Today I’m sharing a furniture makeover after a few months hiatus from painting dressers! After Vintage Market Days I had other things to focus on in my home and blog, so while I was still painting things, building things and creating… I wasn’t painting a lot of vintage furniture like I have been for the past 3-4 years. And it felt so good. I needed that little break.
Thank goodness for a group I am a part of that does a Themed Furniture Makeover once a month. It forced me to find something to makeover. This month was animals, and while I could have gone the easier (for me) route and done birds, like I’ve done HERE and HERE…. I chose to paint something I’ve never seen on a dresser before: a blue whale!
For those that might be wondering, this is NOT a stencil. 🙂 I found some images of blue whales online, practiced in my sketchbook, then drew it with chalk on the drawer faces on top of the blue base color. Last I painted over the chalk with white paint.
The dresser is SUPER old and solid– I’m guessing mahogany– it is a pretty red wood. I discovered as I removed the drawers to paint them, the dovetails were unevenly spaced– which means it was hand built. All of the drawers slide in and out easily and smoothly though (just goes to show that wood glides last longer than metal ones), and after making some repairs to sturdy up the legs, this bebeh was ready to paint!
(Pictured in my friend’s house who I bought it from)
I wanted to choose a sophisticated color, so navy it was! But this time, instead of going with an all-over color, I chose a few colors to vary the tones, mimicking the way the ocean water changes depending on depth.
It is subtle but I love the ombre effect.
Because this piece was so so old, I immediately gravitating to the paint that I think lends the best to primitive pieces: Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I used Artissimo for the bottom, then a 50/50 mix of Artissimo and Grain Sack for the middle (which is a perfect dusty, coastal blue btw), and French Enamel on top of a thin layer of that Artissimo/Grain Sack mix for the top part of the dresser. The knobs are vintage ceramic ones that I salvaged from a previous dresser makeover, months ago.
In my mind’s eye I wanted this dresser draped with chunky ropes, an anchor sitting against the side, and a large net hanging on the wall behind. Not that it was practical but that I would be visually interesting and tell a story. But I didn’t have any of those items– except the chunky rope. So this was my alternative.
The painting is one from my grandpa’s early years that I was given a print of several years ago.
I love the texture of this thick rope! Makes me want to find a way to incorporate it into my home somewhere!
I chose to go with a slightly more realistic-looking blue whale, vs a cartoon-y one so that this dresser would appeal to a wider age-range. Instead of being a nursery dresser– it is one that can grow with the child.
I’m selling this one, so let me know if you are interested by emailing me at shadesofblueinteriors (at) gmail.com! I have a shipper that goes to the east coast, so don’t rule yourself out if you aren’t local!
Check out the rest of the amazing Animal Theme Furniture Makeovers below!