Jun 3, 2013

The "Rivah" Inspired Dresser

Yes, I've been slacking a little on my furniture flips, but I'm finally getting back into the mood again.  Well, perhaps a lot of it is that I had to kick myself in the behind to get ready for the Vintage Home Market and our new room at Deep Creek Vintage.....both of which I need to be finished in less than two weeks!
As with most furniture re-do hoarders, I have a fairly large stash in the garage, but I went on a junk hunt anyway and found this adorable 1940s/50s dresser.  For the show, I want to do a little section geared towards beach living (and the Rivah), and this dresser screamed "pick me, pick me!", and I'm so glad that I did.

Not having a real plan, I started mixing a custom blend paint out of several different flat paints I had laying around, then added Plaster of Paris to make it a chalk paint.  I drew inspiration from this painting (that I also found during one of my hunts) and went with a deep turquoise.

This is the color I came up with.
Does anyone else re-use their plastic coffee containers for paint?  If not, it's great!  We go through coffee like crazy in this house, and instead of throwing those containers away, I finally found a good use....and the paint keeps for a long time!  Plus, they usually have handy little handles.
OK....back to the dresser...
I gave it a good coat of the turquoise, then added some undertones for the distressing part.  I had originally left some of the wood "faux painting" showing, but once I tried on the new knobs, the orangey color just didn't work.  So, the dresser got a final all-over coat of the turquoise.
Once all done, I handpainted a compass rose on the bottom of the front.  It's a good thing that I never became a surgeon...my hands are not steady at all!  However, I knew that I would distress after I was done, so it all worked out, I think.
After adding a darker wash to a couple of the panels and giving it a good sanding and distressing to show some of the undertones, I waxed it all over with clear wax, then went over that with some homemade dark wax (two parts clear wax to one part ASCP Graphite).  That gave it the age look I was going for. 
Last, but not least, I added these super cute knobs I found at Hobby Lobby....
...and, the end result is this:

 Ready for a new home on the water (or a beach home wannabe).  Will be available at the Vintage Home Market!
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  1. Love! Love! Love! The knobs are P.E.R.F.E.C.T.! The décor on top is the icing on the cake :) Happy Tuesday :)

    1. Thank you, Meg! It's one of those pieces that I REALLY didn't know where I was going with it, but I think it turned out pretty nice. The pictures really don't do it justice...I need to learn how to use that camera thing better. :)

  2. Just beautiful! Love the color, the hand painted compass rose and those cute knobs!

  3. Love everything about this dresser especially that compass! I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week... thanks for linking up!

  4. Love how this turned out! You did a great job painting the compass, and the new knobs are perfect.

  5. Unbelievably beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing your techniques. Popped over from Be Inspired and added you to my bloglovin feed :)

    1. Wow! Thank you so much! I visited your page and added you to my feed, too. :)

  6. I love love love what you did with this dresser! And the compass is a nice touch. (I added a similar compass design to tv trays I re-did.) Turquoise is my favorite color and I added your dresser to my Turquoise Love page for inspiration. Thanks! http://renewedprojects.blogspot.com/p/in-love-with-turquoise.html

  7. Such a pretty color and I love the pulls. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x


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