Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Dresser That Goes

A few weeks ago my cute friend Lindsey took one of the Molly Tables home to live in the room shared by her two little girlies.  She mentioned that they were also sharing a dresser that had belonged to her husband as a little boy, and that she'd like to it have refinished to match the table.  Remember how the Molly Tables were all pink and cream and girly curves?  Well, a few days later she dropped off this dresser:

Can you say Total Opposite of pink and cream and girly curves?  And then she said something along the lines of, "Oh, just do whatever you think will make it look good with the table." Hmm.  It took a few days of contemplation.  Here is what I came up with:

 I thought about white with pink drawers, pink with white drawers, white top, pink bottom you name it.  None of it seemed right for this piece. Because the dresser has a completely different shape than the tables, I didn't want to do an exact replica of their paint job. I decided it would be best to keep a simple dresser  simple and do something that would just "go".  Besides, its not really chic for everything to be exactly matchy anyway.  At least I'm pretty sure I've heard that around:)

So I painted the whole thing the same white as the tables, distressed it, stained it with the same Dark Walnut, and coated it in polycrylic.

To bring in the pink and a touch of  girliness I played around with a bunch of appliques and ended up again keeping it pretty simple by adding just one, similar to those on the tables, painted that sweet Ballet Slipper Pink and stained.

  For fun and just a tiny bit of curve I added feet, and painted just the balls of them pink as well.


 And of course pink glass knobs, the perfect finishing touch. Larger roses on the top three drawers and smaller round knobs on the rest.

Can you picture them living in a room together?  I hope so.

 Thanks Lindsey!  I hope you love it!

Linking up to Cassie's party :)

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  1. Beautiful! I think the feet really add to it!

  2. This is stunning! You've done incredibly well to make them cohesive yet not matchy matchy. I really love the appliqué and feet. I bet your friend is absolutely chuffed with what you've created :)

  3. so soft and pretty! love the color scheme!

  4. OMG I have that same dresser! Mine has round wood knobs though. It was my DH's when he was little and I JUST talked him into letting me paint it. I can't wait to show him yours so he can see how much better they look painted! Mine is going antique white, distressed and numbered. :)

  5. Oooh love it!! I think you were spot on with the non-matchy matchy feel. Looks great!

  6. cant even tell you how much I love it! You seriously have such a knack for this stuff!