Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ultra distressed high boy

Oh boy...this high boy.


I snagged it from an auction MONTHS ago and stuck it in my booth in almost as is condition.

I loved the lines but didn't know what to do with it.

I was thinking something like this, a really bold, sleek look. 

But the piece had so many natural worm holes and divits and I was honestly to lazy to try and fill all of them. 

And one day I was a little emotional and a little frustrated, so I took all that and used it on the distressing. 

Here's how it turned out.  










I'm really happy with out it turned out.

So much distressing isn't my normal style but I love how the piece has kind of a romantic industrial look.

And the sweet little hanging rack above the dresser was made from a leftover detail piece from a large mirror. 

Like the dresser, I painted it also in Old Ochre, lightly distressed it and added knobs to the existing screw holes where it would have attached to the mirrors.




I used my Dremel to cut the screws on the hardware down to size. 

It took like 5 minutes, just make sure you wear protective eye wear. :) 

The dresser is available in The SHOP at the top of the page. 

Click HERE for more info. 

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47 comments:

  1. it looks fabulous! almost like it was limed- very beachy! :)

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  2. I can just imagine necklaces hanging from the knobs! So great..once again.

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  3. I LOVE it! Isn't taking out your aggression with sandpaper so much fun? Great work. Love the knobs too.

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  4. Looks great! I'm really digging those knobs, too!

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  5. This turned out so great! I love the knobs too and the distressing works well on this piece. :-)

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  6. Beautiful! The distressing really fits this piece. Looks lovely with the rack.

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  7. I'm sad you were emotional and frustrated, but it worked for you!!! WOW, I love it!!!

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  8. I love it! Way to turn some difficult times into something beautiful!

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  9. I am honestly in LOVE!! You're a genius friend! :)

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  10. Really beautiful, the finish is gorgeous! And the rack above? Lovely.

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  11. Looks awesome Julia!! A perfect solution for the problems the piece had!!

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  12. Much interesting and wonderful to see! Though the furniture is looking little bit different and not so gorgeous but I think it has a classic look for the while color. designer furniture Thanks for it!

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  13. Where did you get that little hanging rack? That made your furniture looks so classy. I love the color too.

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  14. This is a great transformation of a piece. You updated it so well. The distressing is perfect. It works like magic on this piece. Everything you touch, just gets better and better. I, too, love how you stage your pieces. The piece above the dresser that you created is incredible. You are super creative and talented. Congratulations on another piece well done.

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  15. What an incredible piece, Julia! I'm not a big fan of heavy distressing, either, but this is simply beautiful! You are so talented...

    Thanks for linking up to the Bloggy Olympics Paint Event!

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  16. Your highboy is gorgeous, Julia. The rack is pretty cool too.

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  17. Amazing...I am new to blogging and I am just in love with this whole world. I think you did a great job on that. Thanks!

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  18. I absolutely LOVE this look and you have done a great job! I am loving looking at all your great ideas!

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  19. Another week and yet again more fabulousness from 551 East! :D Who wouldn't love this? Thanks for sharing this week.
    p

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  20. Superb makeover! Looks fabulous !! Come link it up with us at our party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ . This is something to show off!!

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  21. I love all the distressing you did! I am always so nervous when I distress a piece... I am afraid I will ruin it. I think I need to be braver and just go for it!

    -Peggy

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  22. The distressing is amazing! Beautiful job. Megan

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  23. Heavily distressed is definitely best - love your tall boy !

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  24. I love the heavy distressing on this piece.....fits it perfectly.
    Candy
    PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com

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  25. Sweeet, Julia! Love the distressing you did on it! Makes me want to take out my palm sander and take the paint off my dresser! lol!

    xoxo laurie

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  26. Beautiful heavy distressing. It can be difficult to pull off, and not everyone can do it, but you did it. You DID it girl!

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  27. love all the distressing. it really livens the piece up!

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  28. The piece is absolutely MAGNIFICENT!! Did you sand it before painting it? I can't get over how wonderful it is.

    You are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality.. right? :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up this evening! :)

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  29. What a great project and it looks just great. Love the color. I saw you at 2805 I hope you checkout cloches and lavender. I am follllowing you via Linky.

    Cynthia

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  30. This is one amazing makeover! Adore the color! Nice Job!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  31. Beautiful! It was pretty before but the after is gorgeous!

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  32. I like the extra distressing on this dresser! Nice job. ~ Maureen

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  33. Could this be anymore awesome? It really turned out gorgeous

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  34. Holy moly, this is amazing! You did a great job with the refinish -- the distressing is perfect! Just stopping over from 36th Avenue :)

    Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson

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  35. Stunning! The distress job is absolutely beautiful!! I'm your newest follower & I'd love for you to come by & visit. I'm excited to see what else is up your sleeves! http://livingaredeemedlife.blogspot.com/

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  36. LOVE IT! Please link this to the French party on MONDAY!
    xO
    Isabelle
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

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  37. sooo gorgerous, love the amount of wood showing, very " French" , LOVELY!

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  38. Love a super distressed piece--this turned out beautifully!

    Erin @ Carolina Country Living
    (visiting from The Be Inspired link party)

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  39. Wow, you weren't kidding about all the worm holes! But I like the way you just went with it and played them up. This would look really cool in a beach house!

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  40. Gorgeous Julia...as always, my dear.
    Thanks for linking -
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  41. Julia this looks so soft and yummy, and I love how you heavily distressed it. You can see so much of the beautiful wood coming through. I am featuring at my party, starts today at 2:00 EST. Thanks!

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I really appreciate all of your thoughts and comments! They bring a smile to my face!