Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mini Makeovers for a Dresser Top Vignette

After braving the winter blizzard with the kiddos for a bit of sledding this morning, I am so happy to be inside by the fire, sitting at the computer with a cup of nice hot coffee!

A few weeks ago I shared the vintage dresser that I painted for my husband, as part of our master bedroom update.  I was struggling with how to decorate the top of it.  It's a large dresser and we have vaulted ceilings so there was a lot of space to fill.  I knew I wanted something substantial up there, but I wanted it to be special too! 

A couple of years ago my grandma gave me this sweet little cabinet.  As adorable as it is, the story behind it is what makes it so dear to me.  You can read more about it here.

Ever since the day I brought it home, I have been moving it from room to room trying to find the perfect spot for it.  I stuck it up on the dresser one day and thought it almost worked, but wasn't quite right.  I liked the natural look of the distressed wood but it wasn't flowing with the rest of our décor.  Last week I painted it Old White, with the interior in Paloma followed by a bit of distressing and both clear and dark wax.

Now this darling little cabinet has a sweet new look and a special spot in our room.  I love that it is finally in a place where we can enjoy and use it!

I just purchased the lovely gold crown from a friend's booth at Camas Antiques!  I thought it would be a fun accessory for our bedroom but wasn't sure where or how I would use it when I first brought it home.  I am loving antique gold these days and the color of the crown coordinates so perfectly with the hardware on the little cabinet.

Yesterday this thrifted gold frame got a quick makeover.  I had a small jar of blue paint I had mixed a long time ago...I believe it was Aubusson, Old White and Paris Grey.  It was more than enough to cover the brassy gold frame.  I distressed it back to let some of the gold show through and waxed it with dark wax only. 

The crowned Cavalier was an image I had purchased from an Etsy seller long ago.  The pup in the drawing looks so much like our Cavalier, Basil and with the crown on his little head it was just too fitting of an image to frame for this vignette!


I am really happy with how things are coming together!  I am a firm believer in decorating with pieces that you love.  If a piece doesn't work quite right, tweak it, paint it, reposition it, repurpose it!  If you love it enough, you will find a way to make it work!

I can't wait to show my grandma her little cabinet's new look!  I know she will be happy to see that it is being treasured!

Thank you for your sweet visit today!  Stay warm! 
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Sharing with:

Make it Pretty Monday at The Decorated House
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
What's it Wednesday at Elephants and Ivy
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground 
 Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


Shabby chic Sandy said...

This looks great! I love the photo of the crowned pup--it does look so much like your dog. :)

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

Beautiful vignette and I love your little pup! Blessings to you Amanda, Patti

Faye Rainbolt said...

You have a beautiful blog! I've been following for awhile, love your make overs. I've also seen your booth at Camas Antiques. Very Nice!
My daughter does our blog for The Shabby Cottage, I hope you will follow!!

This is her latest post ~~ Our Cottage in The Snow!

I don't know if you can click on it and go there but you can see it on our blog~~

Thanks You are an inspiration!

JP said...

What a sweet piece you inherited...the finished result is just another example of your talent with furniture transformations. Enjoy it!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Looks great Amanda! I love your Cavalier print. Do you remember when I was admiring the pug print at Camas last spring? A vendor here had the same one and I finally bought it today :) Enjoy your Valentine's weekend.

Amanda said...

Thank you, Sandy! He really does look like our Basil, doesn't he? Have a lovely Valentine's Day! -Amanda

Amanda said...

Thank you, Patti! Always nice to hear from you. I must get over to your blog to see what you've been up to! Take care! -Amanda

Amanda said...

Hi Faye! How lovely to hear from you! I have heard of your cottage shop and how wonderful it is! I have always wanted to come visit! I must make it a point to! I'm so glad you stopped by to introduce yourself. I will follow your blog and look forward to meeting you and your daughters at your sweet cottage one day soon! Blessings, Amanda

Amanda said...

Thank you, JP! It is sweet, isn't it? I will treasure it always and am so pleased to have worked it into our decor! Have a lovely Valentine's Day! -Amanda

Amanda said...

Thanks, Dearie! Yes, I do remember and I'm so glad you finally got one! Did you find the perfect spot for it yet? Enjoy your Valentine's weekend as well! Hugs! Amanda

JoAnne Weisser said...

That's a wonderful way to display your Grandma's cabinet and so nice to have the memories that go along with it. You have a very pretty and inspiring home, Amanda!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, JoAnne! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day! Blessings,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great makeover and I love the vignette. Gorgeous. Nice to have found your blog. I host a weekly party called Inspire Me and it goes live every Monday afternoon. I would love for you to link your wonderful projects up. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

Amanda said...

Thank you, Marty! I look forward to linking up to your party on Monday! Best Wishes, Amanda