Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Princess Charlotte Dresser

I've had this dresser in my stash for a while just waiting for me to get to it. It's a Dixie 12-drawer French Provincial dresser. Twelve drawer French dressers are hard to find, and when I saw it listed on Craigslist, as well as the "Dixie" name, I was immediately smitten.

My heart always skips a beat when I open a drawer and see this!

It needed a really good cleaning before I could even start prepping it. G-R-I-M-Y is an understatement! But fortunately, it was in excellent condition structurally.

So after a few coats of oil-based primer, I let it sit for a few days while I was finishing some other projects and waiting for inspiration.

And while the whole world was waiting for the birth of the new royal baby, I jokingly posted on Facebook that I couldn't decide what color to paint this dresser, and that maybe I should paint it blue or pink depending on the gender of the new royal baby!

More waiting (poor Kate - it's bad enough to be almost ten months pregnant, but to have the whole world waiting as well)!  And at long last, when the good news was announced that England had a new little princess, my Dixie dresser was named "Princess Charlotte"!

The body and top was painted in General Finishes Snow White, and the sides were painted in Antoinette (ASCP). I didn't want to go with an over-the-top pink dresser, but for it to be subtle and elegant.

The stripes were really fun to paint! I used a measuring tape to determine the width of the stripes, taped off the stripe lines with Frog Tape, and then painted alternating stripes in pink.

And sealed the entire piece with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.

The original hardware was cleaned and repainted in a matching white paint.

So happy that the wait is over....for the baby - and for the dresser! It's available in my Etsy shop....

Have a great day!

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  1. I like this so much! The pink stripes in the center add such a wonderful touch of beauty and uniqueness. Hugs P.S. I hope you will stop by and share at the Thursday favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up tonight through Sat at midnight)

  2. Turned out beautifully! Love the colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  3. This turned out so pretty, Beth. I just love the soft pink stripes. I'll be featuring your project at The Scoop this Monday night. Thank you for linking up!

    1. Thank you, Suzy! Tickled pick (no pun intended) to be featured!

  4. So soft and pretty! And perfect for a princess! Happy to feature you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the feature and kind words, Sharon! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. So lovely for the little princess! Sharing to on The Painted Drawer Link Party!

    1. Thank you for sharing my dresser, Suzanne! Have a wonderful three-day weekend! TGIF!

  6. Oh my this is SO very lovely! The pink is the perfect shade and touch.
    Have a wonderful weekend!