it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

That title really doesn’t have much to do with this dresser makeover.  I just happened to notice that the clock I used in my photos was set to 5:00 and it reminded me of the song.  I’ve had a soft spot for Jimmy Buffet ever since I lived in South Florida.  You can’t grow up down there and not turn into a Parrot Head!  My favorite Buffet songs are a little more obscure though, such as Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On

I bought a cheap watch from a crazy man
Floating down canal
It doesn’t use numbers or moving hands
It always just says now
Now you may be thinking that I was had
But this watch is never wrong
And If I have trouble the warranty said
Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On

Somehow I just love the idea of a watch that just says “now.”  I often need to be reminded to live in the moment.  Someone should make watches like that, don’t you think?

5 oclock somewhere

Alas, I don’t make watches!  But I do make-over dressers.

This is the last piece in the bedroom set I purchased a while back.  I’ve already painted the bed and the mirrored dresser, and now I’ve painted the tall gentlemen’s dresser.  Here it is before.

Natnl tall dresser before

I decided to paint it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Artissimo, a beautiful dark blue.  Unfortunately I had a really difficult time capturing the color correctly.  This photo looks kind of awful.  It was so much better in person, I swear.

5 oclock dresser 2

In fact it was so much better that it is already sold.  One of my favorite customers, Susan, came to pick up the Almond & Ironstone dresser and she saw this one and had to have it too!  Susan has very good taste 😉

This next photo is the only one that comes close to showing the true color.  Just squint a little and imagine this color in the rest of the photos.

5 oclock color

Much like with the other pieces in this set, a coat of paint really brought out the details.  Aren’t those feet and the trim at the bottom to die for?

5 oclock details

The varnish on the top of this dresser had some ‘alligatoring’.  I don’t know if that is truly a term or not, but do you know what I mean?  I wanted to save that because I love the look of it, so for that reason I chose not to strip and wax the top, but to paint it this time.  The milk paint does a great job of bringing out that look.


Ugh.  The color.  Still not good.

Well, I’m taking a look at my watch and it’s telling me that “now” is the first day of what looks to be a fab weekend.  Summer is coming to a close, but I’m going to live in the moment and enjoy every beautiful minute while it lasts.  Who’s with me?

24 thoughts on “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

  1. I’m with you too! Not only that I love Jimmy Buffet as well. Just hearing his name makes me smile (Cheeseburger in Paradise).
    This piece is nothing short of breath taking – love the detail and the lines. Artissimo is a color that is just hard to capture isn’t it? Seems like it always looks lighter on camera than in person. Regardless the piece is to die for. I am familiar with the term ‘alligatoring’. Isn’t interesting that it is a sought after look today when a few short years ago people would have wanted to refinish it.


    1. You have to wonder how many beautiful old finishes were removed in favor of shiny poly in the 80’s and 90’s. I always cringe a little when I see ads for antique pieces on craigslist that say “refinished” and they are really shiny. I’m sure there are just as many people who cringe when the ads say “painted” though too 😉


  2. So beautiful! I’m so glad I found your blog. It makes me smile everyday! You sure have a knack for turning something so heavy and dull into light and romantic! Keep up the good work.


  3. When I was a ;pt younger I had a dresser similar to this one. I gave it away! So many things I did’t appreciate when I was young I now wish I had back!I


  4. Your customer definitely has great taste! If I lived closer to you I think I would become one of your regular customers too and I really have no room for extra furniture (that’s why it’s a good thing I live far far away)… 😉


    1. I like to tell people that this trick is to change things out! Bring a new piece in, take an old piece out. Unless you absolutely adore every single stick of furniture in your home. But even then, it’s fun to change stuff out. I do it all the time 😉


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