Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Lucy" the Beachy Dresser

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!


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  1. surely looks awesome...great job Deb!