You know how sometimes you have to get shiz done? That was last week. I worked on a big project, weekend before last, then I finished up some custom work for some clients, then I had a couple of interior design appointments and then this past weekend my parents came into town last minute. So. I’ve been getting shiz done. 🙂
But today I have a beautiful furniture transformation for you! I finished this one awhile ago, and you may have seen sneaks of her a while back in pics of VMD, but this one ended up coming home with me (and is in my Etsy store), so I figured it was time to show you all the beautiful details.
Who wouldn’t love a tall pretty gray dresser with hand-painted details?
Actually, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there would gasp in horror at what I did to this “antique hepplewhite”! I found out the hard way after being asked to submit a project to Hometalk, and discovered all the negative backlash! haha! People get their panties in a bunch over the dumbest things!
Here is the before, I found it in a thrift store for pretty cheap and the top was pretty damaged. It is not a true hepplewhite and the drawer interiors were not solid mahogany. The dresser was actually pretty light-weight for this style, which made it nice for carrying back and forth, to and fro, blah blah blah.
It has 4 total drawers. Those bottom 2 drawers actually look like 4 separate ones, but they are not! Some of the drawer insides were pretty stained, so I lined them with a gray and yellow pretty pattern fabric.
The hand-painted edges are really what make this pieces special though…
I was tempted to paint the hardware because I was afraid it might detract from the pretty details I was painting, but in the end, I was glad I left it as is.
This type of stroke is pretty dang easy, and this week I’ve been working on video tutorials for a bunch of stuff I’ve been putting off, and hand-painting is one of them! So probably next week, I’ll have the video for hand-painting finished for ya’ll!
I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray with Old white details and clear wax top coat. I also distressed this one a little more along the edges and legs. I felt it needed it, since it was older and not in perfect shape to begin with… I didn’t want to make it look brand new again. I wanted to show-case the age, but still give it a little something extra special with the painted drawer edges.
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out a staging option I really loved. Then last week I went all out for a Thanksgiving tablescape (that I will be sharing next week) and bought a bunch of pumpkins and eucalyptus. So, with what was left over, I arranged on top of this highboy and starting snapping pics.
That seeded eucalyptus though…. it has my heart! I want it all over my house!
Green and gray is such a classic combo, don’t you agree?
Happy Tuesday Friends!
it’s stunning! i love the detail you added- just enough!
I love the hand painting…and yes, for us not so talented folks, a tutorial would be wonderful! 🙂
And as for the Hometalk gang that have nothing nice to say, well, as my dad would say ” You can please some of the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time!”
Beautiful! I’m eagerly awaiting your hand painting tutorial videos 🙂