When I was asked to refinish this pretty piece, I was excited and slightly intimidated. She came to me topless and while I’d built suff for myself, I’d never attempted to build something for a client. My sweet client “G” wasn’t sure if she was going to source a piece of marble or granite and have it fitted or if a new wood top was in its future. Being that it didn’t realy impact the painting much, I decided to get started.
I was given the great honor of having creative control with this dresser. “G” and I chatted about inspirations…ahhhhh Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley, ummmm yes! Two of my faves! Her daughter fell in love with a pretty floral paper, similar to one I’d used on my craft cabinet, and well the rest was history…the pink floral dresser was born! Let me just say, with such an honor, comes plenty of anxiety. You have this extraordinary vision and just hope with all your might, that you’re able to execute the piece in a way that comes out better than they could ever imagine. With this piece, I was totally shooting for mind blowing!
I went with Sherwin Williams Prominent Pink. It’s such a pretty pink. Not overly bubble gummy and not too pretty, pretty princess. Just sweet and sophisticated.
Admittedly, I’m a little bit of a mettalic paint snob. Modern Masters has always been my go to, but I also really like Fusion Mineral Paint’s mettalics too. I used it on the drawers and after running out, I reached for my trusty Modern Masters in
Iridescent gold to finish the job. This is the coverage after one coat. Not too bad eh?
…and two coats!
Now my favorite part…the paper!!! Let’s just take a moment to love on this pretty paper!! It’s one of my faves. I absolutely adored the clean, crisp look of just the paper and paint, but I also really loved the idea of gently aging the piece and in the end, that’s the route I chose.
Getting back to the top, “G” had no luck finding a suitable piece of marble or granite so she decided that I should try to make a new top. It took me several failed attempts and the feeling of total defeat (having had major router issues) to think a little out of the box. Remembering how I’d done the decorative trim on my mantel shelf, I thought, why not? Off to Lowe’s I went. I didn’t want MDF or plywood, and by the grace of God, there was my new solid wood top, sitting right there wrapped in pretty plastic! I had it cut to size and it worked like a charm!
After attaching the new top, we secured decorative trim with liquid nails. It wasn’t an exact match to the existing edge, but it was complimentary and added some visual interest. As you can see, there was a slight gap between the top and molding.
…use your filler of choice, sand it smooth and it’s almost completely unnoticeable.
I dented, dinged and added worm holes and then painted and detailed the top. That little bit of diluted VDB glaze enhanced those intentional imperfections ever so slightly. To retain the brillianc of the mettalic paint, I used one of my favorite top coats made specifically for use with metallics, Modern Masters Master Clear Supreme
and called this little lovely complete! It’s truly one of my most favorite projects to date!!
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