Friday, May 11, 2012

Dresser Project, Inspired by Wedgwood

It's been a while since I showed you the results of any of my furniture projects.  I've been working on them ... I just haven't been showing them. 

Since it's Friday, and I usually get the urge to show furniture on Fridays, here is one of my latest completed items.  Please allow me to introduce .....  The Wedgwood Dresser.

You may or may not remember this dresser's humble beginning.

It's a very solid, heavy, well-made dresser from a good maker.  It just has dated styling ... which makes it perfect for a beauty makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I took my inspiration for this piece from the applied carvings on the drawer fronts.  They remind me of applied decorations on Wedgwood dishes and cameos, so it seemed natural to do this piece in ASCP Old White and Duck Egg ... perfect Wedgwood colors.

When I painted the first coat of Duck Egg on the carvings, the details didn't stand out quite like I wanted them to ... so I dry-brushed a bit of Old White onto them.  Now they're perfect!

The dresser had ALMOST all of its original hardware ... the only missing piece was ONE eye-bolt for one drawer handle.  (The handle that appears to be missing in the 'Before' photo was in one of the drawers.) 

I knew that I wanted to keep the original handles if I possibly could.  A quick trip to Lowes yielded some handles with eye-bolts that worked perfectly with the original handles.  I'll save the parts of the new handles that I didn't use for another project later.

I used a texture technique on the top of this dresser ... two coats of slightly-thickened Duck Egg ASCP ... then I waxed and sanded and and polished and waxed again ... and the effect has depth and a silky smooth, satiny shine!

(The paintbrush is in this photo to trick my camera's auto-focus function ... it couldn't focus on the shiny dresser top at the angle I wanted to shoot without it.  Oh, the things we have to do with these new-fangled cameras.)

On the body of the dresser, I lightly distressed corners and edges and feet to simulate a lifetime of use and care.  No fakey, patchy, random distressing for this girl ... every mark and wear spot can tell a story. 

Now that this dresser is finished, it's in the pile of things that are staged to go with me to the Luckett's Spring Market, May 19 and 20.  I have one more project to finish, then I'll have everything ready for the show ... all I will have to do is decide how to arrange everything into my 10 x 10 foot space.


  1. Very pretty...I will be visiting Lucketts Market on the Sunday, hate to miss it on Saturday, but I will not miss my nephew's wedding. Take lots of pictures, as I know a lot of these beauties will sell on Saturday.

  2. I like it, but I like everything you do. I just wish I had some of your energy.

  3. It's just beautiful Connie! Can't wait to see it in person!

  4. Wow-What a great looking piece. I love the color and it has just the right amount of distressing for me. xo Diana

  5. I love that dresser is is stunning when you first posted it I thought yea right but it looks great! I wish I could do the stuff you do :)

  6. Beautiful, just love the colors. Good Luck to you at the fair!

  7. Connie you amaze me with the quality work and the time you put into your projects. Inspiring, you are. Love this piece!

  8. Connie, you have such an eye for turning dated furniture into stunning furniture! Beautiful.

  9. This is just beautiful! I am an ASCP enthusiast and can't wait to pin this to my "Paint it Annie" inspiration board! I just got goosebumps reading your profile... I adore roses and my mom is a Master Gardner with a huge rose collection, but 800? Amazing! I must check out your website and will forward it onto my mom!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,


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