Sunday, March 1, 2009

*From little princess to vintage chic *


Another Met Monday is upon us. Will we ever run out of transformations? I hope not. It's so fun to see creative ways to make something old, NeW Again .


So my two little princesses are now adults. What do I do with their little cream and gold bedroom sets?

They all shouted, SELL THEM !

Did I listen? Mmmmm...you must not know me too well, if you think I did.


These are some of the few reminders of their childhood.

It's hard to let go... I sooo wish that they were 4 and 7 again.

Those were the good ole days of slumber parties, princess costumes and purple and pink bikes with training wheels and streamers.

Funny how a piece of furniture can hold so many memories.

SO..... to answer the rhetorical question that I asked , " Heck... NO !"

I could not let them go because, even though my girls are grown and blooming beautifully, these pieces stand guard in their bedrooms and stop the clock for me..... a proof that I had these two adorable little princesses at home with me.

But to get back to reality... time does not stand still and sometimes we have to change with the times.


What to do with these little time capsules to make them more "grown up"?





Is there anything easier and cheaper than paint for a dramatic transformation? Me thinks not.


I used regular white paint on the dresser, but spray pained the drawers black.






I spray painted the knobs and hardware white...







Here's a peek at the finished chest of drawers along side of a previous Met Monday post.. .. The pitiful dining room chair from the thrift shop.











So now I can go into my daughter's room and peek into the past, but with a new eye, fresh and "all grown up".

Be sure to come back next week when I share this fun room and show you how it came together.









Between Naps on the Porch sponsors this wonderful event every Monday!

61 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

That is amazing!! I have very similar French Provincial furniture that was actually mine and then passed down to my girls, that I want to do something with. This inspires me to get out the paint and redo the furniture for our guest room. I love the way yours turned out and it looks great with your chair. Can't wait to see the finished room.
Love & blessings from NC!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

OMG Rose!!!! That came out so unbelievably beautiful!!!!!! And look at how good it looks next to the miracle chair! Oh, if only I had a fraction of your ingenuity!

Justine :o )

ellen b said...

I really like the black and white! Well done!!

KBeau said...

Isn't it amazing what a little paint will do. I'm liking this look.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow...great job, Rose! I keep trying to figure out a way to shrink my son back down to 7 years old, too...LOL. Love that you didn't sell these pieces and are redoing them...can't wait to see the rest of the room! Susan

pammiejo said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! My daughter (who is 37) had the same set - I DID sell it - I sure like yours - I wasn't thinking about redoing back then! Really like the black! PAM

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

This is such a fresh and updated look. My question for you is, do your daughters want them back now?
I think if the person that gave up that chair might be kicking themself if they saw what that chair looks like now.

Gollum said...

OH. MY. STARS!!!! This is too fabulous. It's genius, Rose. The transformation is uptown, classy, elegant...and filled with those heart-tugging memories of your girls.

Rose ROCKS!

P.S. I loved meeting you, too. Next time: dish shopping with the girls, definitely. :-)

Happy To Be said...

this is just awesome Rose...what a little can of paint can do..can't wait to see the new room all done...hey girl I seen your pix at debbie this morning and your looking good there...what a fun day you gals had..thanks for sharing hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a great idea, so dramatic! I can't wait to see the whole room!

Linda said...

So glad you kept that furniture. The memories are priceless, and the redo bring it up to date. Very chic! Linda

Martha said...

What a great transformation. I would never have thought of doing that.

janet said...

oh my gosh, i cant believe my eyes, absolutely stunning. I bet your daughters are going to want to take them now...lol i have a similiar dressers, i hope you dont mind if i steal your idea...lovely!!!

i would like to offer you the sisterhood award, your met monday last week was such a meaningful makeover, and that tells me that you have a hugh kind heart. If you would like to accept, please stop by and grab it.
love your blog
hugs
janet

Lady Katherine said...

I love it! I painted my girls, one a silver, she has it, the other 3 different green with gold leaf and wine roses. I have the headboard, the girls have different piece at their home. Now I want to go steal them back, after seeing your. lol What a wonderful look. Its breath taking! Can you tell I love it. lol

Sherri S said...

I had that furniture as a little girl too! That is a wonderful makeover on it. Love the black and white.

linda said...

This post hits so close to home for me. My two have also left the nest.

Like you, I'm in the process of re-doing my daughter's room but am unable to get rid of her furniture. It still makes me feel like she lives here when I'm at least able to look at the furniture!

Your re-do turned out great! Since I started blogging, black spray paint has become my new best friend. I'm always on the lookout for something I can paint black!

Painter's Place said...

This is magnificent. You are so creative! I had the exact same furniture growing up.

mishebe said...

ADORABLE!! mishelle

Cynthia said...

i really love this! My daughter, the skater has one of those dressers too! What a creative idea and I love the black and white! Loved the pic of all of you on Debbie's Blog ! Cindy

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Gorgeous, gourgeous, gorgeous! You really are an artist! I think I've said that many a time before! Thanks for being our hostess! It really is fun to see what people have done! God Bless! Lauralu :)

susan said...

They will be glad one day that you din't sell the chest! I just painted mine solid white and it's not nearly as cute as yours. Oh well, I can always paint again!

Kathy said...

I love what you've done with the furniture! The black and white is so lovely and elegant. Great make over!
Kathy

linda said...

Hi I have been dropping by your blog for some time now. I just love it!! This project is incredibly cute. Thanks for all you inspiration. Some day I may do a blog and I'll invite you along. I love decorating and I love "redos". Until then, thanks for letting me look in. I've always enjoyed every minute of it! linda in utah

Athella said...

That looks adorable and I got all choked up by your story. I love everything you do.

linda said...

Hi. I have been dropping by your blog for some time now. I just love it. You are so talented and inspiring. I have enjoyed every minute!I too love a "redo" and this one is awesome. Thanks for sharing your talents with us! I'll invite you by when I start blogging. until then, thanks! linda (somewhere in Utah!)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Rose.. your dressers turned out fantastic.. I remember these from RMS in the full room.. I'm going to have to find some time to get some of my projects done... I enjoyed seeing your picture over at Debbies..you are a beauty girl.. so nice to put a face to the name.. I know you must have had a great time.. are you doing the luncheon tomorrow? Dont' forget your camera.. did you get any snow?? I saw on the news where you were suppose to...stay safe darling.. hugs ~lynne~

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh wow ! I like that that little number.Reminds me of my bedroom suite when I was little.Great job !

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

They're beautiful Rose! I never would have thought of combining the white with black drawers but it worked so beautifully. Love it! ♥ Diane

Pretty Organizer said...

Want the furniture, WAAAAANNT you chair... So beautiful. Man, some people can dream up the most fabulous ideas for repainting. Girl, you can make anything look good! Fabulous post! Thanks for sharing:)

Pretty Organizer

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

Totally fabulous!! I love the black and white and your chair with it looks perfect!!! Great job!!

carolinajewel said...

I have a set of French Provincial bedroom furniture that was mine. When we redid my younger daughter's bedroom, we decided to use that furniture and I thought she would want it repainted. To my surprise, she said it was very "Audrey Hepburn" and wanted it as it was! I love the new look you gave yours! SO chic!!! Thanks for the inspiration for after DD goes off to college! :D Jewel

Mom in High Heels said...

WOW! Now I wish I'd kept mine! I had almost the same set growing up and got rid of it just a few years ago. You did an amazing job.

Chandy said...

Beautiful job! I want that chair.. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I too, love Met Mondays!

Knitty said...

Describing that would never have done justice to how good the chest and chair look! They are stunning!

prairiedog said...

What a difference some paint and imagination can make! Very nice!When you talked about wishing your little girls were little again,I can relate.My grown up son was home for a visit this weekend and I was wishing the same thing when he left.I can so clearly remember those days when they were little,good memories,time does seem to fly.
Cyndi

Leann said...

Very chic and stylish. I love the transformation!

Bo said...

Hi Rose...I love what I'm seeing here of your chic redo...anxious to see the entire room. BTW, I saw you at the bookstore with the girls and you're such a cute , tiny little thing! ;-) Bo

Maryrose said...

I do love when old (but loved) furniture gets a new look. I think your pieces are now young again. I love the makeover. Thanks, Maryrose

Scribbler said...

Very, very cool!

Scribbler

Kelly said...

Great job and I love that chair! I am looking forward to the room reveal!

Helen said...

You give inspiration to all of us who look at old pieces ... terrified to commit to change - for fear of totally ruining them. Lovely job!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, what a transformation! I would probably have just painted it a creamy white, but you are so clever to think of painting the drawers black! It looks very chic and sophisticated and is marvelous paired with that gorgeous chair you transformed! Great job!

Kady

Shelia said...

Oh, Rose! How beautiful! My daughter had the same furniture when she was little and we did sell it! Oh, you did such a marvelous job and transformed it totally! It looks so up to date and the chair is awesome with it.
You're the most fantastic one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

nikkicrumpet said...

What an amazing transformation...and I'm pretty dang sure that dresser is SMILING!

Valerie said...

Holy cow...that transformation was absolutely amazing!!!

My sister and I shared a very similar french provincial bedroom set. By the early 90's we absolutely could not stand it, but I don't think that my mother ever even considered repainting it!

Instead...we gave it away to a family in need. At first, I was heartbroken (even though I no longer cared for the look), but after visiting the family and seeing the joy that it brought to this little 5-year old girl, my sorrow quickly turned to joy! It brought back so many warm memories of when my sister and I got the bedroom set...a major investment for my parents at that time!

I can't wait to send my sister your way so that she can see this truly amazing transformation.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, you are a master at transforming! Those pieces are beautiful! laurie

Jill said...

You are amazing! They look brand new and they are beautiful. I love the black and white. Love it! I am glad you didn't listen to anyone and throw them away.

W. Latane Barton said...

Oh my gosh, what a change and I love it.

Melissa Miller said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! :)

They came out fab-u-lous!

ann said...

You know I love thst chair,but I would've Never have painted that furniture black.Hey,it turned our wonderful.Great foresight there.Fabulous as always....Ann

Joy said...

Wow that turned out awesome! What a great re-do.

Sherri S said...

I wished I had remembered this post today at the luncheon! Darn CRS (can't remember stuff) kicks in often on me! Ha! It was a joy meeting you and chatting.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Ohhhh.....Santamaker!!!!!!
I have my French Provencial furiture from when I was a little lass.
I'm afraid that I'm going to have to shamelessly "borrow" you idea....that is awesome lady. Just awesome :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Kara said...

That is just gorgeous! I love how you did the paint two toned, I never would have thought of that. A perfect compliment to the beautiful chair!

Charlene said...

Love what you did with this! Did they have the canopy bed that matched too? I did. :) Ahhhhhh little girls do grow up. But, I love the black & white. What a difference it makes.

~CC Catherine said...

Rose, What a great fun time it was to put a face to the name/blog today at the GA luncheon! My only regret is that I didn't get to talk with you longer. I adore your makeover of your girls childhood furniture. You did a FAB job with the black/white makeover! Me thinks it could be a "French" theme......I would love that~ ;) The chair is soooo cool too! Again......so lovely meeting you today! ~CC Catherine

ceekay said...

Oh that room screams Ceekay! I love it. It is amazing what paint can do! I cannot wait to see the rest of the room!

DesignTies said...

You've performed a miracle! Haha! This transformation is fantastic - very chic, very French Provincial. I bet your daughters are wishing they could have those dressers back!!

Thanks for visiting our sight earlier today - and I'm glad you've entered our contest :-)
Good luck!!

Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies

DesignTies said...

Wow!! You did a fab job on both the dressers and the chair!! Love the black & white combo :-)

Thanks for participating in our giveaway :-) Good luck!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Cass said...

What a great way to preserve your girls' childhood furniture, and bring it into new life! I know just what you mean -- I'd go back to 4 and 5 with my girls in a heartbeat.

Loved this post, thanks. (And you are a good painter!)
Cass

tardevil said...

Very classy! Nice update!