You probably remember this beautiful dresser that I shared a couple of weeks ago with its amazing … and huge … Prima Marketing Rose Celebration transfer.
Prima had sent me several of the new transfers in their re.design line and this was the first one I tried. What I didn’t mention when I shared this was that I chose my ‘least favorite’ of all the transfers they sent to try first, just in case I got it wrong and wrecked it somehow (which obviously didn’t happen).
Now, before you take that wrong, that definitely doesn’t mean that I didn’t love this transfer. What that really means is that the rest of them are even more fantastic. If that one was my ‘least favorite’, just imagine what the rest of them are like!
As soon as I finished that dresser I was on the hunt for another dresser to add a mammoth transfer to .
To be specific, this time it’s the Imperial Garden transfer (this one is 44″ wide x 30″ tall) and it looks like this.
If you look closely at the background you might guess why I fell in love with this transfer at first sight. Do you see it? It’s Venice! See the gondola (lower left)? And those classically Venetian buildings? Since I’ll be spending my 55th birthday in Venice this year, this transfer felt special.
I wanted to find a dresser that would accommodate most, if not all, of the design. If you’ll remember I had to trim about 6″ off of the sides of the transfer on that previous dresser.
So when nnK sent me the Facebook Marketplace ad for a dresser that someone she knew was selling, I jumped at it. It looked right about the perfect size.
Mr. Q picked it up while I was at work one day last week, but as soon as I got home I took some measurements and discovered I was right. It’s the perfect size!
The next step was to pick a paint color. There were so many possibilities. I could have gone with an off-white, of course. But I also could have chosen a pale pink, either Dixie Belle’s Pink Champagne or Fusion’s Little Piggy (both of which I had on hand). Either of those would have been gorgeous. I also debated using Fusion’s Lichen, which is a pale green grey. It was a perfect match for some of the greens in the leaves.
But I ended up choosing Fusion’s Inglenook. I absolutely love the pale blue green color and I thought it would work beautifully with the colors in the transfer.
I also made the decision to leave the top ‘as is’. I think this is a first for me. But the dresser had been recently refinished and although the finish is a bit shinier than I would have chosen, it was in really good shape so I left it.
I figured that if I didn’t love the way it looked after finishing the rest of the dresser, I could always paint it later.
I also made the decision to remove the existing hardware and not put it back on.
These pulls might work for another piece down the road, but they would have fought with the design of the transfer. So I filled the holes for the original hardware using Dixie Belle’s Mud before painting and I added glass knobs instead.
I followed my usual protocol of sanding lightly and cleaning with a damp rag, then I added two coats of Fusion’s Inglenook. Once the paint was dry, I distressed the edges of the dresser by hand sanding them with 180 grit sandpaper.
Next I applied the transfer. I used the same method I used last time (find that here).
Once the transfer was applied, I sanded over it very lightly by hand with 220 grit sandpaper to give it a more faded, vintage look. That’s totally optional and just a matter of preference. Some of you may prefer the look of the transfer without sanding it.
Adding the transfer completely transformed this dresser.
Although it was in nice shape before, it was kind of ho hum. The previous owners did a nice job refinishing it, but I think they robbed it of its character.
But now it has plenty of personality again.
The little chair in the photos is from the Mac-Grove sales. I started out painting it grey, but it ended up being a bleeder (ie. the red stain bled through the paint) so I zapped it with some spray on shellac and then ended up giving it a coat of the Inglenook while I was painting the dresser.
Then I used the left over remnants from another Prima Marketing transfer to dress it up a bit.
I love the petite size of the chair.
I also used a few of my hydrangeas to stage this piece.
They are looking pretty much amazing at the moment, so it was hard to resist getting them in a few photos!
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing products, check out their ‘where to buy‘ page.
If you’re wondering where to buy the Fusion paint, check out their ‘where to buy‘ page.
If you’d like to order the glass knobs I used on this piece, you can find them at D Lawless Hardware.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a gorgeous dresser, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details on the Imperial Garden dresser!