I’ve posted my share of do-overs here on the blog, pieces that didn’t sell for whatever reason and thus they get a 2nd makeover. But today’s post is a do-over with a twist.
I came across an ad for a dresser on Facebook Marketplace recently, and here’s the picture that was included in the ad.
If you’ve been following me since 2017, this might look familiar to you. It sure looked familiar to me! I painted, and then sold, this one five years ago.
It always startles me a bit when I see my pieces being re-sold. This isn’t the first time it has happened, but this is the first time that I decided to go ahead and buy it back! The price was right, and I had a pretty good idea what the condition of the dresser would be (assuming the new owners hadn’t done significant damage in five years). In addition, I knew that I had painted it in Fusion Mineral Paint, and therefore it would be fairly easy to paint over it.
Just for fun, here is what this dresser looked like when I originally purchased it.
And if you go back and read that original post, Ken did a fair amount of repair work on this piece before I ever got around to painting it. Plus I replaced all of those knobs with pretty glass. So why let all of that go to waste?
So I bought it back.
This time around I decided to ditch the mirror completely. Last time I shared photos of the dresser with and without the mirror, but included it with the dresser to be used at the new owner’s discretion. To be honest, I never really liked the way the mirror looked though so I separated the arms that held the mirror from the trim piece at the back.
I’ll do something with the mirror on its own down the road.
Next I just gave the entire piece a scuff sand and a good cleaning, and then repainted it in a custom mix of Dixie Belle Silk paint.
This mix is probably about 3/4 Tide Pool to 1/4 Hampton Olive. I just mixed a little of the Hampton Olive at a time into the Tide Pool until the color felt right to me.
The Hampton Olive tones down the brightness of the Tide Pool just a bit, and adds a little more green to the mix as well.
I have to apologize, I struggled to capture this color accurately in my photos. White balance can be a challenge sometimes, and this is one of those times. Oddly enough, my camera did the best job of capturing the color in this close up photo of the gold frames.
But this is also one of those chameleon colors that changes with the light, and depending on what colors are next to it.
So I did my best.
One thing to always keep in mind when you are painting over pre-existing paint is that when you distress the edges you are going to see some of that original color. So in the case of this dresser, that is going to include both the black and the white. The white was more obvious than the black though, so I tried to distress very gently over the upper portion of the dresser that was white.
I’ve always loved the combination of this blue-green color with gold, so I decided to add a gold transfer to it.
These are all sections from re.design with prima’s Somewhere in France transfer.
It’s subtle, but I love that it added a bit of bling.
To continue with the gold, I added some gold gilding wax to the key holes as well.
So what do you think of this simple do-over with a twist?
Which is your favorite look? No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?
Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know.
This dresser is for sale, so if you are local and in need of a pretty dresser, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page.
Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co. for supplying the paint used in this makeover!