Monday, February 13, 2012

Pretty, Pretty Pink

After I finished the Big Blue Dresser last week, I was in the mood to do something a bit girly for my next project.  I've had this little 8-drawer chest in my stash for a while, and it has been overlooked in favor of flashier pieces.  For some reason, I saw it in a different light that day ... in a way that would more than take care of my girly urges.

Are you ready?  Brace yourself ... this thing is really, REALLY girly.



To get this color pink, I mixed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Olde White and Primer Red.  (I totally forgot to get ANY photos of this chest before I painted it.  Imagine orangy 1980s pine, and you've got the idea.)



To make this even girlier, I dug through my stencil collection to find just the right design for the drawers, and I taped and painted dry-brushed stripes on the side panels.



As with all of the furniture I redo, this is a really solid piece with quality construction.  (I'm not wasting my time repurposing junk.)



I stripped and sanded and stained and varnished the top of this dresser, using one coat of Rustoleum Golden Mahogany and one coat of Kona stains and two coats of Minwax oil-based polyurethane.  The body of the dresser is ever-so-slightly distressed and waxed with clear wax.  All of the drawers are lined with vintage Waverly wallpaper.




This chest originally had bat-wing brass pulls on it ... not too girly.  I replaced them with these nickel handles, which don't obscure the bows painted on each drawer.



This chest is now ready to make some little girl (or big girl) very happy. 



I think I can rearrange a few things to make room for this in my shop.  If not, Craig's List has been very good to me.

21 comments:

  1. Connie, that is so pretty. Love the bows and the stripes. Fabulous job on the top.

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  2. Very girly and sweet. I could picture it in one of my granddaughters' rooms.

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  3. Very, very pretty!!! Love the color!!!

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  4. Very pretty....I LOVE the pink stripes on the sides :o)
    ~Des

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  5. Very pretty. Perfect for a little girls room.

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  6. Very sweet! I especially love the stripes!

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  7. Cute, cute, cute! I really like the stripes! I can imagine someone snatching that up for a little girls room/nursery.

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  8. This big girl would love it in my craft room! Too cute.♥♫

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  9. Aww, I can see this in a nursery or a little girl's room, too cute! And I love your new sign too!

    Kat :)

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  10. Love the stripes on the sides! Very pretty!

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  11. Soooo sweet, Connie! You're going to make little girl so happy! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  12. Girly and oh so sweet! This is a dream dresser! hugs, Linda

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  13. Cute, this would EXACTLY match my bedroom as a child. I had a unicorn border at chair rail, and the wallpaper underneath was pink, with white bows in a lattice pattern. VERY girlie, haha.

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  14. So very shabby chic!.. would love it in a little girl's room.

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  15. I predict that you won't have it long! Someone will be nursery shopping and it will be just perfect!

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  16. aawww..that is so cute! Just girly enough without going over the top and can be used for a long, long time. I think adding the paper lining to the drawers is a great touch. Way to go!

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  17. so sweet and yes very girly! i love teh stripes on the side as they add a little more masculine touch! :)

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  18. Now that is GIRLY, glad you showed your feminine side on this one. Very pretty.
    Rick

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  19. Oh my goodness! My daughter would just love that! Love all the delicate details!

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  20. Beautiful! I love the contrast between the bows on the front and the stripes on the sides. Very Nice!

    Thanks for linking up to my weekly Chalk Paint Party
    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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