOT your blog homepage url. (post, then click the title of your post, cut and paste that url)

2. Please put a link in your post that leads back to the party so others can see what’s up! (scroll button on sidebar if you wish)

 3. This party is geared for DIY type projects we can all attempt to make ourselves. Items for sale may be linked up IF your entry is posted on your blog and in tutorial style (unless making the item is self explanatory).

5. Please link projects up that are new to SNS and within 1 month old. (*the NEW 3rd themed link can be an older post) If you can’t decide which category to enter yours in, please just pick ONE and go with it. It’s all good!

Happy party and weekend inspiration to all!

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  1. Love the dresser and the old crackled paint! I also love the idea of the 3rd themed category. I just don’t have anything to link up to being I’m still a little new! 🙂

  2. oh my! I love everything about the dresser and ALL of the sentimental favorites! It’s absolutely beautiful!
    thanks for the themed party! I didn’t have anything to link this week, because I didn’t post any projects! I look forward to checking out all the links this rainy, rainy weekend!
    gail
    ps have a good weekend.

  3. LOVE that dresser! I think the mirror in my girls room is that same style. now I’m thinking I need a rusty frame behind it. What a fabalous idea! Your arrangements are always so beautiful to look at!

  4. whoops!
    i just commented on inspired by post – thinking it was for SNS post.
    oh well.

    ok. once again your dresser is FAB! the way the finish is with the chipped paint – you couldn’t ask for it to be better. love the idea of the different drawer pulls.

  5. Thanks for the comments on the dresser! I have to admit, it’s really unusually cool to see a link party with JUST dressers. 🙂

    And the other links?!? My poor sidebar will start charging me a fee for overuse if I don’t slow down on all your wonderful features! Goodness… too fun!

    FJ Donna

  6. Such a FAB dresser, made even more fun and quirky with the miss-matched handles. And each of the handles are so lovely, aren’t they?! You really have a wonderful eye for styling too Donna… the way you’ve displayed the dresser top is lovely!! I particularly like that you have special “Mom” items displayed so that you can love and touch them every day!
    Victoria

  7. GORGEOUS… ALL OF IT! and how you displayed it with all the fab. peices. That worn rusted looking gate you made is amazing on top. LOVE IT ALL! I linked up too. Craftomaniac.blogspot.com burlap wreath. Thanks so much for the linky party, Jenn

  8. I have that EXACT same teapot except mine was a 50th wedding anniversary present to my grandparents back in about 1967 or 68. I am 53 and I think I was in about 5th or 6th grade. VERY COOL!

  9. I love that dresser. The crackling is amazing. But to finish it off with that rusty old frame. Daring I must say, but you make it work. What am I saying you make it ROCK!
    Now I must go and search for an old rusty fence.
    Love the new idea about the themed Linky. I have had lamps on my mind for some time now. Good motivation to get started on that.

  10. All of these links are awesome. I have so been enjoying visiting them. Love the typekeys board. That is so cool! I also loved the dresser in greens’ and pinks’. So many wonderful DIY projects…so little time!
    Thanks for hosting
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  11. Hi Donna! I LOVE that dresser and then you go and add a gate I almost started tearing up! It looks so AWESOME!! I have an old dresser now I’m gonna be on the lookout for a gate. Thanks for great inspiration ALWAYS and for hosting a wonderful. I love making new friends and sharing our ideas. Be Blessed!

  12. Love the dresser! And especially love the way you’ve accessorized it. I struggle in that area, so it’s Very helpful seeing you put it all together. As for SNS — I also like the idea of a themed party, so I think your addition of a third, themed category is the perfect solution.
    Happy weekend!
    Midge

  13. Okay I have the same..gate..mine was originally a headboard. There is also a footboard that goes with it. The were for daybeds in the 20’s..put out on porches for resting. I thought I would throw in a little history for you..lol I do love what you have done with it. I have been racking my brain what to use it for.It was my Great-grandmas..and I’m in my 50’s..so it is old!!!

    Hugs..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  14. Donna, Once again you blew me away with your knack for putting unusual items together to make a perfect piece!
    This is simply beautiful, and I’m so glad you added your Mom’s momentos to it to make it even more special.
    I’m off to see if I already posted my dresser re-do on a previous week. I have a feeling I did…darn it! Would have loved to link to your dresser themed party. I love the themed link idea!
    Rose

  15. This looks wonderful! I am thinking that I need to do more garbage picking! Love that dresser. I have an old one, not as fabulous as that one though, that I need to do something with. I don’t think that I can stain it cause it is veneered. My dad’s wife swears that it is solid wood. I have done absolutely nothing with it cause I am not sure what I want to do with it yet. I think the vignette with your mom’s things on it is a beautiful tribute to her. You need a little pic of her tucked in there somewhere.

  16. Love the theme link party. I haven’t been blogging long but I actually have a dresser post! yay! I can’t tell you how much I love your blog and ideas. I see things I like and pass them up because I have no idea what to do with them. Then I see the coolest idea on your blog and wish I had the item I passed up. You’re ideas are amazing and have made me look at things with a much different perspective. Thank you!!!

  17. I love that dresser and, as usual, you brought it up a notch with your funky junky style. How unusual to see all the different handles. I know what I’m doing tonight … checking out all these fabulous links here. Thank you again for hosting my favourite linky party of the week.

  18. Donna,
    Love how you tweaked the dresser!

    I’m sorry to say I do not have anything new for your site only this week, so will not be able to play.

    All my energy is going into the store right now.
    soon I’ll be back.

    blessings

    barbara jean

  19. I found a dresser post that wasn’t linked to your SNS party yet, one my pal Gail had posted on her blog ‘my repurposed life’. So I went ahead and joined the fun. Thanks for hosting such a great party!
    Rose

  20. Aw..you guys are much too kind. I LOVE the idea of a little pic of my mom in the mix and I have the perfect one! It’s still hidden in a box somewhere so it’s time to go diggin’.

    And I messed up something. That isn’t a gate up above. It’s a headboard. Doh!! I’m going to go change my wording in my post.

    FJ Donna

  21. Sorry about the deleted comment — too many spelling mistakes! Anyway, as I was saying… As I started reading this post I was hoping you would leave the dresser “as is.” Thankfully you did! I should have know. Oh my gosh, it is gorgeous! I also love the headboard framing the mirror and all the other beautiful mementos on the dresser! So meaningful and beautiful!

  22. What a perfect dresser for you!! Love it! The patina, the mixmatched hardware… Couldn’t have created a more fitting one for Funky Junk Donna if I tried. The headboard and mirror are just the cherry on the cake.

  23. This is just so beautiful. I love how you put things together to make them look perfect for each other. Your style is just amazing.

  24. Donna, Thanks so much for putting all the SNS’ together each week. I know it’s a lot of work, but we are all so inspired by your projects and those you feature here.

    I hope to be able to link up in the future, but in the meantime, THANK YOU!!!!

    Happy Saturday!

  25. I love this party so much. So, so, so much! And I adore the themed link!!!Makes my eyes happy just looking at all those dressers!

    And let’s just say something fancy about those different handles on the dresser that you found that way!!!! Was that supposed to be yours, or what??? It looks amazing! And it expresses the loveliness of your mom – the sweet dainties scattered about. It’s so touching. And such an honor to her.

    The lamp shade was jumping out at me I have to say. So I’m looking forward to seeing what that’s all about!

    I can’t wait to hop around right now and visit everyone!

  26. Hello Donna, I just found your “Saturday Night Special” tonight and wanted to join in the fun. I love your blog and really appreciate that you are hosting such an exciting evening. I love what you did with your dresser, I’ve always loved the miss-matched look, and it reminds me of grandma’s home. I hope you have a wonderful week.
    Hugz,
    Kim

    Oh my gosh, how many times did I use the word “love”?

  27. #28 Rose, you don’t have to post something brand new to the themed link. Something from the past is just fine. I believe I put that in the post… I need to go reread what I wrote! 🙂

    FJ Donna

  28. Donna ! You have done it again! Thanks for sharing your work with us and I love love love the categories and pictures in the party sharing…so much easier to browse now!

  29. That chippy paint is just toooo yummy. Stunning! Love the headboard idea. Your painting technique on that is way too cool! Love the sentimental touches … simply lovely!

    Thanks so much for hosting – Hope you are enjoying your week!