Monday, April 22, 2013

empire dresser and a custom bathroom vanity...

I have two projects to show you today! It's been a struggle to get much of anything done around here but that is the song and dance of a young mother's life. One project is from Mimi's Vintage Charm and the other one is by my husband at River Valley Woodcraft.

Here's the before picture of the empire dresser...

This is such a great piece! I got this dresser from a friend. She needed a few little repairs so my husband took care of those for me. Then she sat in storage for a VERY LONG TIME. I was nervous to work on her. As you know, the pieces I normally work on tend to be on their last leg... meaning nowhere else to go except up. I didn't want to mess this one up and I went back and forth so many times on how to paint her. Finally, after seeing a custom bathroom vanity that my husband built and painted for someone I knew I had found the perfect color for this dresser. So, here she is...

The color is Thundercloud Gray by Benjamin Moore and it is beautiful!

So, now let me show you the bathroom vanity that inspired me...

My husband built and painted the vanity and the homeowner made the sink, countertop and backsplash herself from soapstone. Pretty amazing!


Blogger Cynthia said...

What a pretty grey! Both pieces look amazing!

April 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I admire your bravery! Love this paint color and white knobs.

April 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Natasha in Oz said...

That colour is divine-you chose well. Both pieces are truly beautiful-what a clever and talented team you make!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

April 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Eclectic Red Barn said...

Wow, I love the color of this piece. What a beauty. The grey is perfect choice. Your husband is very talented.
I am your newest GFC follower.
Have a wonderful week,
@ Eclectic Red Barn

April 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Heirloom treasures said...

Well done,they are both beautiful. The bathroom vanity is so unusual. :)

April 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

Wow, what amazing pieces! Gorgeous. I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
Have a great week!
Jamie @

April 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOVE that gray! Such a classy finish you were able to create!

April 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger said...

You did such a good job with this makeover! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Have a great evening, Nicole!

April 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger At Rivercrest Cottage said...

that bathroom vanity is adorable. And, love that color, just the right gray.

April 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What a pretty color and a sweet little dresser! I love the white knobs with it. The floor they are on really caught my eye. Is this in you house? If so, do you have a post about them?

I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!


April 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Wild Oak Designs said...

You did a great job with the dresser, and I understand your apprehension! I have painted a few pieces that were like that, our bed was one of them....(you can see in my blog)
I love the color you chose and I adore the vanity that your husband built and your friend built...I love soapstone...simply amazing....
thank you for sharing...

April 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Kadee Willow said...

Hi, Mimi! So glad that I found you at the linky party.. hey! I'm there, too! Thanks for posting the name of the color of paint as I quickly got up from my seat, went to my BM color fan and saw what it looked like. I love a good grey color! I wonder what it would look like if you did half strength? I just might have to try that! Thanks for sharing and I am now your newest follower. Drop by mine when you get a chance as I love making new friends.. especially one from Iowa! We lived in Clive for 9 1/2 years and that is where my junking bug bite me. Loved the auctions out in the country!!!

April 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

What a great color! It is completely transformed!


April 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Beautiful- well done.

What a fun, bright and lovely colour!

April 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger With A Blast said...

Beautiful color! I love this, it is a total transformation :-)

With A Blast

April 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the gray... and that sink is amazing! Little Bit

April 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

Beautiful job........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

April 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Kristen Rosecrans said...

SOOOO beautiful on the dresser. I love the shape of it and the color you picked is just perfect. I would love this in my own room!

April 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Jeannie and Linda said...

You did a beautiful job! The color is perfect- so fresh looking.

Have a great weekend and please visit us.
Linda at The French Hens Nest

April 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The piece is so pretty. I'm in Italy and painted a villa interior in that color "cord" it took us about 15 color samples to get to that shade of grey. It is a color that looks good with modern and antique stuff.


April 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the color you chose! Pinning! So glad you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Hope you have a great weekend! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

April 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger michele said...

ahhhhhh, breathtaking!

visiting via feathered nest friday and so glad i dropped by!

stop by anytime.


April 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This turned out very charming!!! I love it!


April 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Both pieces are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Party! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

April 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

Please check out our Features post...I've picked you for a feature ;) Be sure to grab a button.
Jamie @

April 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Your dresser is just gorgeous! The vanity is pretty amazing, too :)

Jeanette @ Creating a Life

April 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

You really did a gorgeous job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

April 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Fabrik ETC said...

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to start my own blog now

May 7, 2013 at 6:16 AM  

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