Sometimes pink is just that. Feminine, girly, frilly. Pink!
But sometimes it can be quiet, subtle and almost neutral. I don’t dare say masculine because we are programmed to believe that pink is the opposite of masculine but perhaps in a room full of dark wood or ornate antiques it can balance out the masculinity.
I’d like to think that the less-than-precious finish on this French provincial piece can lend to a variety of settings from the obvious choice in a little girl’s bedroom to a dining room sideboard stand-in or and entryway piece. The latter is how I would choose to use it.
The body is painted in MMSMP Arabesque while the eight drawers are layered in Marzipan which is a warm neutral in and of itself. Between the layers of Marzipan is antiquing wax and light distressing for an imperfect finish.
The body of the dresser chipped on its own revealing hints of brown. After some subtle white waxing on the pink, the entire piece received a top coat of MMSMP Tough Coat for durability.
The inside of the drawers is undeniably feminine with a surprise pop of vintage floral wallpaper! The original hardware is on six of the eight drawers with a hint of gilding wax to bring out the detail. The smaller top drawers received a knob since one pull overall was missing when we found this dresser. Since taking these photos I’ve since switched out the pink knobs for brass ones.
Here is how it looks staged for sale at The West End Garage. I love that original tin wall. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before! It is funny how Arabesque sometimes reads as a lilac and less pink.
Also, did you see those lamps? Another set of salvaged baluster lamps created by Ryan. This pair is also less than precious with chipping paint and fractures adding to the awesomeness!
I am not sure that I ever shared on the blog the pair of green salvaged baluster lamps that Ryan made. These sold some time ago but were another favorite! We opted to make the white pair a little bit more industrial with the hardware exposed since the top is where most of the detail of the white balusters lie. Otherwise the lampshades would have covered those curves.
And speaking of pink, here is a pink baluster lamp that Ryan made and we’ve decided to keep for our own living room.
Tell me your thoughts on pink. Is it feminine all of the time? Neutral? Can it go masculine?