If you’ve been following this blog for a long time you probably recall the days when it was furniture makeover after furniture makeover. Running a business keeps me much busier and I have less time for the nitty gritty painting and refinishing part like I used to. I also have so much less desire to actually share the makeovers with you because the market is so saturated, and the thrill is gone. But occasionally, I have those pieces that I still can’t wait to share and today’s coastal blue midcentury dresser is one of those.
I am so fortunate to live near Sarah Dorsey who often clues me in when she has a great furniture find for me. Sarah has killer style so I always trust her opinion. She texted me with a photo of this piece and mentioned that it needed some love and had some veneer issues, but it was at an auction she was attending if I wanted her to bid.
I replied with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” I loved the shape, the legs, the storage… everything!
You can see on the left side it had some serious scratches like it had been dragged on gravel on its side. It also had some veneer chips on the drawer fronts. I spent some time filling gouges and chips with wood filler, and then sanding it all down. I did not sand the legs as I wanted to keep them in their wood finish to add some contrast and show off their sleekness.
Once everything was filled and sanded and ready for paint, I applied 2 coats of General Finishes coastal blue. To add protection and durability, I applied General Finishes satin top coat. am thrilled with the results, and love how the wood grain showed through it.At Sweet Clover, we paired it with a vintage painting I had found which was painted by Robert Berger, who is an actor mostly known for his role in the Woody Allen film, Zelig. I actually have two more gigantic paintings by him, but this was my favorite. And overall the look worked well in the shop… a nice young woman purchased the pieces together for her bedroom, which made me so happy! (Side note, Sarah, my business partner, brought in those fabulous white iridescent pyramids you see above, and Cate from Style Mutt Home took them home. You can see them here.)
I have another coastal blue and wood midcentury piece to share with you soon… I guess I am on a kick! I will say these past couple of weeks have been sort of crazy and emotional here, and I’ve coped by being all sorts of creative, so there might be many more furniture makeovers in your future here.
While I am sharing a piece featuring General Finishes, I also want to tell you about a contest they’re currently running with fabulous prizes! Click here to read all about the General Finishes 2016 Design Challenge! You have through July 25th to enter your best makeovers and projects featuring their products. There are 5 categories you can enter, and you could win all sorts of GF products for more projects. Also, be sure to check out this year’s judges… you might see a familiar face. 😉