Custom Blue Hepplewhite Dresser

I always love when a client inquires about re-designing this Hepplewhite type of dresser. They always provide such a dramatic before and after with their distinctive hardware!

Devon was looking for a soft, pale blue, and it came to be with about a 50/50 mix of Annie Sloan Louis Blue and Pure White. But before this dark mahogany piece could be painted with such a light color, I needed to apply shellac to stop any “bleed through” of the wood tannins. In some areas, I needed four coats of shellac! I had never experienced this, so reached out to my Annie Sloan paint supplier – Trish of The Purple Painted Lady – to see if she had. And yes, she told me that sometimes a piece does need several coats of the shellac to stop the bleed through. Thanks, Trish!

I was so excited when I finally got to the fun part of painting … especially with a custom color! It is stunning!

I especially love how the pulls now pop against the pale blue. Unfortunately, the pulls were not brass, but a mixed metal. But using Rust-Oleum Shiny Gold Metallic spray paint gave them a new life.

For years now I have lined the drawers of my pieces with small artist-designed papers from Spoonflower. However, they stopped printing the gift wrap paper that I used and now only print on fabric and wallpaper. I am certainly disappointed. Wallpaper can be used to line drawers, but can become a little expensive.

Devon has an eye for design herself, and so she actually scouted out her own paper source! She found this gift wrap paper at The Enchanted Home and it’s beautiful!

I am so pleased with how this piece turned out! Thank you for allowing me to re-design it, Devon!

With winter almost upon us and my cold garage not warm enough to paint in all winter – I will be working on some small projects to list for sale! Look for those on both Instagram and Facebook!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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