Oh this is going to be a long one, for this dresser has quite a painty history…
It started as this, a dresser is a dresser is a dresser, even if it IS a lovely Thomasville dresser, in excellent condition
In April I received a new CeCe Caldwell Color, Traverse City Cherry, a really pretty red, and decided to use it on this piece
My thought was to treat the front panels differently, that by doing so I could take this piece to new uses rather than
just a dresser…
I posted about this first Traverse City Cherry makeover here , in a nutshell it went like this
Nope. not quite right…
Much better. It is topcoated with their Ce Ce Caldwell Aging Wax Dark, which gives it that perfect rich red…
I thought, maybe too much red, so I redid the top, to match the front panels, but that didn’t do it. It needed a new color, another new one I’d just gotten it – Cinco Bayou Moss. My inspiration was that sample piece of wood propped in front, Cinco Bayou Moss over Vermont Slate, wiped back and aged with the dark wax
I took off all the crystal ball knobs and brought back the original Thomasville hardware, then painted over the red with Cinco Bayou –
Here, I’m impatiently applying the Dark Aging Wax – I want to see the results and the rest of the piece is not even finished! Look how much that wax riches the color –
I loved the Cinco but I wasn’t loving it over the red as much as over the black (like my sample). I also decided it needed some bling and introduced 3 crystal knobs which had brass backs – the brass matched the original hardware perfectly
but then I didn’t like the handles with it – they seemed to blah… (does this sound like a Dr. Seuss book?) I got out my Swarovski crystals and glued some onto the handles, trying to balance them with the pretty center knobs
I was liking that better, but now, even though I loved the color, it was just blending in too much and…. well,
it wasn’t quite doing it for me..
You thought I was fooling, the sides REALLY weren’t done, nor was the right foot, and I was trying to figure out the final finish!
A client suggested dressing up its feet – I LOVED this idea, and did them AND the corners, in a metallic blend to match the textured panels
of course I had to add another crystal 🙂 I was really starting to like this
Feet deserve bling too …
I liked it, alot… but what I really wished was that the red had been black… Instead, I grabbed my black glaze and gave the piece a quick brush on/wipe off
Do you see the bottom band is still unglazed? See the difference? It needed black, I knew it! The funny is, I was in the store by myself when I was brushing on the glaze, and I actually was out loud verbal in my excitement when I saw the result
It is absolutely perfect now, my new favorite piece, as they all end up becoming…
Perfectly painted. Perfectly custom. Perfectly one of a kind. Quite handsome.
And available, for a short time… that is, until someone swoops him up.
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