Monday, November 18, 2013

Almost Duck Egg Dresser

I have a thing for ASCP Duck Egg.  It's not gray, or green, or blue, but an absolute perfect fusion of all three.  Every time I see a piece done in this enchanting color my heart melts all over again.

This little hutch is showing her blue side here. 

BUT, I am a big 'ol cheapskate and can't bring myself to pay $50 for a quart (after shipping).  So, my mission this weekend was to make my own.  I got out my leftover paint and started mixing.  

You know this scene in Ocean's 12, right? 
Tess:  "That's too oxblood."...
"I worked at an art gallery, so, I uh, love art obviously...and paint.  That's too brown." 
"I'm sorry.  Do you mind?"

Guy: "Hey.  It's your paint."

Love it--especially her facial expressions while he's mixing! :D

I ended up mixing 3 different colors and when I held it up to the inside of the lid of my ASCP paint can I was so impressed with myself! :)  It's a tad bit lighter, but pretty darn close!  

A sweet friend was getting rid of this dresser and gave me first dibs at it!  How could I turn this cutie down??  And, guess what?  It was the perfect piece for some of my new homemade duck egg blue!
Look at her poor, mismatched pulls (and all her drawer bottoms needed fixing!).


I've been doing a lot of customs lately and was itching to do my own thing.  My hubby walked into the garage and stared at it and I said, "I'm doing what I like." ;)


Makes my heart ache a little it's so pretty.  Is that weird?  It is, isn't it! :)

 I turned on the heater in the garage, staged the dresser, went inside to grab my camera, turned the heater off, threw open the door, snapped a few pics, and threw down the door again.  I am seriously such a BABY when it comes to the cold!!

It had such a great texture on it from the old varnish.  I didn't even scuff sand, just painted right over the top of it.  It's solid oak, so instead of complaining how the grain is too open to get a nice, smooth finish, I just went with it and moderately distressed it.   I love how worn it looks. 

*Tip:  Hand distressing tends to look more natural than using an electric sander.   Using an electric sander can also gum up your paint (because the paint gets too hot from the friction) and can discolor it.  I'm wondering how many of us have used an orbital or hand sander to distress and had a big "Oops!" moment?! :) 

 I love the contrast with a dark top against this soft color.
 (I think I should have dusted it before I took these!) ;)

 A serpentine drawer gets me every time.  These have such soft curves and add a little femininity.

I couldn't decide if I wanted to go light or dark with the hardware, so I did both!  I love the contrast each gives.

I sprayed the cup pulls with Oil Rubbed Bronze (and the screw heads!).

A Lesson and a Quick Fix:

Before I painted I filled in the holes from the original hardware.  When I went to put the cup pulls on I accidentally placed the hole in the cup pull over the old, filled in, hole.  When I went to put the screw in, it wouldn't hold because the wood filler was too soft.
 Oh crap!  Seriously!
So, I simply stuffed match sticks (without the heads) and toothpicks in the hole to fill it up with wood.  I pushed them down so they were flush on the top and then broke them off flush on the backside.  Then screwed the new screw right it!  Quick and easy, and no waiting for putty or whatever to dry! And, since it's wood, it's way stronger than putty or filler!!

 Always love finding the original key holes intact.  This one was missing one, but the rest of them were there.

 I'm not usually a paisley kind of gal, but I loved the colors in this print and thought it added just a little bit of fun. :)

These little sunflowers help me pretend Jack Frost is still holed up somewhere and decided that nipping at our heels this year was just going to be too much work!!

I will be sad to see this one go....

This dresser was featured by:
Marie Elena @ Our Home Away From Home
Stacey @ Embracing Change
Rachel @ Maison De Pax
Kristen @ Wonderful At Home
Debra @ Common Ground

Thank you!

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  1. This piece is a true beauty - love the color you mixed. The lines are lovely and the distressing added the finishing touch.

  2. I think this is my favorite piece you have done! Love that color you mixed - perfect! and the contrast with the top is to die for :)

  3. Beautiful, Lisa! I love Duck Egg, too, and used it on a few pieces in our master bedroom. You did come close {you're right, yours looks a little lighter} and I love it. Such a great looking piece. Love your sign, too! : )

  4. Very, very pretty. Lovely shade and I think I like it better than the Annie Sloan color. Well done!

  5. This is gorgeous! I definitely like your color MORE than ASCP Duck Egg Blue. I have learned the hard way to hand distress when possible and be veryyy careful when using ny electric sander to distress.


  7. Love the color. I would like to have kitchen cabinets in this blue.

  8. Love, love,love this dresser. The color is fabulous and such a great job of refinishing it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. You did a great job with that. I never use an electric sander to distress either. I agree that it looks more natural done by hand.

  10. I have that very HUTCH . I love it in blue. I loved that MOVIE too girly . HUGS and blessings IT all just looks so beautiful !!!!!

  11. Awesome job! Wish this was in my master bedroom. Great job on the color mixing.

  12. That's one of the prettiest painted pieces I've ever seen! Sometimes simpler is the best!

  13. I love your custom color. You did a wonderful job!

  14. Love the color and the different knob choices!! Another great transformation!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!!


  15. How pretty! I just love that color too and with the wood top it's just perfect! Really lovely piece!

  16. It's beautiful! Do you have a recipe for mixing the color? I totally get that little ache when you look at something you absolutely love. If it's weird, then I'm weird too! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

  17. Beautiful Job Lisa! The color turned out super fabulous, and thanks for sharing the great matchstick tip, will be filing that one away in my brain!

  18. OMYGOSH...this is pretty, it made MY heart hurt a little, too.
    I have the cutest little dresser that I am about to have a runaway to paint in just this color.

  19. O, and I am now following you thru bloglovin and Google Friends Connect....and I want that sign on your cute chest.

  20. Thanks alot, now Ive got COVET-IDESS!!!! LOL Beautiful!

  21. So happy I stopped in from Jen' this piece, you did a beautiful job!
    I am in the midst of making over some dressers in my master with some ASCP (Paris Gray) and think I will try and leave the top as is, thank you!

  22. Everything in that after shot is STUNNING! Love the piece,, the colour of paint, the knobs, the styling - sigh...


  23. Wow, it's absolutely gorgeous! Pinned :)

  24. Stunning and inspiring! Thank you for sharing, I love the contrasts (the pulls, dark and light, the unexpected fun inside the drawers) absolutely love and want it!

  25. Amazing! I love it all- the color, the hand distressing, the hardware & the shape all go so well together!

  26. Lisa, this is absolutely stunning! And, I love the way you styled her. Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  27. That dresser is GORGEOUS! What a before and after. I'm featuring it in this week's Power of Paint Party Spotlight. Thanks for linking up!

  28. I love that dresser and the locks on them. Very special I should say. :-) return comments link. Happy Thanksgiving!

  29. I'm pretty sure Almost Duck Egg is now my favorite color, too. What a beautiful piece! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  30. I just adore this dresser. I'm so glad you linked it up with Twirl and Take a Bow! Can't wait to see more of your projects! ~Tammy

  31. I'm seriously IN LOVE!!! I'll be featuring this post at Be Inspired this week. thanks so much for joining in!

  32. Thank you for posting your beautiful dresser at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday, I love it! I featured it on my top ten picks this week. Have a great Thanksgiving, Mary

  33. I just discovered your blog from Domestically Speaking! WOW...what a beautiful piece!!! I'm a beginning "furniture distresser", and I continue to be amazed at the beautiful projects I'm discovering. This piece is truly stunning!

  34. So pretty! I love the color you made. Duck Egg Blue is my favorite! I love the dark top and also love the drawer liners. Great makeover! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  35. She's a beauty, for sure. I could stare at her for a long while.

  36. Oh Lucky me, I just found your website, Thanks to a Pin you posted. So I am now a hooked follower. Since I am new.....Please pardon my question, but do you ever share your recipes? Just curious what three colors you used to create this amazing color and was it Chalk Paint? Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world! Lucky Us.

    1. I am curious about what 3 colors you mixed as well! It is perfect! Would you mind sharing your recipe?

  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE This makeover and color.... can you tell me what you use to line your drawers??

    This is just so perfect!

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