this beats working 9 to 5.

This mini dresser/jewelry box came from a garage sale earlier this summer.

These little pieces are so much fun to make over.

With this one, I initially thought about replacing the knobs with something else.  However, those knobs are glued in place and it would have been more trouble than it was worth to remove them.  However, I did use some Dixie Belle Mud to fill in those grooves on each drawer front.  I just didn’t like them and thought it would be preferable to have a flat surface.

Today’s q tip; once the Mud is dry and you have sanded your surface smooth, add a coat of sealer of some kind over it before painting.  That will ensure that you don’t see a difference in the way the filler absorbs the paint v. the wood finish.  I simply sprayed these drawer fronts with some Rustoleum matte clear spray paint, but you could also brush on a clear sealer as well.

Next up I painted the entire piece in Dixie Belle’s Putty.  I let that dry overnight as a base coat.  Then I continued to work on my paint blending skills by blending Putty and Drop Cloth.

Once again, I kept the color blending very subtle, trying to make it lighter in the middle and darker on the outer edges.  Maybe one of these days I’ll graduate to a more obvious look, but I’m definitely not ready for that yet.

Here, maybe you can see the color blending a little bit more on the top of the piece …

As you can also see, I used a section from IOD’s Label Ephemera transfer on the top.  I added pieces from their Floral Anthology transfer to the front and sides …

and then added some more Label Ephemera wording over that on the bottom drawer.

Once the transfers were in place, I sanded lightly with 220 grit paper and then added a topcoat of clear wax.

In an homage to my former day job as an accountant, I lined the drawers with some old October Afternoon scrapbook paper from their 9 to 5 line.

Ahhh … debits and credits, general ledger, account no … all things I no longer have to worry about 😉

Instead I get to spend my time working on fun little projects like this one.

Whether my pieces sell or not, this still definitely beats working 9 to 5!

And speaking of sales, this piece is for sale locally so be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.

Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint used on this project.

10 thoughts on “this beats working 9 to 5.

  1. So nice to see you enjoying retirement. I used to teach and got out before covid. Wish I was half as productive as you are, but I think in a former life I was a sloth and I still have some of those tendencies.


    1. I could very easily slide into those tendencies myself Susan! I am lucky I have this fairly time consuming hobby to keep me feeling productive. Honestly, I’m not sure how I would have fared without it. Drinking coffee in the morning only takes up so much time 😉

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  2. I love this make-over! Such a sweet box – it will surely sell quickly. Good to hear that you are enjoying retirement and have time to do things that you enjoy. I retired a little over one year ago and have absolutely no regrets about it!


  3. Great job Miss Quandie! I especially love how you layer your transfers……..can you tell us what you like most about paint blending? Does it add more depth to the finish? Yours was very subtle and I liked it, but it IS subtle! I’m not a huge fan of these dramatic ombre-blended techniques on furniture. Are you?


    1. Yep, exactly, it adds a little more depth. I’m not a fan of the ombre look on furniture either. There certainly are people out there who have mastered that technique and make it look easy, but I’m not one of them 😉


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