Sometimes it’s a bit wild how things just come together. I believe some might call it serendipity. In this case, I painted a dresser last Friday in one of my new Little Billy Goat colors called Prize Winner.
It wasn’t until I started writing the blog post about it that I realized I would also be announcing the prize winner from my Thanksgiving giveaway in the same post! Now, I’d like to be able to say that I very cleverly planned this little play on words with my paint color choice, but no. It didn’t even occur to me until I started writing.
Well, with no further delay, the winner of the giveaway is Sarah M. I’ve already contacted Sarah and she’s super excited about winning!
And now for the prize winner dresser!
It started out looking like this when Mr. Q purchased it via craigslist.
I was particularly drawn to the little finials on the harp that holds the mirror in place, and also to the fact that the seller included a photo of the label in his ad.
That little detail in his ad really caught my eye. I love a good vintage label.
To me this dresser has a little yin and yang going on. A feminine mirror with a slightly curved top on a masculine tall dresser with straight lines and no fuss. I decided it would be lovely painted in a rich, dark blue. I debated using Miss Mustard Seed’s Artissimo or Annie Sloan’s Aubusson, but then I remembered my new Little Billy Goat paint in Prize Winner.
After doing as much furniture painting as I’ve done, I’ve learned to not fight against the existing color on a piece of furniture. The finish on this dresser was quite dark, so trying to paint it in a pale shade would have likely required several coats of paint. I got away with just one coat of Prize Winner, with just a quick 2nd coat on only the top to touch up a couple of spots. Yep, that is just one coat of paint on the fronts of those drawers. I finished with Miss Mustard Seed clear wax.
Mr. Q did all of the prep work on this one and he really struggled with the knobs. They all had some sort of glue holding them on in addition to the screw. I suspect people do this sort of thing because they want those knobs to be FIRMLY attached. They aren’t thinking ahead to some far flung future date when someone wants to take them off again. In the end we had to get Ken’s help drilling out one of the screws altogether because it just wouldn’t budge.
Once the knobs were all off, I really wasn’t planning to put them back on again. I was going to use some pretty clear glass knobs. But the holes for these knobs were really large. The glass knobs had too much wiggle room. I consulted with Ken on this and he suggested we glue dowel sticks in all the holes, and re-drill. A great idea, and it would have been the proper fix, but it would have been seriously putzy. I vetoed that idea and put the original wood knobs back on!
I have to say, this color is really gorgeous. I tend to have a hard time capturing these dark blues in photos, but these photos come fairly close. The color might be just a tad darker in person.
Isn’t this little cup I used to stage this dresser lovely?
I’m pretty sure I paid about a quarter or so for it at a garage sale. I just thought the design was so pretty. For a long time I used this little cup to measure out plaster of paris when making my own chalk paint. Now it’s filled with moss and I just keep it in a window sill.
Since so many of you mentioned how much you enjoy the ‘before and after’ pics, I’m going to try to be sure and include them from now on (promises, promises, but I’ll do my best).
This dresser is available. If you are local (Twin Cities) feel free to leave me a comment if you are interested.