This sweet highboy was dropped off at my shop. The front looked great, but the veneer on the sides was all ripply (is that a word?) and peeling off. Greeeeaaaatt! Well, considering how much veneer I've been peeling lately I thought I might as well get this one out of the way, too. I used my trusty iron again (it really is looking rough and not smelling too much better!) and peeled just the sides off. I recently bought myself a quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) because I've heard so much about it. It was my birthday present to myself (if you knew how much I paid for it you would understand why!). One of the benefits of chalk paint is there is no sanding or priming, so of course I was excited to save myself a little bit of work!
I had a vision for this little dresser, but went back and forth with myself (totally like the angel/devil thing on the shoulder in the cartoons! I'm not even kidding.) because I knew what I WANTED to do with it, but I also know what SELLS. I hate having to make that decision, but that's just the way it is. I had a great conversation with one of my friends (who also happens to work for herself) and she inspired me to go ahead and give my vision a go. So glad she did! I couldn't stop smiling when I finished!
Some people have asked me what is under the veneer. It usually depends on how old the piece is. More often than not this is what's under there. Mystery solved!! :) It can be pretty rough so I sanded it with 80 and then 180. It's not perfect, but it is an antique dresser after all. ;)
This is Paris Gray and they were right! No sanding, no priming, and it distressed like a dream (another benefit). I loved working with it, now if I could only find a way to pay half price for it!! ;)
It's a beautiful, soft, light gray, and there's a lot of variation in the color. I love that about it. It gives a lot of depth (which you can't really see in the pics).
These knobs are just gorgeous. I think I've told you before that I love all different textures together and I love mixing old with new. I like the "bling" of the hardware against the aged look of the paint and the dark tones of the wood. Oooh la la! :)
Yum!! These are so great.
I used crystal knobs on the top drawer just because I like that they are a little smaller and a little more subtle.
I like that the top has a more rustic feel.
Love the "backsplash", too (is there a real name for that piece??).
And, of course, I had to line the drawers with this beautiful French typography fabric!
dimensions: 32"W x 19"D x 45"H
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