Thursday, February 19, 2015

The tri-color dresser comes to life

Remember this Photoshop mock-up?

Here it is in real-life, painted and ready to go.

I truly think I would have been painting and repainting if I
hadn't made all my color mistakes on the computer.

Now here's my mock-up of its little buddy.

And below is the real thing.

Who can resist a matching nightstand?

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After procrastinating for over a year, I finally have these two out of the garage and ready to go to my booth at Collector's Market. Oh how I love seeing some new empty space in the garage. Even though I tend to fill it really fast. Infact that reminds me - I haven't looked at Craigslist yet today.

So cute together.

You can really see the change in light here. I took these pictures over the course of two days and the sun finally hit during this shot.

Normally I tell what paint I used but this time it was such a hodge-podge of custom mixes, paint samples, black washes, black glaze, pewter glaze, spray paint and heavy sighs that it wears me out thinking where to start. So let's just say I used it all. Everything within grasp. And if it wasn't right, i mixed it together. Acrylic, chalk, faux chalk, latex, you name it, it all got mixed together.
I showed no respect.

I spray painted the pulls with a dark gray primer and covered that with a clear matte poly spray.

I let the brush strokes show so they could catch the glaze and washes to add some texture.

At one point I ran out of black paint so we drove down to a local hardware store where I knew they mixed paint. The color chips only went to a dark graphite which the sales associate assured us was really black. I was skeptical. He mixed it and added extra black but it just looked gray to me. I found a can of Rustoleam black decor paint and went back to see how the mixing was going. Sure looked gray to me. He assured me it would dry to black. Hrumph. It's been two weeks and it's still gray. It will always be gray. How can a paint company not have black?

Really, to top it off, it's a very unattractive gray. Thank goodness for my can of decor paint.

Here's the finished dresser.

And its trusty sidekick.

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A friend of mine, when she saw these pieces, said the style looks like a cross between Industrial and Vintage. Huh, I hadn't thought of that.

Mr. Bad gets home tomorrow so we'll load everything up and get it moved to my booth. Another day of moving furniture! Can't wait!

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Sharing with:
shabby nest
miss mustard seed
french country cottage


  1. Only one word> sigh
    OK two words really> gorgeous

  2. I love how you finished these pieces. I like leaving brush strokes show also...adds to the character!

  3. These are great, Daena! Such inspiring work.

  4. Wonderful color combination for the lines of these pieces and the angular hardware really helps set it off. Love the finished product! Nice work!

  5. This is my favorite to date. So unique and adventurous! Worth all your cajoling to bend the paint to your way of thinking! Love the three colors. Masterful.

  6. Love these!!


  7. These two dressers are so adorable, the colour combination is wonderful!

    Carpet cleaning Chelsea

  8. The graphite on the dresser drawers make it look almost like a cartoon drawing. I really like it! Thanks for sharing.