I’m so excited to share this makeover with you, but first a little back story! My husband and I agree on most things, but I think we will forever disagree on painting or staining wood. I love color and mixing up finishes and textures. He’s kind of a wood purist having a background and profession in woodworking. I do love a gorgeous wood grain , but sometimes I can’t help myself with paint. For this project we compromised, and it worked out so well. It’s a good mix of us both, kind of like a baby
We haven’t found out the sex of the baby so our nursery is gender neutral. I wanted something kind of eclectic, filled with things that my husband and I love, and also with things that will grow with the baby. I decided pretty early that I wanted to use a kelly green color, black, whites, and primary colors. I also knew I wanted to invest in a solid piece of furniture with multiple uses that we can use for years to come. I started searching craigslist for a long dresser in a French Provincial style. I wasn’t finding much and was getting impatient. I decided to put a want ad on craigslist and got an email from someone shortly. It was perfect! It was a little more than I usually spend on furniture, but it was solid and we could check something off our to do list. We were able to sell the mirror that came with it so it offset the cost.
Here’s the before….
My husband took off the top and made a replicate of it out of white oak. The original top was not in very good shape and had a laminate on it which would not have worked well for staining. It took us awhile to find the perfect stain color, and hubby made all sorts of swatches. Finally, we found General Finishes Java Gel Stain! It was the gorgeous dark color we were going for and it complemented the green as well. He used a satin topcoat to give it extra protection and durability.