Thursday, March 10, 2016

Worn and Weathered -sort of like a Cowhide


A Client brought a vintage, bland dresser to me and wanted it to have an old look with some character.   

Before:
She liked the chippy milk paint look, but also liked a worn out look like old leather or cowhide.  She loves cowhide rugs!  The dresser had lots of blue marks and was pretty stained up, but the base color was a linen/beige.  I decided to try something that did not involve painting the dresser and luckily my client said "go for it".  


I was picturing a cow hide/old pair of cowboy boots kind of look.  I pulled out my hand sander and started to sand the blue markes off and to get through the top layer of the paint. 

I sanded and scraped through the layers of paint and stains until the pine showed up in places.  I liked the layered/worn look and decided to use the same technique on the whole dresser.  It was a lot of arm work for sure! 


After sanding and scraping, until my arms felt like they were going to fall off, I sealed the dresser with dark wax/Lindseed oil.  
My client absolutely loved the layered, worn, weathered look of her dresser.  











I love that my client let me try something out that I had envisioned in my head, and that she LOVED it-she said it reminded her of her favorite cowhide rug!  


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24 comments:

  1. Love it! It turned out great! Congrats on your feature on French Country Cottage!! :)

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    1. Thank you Cristina-it was so nice of Courtney to feature me!

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  2. Yes I see it - love it, the essence of cowhide, wow you're good!
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you Vera-I was just trying to get a feel and it was a fun project!

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  3. loving your makeover. Looks like it would be right in place here in Texas.

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    1. Thank you Sugar-I think it would look good in Texas!

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    1. Thank you Su-I think it is pretty cute now too!

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  5. What a great idea! Looks fabulous Darrielle. :) Julie

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  6. This turned out awesome! Some people don't like that old worn look but I am smitten by it ! I don't know why but it has a feeling of comfort and warmth to me with it's worn paint and Drywood peeking through it ! Love it! Have a great weekend :-)
    Smiles!
    Terry

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  7. If she is happy with it, that is what matters! Everyone has their own tastes and meeting that is half the work!

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  8. That turned out really neat! Another amazing project :)

    I so enjoy your instagram pictures and I'm glad you share them on here, since I don't have an account. I have enough to keep up with LOL

    xo,
    rue

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  9. That is really cool Darrielle! I would not be surprised if you get commissions to do this technique for more clients. Pinning ☺

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  10. So beautiful!!! I love your styling of this piece too. Perfection!!

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  11. What a great fix that is! It does look like cowhide. I love it!

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  12. I'd love to see that dresser in its home. I bet it's wonderful! The boots were the perfect styling accessory. :)

    Thanks for supporting Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We love having you!

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