Sunday, October 26, 2014

Painted Inlay Dresser

First part of story -

You know those inlay dressers, don't you?

Like this one -
Kinda pretty, huh?

It costs $2,700.00.

I need $2,700.00 for lots of things that take priority over inlay furniture.

It's still pretty cool.

Second part of story:

One of the first things I ever pinned was this dresser.

I have always loved what Jenny did - creating a diy version of an inlay dresser.

Third part of story -

Two birthdays ago I was out saleing  (I guess that isn't really a word) and found this dresser in front of a neighbors house with a free sign on it.

It had 3 handles, not four and two of the wooden wheels had broken off.

I put it in the garage.

Where else???

Fourth part of story

A week ago today I got out my Chalk Paint® - in Paloma - by Annie Sloan and painted that puppy.

Then I decided that this would be the dresser that got the painted inlay treatment.

So I put the picture I was using for my inspiration on my laptop screen.

I got out my white chalk,

I sat down in the floor and started drawing my design on the dresser.

A few hours later I was ready to paint.

I used a mix of Chalk Paint® colors for the decorative painting - Old White, Paloma, and Antoinette.

Then I started painting over everything I had just drawn on with chalk.

And I painted.

And painted.

And painted.

And painted.

It was a lot of painting.

I didn't try to paint it perfect.

I tried to paint it done.

I have to admit here that Chalk Paint® is NOT the most appropriate paint for decorative painting. It is too thick. I kept thinning the paint with water. For the most part it turned out just fine, but I do wish I had taken the time to go to the store and buy some acrylic paint to do this with. It just leaves a smoother finish and is much more cooperative with the brushes.

Then I waxed it.

Three times.

I wanted it to be kind of shiny - like inlay is.

It's like glass.

And it's spectacular.

If I do say so myself!

Last part of the story

It's for sale!

At Vera's Daughter.

Do you like it?

Isn't that Paloma color beautiful?

Would you spend 3 days doing decorative painting on a dresser?

You can do it. 

I know you can.

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The DIY Dreamer 
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Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk
Confessions of a Serial DIYer
The Dedicated House


NanaDiana said...

Is it ON SALE for $2500? LOL

WOW WOW AND WOW!!!! That is quit a job. It's spectacular and I hope someone buys it that will just love it to bits. You did a phenomenal job on that piece, Karen.

I agree with you- I don't think chalk paint works well for intricate DID it and it's great!!! xo Diana

Rita C at Panoply said...

Oh, Karen, it IS spectacular! I hope you are sharing this on more than just BNOTP. It needs to ne seen and featured! Great job!

Unknown said...

I am so impressed!! I do believe I am loving yours way more than your inspiration photo! Job very well done!! I am sure this sells quickly and will be well worth your time!!
Pat yourself on the back for this piece!!


Laura @ duke manor farm said...

karen- what an amazing job you did on that piece. Love it!

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Ohhhh I like yours much better than the expensive one. Yours is amazing! Definitely pinning this!

Hilda Rodgers said...

Beautiful job! I can't believe you did it all yourself. You have far more patience than I do :) I am very impressed.

Our Hopeful Home said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous! I can't believe you freehanded the whole thing! I'd be hard pressed to use a stencil:) Isn't it funny how an image stays can stay with you and years later you use it for a project? Sometimes I think my head is full of them:)

Lynn Fern said...

A truly fantastic job. And, I like that you didn't paint it perfect...that's what makes it so special and well perfect :)

Lucy @ Patina Paradise said...

Get outta town! This is over the top gorgeous!!!! If you can do this, you encourage me to try as well. Defintiely pinning this for inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I suspect your neighbors would tip over if they saw their dresser now. Absolutely beautiful.
We should pass a petition to making saleing/saling a word.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! That's a crazy amount of painting but the look was well worth it, amazing!

~ Dixie said...

Beautiful job!

Marlys (ThisandThat) said...

It looks wonderful. I have an old dresser in my basement that I want to do something with... maybe I should try to do some inlay.. Pinning this.

Donna Wilkes said...

I am both screaming and drooling - not a pretty sight. This is the best dresser I have seen. Please share this everywhere - it deserves to be the Queen of Dresserdom. I am pinning, sharing, and loving it to death.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That is just STUNNING Karen! What a LOT of work! I love it!

mrsben said...

IMO, you did a spectacular job! It appears to very professionally done and in all honesty, I actually I prefer the lines of your dresser over the inspirational one. What ever you do, don't show the neighbour who discarded it as they may want it back. ☺ -Brenda-

Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly said...

Wow! That is gorgeous!

Unknown said...

that looks AMAZING!!!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh my gosh! That is beautiful and I cannot believe you had the patience to do that and then put it up for sale??? I'd have kept it forever!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Spectacular doesn't do it justice! We need a much bigger and better word for this amazing masterpiece that you created by hand!!!! Wowza!!!! I'm blown away!!!!

:) Linda

Unknown said...

WOWZERS! That is so gorgeous!! Holy moly i love it!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Totally in love! Great job!

Unknown said...

Wasn't this the dresser we picked up on your birthday?

DD's Cottage said...

Wow-toatlly a stunner! I love everything about it and you did a great job!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Just gorgeous! What a wonderful transformation.

Unknown said...

You did an amazing job! I can't believe you hand painted all that amazing detail! Lovely!

Christy James said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning! I can't believe it was free too! Great job! XO

Jessica | Petal + Ply said...

Love it! I've had an inlay dresser pinned to try and recreate for quite some time and haven't ever gotten around to it. You found the perfect piece for this treatment. Just wow!!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh Wow, that is a lot of painting! I know how long this takes. It is gorgeous, but I can't believe you are putting it up for sale after all of that hard work! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

the cape on the corner said...

A.MAYYY.ZING!!!! wow!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Karen, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.

Unknown said...

OMG Karen - you knocked this one right out of the ball park - it's magnificent -
That'll sell in no time flat !
Beautiful makeover - one of the prettiest ones I've ever seen
( and I remember Jenny's - and MMS's too)
There's something about your dresser itself that works beautifully with this inlay look

Unknown said...

I LOVE it! It must be hard to sell something SO beautiful. You have set the bar high for the rest of us furniture painters!
So glad I found you over at Jann's party.

Bliss said...!!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Magnifique, Karen. It's incredible. Congratulations on being featured by Miss Mustard Seed. Totally fabulous! You must have the patience of a saint.

Rhonda said...

What a gorgeous dresser, you did an amazing job! Well worth all the time it took to you to paint it! I love it........I am now inspired:)

Lindsey said...

This is just awesome!! I have been itching to do something similar and you just gave me the courage to go for it!

Lindsey @ This Delightful Life

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

This is absolutely spectacular and I need you come visit for 3 days and help me with a dresser for the master bedroom. :) Thanks! :)

Beau Ford said...

This is such a beautiful piece - so worth sticking with the patience, stunning! Congrats!

Hetty said...

It's just gorgeous! I love the idea. Hetty at stonehouseworkshop

Beth @ Mary Beth's Place said...

Wow! This is the most gorgeous dresser I've ever seen! Can only imagine how much time it took to do this freehand. Hope it finds a worthy home soon! xoxo said...

yes, it IS spectacular! I am in the middle of a chalk paint project and you have inspired me to add some design, thanks, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Holy cow, Karen, that is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I read the whole post with my mouth hanging open. (not an attractive look, and thank goodness fly season is over ;0)
I am pretty sure I would not have the patience to create such a work of art, but I'm SO glad you do!! Featuring on RoadKill Rescue tonight at 8pm!! :)

Peta said...

I absolutely love this. I have a dresser that I've been thinking about for 3 years. I know, that's a long time to think, but now I know what to do. You're so clever.


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