Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Flower Ad Dresser...Fresh and Green

It's been a while, hasn't it?  Right after the holiday craft fair with Shirley, my family took a very, very impromptu trip out of town for the week and just returned late Sunday.  While it was nice to be away, I'm playing catch-up now!  I started this dresser before I left and just finished it up this morning...


Maybe I'm already secretly yearning for spring or maybe it's the fall planting of daffodil bulbs or getting paperwhites ready for Christmas that inspired me to paint this dresser with an old flower advertisement as inspiration?
I just felt like this dresser was such a blank slate and I had to paint some kind of graphic on it!  Despite  the lack of curves and details, it's definitely one of the more unique dressers that I've come across.  The lady I bought this from said that someone in her family made it several generations before her and it is absolutely solid!  There isn't anything but thick hardwood used and I just love the square nails...
  After lightly sanding and cleaning, I gave the dresser two coats of SW Lime Rickey...
It's hard to tell in these photographs, but the color is actually a soft, bright green.  I hand-painted the graphic (with the help of a projector) with watered down ASCP Pure White.  I wanted a washed, distressed look to the graphic.
I then took a sanding sponge and lightly sanded and distressed the edges and lettering and followed up with my favorite furniture wax (Miss Mustard Seed's).  Since the scale of this dresser is very large (48'Wx40'H), I needed over-sized knobs for the huge drawers and these giant black and white ones from Hobby Lobby were the perfect fit.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I'm hoping someone else does too because it's off to my booth at SuzAnna's Antiques tomorrow along with lots of holiday and gift items!

Kristen

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38 comments:

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Kristen, if I lived closeby, it would come to my house, I just adore this!!!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Well, I would have to fight Debra for this piece! :) What a beautiful color. I just love it!

Stephanie said...

I just LOVE this - great job!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kristen, I love it. Such a bright fun color and love the graphics.

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

I am in love with this - beautiful job! Love, love, love :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is over-the-top gorgeous!!! Oh, my!!!! Best painted piece I have seen in ages and ages!
Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

You must be so happy with the finished product. It looks amazing!
Ann-Marie

Magic Brush said...

One of the cutest dressers I have seen in awhile! Thanks for sharing the paint color with us!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Hey Kristen,
Its beautiful and oh my goodness that graphic must have taken some time. Hope you did well at the show at Shirley's neighborhood. If you get a chance, email me about how things are going with "Barnstock." :) Miss talking to you, and hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving. xxoo

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

Kristen, it looks wonderful. I think you were channeling your future barn sale when you did this.
Tammy

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Such a super duper dresser...you did one awesome job on it. Would love to have you share it at my party.

Blessings,
Linda

Michele said...

So original and pretty ~

Nice Job.

Michele
Pearl 13.1

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Super gorgeous :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

This may be my favorite piece yet! Green is my favorite color and I love the transfer. Mostly I love the square-ness and rustic quality it has. Bet you it is snatched up by Saturday!

Jenny

Catherine said...

Just beautiful! I REALLY love the colour you chose - so nice to see something a little different from the norm!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's beautiful, Kristen! I love the Springy green color with the ad text. It's going to go fast!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kristen...that dresser is fabulous!!...you did an amazing job...can't wait to see it at SuzAnna's on Saturday...yes, I signed up for the workshop!!!...See you then!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!!!

srpprcrftr said...

Maybe it's a good thing we don't all live close to you as there'd be lots of ladies having a custody fight over that dresser, include me. The color and your graphics are exquisite, so serene.
Good thing I don't still live in KY or I'd be on the road to get it. One nice thing about KY is it's close to so many other states.
I do have a smaller version of that dresser that I've been wanting to re-do and now I know what I'll do with it
It seems that gorgeous appley green will blend with many other colors as in nature. I've loved it long before it became so popular, always looks clean and cheerful. Think you've got a winner there. Will be interesting to find out how long it lasts in your booth.
Wishing you and yours Happy Thanksgiving

Denise Cerro said...

What a wonderful dresser! Now I'm on the lookout for a simple dresser...you've inspired me to do a graphic when I do find one. Beautiful job, thank you for sharing.

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Kristen, The dresser came out beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Such a unique piece, love the color and the graphics are wonderful. Would love to own that myself. Great job!

reFresh reStyle said...

I love this!!! It's the most beautiful makeover that I've ever seen!
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Debbie

Katarina said...

It's great! Love the color, love the graphic, even the knobs are perfect! :-)

Kathy said...

Wowzer, love the unexpected color and graphic...just fantastic!

Denise Sabia said...

I am in LOVE with this dresser!

At The Picket Fence said...

That is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Judy K said...

That is going to sell in about two seconds. It's gorgeous and someone is going to be very lucky to take that home. Gorgeous job. I'd love for you to share that at my link party. It opens each Tuesday at 8pm EST and stays open through Friday. Hope to see you there.

Custom Comforts said...

So pretty - makes me long for spring.
Cindy

Jeanette said...

I love the spring green color - so fresh and lovely! Pinning this one!

michele said...

so fresh and adorable!

hope you can stop by when you have a moment.

smiles and sunshine to you.

michele

http://www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/11/hello-lovely-paris-apartment.html

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh my gosh! This has to be the prettiest dresser I've ever seen! Love the color and the graphic!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a lovely dresser! That graphic just totally puts it over the top!

Faye Libler said...

Love this!

Sarah @ 20 State said...

This is one of the most beautiful pieces of furniture I've seen! The colour and the text make it really special.

Sherry said...

This looks awesome! Thank you for joining HSH!
Sherry

Laurel said...

This is so beautiful - and clever!!! I just found an old dresser in the back of a house we purchased and want to give this a whirl. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

Laurel @ SoPo Cottage

Lola and Bea said...

So cute and one of a kind.

Caren said...

Love the color and the graphics on the dresser!

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