Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dresser in Grey and White



Right before Thanksgiving I found this "adorable" dresser at the Flea Market:
Before:

The dresser was looking a little worn and tired, but it had good bones and I thought it could be a stunner again.  First I stripped the top of many layers of paint and got to the natural wood.  I just added AS Dark wax and hemp oil to make it dark, smooth and beautiful. 

The vision I had for the dresser was a hand painted design that was simple yet beautiful-inspired by the Nordic look.  I mixed up  grey chalk paint  that had  hint of blue and painted the dresser.  I then hand painted a design on the drawers with white chalk paint and distressed. The last step was to seal the dresser with AS clear wax.  





I distressed the dresser so the multiple layers would show


Hand-painted details 

Boxwood Wreath from DecorSteals.com 


I added new porcelain knobs 


The natural wood top-not perfect, but pretty! 



36 comments:

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    1. Thank you Susan-I am loving how it turns out too! I like to hand paint designs on things and I kept this one simple

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  2. Beautiful as all your projects are. The top is really pretty and was surprised it took so little to make it look good.

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    1. Thank you Sugar-It took a bit of work to strop all the layers of paint off the top, but not to bad.

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  3. So very pretty! Love the hand painted details!

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  4. Thank you Suzanne-I love doing the handprinted details!

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  5. wow, ein wunderschöner schrank!!! liebe grüße von angie

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  6. Looks great! I love the natural wood top and your flower planter box is amazing as well.

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    1. Thank you Lisa-I love y little toolbox with the white flowers--I stole it from my mantle for the pictures!

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  7. This is beautiful, you did a fantastic job.....I always love it when people, keep some of the wood showing!

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    1. Thank you Gilly-I agree that old dressers like this one look good with natural wood and paint!

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  8. Wow amazing transformation. Turned out so cute.

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  9. Thank you Kim-I love how it turned out too!

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  10. Love the make over you did on this dresser.

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  11. You did an amazing job as usual. I did have a question: did you apply the hemp oil to the top first before the wax, please?

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    1. Thank you Debbie-I actually add them at the same time--I dip my brush in the oil and then the wax and brush on to my piece. I then wipe the mixture in to the wood and any excess off. Try it sometime-its fast and easy!

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  12. It's gorgeous and looks so authentic. Love your beautiful hand painted details.

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  13. Thank you Betsy-I love doing these kind of projects!

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  14. Really love this little dresser. Such a great job..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy-I think it is a cutie!

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  15. Your less then perfect dresser chest is absolutely wonderment. Your paint finish charms in the best way it could on any piece. I love that your painted details is of natural hand work rather then a perfect line of stenciling, you have created a French Bleu cottage chest that would charm any room in my home. I so need to introduce some colour again to my neutral patina of tone on tone, especially when I see pieces you have created here.

    Don't you just hate giving your works up? Wanting to stock pile your chest in every in h of your home?

    Thank you dear friend for encouraging my art in French theatre over at my place, it's bloggers like you that make blogging a year after year joy.

    A Joyeux Noel to you and yours

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you Dore-I love doing hand painted creative pieces that are one of kind. I sometimes have a hard time giving things up, but most of the time its about the hunt and process. I do rotate pieces in my home often as I transform so I feel that I am getting new things often. Your home is stunning, but I agree color can be good too!

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  16. You did a great job! Beautiful as always...

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    1. Thank you Monica-you know me an paint! Ha ha

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  17. It's absolutely gorgeous, my painting friend! I looked for two years for a dresser that was old to put my undies and socks and gowns in. Never did find one. Finally had to order a composite one because I had to put them somewhere. Wish we lived closer.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you Brenda-I wish we lived closer too! I am glad you did find one

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  18. That is perfect! love the wood top. What color did you use on the bottom part its beautiful

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    1. Thank you-I love the wood top too-for the base I mixed some grey and blue together until I got a color that I thought would have the look I was going for. I usually have a picture in my head of the end product and then try to make it look that way.

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  19. You really did a great job. I love the painted details you added -- very simple yet very striking. The new knobs bring out that detail. Just lovely. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey -- www.irisabbey.com

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    1. Thank you Ann Marie-I like the details and the new knobs too!

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  20. What a great find! So cute and I love the outline on the drawers, adds just the perfect detail.

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