Cityscape Dresser Flip – Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

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I am super excited about today’s post.  I got to be part of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for July and today I am revealing my furniture flip.  It is a cityscape dresser!

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest

I came across a post in June and she was a part of The Fab Furniture Flippin Contest.  She stated in her post how others could join in if they wanted to so I signed up for July.  I am not sure how long this contest has been going on but every month there is a theme and this month was “Come On, Let Your Colors Burst!”

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Two of the hosts, Stacy and Lynn have created posts for the theme as well.  You can visit their posts as well by clicking the links below and see all of the other projects linked up in one spot.

Stacy’s Post

Lynn’s Post

Definitely look around on their blogs and see all of the wonderful projects.

The sponsor for July is a company called Unicorn SPiT.  No I am not kidding.  I love the name and it was really fun to tell people that I couldn’t wait to get my Unicorn SPiT in the mail.  So funny to see the confused look on their faces.

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You can check them out by clicking the the link below and while you are there check out the AMAZING videos.  So pretty!

Unicorn SPiT

I really had a hard time choosing between the Zia Teal and the Phoenix Fire but for this project I wanted the orange.

This is not your everyday wood stain.  It comes in so many beautiful colors and can be used as a wood stain or over other painted surfaces.  I was so excited when my Phoenix Fire arrived last Friday!!

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Cityscape Dresser

Here is the story behind my furniture flip and why I chose Phoenix Fire.

Our house was built in 1891 so storage is nowhere to be found.  I have to create storage and dressers are a great way to do that.

A friend gave this dresser to me a while ago.  I knew that I wanted it in Brian’s old room which is now our guest room.  We needed storage in there and this was the perfect solution for extra bedding and blankets.

The walls in the room are gray with different shades of gray rectangles.  We did this when it was Ian’s room and have just left it.  Brian liked it and since they are the “guests” we have most often I decided it should stay for now.

I wanted to add an accent color so I chose orange.  I don’t have much for accents yet but will probably get some new pillows with orange cases and a decorative pillow or two.  I guess I am starting with the dresser.

I want to point out that I am not an artist.  Peggy had the idea of the cityscape and I really liked the idea of this as opposed to plain, orange drawers.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

 

This was the dresser before I started to clean it up.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

First I cleaned all of the drawers and wiped down the dresser with soap and water.

The dresser had a couple of coats of a thick poly finish.  It would have taken forever to sand it all down plus I wanted to paint it anyway.  So I went with chalk paint.

I used the Americana Decor and the color is Yesteryear (who thinks of these things?)

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Before I painted the fronts of the drawers I masked them and spray painted the inside and out side of the drawer in a gray that is darker than the chalk paint.  I love the look of two different colors.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

I gave the inside and outside of the drawers a good three coats of the spray paint.

Then I painted the gray chalk paint on the dresser and the fronts of the drawers.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

It needed two coats and I was surprised that I still have paint left over.  It really does go a long way.

I had decided on the cityscape design but needed a plan.  I drew this quick sketch drawing on Photoshop Elements.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

 

This helped a lot when I was ready to start taping for the cityscape design.

I used some washi tape and started with the first drawer that would need masking.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Once the first drawer was masked I set the next drawer on top of it so I could get the tape in the right spots and it would line up with the drawer under it.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

 

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

If you are an artist you could probably just paint it on and forget about the masking but that is not me.

Once the taping was done I was ready for my Phoenix Fire Unicorn SPiT wood stain.  It smells so good…like Jasmine!  It really does!

I used a rag to apply the stain inside the taping.  The color is so pretty but it is a stain so it is much lighter than a paint would be.  I gave it two coats.

This it what it looked like after ripping the tape off.  I thought it was pretty cool.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

I cut a piece of a sponge to use as a stamp for the windows and some tan colored paint.  I wanted the tan instead of a yellow to match the room better.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Then I stared at it.  I knew it needed something but I wasn’t sure what.  Remember how I mentioned earlier that I am not an artist?

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

So I went crazy and added a darker gray “wash” over the top of everything.  I mixed some black paint with some white…and more white…and more white until I liked the color.  Then I added water to thin it way down.

I used a brush to apply some of the wash (see the photo below) then used a damp cloth to blend it into softer lines.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

I needed to be careful over the Unicorn SPiT because it will wash off with water if you want it to.

This is what it looked like after the wash.  I liked that it didn’t seem so stark.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Then I sprayed the fronts of the drawers with a polyurathane semi – gloss finish varnish (you cannot use polyacrylic with the Unicorn SPiT.  It will bubble.  It needs to be a non water-based sealer.  Then I used the wax over the rest of the chalky paint on the dresser. .

I buffed the wax with a soft cloth then Jeff added some drawer pulls to finish it off.  I debated on the pulls because the drawers have a built in drawer pull at the top but am I glad i did.  I think they added a lot.

We moved it upstairs to it’s place in the guest room and added a little decor.

I think it turned out nice and am so happy with it.

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

 

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

 

Cityscape Dresser Flip - www.michellejdesigns.com -  A dresser for storage in the guest bedroom and created for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

So what do you think?  I am really happy with it and the more I see it the more I like it.

If you are a blogger and would like to be a part of this amazing Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest you should contact Stacy at info@anastasiavintage.com or Evey at info@eveyscreations.com.  There is also a fun Facebook page that you can look into. The Fab Furniture Flippin Contest is the name of the page.

I have already signed up for the August contest and I can’t wait to get started on my next entry!  See you there.

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20 Comments

  1. L. Grace Lauer

    Stunning piece love how you did the city scape!

    14 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you so much! I am liking it more and more each day!

      14 . 07 . 2015
  2. Nikki Frank Hamilton

    I love it! Very fun and hip. It looks great it the room.

    14 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Nikki.

      14 . 07 . 2015
  3. Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    Super cute design and the window sponging is clever! Great makeover. Love how it brightens the spot too!

    17 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you Robin. I had a lot of fun with it and my boys even like it so that was a good sign.

      17 . 07 . 2015
  4. Darrielle Tennenbaum

    Looks great and I love the graphic!

    18 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much!

      18 . 07 . 2015
  5. Lynn

    Really fun flip… Thank you for joining us on the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest!

    21 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Lynn! I am really liking the way it looks in the room. I am enjoying the contest and have a great idea for August!

      21 . 07 . 2015
  6. Jamie | anderson + grant

    Great dresser, Michelle! That was a very creative way to dress it up and make it totally unique!

    28 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Jamie! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my dresser. I love your blog and am flattered that you made a visit! I appreciate it very much.

      28 . 07 . 2015
  7. Debbie

    I’m beyond impressed with it.
    We live so small that our stuff piles up.
    Such a nice piece you created.
    Lovely!

    14 . 09 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Debbie! I appreciate that. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      14 . 09 . 2015
  8. Susie Bentz

    Very cool! Love the name of the product, too – funny and memorable!

    17 . 10 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Susie! It is a great product and it smells good. Lol!

      17 . 10 . 2015
  9. Terry

    Do I ever like this! I have never seen anything like it, it is so unique! Well done! I would be so happy if you would come share some of your pieces at my Making Broken Beautiful Party. It runs every Thursday thru Sunday. I do hope you will come and inspire! http://thecuratorscollection.wordpress.com

    Have a great week!
    Terry

    20 . 10 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Terry! I am glad you like it. I will definitely come over and share at your party. Thanks so much for the invite.

      21 . 10 . 2015
  10. Marg Watts

    First time on this site, love this idea.

    11 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Yay! Thank you so much for stopping by Marg! I am so glad you like my dresser. It was my first Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest.

      11 . 08 . 2016

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