I was in a barn full of treasures when I spotted the ornate iron and ceramic handle pulls of this dresser.
There was so much potential that I just had to breathe new life into this gorgeous piece.
I couldn’t wait to get started. Once I got it home, I did the airing-out/removing-of-cobwebs/getting-to-know-the-piece process almost immediately.
I wanted a custom shade of gray or blue so I started playing around with mixing paint. There’s something zen about taking a bit of this and a touch of that to make a colour stand on its head.
And that’s what happened here.
With a little black, a touch of gray and a smudge of white, I created this light shade of blue/gray that adds a whim of feminine that I wasn’t expecting.
The next colour I mixed was a deep, deep navy. I used it for the top and interior of the cabinet.
As it turns out, it is the strong yang to the soft yin of the blue/gray. The balance and contrast between these two shades of blue is striking.
Another feature I love are the indentations on the top of the dresser. They add so much charm.
It really came together after the whole piece was distressed to give it the living-in-a-barn-look.
I came across a pretty navy and white quatrefoil paper at a craft store. It now lines the drawers and lends added touch of masculinity.
I really love this piece. It’s feminine, masculine, bold, soft, strong and sweet.
We thought it might be perfect in our home so we brought it in for a couple of weeks. Sadly, it just doesn’t work with the shades of blue and beige in our living room. I think I’ll regret the decision to sell it but I’m sure it’ll find its forever home soon and be loved again. How could it not…look at these stunning handle pulls!
Here are the before and after shots.
Thanks for coming by and checking it out! Leave a comment to let me know what you think.