I have a confession to make: I think I have a problem. A serious addiction… to gray.
This obsession is fairly new; it mostly reared its ugly pretty head within the last two years or so, but it is serious, nonetheless. It started with a gray house, but it certainly didn’t stop there. It emerged as a gray mirror, then moved its way to a gray armoire, a gray room, and (most recently) a gray crib. And those are just the highlights… I thought about fighting it or getting help, but I decided that for now, I’ll just embrace it.
I feel a little guilty because I actually shared this same dresser last month. It originally came out of my grandmother’s attic (and was an antique long before she had it), painted a seriously intense orange. I painted it seven or eight years ago so that it looked like this.
I liked it. A lot, actually. But the green just didn’t have a place in my house any more… This gray, however, is divine. Plus, it was time to actually strip the poor dresser (I found 6 different layers of paint/stain underneath my green!!). Now the finish (Pebble Beach by Country Chic Paint) is smooth and lovely.
I love the antique (and highly imperfect) details, like the old keyholes, which I distressed a little to mimic natural use.
And since there’s not a sharp corner on this dresser (the wood is far too worn for a fancy, crisp finish), I distressed the edges, as well.
As you can see, I left the wood top (which I had sanded clean during the first makeover years ago) natural. And gave the entire piece a coat of clear wax followed by a light coat of dark Briwax to warm it up just a tad.
And finished it off with delicate pink glass knobs (from Hobby Lobby).
Speaking of the pink, can anyone guess where this farmhouse dresser is going? I’ll give you a hint: it’s the perfect height for a changing table.
But the best part is that this gorgeous gray could go anywhere in almost any home. What do you think? Could you find a spot for this beauty?
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