Creative Inspirations Linky Party #26

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I am sure you were wondering what the heck the title “Pepita” was all about.  Well, the word Pepita is a Spanish word for the term “pumpkin seed” which is why I chose it.  I finally finished my antique dresser makeover and I think she should be called Pepita! 
She looks like a Pepita to me! 
Remember this cutie I purchased the other day?

She was great to begin with, but I of course needed to make her over.
I have been getting lots of questions about what process I go through to make over a piece so I am going to try to get better about sharing these details when I can.  For this particular dresser, I sanded the body of the dresser lightly.  I went totown on the top since I wanted a refinished top.  With some elbow grease, the top sanded down beautifully. 
I then gave her three coats of Glidden’s Cinnamon Stick. 
It’s a delicious orange.  
I love Glidden. 
It is definitely my favorite paint to work with. 
It is smooth like butter.
This color is smashing.
Perfect for fall.
I think I am getting in the mood for the season.
I then distressed her lightly all over as well
as on the edges of the drawers.
I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain all over the piece to antique it.  I worked in sections using a foam brush to put on the stain.  I took a damp cloth and wiped it off just minutes after putting it on.  The stain remains in all the little nooks and crannies.
Here is what it looks like with stain applied.
And after wiping it off, it gives it an aged look.
I love that look.
Meet Pepita!

The top is divine. I used two stains on the top. 
A natural stain and then
Dark Walnut again.
Lovely little keyholes.
I hand sanded and restained each wood knob.
That was fun.
Worth it in the end though.

I love my little Pepita.
She’s one spicy little number.
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  1. Fabulous color!! I love it!

  2. Love the red and the stain!! It’s beautiful!

  3. Absolutely stunning!! By far, my favorite! I’m going to pick up that color in the morning!! I’m so inspired! Wow!!

  4. WOW – you never ever cease to amaze, really!!!
    Btw Stacey – (Stacey) at Embracing Change – 42 minutes ago
    For some reason this is popping up on a lot of blogs that were not no reply bloggers before – Google gone nuts?
    Just letting you know :)

  5. Love Pepita’s color! Gorgeous, and I too have been looking for the perfect pumpkin color. It’s just time for Fall after such a hot summer! Love the wood knobs with her too.

  6. Pepita was my name in spanish class in hs. I love the dresser!

  7. That color is just gorgeous! Pepita is the perfect name! Plus, it is a favorite snack in our house. :)


  8. What a glorious colour! Her name is perfect!

  9. Did you put poly or anything on it after the stain?

  10. She’s a stunner! Great job!

  11. Si! Very pretty girl. Thanks for adding info about the process. I have a small piece sitting in the bathroom, screaming for a redo. You can probably hear it in PA! Blessings. :)

  12. i found your blog via pinterest. i love it! thanks for sharing so many great ideas.

  13. Encanta Pepita muy mucho.


  14. I am a new follower from Serendipty and Spice Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can.
    Hosting Mom’s Monday Mingle now. Love for you to stop by and link up ;)

  15. Wow! Stacey, she came out lovely! I love the color treatment, the stain really added depth to the color! You know, I’ve never seen a dresser with so many keyholes . . . cute! I hope you’ll share it over at Frugal Treasures Tuesday going on now.

  16. Visiting from the Beez Rental Designs party. Pepita is absolutely lovely! Great work. Love the colour. I am now happily following you on GFC. :)

  17. Spicy indeed and you did such a pretty job on her!

  18. Came over from Barbe’s Beez. Though I love the color on this piece, I shudder to think that this was a tiger oak piece where the wood was quarter-sawn to make those stripe designs.

  19. Gorgeous it’s a great pop color!

  20. Gorgeous it’s a great pop color!

  21. What a gorgeous color and wonderful change for this sweet piece! I love how it turned out. Nice job!

  22. WONDERFUL color for fall…I love the wood on top and paint on bottom. I do that alot also with fun pieces…updates the piece but still has that Pottery Barn “look”! Happy to have found you via Cowgirl Party!

  23. love that rustic red with the wood! looks awesome!

  24. love that rustic red with the wood! looks awesome!

  25. I’ve been looking for that exact orange!! Glidden’s Cinnamon Stick? Thanks a million for posting!! It turned out spicey!

    Jaye @ Just Tryin’ to Make Cents of it All

  26. Pepita is stunning! Gorgeous red and the antiquing is spot-on.

  27. Pepita is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job distressing this piece.

  28. Great job! Love the chest.

  29. Well I like your little Pepita too. another beautiful transformation. I like the top natural – I’ve never used two different stains on top but I do like it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  30. Beautiful, beautiful job, love the color and top staining! Newest follower, hope to see you visit and follow too.

  31. OMG! I love your little Pepita too!! She’s absolutely to die for!!! Great color, I just mixed up some paint that looks very similar ~ can’t get enough of it!! Really cool job on this, LOVE!!!

  32. I love this piece! The color is so bold but perfect! I am for sure going to try this color in one of my next projects! Thanks for the inspiration, I love always coming back to your blog!


  33. Love Pepita!! She is gorgeous! Great job on it!
    Saw you sharing at Transformation Thursdays
    Debbie :)

  34. I’m green with envy over your little Pepita! Just beautiful!

  35. I really love the new color.


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