Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Girly Dresser Makeover and Piles of Roses

Finding beautiful, quality furniture pieces to paint has been a little more difficult for me these days than it used to be.  I don't get out to shop the sales and thrift stores as much as I used to.  So, when I get a call from a friend who has a piece of furniture for sale, I am pretty excited...and when said friend says I can have the cute piece in exchange for a few days of pet sitting...even better!
(A favorite Instagram shot of our little house guest)
Just look at that sweet face!  And now take a look at this sweet dresser!  Did I get a great deal or what?  Thanks a bunch Mrs. G.!

I have been long overdo for a girly pink furniture makeover!  This dresser seemed a good candidate for a soft, feminine look!

I chose Antoinette for the exterior of the dresser.  Two coats covered it well and I painted it on thickly and unevenly for a rustic look that would later be accentuated with a paint wash. 
I purchased this gorgeous Do it Yourself Chic applique at The Purple Pear!  I applied it to the drawer front with an epoxy and allowed it to dry completely before painting the drawer.  Old White and Pure White were mixed to create the off-white color for the drawer fronts.
I used the same paint colors and techniques on the hardware, and then distressed them back to show off the pretty details.  They were then clear waxed for durability.
I had fun painting out the details in this beautiful applique.  Many colors were used here...are you ready for the line-up?  Louis Blue, Antoinette, Cream, Old Violet, Paloma and Versailles, followed by a wash in a French Linen/Pure White mix! 

The French Linen wash was also applied to the entire dresser.  It softens the look and gives it a nice aged patina.  I used only clear wax to finish off this piece as the wash provided an aged look similar to what I would normally achieve with dark wax.

My Eden roses are out of control right now!  I just can't get enough of these beautiful blooms!  I look forward to them all year long!  It was fun having piles of them to use for a little photo shoot.  Of course I don't let them go to waste.  All of the blossoms you see here are now hanging in little bundles to dry for Fall crafting.
I am excited to unveil this pretty, completed piece to it's former owner when she picks up her precious pooch this afternoon...and then it's off to Camas Antiques to beautify my booth and wait for the right customer to come along and whisk it away!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings!

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 Before and After Wednesday at The Decorated House
What's it Wednesday at Elephants and Ivy
Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow


Alison Agnew said...

Beautiful makeover! I love the detail and the soft pink color. Would love for you to share at this week's Fridays Unfolded!


Amanda said...

Thank you, Alison! I had planned to link just running a little behind! Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for hosting your fun party! -Amanda

Shabby chic Sandy said...

This piece is just beautiful! I get excited everytime I see you have done a new piece. I love your style! The pastels you do on the applique make it amazing! I have never dried roses before--maybe I should try!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

So pretty! I love the roses and the soft color! Have a great weekend.

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

You have so many pretty items on your blog that my heart was like awe..... LOvE them all. I am your newest follower. Come and see me when you can still trying after all this time to grow my blog...

Mrs G said...

After six or more years of having this old dresser in my guest room, I was amazed at how you transformed it! But I shouldn't be....your work is always wonderful. Thank you for giving this dresser a new life. It was a pleasure to see it in person!

Susan Newbigging said...

Its beautiful. I am your newest follower.

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, the dresser is wonderful and the flowers are enchanting!

Patricia Krank said...

Another stunning makeover Amanda!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Amanda, That dresser is gorgeous! I would pet sit for that dresser too. The colors that you did are just lovely and I like the close up shot of the paint design you did with the brush. It looks like the slap-dash painting that Annie talks about in her videos. So gorgeous! Your roses are beautiful. Have a great week! P.S. Is the dog a king cavalier spaniel? That's the only kind of dog that I want (smile). ~ Jamie

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