Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blue Bird Dresser

This week I finished up a gorgeous antique dresser. I seriously contemplated doing a version of MMS's music sheet dresser with this one. I initially even bought it because it had the perfect shape to do that dresser! 

But when I brought it home and really got to looking at it, it just was in too good of shape to cover with music sheets. So I got inspired from many hand-painted designs on Pinterest, specifically a yellow one with the same design. Yellow would be adorable, but I had been itchin' to use some newly purchased Provence.  

Straight out of the can is a little bright, and I wasn't sure at this point if I wanted to use dark wax (I usually decide how something will look during the whole process. I rarely know exactly what I will do ahead of time). So, I painted the first coat just pure Provence, then the second coat a custom mixture of Provence, Old White and a bit of Duck Egg. The branch and birds design was drawn-- free-hand with chalk, then painted just plain Old White. I loved doing it. It was so fast and fun! Much more free than the strict guidelines of a Union Jack design, like I've done in blue, gray, and traditional colors.  Then I distressed it lightly in some areas to reveal the deeper color of Provence, and all the way down to the wood on the edges.

Lastly, I clear waxed it all over, and added jewelry (clear glass knobs).

I love the texture and character this one has with the subtle color variations shown through distressing!



This one also comes with a mirror. At one time there were arms that attached down to the back of the dresser, but they were broken off, and I had to repair the wood on the side of the mirror before painting it. It can be easily propped up on the back of the dresser like I did below, or hung on the wall behind. 


Tomorrow I will finally reveal the huge fixer-upper dresser that I've been waiting to take pictures of because I need to finish retro-fitting the knobs! It's definitely not as feminine as this one, but looks amazing, especially compared to the before! ha!

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51 comments:

  1. Just beautiful!! The colour you chose is lovely

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  2. You did a great job! I love the blue! The yellow dresser with the same design was done by Chi Chi Studios. That dresser was one of my favorite redos I saw last year. It is nice to see that awesome idea done in Provence! Gorgeous!

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    1. I'm so glad you told me! I had been looking for the origin to it! Thanks for the love!

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  3. BEAUTIFUL makeover. It's just gorgeous.

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  4. Oh I love it! But I am a sucker for anything with birds, Wonderul job! karen...

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    1. Thank you Karen, I love birds too! Makes it so whimsical but is an added measure of difficulty for sure ( compared to just branches and flowers).

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  5. I love this, and I love all things blue. But I love how the edges are softly worn. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Theresa! I do too, hence the blog title! ;)

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  6. Saw this on Pinterest and love it. Absolutely inspiring.

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    1. Thank you Marisa, it's fun to see my work pinned!

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  7. This is a great color and love the birds!

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  8. Love this dresser! Thanks for linking it up to my party! Stop by tomorrow to see it featured! Feel Free to grab a "House Featured" button too!
    Leslie

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  9. So beautiful! I love the birds! I sure wish I could draw like that!

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    1. Tammy it actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be since I had a picture reference. I am sure you could do it with a little practice! Heaven knows I have had plenty of it! :)

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  10. I adore this blue bird dresser- the perfect shade of blue I've been searching for! Wanted you to know I featured this on my Saturday favorites! Have a great weekend- Claire

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    1. Thank you Claire! Appreciate the recognition and feature! You have great taste!

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  11. What a charming piece you've created! I love it! Can't wait to pin this one! Thank you for the inspiration!
    best wishes and blessings,
    Amanda

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  12. I have been blog hopping and came across your blog, it's delightful and truly fabulous upcycling on the chest of draws. I have an old piece of furniture in my stored away which was going to be thrown out but now I feel inspired as an artist to bring it back to life with something similar to what you have done with yours.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lee :)

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    1. I'm so glad to have given you a bit of inspiration! Hope it turns out great!

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  13. Hi - really lovely! So, that mirror came with it (or did you have another and just added it?). I just bought an old dresser that used to have a mirror attached and the back of the top of the dresser - there's an inch or so strip that is missing. so, I have to fix that before I start painting. It's roughly just a bit bigger than your dresser. I have been think of doing it in graphite - for something different - I have to figure out what design to do on the front. I loved your Union Jack dresser. Maybe I could do a different color scheme a la Union Jack. I am like you - I usually don't have a plan!

    Great job...saw your feature on MMS! I have my Fall Mantle project on her blog today.

    Linda

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    1. Linda, the mirror came with it, but the arms were broken. I love the idea of graphite for your dresser! Maybe a gray and white union jack design on top of that? That would be lovely! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Absolutely adore the color and the design! Beautiful!

    Lisa

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  15. That looks fantastic! I love the design!

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  16. Love it--I plan on borrowing this idea someday!

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    1. Go for it Karen! I hope you post pictures when you do! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Clicked over here from Ms.MS because I'm in LOVE with your bird dresser! How very talented you are...such a beautiful creation.

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I really appreciate your feedback!

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  18. Oh your bird dresser is just fabulous! I sure wish I could draw like that! lin

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    1. Thank you! I'm pretty sure anyone could draw this with a little practice! :)

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  19. Love, love, love this gorgeous Blue Bird Dresser... so much so that I purchased it yesterday at Chesterfield Mall. It must of soaked up your positivity because it's full of good energy. Wonderful addition to my home. Thank you for your creating such a beautiful work of art! --Debby

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