Thursday, June 3, 2010

Driftwood Dresser

I don't come across super duper bleached wood dressers often, so I was really charmed by this antique piece. It ended up sitting on my to-do list for over 6 months, which actually isn't as long as some that are yet to be worked on, but I was excited to get to it because I had a plan in mind right from the start.

A chalky cream paint, worn down in areas and rubbed into the wood in others, feels fresh, but not new.





To me, nothing feels more "beachy" than old pewter. I love that the shell pulls mimic the arch of the bottom feet.


I wanted the grain of the wood to peek through since it has a beautiful color and the wood is all cut on the diagonal.



I am always asked by clients "what is your favorite style?" as far as furniture, and while I love the romantic, airy feel of french provincial pieces, these chunkier, heavy pieces are actually where my heart is. I never get tired of these cottage, beachy guys.


18 comments:

Andréann said...

my childhood furniture set is in that style, it's natural wood with an heavy coat of varnish.

What you did to this one is really great! makes me want to do it for my set (as I still use it...) Maybe they'll feel more grown up ?
thanks for sharing

Melissa said...

I really, really love this piece! :) It looks like it belongs in a house by the ocean. It is just beautiful and I love the smaller size too!

Lara said...

oh i love it! it is beautiful!

Liz said...

Will you come to my house and paint everything white? Then you could use it as a (not so near the) beach vacation house. I live by the ocean...well, about 3 miles from the coast. I would cook for you. Pleeeease

Hello My Pretties said...

What an ugly colour it was in the before shot! Was it originally veneer?

Ashley J Houck said...

that piece totally belongs there. So awesome! Come check me out!

Ashley
www.rahouck.blogspot.com
{The Appraiser's Wife}

Holly and Sean said...

You have yourself a deal Liz!!!

Suzy, it is actually solid wood (and much heavier than it looks!).

Holly and Sean said...

Andreann, you should go for it! I can only imagine playing with more of this stuff, I love the color of the wood!

Cassie said...

You do such an amazing job with furniture! I've only had the guts to play with cheap Goodwill frames, but this is totally inspiring me to hit that next level!

helle - pirettehuset.dk said...

You have made it look so fabulous with the paint and the steel handles. I also agree that the arched legs is great!

Helle:))

Tami said...

Beautful!

Lindsey said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!! Great job!! I'm wanting to be at the beach now!! {sigh}

That one girl said...

Yeah, this is awesome. Do you just sand it in places to get the worn look?

16thandfrayed said...

You. Are. Awesome.

Lovely Little Nest said...

VERY nice transformation. I would never have guessed that the piece you created looking anything like the before pic!

Love the hardware! :)

Hello My Pretties said...

Oh it must have been the varnish which made it look kinda like veneered wood to me, either way the 'after' is so much better!

Raru said...

Ah... this piece is so so so pretty. I love it.
Thank you.

xoxo,
raru

Melanie Beth said...

I love this! The shape and the color - so perfect!

 
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