WATERFALL HIGHBOY - beach themed

I usually start by looking at a piece of furniture and determine whether it is masculine or feminine and start working in that direction. Most if not all waterfall highboy dresser are hands down masculine and great to refinish for boys rooms. This time however I really liked some of the soft beachy themed, more feminine ones pinned on-line so I jumped in!
The before pic of this dresser (very masculine) must have gotten washed out to sea while I was painting it cause I just can't find it for you.
Many tall dressers look really good with numbered drawers and my preference has always been to have 2 knobs per drawer on tall dressers rather than handles. The look is sleek and modern.
Originally it did have handles that I ended up replacing with glass knobs.
That meant filling in 20 holes.
I have written a tutorial on filling holes here:

The drawers are painted a very soft turquoise, a custom ASCP mix. Sorry I can't offer a recipe as I have tons of pots with different blue and turquoise concoctions I have mixed stacked on the counter.
It doesn't make for an efficient cooking area.
NOTE: when you want to mix a pale color start with a white base and add small amounts of color to it mixing as you go. Inside your mixing container there isn't much light so to see the true color so be sure to pull the paint out of as you are mixing to get a better idea of how its coming along.
The numbers are stenciled with ASCP Graphite and the body is finished in ASCP Pure White.

I have a Pinterest folder devoted exclusively to waterfall highboy dressers: 
There are a few there that are totally amazing, check it out.


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When I have a piece of furniture that is slightly tippy because one leg is too short
I reach for a washer. Whether it's a tippy chair, a wobbly nightstand, or a crooked console

I put a washer or two under the nylon slider. Nylon slider feet are very common on furniture these
 days and also available to buy at your hardware store. They slide on most surfaces and hammer or
 screw into the bottom of your wood furniture leg. I know a lot of ppl have those round felt pads
 sitting in the junk drawer to do this job but let me tell ya those things get so dirty and stinky sliding
 around cleaning your floors that I get grossed out when I encounter them on second hand furniture. I
 wish I had a picture to show you really how bad they get. I'm sure you never thought of the
 accidental juice spilled or the puppy pee that would be absorbed by them when putting them on your
 furniture. Now that I know I will always choose the nylon slider, and a washer to stop the tipping.


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Besides the 12 days of fog, the weather has been nice enough here that I have been able to
spray paint some things out side. As well my friend calls just to let me know how
upset he is that it's warmer in Western Canada than at his home in Central Florida.
Here's hoping spring comes to everyone a bit sooner than expected.

This is a pair of nightstands I finished thanks in part to the nice weather.
They are quite large like the ones below.

They are painted in 50 -50 mix of ASCP Old & Pure White.


I used a set of antique tin swing handles that have been sitting around in the Etsy shop. I really
adore antique handles and was surprise these were still available, so I liberated them.
The back plates are thin and the detailed shape is pressed into the metal. I love the look!

To create these I took a plain set of pine nightstands and attached coffee table legs to them.
If you want to learn more about how I do this check out this article I wrote:

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Many antique dressers have some damage to the drawers. This dresser was no different.
If there is too much weight in a drawer the bottom will push down and if your dresser has
metal drawer stops they will start to dig a groove into the wood.

The groove can get very deep, even go right through making a nice big hole in your drawer bottom.
To fix the problem move the metal drawer stop. You can pull it out with a pair of
pliers and use a hammer to re-install it. The bottom is a point that hammers into the wood.
If you don't have any drawers stops and you are looking replace them check out this article:

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Here in the north west the preference for painted furniture is a smooth finish. To get an amazing
soft and smooth finish with ASCP I use my paint sprayer but ASCP is used by many who want a
smooth finish but only have a brush. I answer countless questions on-line and in person about getting
 a smooth finish with a brush and thought I would write an article for the rest of you wanting some tips.
These tips are best used in creating a shabby chic finish with light distressing.
Start with a clean soft, medium to high quality paint brush.
A dirty brush or a cheap brush will work against you.
Brush your paint in one direction, usually with the grain of the wood.
Do not linger while you are painting, be quick with your strokes and move along.

Each coat should be brushed in the same direction.
SANDED                                        NOT SANDED
Use a 220 grit sand paper to smooth the surface.
Sand in the same direction as your brush strokes.
NOTE: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint sands very easily.
Continue smoothing with your sand paper and do a little extra around details. The final step to ASCP
is waxing. When your surface is smoothed like this, waxing becomes even easier.
For the hardware on these drawers I used wet distressing just on the pulls.
Check out this link to learn more about distressing with water:


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Here is a great use for one of those old hinges we all have in the junk drawer
or filling up a jar on the garage shelf.

REPLACED HINGE                               ORIGINAL MECHANISM
This mirror's left pivoting mechanism was twisted and broken off making the mirror unusable.
While the owner is looking for a replacement part an old hinge will keep the mirror in place.
The hinge can be used vertically or horizontally but the mirror will not be able to pivot.

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As my shoulder starts to feel stronger I have started to work on some bigger projects. I've been
 picking pieces to work on that don't take too much muscle, or building. More along the lines
 of some clever ideas and some painting.
This closet needed a new floor, some minor repairs, and bit of a punch.

The original color of the cabinet is a creamy mocha. I gave it a good sanding and distressed the
 edges. I white washed the doors and sanded them smooth before waxing. The fleur de lis were
stenciled with dark wax. That was a spur of the moment experiment and it worked. I also dark
waxed the inside edge of the raised panel on the doors.


I sat cross legged on the floor in front of the closet marking all the cuts needed for the new white
 tongue and groove floor boards. Then I would take the boards outside and cut them with the jigsaw.
You start at one side and work your way across. I enjoy the process of making things fit and work.

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When I moved my bed onto an open wall I knew I had to find a great focal point for above that I was
going to love. Little did I know so many others were going to like it too and ask so many questions
 about it.
I have a few windows hiding around the house tucked here and there, that I use for photo shoots.
When I saw the size of the space over the bed matched the size of one of my staging windows I was a
 little reluctant to trying it above the bed because if it worked that would be the end of it's modelling
career, so I thought.
Just to clarify, and contrary to the title of this post the window I used isn't actually the headboard but
 it hangs above my existing bed frame. I'm not sure how it would work if you had your
 pillows leaning up against the glass panes if it was hung lower.
My bed is a queen measuring 60" wide and my window also measures 60" wide. To hang it securely
 so I could sleep soundly every night knowing it would not crash down on me I located 2 studs in the
wall and marked them. I then held the window in place and marked where the studs would meet the
 window. I screwed picture "D" hangers on the back of the window and drove screws into the wall
 studs to hang the "D" hangers on. It hasn't moved once since it was installed.
Most of the wood is bare but it has some great chippy white paint on it that you don't get to see
 very well in photos. It also has a rusty handle locking thing at the middle of the top that I can hang
things from through out the year.

If you can't find a long window to match your bed width consider 2, 3, or 4 smaller
windows that can be hung in a grouping.

My headboard has changed since I first hung the window but you don't even notice
because the window is the star of the show.

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SMALL CHANGES in the dressing room

My work load has been slim the last week because for no good reason I pulled a muscle in the back
 of my shoulder. Don't worry I'm resting and taking it easy but I can't go into the back room and
 create so I'm puttering around the house walking stiff like a penguin. I have watched a few good
 movies and read some great blog articles. I even managed to slow down long enough to photograph
 some changes in the dressing room. I got in on the retailers storage sales and purchased three lined
 white baskets for above the window. They are perfect for storing some off season clothing.
The lining is so cute, a milk chocolate floral on a sandy back drop with long enough ties
to make bows on both ends.
I also changed my vanity mirror to this standing mirror I got last year from
It was a "rediscovered" find and originally gold but it quickly was painted when I got it home.
I love the carved wood ribbon all the way around the frame.
You get to see my Fujifilm Finepix F500 EXR camera in this pic, I use it when lighting is bad.
A lot of the time you'll find me shooting photos with my cell phone camera.
Here is what this room looked like right after moving in. That is actually a little vintage
loveseat that pulls out into a bed holding up all those clothes.

And the AFTER ...

You can find the full home tour with lots of pics here:


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