Friday, August 24, 2012

What a coat of paint can do!

I love eclectic pieces of furniture rather than matched when I decorate my own home. Sometimes I paint these finds and other times  I strip the original finish and create a custom wash . 

  We recently had to replace this green washed oak  dresser in our summer house when we relocated  it  to our newly renovated master bedroom  in town (that will be another post).

We bought this gem  at  Habitat for Humanities Restore for $20 dollars when it passed my husband's structural integrity test being  pronounced solid and square with good sliding drawers. Sometimes being married to a wood worker can become tiresome.  I liked it  because it had great lines. 

 The walls of this bedroom have been  Ben Moore Revere Pewter for ten years.    I wanted the ocean view  to be the focal point so I choose a colour for the dresser  that was just a little darker than the walls.

  I sanded liberally and primed with Ben Moore Advance Primer.  The colour is  Ben Moore CSP upper west side (Aura). I love this gray as much as I love Revere Pewter.  I think Revere Pewter is the perfect gray so that is quite a standard to match. I'm still debating painting the legs. They blend in with the floor and the tips are gold.  My current feeling is leave them because gray would accentuate the gold tips.

I have to admit that the knobs and handles  purchased at Home Depot cost 4 times the price of the dresser, but they were a must to keep the mid century modern feel of the piece. 


  1. Just beautiful, you did a great job. and for twenty bucks! You really lucked out. I've been to the restore several times but have not had much luck.
    I love grey also and will be writing this colour down. I am thinking of grey for my main living area. But by the time I get around to that project I'll hve my mind changed a million times.

  2. Lesley,
    I have seen great deals at the Restore, but you have to go there frequently. It is near where I live so I often just drop in when passing by. I have to take shots of what happened to the second dresser we bought. Check back.
    There's no doubt I have lots of opinions about gray. It's always been my favouite neutral even before it became popular. Hmmm, maybe a post about gray. Love your posts by the way. You are funny!

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  4. Great job on the mirror and dresser! Thank you for sharing. This reminds me that I have a few things I could paint for a fresh look.

  5. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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