First, I'd very much like to thank my friend Linda over at Coastal Charm for her sweet blog post all about little ol' me! I was so surprised! She had asked if she could do something on her blog, but I didn't realize she was going to do a whole post just about me. I am truly touched beyond words. Now, as most of you know, I am horrible about posting so I guess I'd better get my act together and start posting a little more often! LOL!
One of the items she shared was this dresser so I'd thought I'd show y'all a little more about it.
I know it is hard to believe, but it actually started out looking like this:
Pretty rough, huh? Well, to be honest it did not look this bad when I first got it, but most anything that has a flat surface on it that hangs out under my carport long enough becomes a work surface. I usually have several projects going on at the same time so work space is always a much needed commodity. Unfortunately it was also the victim of several paint gun experiments... Well, I knew it still had potential, wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew one day it would hit me. Then one day light bulb moment and I got to work.
I apologize, I'm not very good about taking photos along the way. It is not that I don't want to share how I do things, it is more that when my mojo gets going I don't think to stop and take photos. It is not until the end that I realize "Dang! I really should have taken photos to show how it looked at different stages." I'll work on it, I promise! Shoot, y'all are lucky I remembered to take the "before" photo, most of the time I don't remember until I've already started.
Once I decided on a semi-plan I needed to determine the colors. I was determined NOT to buy more paint. I mean, I have tons of paint, surely I could come up with three colors that worked together. I went with what I had the most of and luckily they looked good together - lol! First I painted it with a gray primer. Then I painted the whole thing a pale aqua - a wonderful OOPS paint that I picked up at Walmart one day! Then I got out the calculator and the yard stick and I calculated the measurements for the diamonds on top (please, don't ask me how I did this because I really don't know - I DO NOT DO MATH! I think I just got lucky and it all worked out right. I will tell you that I Googled it so I'm sure you can too!)
Then I taped out the lines on the sides and painted them.
I then painted the all the checks and the drawers. The wavy lines were already carved into the drawers which is what gave me some of the inspiration.
When I was done with all of that I remembered I had this neat swirl stamp that would look great along the boarders.
After it was all painted I went over the diamonds at the top with a silver metallic paint. Then *gasp* I got out the sander! Yep, I said the sander. I knew it would look great distressed and I wanted the aqua and gray primer to show through. After I finished sanding it I went over it with a turquoise glaze and then a pearl-like glaze. And there you have it. Or should I say "her" because her name is Lucy. Yes, I name my furniture, unless it belongs to someone, but even then I usually have a name in my head for it. Why??? you ask. Well, I guess because I'm weird. But here's the thing. I spend hours working on these pieces. As I work on them they take on their own personality. How do I come up with the name? Well, it's usually a feeling. Now in this case, my friend Lucy over at Lucy Designs thinks I named it after her. I told her if it made her feel better she could think that, but the truth is I know several ladies named Lucy and every single one of them make me smile just like this piece.
So there you have the story of Lucy. I hope she makes you smile!