I was tickled to be asked to paint a third piece for one of the loveliest and talented women I know.
I’ve mentioned her before as she was my mother’s good and generous friend. Although younger, she shared my mother’s enthusiasm for politics and the willingness to get in the trenches.
The deadline for the dresser was in three weeks because she had guests coming to stay and I skated in a day early ~ a little too close for comfort to the deadline.
She asked me to use the picture below with the hand painted frame for inspiration. Other than wanting to keep the fun triangle shaped knobs, she gave me free reign.
I had a devil of a time deciding what to do. I tried copying the three boxes on the edges of the drawers and ruled it out as looking too country.
Next I painted stripes outlining the drawers to mimic the lines around the drawing. I wasn’t crazy about that either. The triangle hardware knobs didn’t look quite right with either design, so I finally decided to use the diamond shape to play off the triangles.
Using the diamonds, I copied the basic premise of the frame’s handpainted pattern. Finally I’m happy with this design and I hope she is too!
I have three great pieces available for custom refinishing ~ a French Provincial Buffet/Dresser, a Gentleman’s Dresser and an Art Deco Buffet/Dresser.
I spied this charming French Provincial 7 drawer dresser under a pile of stuff, wedged in the back of a stuffed garage at an estate sale recently.
French Provincial style furniture can go from traditional to contemporary, depending on how you paint it. It definitely is one of my favorite styles.
This gentleman’s dresser was also at the same estate sale but it sat prominently in the master bedroom.
This dresser can also lend itself to many different looks and uses in one’s house.
Thanks to a fellow book clubber who thought I would love this art deco piece (and indeed I do!), it is available for customization and would look great in the dining room, family/living room or in a bedroom.
It has generous storage space in its three cabinets.
I love the round curves on the drawers and the details on the cabinet doors. The piece is in need of paint and glazing so all of the lovely details pop.
It’s dimensions are 54″W x 18″D x 33″H.
This salmon colored dresser and mirror will join a pair of mint colored french provincial bedside tables in the nursery of a charming couple, who are expecting their first child.
The baby is going to have a fabulous nursery, which will transition nicely when the child grows older.
The before photos are of poor quality because a strange thing happened. At least 50 of my photos disappeared from my hard drive and I have no idea how it happened. I worked around this problem by taking screenshots of the “before” photos and then cropping them.
While the photos aren’t crisp and sharp, you can see what the dresser and mirror looked like before they were painted.
My clients found this piece at a local antique shop and it was in great shape.
To emphasize the mirror and dresser’s lines, I applied a black glaze.
The center dresser drawer’s original hardware is now on the nursery’s mint bedside tables. My clients found these glass knobs as a replacement.
The heavy mirror has great lines and is nearly as long as the dresser.
My clients are generally kind enough to take a photograph or two of their pieces and send them to me ~ it’s so gratifying to see the furniture at home and I’m really looking forward to seeing these pieces in their nursery.