A new client (who found me through Google… very exciting!) reached out to me to help her with some pieces for her babies nursery. She has two boys, and this time around she is having a girl, and she wanted to make the room special. She found an incredible dresser that she wanted to serve as the changing table, and down the road would also function as a regular dresser! She already had a rocker and ottoman, that was an espresso color, and wanted it painted an antique white. The color combination for the nursery is precious- antique white, a soft gray and a peach color. Here are the colors she chose:
Benjamin Moore Farmers Market: 054
Sherwin Williams Alabaster: SW 7008
The glider was in really great condition. It took a long time to sand because of all the spindles and different angles, but it didn’t put up too much of a struggle. The paint had no problem adhering to the surface either. Once painted, here is what the piece looked like:
My client’s Mother-In-Law made cushions with a beautiful damask pattern to compliment the color of the dresser. Here is the rocker all dressed up:
The dresser on the other hand, was in rougher shape, but that is expected considering its an older piece. It had lots of little dings and bangs in it, and it had a very heavy varnish on it. It was very glossy.
Because of the finish on it, I knew that the paint wouldn’t adhere well (regardless if it was a high quality paint and that it had a primer in it). I decided it would be best to sand the entire piece down to the bare wood. It was a struggle, but I definitely made the right choice. I removed the hardware, and put them aside.
I wanted to keep the interior of the drawers wood, so I (very creatively) wrapped the base of the drawers with plastic bags and secured them with painters tape… yes yes, I know, that’s pretty brilliant! On the inside I taped off the holes from the hardware so paint would be sprayed through.
My boyfriend and I brought the pieces to my client and set them up in the baby’s nursery. They really came out beautiful. I encouraged them not to paint the hardware. We left them as they were, which was a great choice because the hardware really is timeless.
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