I finally get to reveal my latest project! My blue and white herringbone dresser!
Here is the dresser before I got my hands on it!
I got it via Craigslist. It was in great shape, the family just didn’t need it anymore. I fell in love with it the instant I laid eyes on it!
As you can see in the before shot, the mirror was the only part that really wasn’t in great shape. Even though the old mirror definitely had character, I prefer a crisp, clean mirror. So, in this case, out with the old, in with the new! Just take this piece of advice from me if you ever decide to cut a mirror…cut it by hand, not on a tile saw. It will lead you down a path of much less frustration!
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White and Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue on this piece. ASCP didn’t have quite the blue I was looking for, so I made the SW paint into homemade chalk paint to get the color I wanted. Homemade chalk paint definitely does not even compare to ASCP in my opinion, especially while distressing it, but it works if you’re looking for a specific color. Another option would be to mix ASCP colors until you get the color you want, but that could quickly lead to wasting a lot of paint if you aren’t careful!
I did two light coats of Old White on the top of the dresser. Once that was dry, I used a paint and wax mixture to give it a milky look and to help seal it. I love how it turned out. It almost looks like stone!
The stripes were kind of a pain in the butt, to tell you the truth! You definitely need patience if you ever want to attempt anything like this. But it’s totally worth the result if you’re willing to commit some time to it! I love the contrasting colors!
So … on to the announcement…
I found a place to sell my painted furniture pieces! The Town Peddler is a huge craft and antique mall that isn’t too far from home for me. I got a 6×7 booth and have committed to selling there for the next six months! I’m so excited about it! I feel like the commitment to having a booth is just making me take this whole business that much more seriously and it’s even helping my creativity to blossom! Both great things! So make sure to check out The Town Peddler in Livonia (starting August 1st) if you’re ever in the area to see my finished pieces in person!
*(PS – I now sell my furniture at Painted Farmgirl & Friends in Hudsonville, MI)
Thanks for stopping by my new blog! I just picked up a ton of furniture the past couple days, so I’ll definitely have more projects coming soon!