The client wanted this tall dresser upcycled to something that her young daughters could use to store crayons, Play-Doh and craft supplies. She found different elements that she liked from several pieces of furniture, so the task was to put them all together into the perfect piece for the girls.
The number one priority was that it had to be pink. She wanted the drawer faces to be stained, and the sides of the drawers to be striped gold and white. Finally, the hardware was to be gold. I loved all of the elements of this design but needed to put them together carefully to get a cohesive finished product. The process started with finding the perfect pink. Since there was going to be stain on the piece, I thought that a bright bubblegum pink would be too harsh of a contrast. I blended my own custom color with Waverly Chalk Finish Paints in Ballet Slipper, Snow White and a touch of Elephant until I got the soft pink I was looking for. The stain –a custom blend from Sherwin Williams –also contained some gray tones, so the two finishes would compliment one another. Finally, the gold needed to be a soft gold to blend in and not look garish. I selected DecoArt Metallics in Champagne Gold for the stripes and Krylon Brushed Metalic spray paint in Caramel Latte for the hardware.
Now that the color scheme was put together, it was time to get to work. I started by sanding the drawer faces down to bare wood and applying the brown/gray stain. I painted the sides of the drawers snow white and taped them off in one-inch intervals to create the stripe pattern with the gold paint. Next, I painted the body of the dresser in my custom pink. To add texture and dimension, I dry brushed over the pink with white. The body of the dresser was sealed in Maison Blanche Clear Antique Wax and the drawer faces and sides in Minwax Polycrylic Matte finish. I painted and added the drawer pulls and finished the piece off with metal label holders to help keep the girls organized.
Now, this dresser is a perfect fit for the active playroom.
Hold my wine, I’ve got this…
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