Design blogger Sarah Baltare blew me away me with her awesome painted rug from last week, and she’s back again without skipping a beat. This credenza creation is an entirely different yet equally successful and inventive up-cycle. Her decision to leave the handles is unexpected but brilliant, and I hope this ingenuity keeps on coming. You can see more details on this credenza project here. Thank you so much for sharing again, Sarah! — Kate
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We’ve posted some controversial wood refinishing projects before, and I know that this dresser makeover from floral designer Jennie might upset the purists in the group. You may remember Jennie from the lovely floral centerpiece she created for us this past Thanksgiving. The love and care that Jennie puts into her flowers is echoed in her furniture retouching. With help from one of Barb’s Before & After Basics tutorials on waxing, Jennie was able to take this dresser from ordinary to truly exceptional.
The mahogany looks deep and rich, and it provides the perfect background for the brass hardware to really shine. Under the subdued gray finish is a lovely reddish underpainted layer; you can just barely see it through some of the sanded portions, but the overall effect is amazing. No matter what your personal take on painting, I think we can all agree that this was a job well done, with great attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship. Wonderful job, Jennie!