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Antique Waterfall Dresser with a Little Bit O’ Red

Antique Waterfall Dresser with a Little Bit O’ Red

A good friend of ours gave us this dresser over the summer.  He had received it after cleaning out an old abandoned house and was just about to make kindling for his bon fire out of it when our neighbor mentioned he should check with us first.

I usually pay a hefty amount for my dressers so I have to admit, I was quite tickled to be getting one for free but what the heck was I supposed to do with this?

I don’t like this style.  The rounded edges just throw me on design when I start painting them.

I started playing with pastel CeCe Color, I think I had Alaskan Tundra on it, which is one of my favorite colors btw, but didn’t like it on this ugly piece.  Yuck!  Now I’m acting like a two year old – ha!  Being the grown up that I am, I shoved it back in a corner of our garage and covered it up with a blanket so I could deal with it some other time.

Fast forward a few months and I wanted another medium size dresser to paint in the same color Kissimmee Orange / Traverse City Combo like the other one I did that sold right away.

Hmm… Would a bold color really make that much difference?  After all, it wouldn’t magically change the shape of the round edges that I so disliked but what did I have to lose?

CeCe Caldwell’s Paints to the rescue!  I mixed up a blend of Traverse City Cherry and Kissimmee Orange and started layering it on in a linen type weave to create texture.  Another pet pieve I have is when the drawer fronts are seamed front and center across the drawer.  I wanted to camoflauge the funky veneer pattern on them so I applied three different layers, each time creating a little different texture.

Creating texture can do wonders for things like this.  We teach this in some of our Shizzle Style Paint Workshops featuring CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.

I also share how to paint hardware in our classes, it’s one of life’s simple joys that gives me great pleasure, I know, I’m a dork! 

This is what I started out with
 and finished with

More on painted hardware here

I jazzed up a wood embellishment (this is during the process…)

and to my surprise… I love it!!  It’s true, color really can change the entire feel of a piece of furniture!

She’s sitting pretty along side all the other whimsical colors we’ve dropped off recently to our Shizzle Design space within Not So Shabby in Holland, Michigan.

Stop in and check it out.  We have doubled our size with many new incredible vendors including one of my favorites, a gal who creates the most amazing things from pottery!

Have a GREAT Weekend and all you bloggers out there… Please stop by and link up at: Home for the Holidays 2012 – Hand Painted Christmas right now to link up all your hand painted creations!  

It’s my very first time hosting a linky party and I’d love for all of my blogging buddies to stop on by and give me a Like!  

See you all there!

Wanna See More Shizzle Creations?
Linking up at these great parties:

Restore Interiors – Restored it Wednesday
Primitive & Proper – POWW 95
Domestically Speaking – The Power of Paint Party

The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday
Miss Mustardseed – Furniture Feature Friday

Homespun Happenings – Rustic Restorations Weekend
Funky Junk Interiors – Saturday Night Special
1929 Charmer – Sunday’s Best Party

Knick of Time Interiors – Knick of Time Tuesday
Home for the Holidays 2012 – Bliss at Home

A hui hou ~ Shelly

  • michele
    Posted at 16:31h, 07 December Reply

    what a transformation! and it’s so festive!

    hope you’ll have a moment to stop by, and i’m hosting a giveaway as well today:

    peace to you.


  • Between Blue and Yellow
    Posted at 18:01h, 08 December Reply

    Very nice! That color is fantastic, and the new painted hardware goes perfectly with it. Nice work.

  • Diana
    Posted at 19:36h, 09 December Reply

    I have a buffet in this style I was thinking would look good in red and now I’m sure it will! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Jeny
    Posted at 06:03h, 10 December Reply

    Very nice design and painting colour ideas. I just like it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Cottage and Broome
    Posted at 04:49h, 11 December Reply

    Love how that dresser came out! Can you believe someone was going to throw it in a fire.. Great job, Laura

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Posted at 02:41h, 12 December Reply

    i agree that waterfall dressers are a challenge with their shape but you did an awesome job with this one!

  • Laura
    Posted at 08:43h, 30 March Reply

    Beautiful color. What ratio of red and orange did you use?

    • Shelly
      Posted at 20:55h, 30 March Reply

      Hi Laura, I think it was about 50 50. I play around with those two colors alot and I vary it depending on if I want it more orange or red 🙂

  • Yvonne Dees
    Posted at 11:19h, 03 August Reply

    Just curious, I’ve never seen anyone ask this question before, but do you do anything to the inside of the drawers of dressers and to the inside of the dresser wood on pieces such as this? Maybe seal them with a polycrylic to create a clean finish inside the drawers and to seal off the old musty wood odor that many times clings to old wood. I was thinking I might even spray a finish on the whole inside, and inside and outside of the drawers to prevent that old wood smell. Btw, I really enjoy browsing you site.

    • shelly andrade
      Posted at 16:04h, 04 August Reply

      Hi Yvonne, It depends on the piece. I stopped buying anything that smells so I don’t have to deal with that anymore. i tend to pay more for better pieces so i don’t have to deal with sealing and painting all 10 sides of a drawer. If they still look gross even if they’re clean, i’ll dry brush them or line them with fabric but if there is any smoke or musty odor, they’re left behind.

  • Lisa Keenan
    Posted at 18:35h, 07 October Reply

    I know it’s just a matter of opinion, but I think you’re wrong. Waterfall rocks! Great color.

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