Before I get into my scheduled post for today, I want to wish my mom a very happy birthday! Mom, I hope that you have a fabulous birthday today, and am looking forward to lunch and “The Vow” on Sunday! (I am taking my mom out for her birthday). Thank you for putting up with me for most of your life! I love you!
Can you guess from the title that I have an ombre project to share with you? Or were you thinking I had actually learned Spanish? My husband can actually speak almost fluent Spanish as his grandparents were natives of Cuba. As for me, the title of this post is about as good as it gets, amigos.
Anyhow, I was so excited for a fun project! I am no longer taking custom orders, but when a good friend asked me to paint a dresser for her baby, I was all over it! Not only that, but she knew she wanted something fun and distressed. She sent me this picture of the dresser she had, which had been in the family.
We discussed perhaps doing some off center stripes, but I also asked her what she thought about an ombre dresser. A what? I showed her the picture of my first ombre dresser:
She liked that idea, too. So we did what friends do and decided to talk about it over lunch instead of email. She came up here last week and brought the dresser and her adorable squishy baby (he has got the most amazing cheeks!). I had my Benjamin Moore fan deck all ready! We decided to go with the ombre in shades of green. We also decided to fill the holes so that she could replace the hardware with knobs. It also needed a couple of minor repairs, but I will have a separate post coming on that soon. For now, I want to show you the painted product.
The weather has been very cooperative so I was able to get it done in a few days time. I filled the holes first, sanded it, refilled the holes one more time, and sanded one more time. Then I gave it 3 coats of primer (3 because I use an eco-safe water based primer that doesn’t go on as thick). I painted the entire piece with a coat of Sherwin Williams Alabaster. Then I gave the body another coat of that, and the drawers each got a coat of Benjamin Moore’s green paints in Citrus Green, Early Spring Green, Citra Lime, and Lime Sorbet. I used only one coat of each of these (and purchased the sample pint of each) because we were going for a beachier look. Once it was all dry, I sanded to distress the edges, and also sanded the drawer fronts to expose some of the white beneath for that beachy vibe. And then I waxed the entire piece for protection.
The last thing we need is knobs. I plan to head to Hobby Lobby this week and try to find some fun knobs for it, but for the sake of a picture for this post I went ahead and placed some jadeite milkglass knobs on it. I had them on hand. I actually really like the way they look on it though- what do you think?
Here is the dresser now!
So there you have it, amigos! I really love the way this dresser looks now, and hopefully it will grow with baby Ryan and be treasured for years to come!