Friday, August 12, 2011

Barn Treasure...

Hi! From Louisville, Kentucky!!
I am here visiting for my friends baby shower for the week &
can I just say, I love this city.
If you live here. You are lucky.

Yah, that's me in Sams Club after getting 4 inches cut off my hair
{quick cell phone pic to send the hubby,don't judge}
It's dyed {Ombre.. so fancy}. My first time getting my hair colored in a salon & 
I am 23 years old.. why have I never colored my hair before?? I love it. 
If you are in the Louisville area go see Ashley  Hair by Benny & Friends.. she is awesome!

  When I was contacted this past week to 
refinish a dresser that had been in a barn for years,
I was terrified scared.
What condition was the dresser in?
How many layers of paint were on it?
& what else was in this said barn?
I was prepared for the worst. 
Needless to say, I had a bonding experiment with this lovely dresser
& I learned so much!


Okay. So this is after I started sanding & stripping to see what 
was under the dingy white paint. 
I discovered a plethora of colors which was going to make
me work my little booty off.

I first tried crackle paint on this little dresser.... eeew. Why didn't anyone warn me how 
awful that stuff is. It turned out clumpy & looked awful.
 I ended up stripping it at midnight one night because 
I hated how it turned out. Crap. Maybe it's just me. Let me know if you love it
because after this project, I hate it. 

So, after stripping & sanding
I repainted the dresser a beautiful white linen.
sanded to shabby chic the dresser & added some 
oil rubbed bronze hardware.

The dresser turned out lovely,
but I probably will never try crackle paint unless you have
some great tips for me to try.
Again, why didn't anyone warn me?

So there is the "Barn Dresser" turned into a little treasure.
I was very pleased that all the hard work payed off.
I sure learned a lot about layers of paint, crackle finish, & 
old barn dressers. 
It's a good thing that I love learning.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, I am going to enjoy
my last few days here in Louisville
& don't forget if you have anything you want 
to give away in our "2,000 follower giveaway"
email me at, I would love to 
hear from you!!
xx Liz Marie

{Style Details}
Necklace: Forever 21
Shirt: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Aldo


  1. Wow that dresser looks awesome!! And you look gorgeous!! Love your hair!!

    XOXO, CC

  2. Crackle finishes sure are tricky. The best ones, I think, are the natural ones. It is so hard to recreate it with repro paint. But the little guy turned out cute! Andrea @ townandprairie

  3. Your hair looks beautiful, but then again, it always does. :) And of course, your new piece looks AMAZING. :D

    Say hi to Southwest Virginia for me while you're in our good ol' neighboring Kentucky! Ah, I miss home! :)

  4. Love the barn dresser :) Seriously love the fresh white color. And your hair is adorable! I can't believe you took off inches! it's still so long!!

  5. That hair color looks good on your! And the dresser looks great, bravo :)

  6. Hello Liz Marie,

    Have you used the Annie Sloan chalk paints yet? If you apply chalk paint thickly and apply heat using a blowdryer, it will give you a gorgeous crackle finish. I accidentally discovered this when I painted too close to a hot paint crackled and I loved it!

    Janet xox

  7. your white dresser!!

    Janet xox

  8. The dresser is fab and so is your hair!

    What I'm left wondering though is...what the heck else was in that barn!?!


  9. You are amazing to be able to refinish that. Is that what you do for a living? I just love the shabby look.

    Love the hair. I'm from KY 45 min from louisville, we don't live there now, but my family is still there and a lot of my in-laws in L-ville. I've never heard anyone like it so much! Glad your having fun.

  10. So pretty! I love it!! I love the shabby look of it. Looks fabulous:)

  11. I love it!!! It would be super cute in a little girl's room with a bunch of different, funky knobs, too! :)

  12. Sounds like a lot of work, but definitely worth the time! It turned out adorable! (ps your hair is gorgeous! Who woulda know you cut off 2 inches, its sooo long! Im going to darken mine this week, I need a change!)

  13. i once tried crackle for a small project (a picture frame) and it turned out pretty nicely, but I remember it wasn't easy to master! i ended up mixing the paint with some water to thin it out, and I used a knife to smooth some clumpy parts.

  14. love the cute simplicity of this piece!

  15. Nicely done. I like the hardware! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  16. Fantastic job!!! BTW, love your hair!! Found you via Raising 4 Princesses and am your newest follower. Pop over for a visit if you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  17. I recently found your blog & I love it! I am from Michigan as well, but I still live here. Your hair looks amazing (as it does in every picture I've seen) & the dresser is fabulous! I'm trying to work up the nerve to paint my own dresser... my husband & I are currently using our childhood dressers & they need some updating! Seeing all of your transformations is helping me feel like my plan will work!

  18. You did a really wonderful job! I love the rustic look & how you accented it with bright objects. Love it all!

    By the way, I have having my first link party now, and would love to have you link this up to it.

  19. The dresser turned out gorgeous!

  20. Great job! It's super cute :)

  21. Hi there...I really like what you did to this chest of drawers. Just found your blog on Miss Mustard Seed...became a new follower, Julie

  22. Amazing! It's so cute and so simple! You're hair looks great, you are brave for cutting it that much. I live in Louisville, glad ya like it here! :)

  23. Yep, L'ville is a great place! I live here too! :)
    The dresser turned out so cute! Sorry about the crackle difficulty.