I realize I’ve been blogging heavily on furniture projects lately, but when you see this Turquoise Dresser with Damask Detail on top, you’ll understand why I couldn’t wait to show it off. I LOVE how it turned out. It’s kind of bold, kind of classic, and it’s definitely a statement piece. I guarantee, you won’t find another one like it anywhere.
Just a week ago, it was a diamond in the rough, banished to to the back of a thrift store. An old, clunky television was placed on top of it, and shoppers passed it by, never giving it a second look. But I showed up in the nick of time and heard it’s desperate plea, “Paint me, paint me!”
It was a fantastic score. Any time you can find french provincial furniture in decent shape, grab it! You can’t go wrong. These pieces are timeless, and painted in a bold color, they’re in high demand. This particular dresser was in excellent shape. It only had a couple of scratches from regular wear-n-tear; nothing that a little sanding couldn’t fix.
Once I got it all sanded, I was ready to paint. I chose a bold turquoise color, because I wanted it to really stand out. Plus, I really liked the handles and knew I wasn’t going to paint or change them, and the white would just pop next to a deep turquoise.
Once the drawer fronts and body of the dresser were painted, I rolled on a charcoal color on the top of the dresser, and trimmed out all the details in white using a fine paint brush.
Believe it or not, painting those detail grooves isn’t as easy as it looks. If you’re a perfectionist, like I am, it takes a really steady hand, and a lot of patience. You have to be careful not to get any paint on the outer portion that you’ve already finished, and you wind up doing lots of touch-up painting.
With this project, I did something I have never done before. I actually STENCILED. If you know anything about me, I am the “Anti-Stenciler.” I pride myself in doing everything freehand. And, in fact, I kind of hate the fact you can buy vinyl cut-outs of things that used to be painted, because I feel that not only puts artists out of work, it does away with one of a kind artwork. But, I was recently asked if I could stencil a different project, and I needed something to practice on. My original plan was to cover this entire top in a damask pattern. But I stopped at three because I thought it was just perfect like this…and it turns out, stenciling isn’t that easy. (Maybe I’ll blog on stenciling in a future post.)
For now, I just want to enjoy the fruits of my labor. This Turquoise Dresser with Damask Detail is gorgeous. It really is just a matter of seeing the potential and investing a little elbow grease. There’s no way this piece is going unnoticed now.