Friday, January 9, 2015

Vintage Dresser in Primer Red and Coco

I'm lucky we didn't get arrested.

We picked this dresser (and another one) up at 6:00 AM on a Tuesday morning.

They were the last two items in a POD.

Just waiting for us.

In the dark and quiet.

And it was foggy.

In a really nice neighborhood.

We were in a black vehicle.

With dark tinted windows.

 We wore black hoodies.

We were whispering.

And trying to not slam the doors.

Trying not to wake anyone.

While putting some very heavy dressers into the vehicle.

They were big. 

Very big.

And every sound seemed magnified.

We had to make two trips.

In the dark.

And fog.

The police never came.



That's a line from a show. Or a movie. Or something.

If you know the line, please tell me where it's from.

I painted this puppy right up.

With Chalk Paint® in Primer Red and Coco.

The Coco over a sloppy coat of the Primer Red.

Oh by the way,

This is what it looked like right after we stole got it.

It's quite large scale.

Very impressive.

Very sturdy.

The insides are gorgeous.

After the Coco was dry I wet sanded it to expose a bit of the red.

I've used this technique before - two color distress.

Someday soon I'm going to show you how.

To two-color distress.

I know some tricks.

It's just so pretty in person.

I promise.

After the distressing I waxed with dark wax, and clear wax. Both Annie Sloan.

The next day I buffed it.

That's all.


Quicker than a wink!

Well, sort of.

It's really quite lovely.

Much prettier than the ugly grey day I had to take pictures.

I hope your days are sunnier than mine!

And that your new year is going swimmingly.

Have you finished anything yet this year?

P.S. We did NOT steal the dressers. We had paid for them. We just hadn't had a chance to pick them up and the POD was going to be picked up early that morning...

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~ Dixie said...

Beautiful Job!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Wonderful finish, wonderful color,

Rita C at Panoply said...

Damn! Wish my neighborhood was more like yours (or that I was as industrious to go check like you, or that my new year was shaping up like yours is already). That piece is outstanding, both B&A. Pray tell, what's the other piece look like?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I love the colors together!

Little Miss Maggie said...

It's beautiful, Karen. Yes, please do a two coat distressing tutorial. Hope your days get a little sunnier.

Leslie Harris said...

Karen why haven't I heard of this color? Coco? Well I'd probably know more of these colors if I wasn't so cheap and chose to make my own chalk paint all the time. But I might have to buys some of this coco though. This looks fabulous, love the color combo, and it looks like you painted the hardware too, thanks for giving me the idea. I want to repaint my buffet but hated the idea of removing the hardware. Very funny visual of you guys moving the furniture in the dark. My question is why the heck so early? hahaha
hope you have a fun weekend, I'm sanding and painting my floor. cross your fingers for me,

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Another great job Karen! You always seem to know just what to do with pieces. Mine have to sit in the garage for months. Glad you made a great score and didn't get busted.

Kirby Carespodi said...

#1: I am glad I didn't have to come bail you out. #2: what led you to believe your winter days would be sunny on the Great Lakes? Looks great!

Beth @ Mary Beth's Place said...

Funny story about how you "found" this! I love the color/wax combination...lovely job!

Junkchiccottage said...

I love your blog thank you for coming on mine so I could find you. I am a new follower. What a gorgeous find. Love your re love to it.

Art and Sand said...

I love the dresser. You are so talented.

I love your line, "I know some tricks!"

Unknown said...

Beautiful Job!

Cari Dunn said...

Wow that turned out great! I would have totally picked it up like that too ll

Ali Williams said...

In Florida everyone puts their stuff out on the curb but we still feel like we're stealing it! I wish they would put out something like this! Beautiful job!

Stacie S-H said...

Oh super cool, this looks fantastic ! What a great find. So far this year I have completed a college application and got accepted!! Now to figure out classes and how to pay for it all ;-)

rush said...

It's really kind of silly, but when I read your entry, I heard it all in a whisper. Thank goodness you disguised "the goods". No one will know a thing!

Designed Decor said...

It is beautiful! I love the red oh so little showing through! I love the coco color! Great job!

DD's Cottage said...

Very nice and Ilove the red peeping through. Glad you got it! said...

This is so beautiful! The mix of red and coco is amazing. I loved the way you recounted how you got this dresser. It sounds like a covert operation ha ha

Unknown said...

First of all…great score on the furniture. This dresser is beautiful! We would love to hear more about your two-toned finish process. It turned out beautifully. Glad you weren't arrested :) but so glad you linked up with us at Something To Talk About. Your projects are all great!

Angie Forte said...

Love the color combo! Wow, what a transformation! Making note of red and coco for future pieces. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Karen, Ok now I get the furniture story and was laughing along the way. You are too funny girlie!! What a beautiful dresser and I never would have thought to do red and then coco and it looks ah-mazing. You are a whiz with that paintbrush. Thank you again for coming over and linking up to the Something to Think about Link Party. xo Lisa

Donna Wilkes said...

Well, pooh! I thought for sure I knew an accomplished dresser thief. I was gonna send you a list of items for you to steal. Love those two colors together.

Ann Marie at Iris Abbey said...

First of all, I liked your writing style for this piece -- very entertaining. The dresser is gorgeous! I use a lot of ASCP but I've never used Coco or Primer Red. What a beautiful combo. I saw our link at Your Designs This Time link party.

LInda said...

HI Karen,
The dresser is beautiful. I've only painted with ASCP one time and I used Coco on an oak bathroom cabinet. It is much darker than the picture of your dresser. On my monitor/screen it almost looks more like "cream" with a dark wax. Is it just my computer?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Unknown this is for you . . . The lighting for this picture may have lightened the color a bit, but coco is definitely not a light color. I think that it is probably your computer that is making the dresser look cream.

Anna said...

I love the way it looks now. I've never painted with that before. Will have to try it.


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