While I was gone on my cruise last month I received a text from one of my favorite customers. Nikkii has purchased a gazillion pieces of furniture from me, I do believe I have lost count of just how many. Last summer she purchased the gorgeous bed I painted in Dixie Belle’s Caviar.
She got in touch because she was looking for a dresser to pair up with the bed. She wanted something that would hold a decent amount of stuff.
Mr. Q and I happened to have just returned to the ship after our Street Food Tour in Genoa when she texted, but I promised to get back to her when our trip was over because I had a couple of dressers that I thought might work for her.
She ended up going with this one.
Initially you might be thinking that the simple, clean lines of this chest on chest dresser don’t relate to the more ornate style of the bed at all. However, I knew that painting it the same color would go a long way towards making them work together.
I prepped the dresser using my regular m.o.; removed the hardware, sanded lightly, vacuumed inside and out, cleaned with Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser, and rinsed with a damp cloth. Then I added two coats of Dixie Belle’s Caviar.
Once that was dry I added my Blanchisserie de Francaise stencil using Ceramcoat craft paint in a color called Deep Taupe. The curvy lines of the stencil will also help this piece relate to the curvier lines of the bed.
Readers frequently ask where I got this stencil, but unfortunately the Etsy vendor I purchased it from is no longer in business so I can’t provide a source for it.
After adding the stencil it was simply a matter of sanding lightly again using 220 grit paper, vacuuming again and then waxing the piece using Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in Black.
Gosh, I’d forgotten what a workout it is to wax a large piece of furniture. And this one is large at 53.5″ tall. I never feel guilty about skipping the gym when I’m spending time waxing a piece of furniture.
And it sure did feel good to be painting again. I’d definitely missed it!
I retained the original drawer pulls on this piece. I initially debated swapping them out, but they had two screws each which would have meant filling holes and re-centering new holes for knobs.
When I think about it, this dresser makeover really was an exercise in keeping in simple.
First of all, that original red stain would have definitely bled through a lighter color of paint. Sure, I could have used a stain blocking primer like Dixie Belle’s BOSS and that would have solved that problem. That would have been an extra expense, and an extra step or possibly two (if it had required two coats). Just painting it black was much simpler.
Second, keeping the original hardware meant I didn’t have to fill those extra holes. Plus there would have been the added expense of buying 10 knobs.
Some days it feels like the competition out there on social media is so fierce, and everyone is trying to out-do each other with the most elaborate makeover possible. Sometimes it’s good to remind myself that keeping it simple is OK too.
You can really change the look of a piece of furniture with just some paint, don’t you agree?