Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lake Minnetonka Inspired Subway Dresser

I love this style dresser.  I have done a ton of them, and it never gets old.  This one was especially nice because the person selling it had already started to refinish it.... which meant less sanding for me : ).  I have been wanting to try a subway style dresser and decided that this gem would be a good fit.  I sanded it and used a mixture of Minwax English Chestnut and Dark Walnut stains.


I used Cosco Helvetica letter stencils in 3", 2" and 1".  After I stained the dresser and let it dry, I applied the adhesive stencils and painted over them with ASCP in Paris Grey.  When the paint had dried, I sanded the entire thing down.  Then, I carefully peeled the stencils off.  I sealed the entire dresser with AS Clear Wax.  For this project, I used cities and places around the lake I grew up on:  Lake Minnetonka.


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  1. Having lived in the Twin Cities your title caught my eye, and your redo is fabulous! I am your latest follower, if you would like to visit me, I am creating and blogging over at

    Hugs, Tanya

  2. What a great idea! It looks fabulous!! :)

  3. Dying. As someone who grew up on lk mtka, its my fave subway piece yet!!

  4. Sarah, Another FABULOUS redo! I think this is my favorite so far! :-)

  5. Absolutely love this!! Would love to have you link up to my furniture party http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/05/furniture-friday-16-and-features.html

  6. Terrific! You did a beautiful job. How nice someone else started it for you. Makes carrying it through to the end a lot easier. I could use some projects like that! I found you at Creatively Living. I'm your newest follower. Stop and see me at Quirky Vistas sometime.


  7. looks fabulous- i love the wood and white of the subway you did!

  8. Love it! Great color combo. You did a great job.

  9. Looks great...I hopped over from NTT because I recognized the places on your dresser...I live in MN :) Laurel

  10. LOVE it!! Just came over from Primitive and Proper and love your style!


  11. This caught my eye on prim and proper. I grew up in MN. Would love to call it home again someday. Nice job!

  12. Love the two tone look, thanks for linking.

  13. I LOVE this one!!! Great job!

    @ Creatively Living

  14. Love the stenciling and the color combination!

  15. Very pretty dresser - I love subway pieces so this caught my eye.
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  16. I love how it turned out! The finish is beautifully rustic. ;)

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