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Little Black Dresser inspired by Pottery Barn

Little Black Dresser inspired by Pottery Barn

I’ve been busy with custom paint jobs lately; one of them being an adorable dresser a grandmother had passed down to her granddaughter.  After discussing several options, we decided to refinish the top and paint the rest black, lightly distressing the edges.

Here’s how she came to me.
The finish on the top had seen better days
but after a good stripping,
 and some fresh stain,
it turned out beautifully!

The drawers needed a little TLC.

Because I planned to do some distressing, I used a clear sealer in lieu of a primer.  That served as a bonding agent and filled the deep grain of the oak providing a smooth surface for the paint.

The wooden side rails were really worn and didn’t offer adequate support for the drawers.

To remedy this, I cut leftover pieces of oak corner round the depth of the existing runners and glued them into place making sure the top edge was flush all the way across.  I didn’t get pictures of these but basically I just bumped in the side rails so the drawers had a little more edge to slide on.

To get the distressed rub through look of Pottery Barn furniture, I painted it black then used one of the cool new methods I learned reading Guide to Furniture Finishes.

This is my go to book for choosing the right products for different styles of painting.  This ebook costs less than a gallon of paint, can be downloaded immediately and includes great videos which show you how to do different techniques.

  and here’s the little black dresser all decked out in her new outfit!



There’s much more in the works.  I have several knock-out pieces that will be unveiled soon!


*Let me know if there is something you’re looking for that you haven’t seen.  We have a lot of projects in the works as well as some fabulous pieces patiently waiting their turn.  Contact us if you have a piece of furniture you would like painted!


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25 Comments
  • Twice Nice
    Posted at 04:24h, 23 February Reply

    She is lovely! I find black paints can be tricky, but your finish is flawless. Beautiful job!

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 01:19h, 25 February Reply

      I agree, black is tricky ~ but I’m making progress. Just did another black piece today with a different finish and it gives it an entirely different feel.

  • amy of the salvage collection
    Posted at 03:45h, 24 February Reply

    gorgeous, as always!!

    okay, miss “no reply blogger”, you need to change that blogger acct so i can email you a reply!! get on it!

    also, about your stripping question, i answered it in my post today!!

    keep up the beautiful work, my friend!!

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 16:13h, 24 February Reply

      ba ha ha ha ha ha – I did it and it only took like three two seconds! I’ve looked on that page ten times but never knew what I was looking for. All I had to do was click one button and click on embedded ~ cool:) happy now?

  • Betsy@ coastal-colors
    Posted at 04:27h, 24 February Reply

    Shelly, gorgeous! You always amaze me with your talent and awesome paint finishes!

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 01:21h, 25 February Reply

      Thanx Betsy and I have to ditto that comment back to you! Your finishes are always so rich looking and so well done.

  • Good Time Charlie
    Posted at 04:36h, 24 February Reply

    I learned a few things just reading this! This little black dresser has a sweet new outfit! I downloaded the ebook, now can you find me some time read it???

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 01:16h, 25 February Reply

      Ya see! Now you’re just a little bit more akamai than you were this morning:) Have a great one!

  • Anne
    Posted at 13:56h, 24 February Reply

    love black furniture!!!!!!!

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 01:22h, 25 February Reply

      Apparently a lot of people do. I’m getting a lot of requests for it, so I need to get this down.

  • BerryMorins Bits & Tips
    Posted at 20:36h, 24 February Reply

    My husband and I visited a local thrift store and saw some furniture that he want to redo.
    Thanks for the inspiration. Now I know we can do this.

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 01:15h, 25 February Reply

      Cool! Glad I could be of help. Have fun with it!!

  • Restoration House Interiors
    Posted at 09:16h, 25 February Reply

    Hi Shelly! Looooong time! Just stopping by to say hello! Haven’t done that in a while…been on a little break since we had our new little one! Love the dresser! Hope to hear back soon! Have an awesome Saturday!

  • shellyandrade
    Posted at 13:24h, 25 February Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS KENNESHA!!

    I’m so excited for you, both for your baby and to hear the great news about your deal on that store. How cool is that! I can’t even imagine how busy you are right now, but I’m praying for many blessings to come your way!

    a hui hou, Shelly

  • cathy@my1929charmer
    Posted at 04:22h, 28 February Reply

    Such a gorgeous transformation, what a pretty piece, and love the Little Black Dresser. You, as always did a great job. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Par.tay! PS – featured this on my Facebook page.

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 01:54h, 29 February Reply

      Thanx Cathy! I just saw these comments; my computer has been spitting comments into my spam ever since I added this reply feature – hmm! Thanx for featuring me on your Facebook page – how cool!!

  • Serendipity and Spice
    Posted at 06:02h, 28 February Reply

    Wow! What an amazing transformation!
    I hope you’ll link up!
    -Melissa
    http://www.serendipityandspice.com/2012/02/manic-monday-7.html

  • Honey at 2805
    Posted at 18:00h, 01 March Reply

    Great piece, Shelly! Thanks for sharing a Potpourri Friday!

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 04:59h, 02 March Reply

      No thank YOU for having such a cool party! It’s been a CRAZY week ~ seriously, crazy!! I’m looking forward to sitting down in a few minutes and checking out all the awesome ideas.

  • Stacey
    Posted at 18:29h, 01 March Reply

    I love this piece…she was good before you began and just got better! Love your blog and work and would love if you came over to link this up! Lovely dresser – love the lined drawers! Please stop over to my blog home and link this up to my Inspired Creations party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

    • shellyandrade
      Posted at 05:12h, 02 March Reply

      Thanx Stacey! Love the name of your blog ~ I need a class in transforming from A to B+ 🙂

  • The Rooster and The Hen
    Posted at 05:35h, 02 March Reply

    Now that is some serious talent, it looks amazing! You’ve got to love it! This project would be perfect for our new linky party featuring “Transformations” called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

  • Stacey
    Posted at 02:21h, 06 March Reply

    Oh Shizzle Design! You never cease to amaze me!!! Excellent job! Thank you for linking up to my Creative Inspirations party – I am so glad you came by! I would love for you to come back this week to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  • Barbara
    Posted at 14:18h, 20 December Reply

    What kind of black paint did you use on this dresser? The blog just says you painted it black. It looks great by the way.

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