Around this time last week I shared a picture of this adorable pink nightstand on social media. This was a custom paint job for a little girl who loves pink. And also for her stylish mom who is designing a beautiful “big girl room” with pink included, of course. You can see Holly’s inspiring design board over on her blog.
What I didn’t share was the dresser. The base and curve perfectly coordinate with the nightstand although they’re not originally a set. A little bit of paint ties them and the room together.
While the nightstand was matte black, the dresser was very shiny – perhaps some poly was applied to it. I rarely sand a piece prior to painting but we weren’t looking for a chippy look and that shine made me nervous. I gave the dresser a once over with 100 grit sandpaper to prep it for paint.
Can you guess what this beautiful soft color is?
It is MMS milk paint Arabesque from the new European Colors. I used bonding agent in every coat and applied several thin coats. I find this gives the best adhesion when avoiding a heavily distressed or chippy look.
I had fun accentuating the paint color with the waxes. I used all three – white, antiquing and furniture wax. The white really captures the detail such as these spindles. White wax also softens the pink and pulls in the mood of the design board. There is just a tiny bit of antiquing wax around the corners to add some depth. And the rest was finished with furniture wax to seal and protect.
But the true finishing touch is the set of porcelain knobs that Holly found. The black and white knobs are the perfect set of “bling” for this feminine dresser, don’t you think?
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of helping to style a Valentine’s Day photoshoot. The shoot was geared for babies and families and general heartwarming love. Who can argue that?
The photographer behind this project is Mandy Keep – the same photographer who we worked with for our engagement shoot. Here are my valentines…
The entire shoot was for charity. Families could have mini-sessions done for a nominal price which was then donated 100% to Greenpeace.
Some Circa Dee treasures made their way into the set. One of my favorite furniture transformations was the houndstooth chest (which I’ve never actually let go of). It lent a cheerful, spring-like background to the photos.
Mandy did an excellent job capturing the LOVE for these families.
But this particular little model grabbed my heart!
Maybe I’m biased though. I’ve known him since he was born…
I am excited to work with Mandy on another family shoot for charity this spring. Easter is just around the corner…Come get your children’s pictures taken at Circa Dee Brick & Mortar on Saturday, March 9th. All proceeds will be donated to MS, a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
All photos in this post are by Mandy Keep Photography
Yesterday I had the chance to spend the afternoon with my sweet little niece. She is not quite two yet but just amazes me with her humor and knowledge. Every week she picks something new and silly up. She also has skills in the kitchen. Something that she didn’t inherit from me!
However, I like to think that she picked up my fashion sense. And stellar ability to accessorize any situation.
Over the summer her mom and I re-did a vintage dresser for her room. The finished piece turned out with just as much personality as the little girl who it now belongs to.
This dresser has a fun back story. It belonged to my great-grandfather and then my father who gave it to my brother. This was my brother’s dresser all throughout his childhood. It is a large sturdy piece which has stood the test of time. Now it is passed down to yet another generation – the first girl to own it as far as we know. With that said, it was due for a makeover!
Unfortunately I don’t have a before picture of this one. Just picture an uninspiring brown, actually almost gray brown boxy dresser. Eww. And very tarnished hardware.
The hardware, in fact, was the biggest surprise of all in this makeover. Once cleaned up, a beautiful rose bronze peeked through. So pretty!
As for the paint, we mixed up a wash of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Shutter Gray. We applied three coats of the wash to achieve this coverage. Each coat dried very quickly so we were able to start one right after another. This project was a breeze!
Suddenly all of the art deco lines we never noticed were highlighted with this paint treatment. I like the base of this dresser. Second to the hardware of course. So unique! It’s funny because I have looked at this dresser all my life yet never actually saw those details until now.
We finished it off with clear wax and a little buffing. Now it is fit for it’s next owner!
Linking to Miss Mustard Seed