Shizzle Design | Bow Front Dresser painted in Shabby Chic® Chalk & Clay Paint by Rachel Ashwell
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Bow Front Dresser painted in Shabby Chic® Chalk & Clay Paint by Rachel Ashwell

Bow Front Dresser painted in Shabby Chic® Chalk & Clay Paint by Rachel Ashwell

I found this antique bow front dresser two years ago during a trip to one of my favorite places, Traverse City, Michigan.  I usually  bi-pass pieces that need a lot of work and this one was definitely in need of some TLC, but I knew there was a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.  Sad part is, every time I looked at it, I bi-passed it for another piece that didn’t need any repairs.  It sat in our workshop for so long, I actually listed it for $45 and when it didn’t sell for that I thought forget it.  The pulls are worth more than that alone.  I had just returned to work after my surgery and I was on a mission.

Don’t fight the Character, Embrace it!

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Typically it would drive me bonkers not to fix all the missing pieces of missing veneer.  The problem is, in this business, painters never recap the time and money lost by spending a week making repairs just to get a piece ready for painting.

For this charmer, I decided to just go with it.  I pulled off the loose veneer but wasn’t able to remove the everything on the sides because I didn’t have my heat gun and my new arm is still killing me.  I remembered something I had stashed in my basement and dug it out.

 

After sanding down the edges, I applied Rachel Ashwell’s Clear Primer to the entire piece.  This is my new go to instead of Clear Shellac.  I LOVE this primer and highly recommend it for blocking bleed through prior to painting.

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I applied textured wall paper to the sides of the dresser then added upholstery tacks, sealing everything with several different layers of paint, glaze, Clear Coat, Dark Wax and several metallic mica powders.

Custom Mix of Black Glaze and Water along with Bronze & Smoke Metallic Mica Dusts

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I randomly layered my dresser in Caribbean Sea and Green Fields Shabby Chic® Chalk & Clay Paint by Rachel Ashwell ~ Stock up now during our huge paint sale here.

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It was so adorable in person but these are the only photos I have because it went home with someone before I had a chance to take more.

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A hui hou ~ Shelly

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14 Comments
  • Libby
    Posted at 10:06h, 25 February Reply

    I love it…………..thanks for all the tips and “how to’s” . Now I know what I can do to the piece I am working on. Thanks again – (now I can quit looking for the pieces of veneer I have lost – I started this about a year ago) Thank you, thank you !

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:25h, 09 March Reply

      Awesome!! Send us a picture when you finish!!

  • linda
    Posted at 10:31h, 25 February Reply

    Very pretty!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:25h, 09 March Reply

      Thanks Linda!

  • Lori Price
    Posted at 12:49h, 25 February Reply

    It is beautiful. Love the wallpaper on the sides. I would not have thought of that. The fact that it sold so quickly shows you did a great job.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:23h, 09 March Reply

      Thanks Lori! My arm was too sore to pull off all that veneer so I had to think of another solution 😀

  • Jeannie
    Posted at 09:42h, 26 February Reply

    Love the color of the wall paper sides!!! Awesome piece!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:22h, 09 March Reply

      Thanks Jeannie!! I was happy with how it turned out too!

  • Catherine
    Posted at 12:44h, 26 February Reply

    Shelly
    I think it is beautiful! But I am so thankful to know you are able to continue sharing your gifts and talents! Keep it up!!

    Catherine

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:24h, 09 March Reply

      Thanks Catherine!

  • Dianna Powell Simpson
    Posted at 18:39h, 26 February Reply

    It looks great. I have used the embossed wallpaper for so many things .. ceilings, backsplash, furniture, etc.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:22h, 09 March Reply

      Cool! I’m planning to do my kitchen backsplash soon too using the plastic sheets they have that look like metal tiles. I think I’ll be able to get away with 3-4 of them and have it up in no time.

  • Christine Elders
    Posted at 22:37h, 26 February Reply

    Thanks for sharing your craft and your vision. They inspire us to pull out the items that we’ve been ignoring. (I know that I have a few). What a fantastic makeover!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:21h, 09 March Reply

      Thanks Christine! I’d love to see the projects you’ve done too!

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