19 Nov 2013

Furniture makeover: the dresser


It's a cold, but bright day today with sunshine and blue skies. DH is outside in the garden taking advantage of the dry weather.  We finished moving the furniture around yesterday and the dresser got a coating of wax after the second coat of paint had completely dried out last week. The Annie Sloan paint that we chose when we went to the interior design shop is Paris Grey. The colour is blue/grey with a matt finish.  The above photo was taken with flash on so there's a slight shine on drawers.



This photo without the flash shows the true colour.  I decided to move the dresser out of the alcove by a fireplace and put it in a better position in the front study and sitting room.  The back sitting room has the fireplace and a dining room extension (which was built on by former owners of the house) and will be used more often over this season when we shall have extra visitors. The television is also in that room, whereas before it was where the bookcase now stands.  My husband would like to paint the bookcase to match the dresser, but I like the teak wood which matches some coffee tables.  All our furniture is an eclectic mix of woods and the dresser was the only one that I felt should have a makeover.




I've left the original sticky back plastic that lines the shelves in the cupboard!


I've put back the fruit plates.  They belonged to my great aunts, Emily and Edith. The large saucers with the lemons were hand painted in Italy and also quite old, but the cups have long gone.  The two ladies had many friends who went abroad so I have quite a few of these items that must have been gifts and lots of pottery, china and embroidered pieces from that Edwardian era.  The glass fruit bowl was probably a wedding gift to my parents and the 1960s liqueur glasses come from a set that we bought when we were on holiday in Tuscany and there are gifts from our Italian relatives.  I think the plain matt paint shows off these treasured items well and I shall change them from time-to-time as each one brings back memories of our English and Italian family.

17 comments:

  1. Great job Linda, it looks wonderful and I do love your collections.

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  2. Oh what a transformation - I love those Annie Sloan colours.
    Such pretty fruit plates and a nice mix of English and Italian china.
    Shane XOX

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  3. it is beautiful, love the color... and it does display your treasures perfectly.

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  4. Very nice, Linda. I love the lighter look.. Seems to brighten the entire area! AND--the fruit plates are gorgeous.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. What an amazing transformation, I LOVE it!!! The plates are gorgeous and the sticky back plastic plastic deserves to be in a frame. Fab!xxxx

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  6. Great makeover and color. It shows off your plates so nicely. Isn't it fun to give an old piece a new look and new life?
    Cindy

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  7. Dear Linda,

    How wonderful your dresser has come out - love the colour and looks like a new piece and you must be pleased with it.
    Also how pretty the fruit plates are and all the treasures from your English and Italian families are. Thanks for showing us.
    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  8. Your dresser looks really good Linda, and I love how you have arranged all your pretty treasures on it. They look lovely against the new painted background. Your hubby did a great job for you! xx

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  9. Love the color you painted the dresser, very pretty.
    Love the retro stick back too.
    The colors in your header are so very pretty.

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  10. The dresser looks excellent and what a love conversation piece for all of your guest over the coming holiday period!!

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  11. It's turned out really well. Great job!

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  12. Great choice of colour Linda. It looks lovely x

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  13. Ever so charming and filled with nostalgia!

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  14. Your dresser looks really lovely, Linda, and shows off your china and glassware to perfection. Our furniture too is an eclectic mix, but at least it's never boringly same-y. :-)

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  15. This turned out so well and the soft color is attractive with your dishes.

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  16. Very pretty - I really like that color!

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  17. What a great makeover for your dresser.

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