A Little Birdie Dresser

I have a love-hate relationship with doing custom furniture pieces. I love knowing the piece is going home to someone and already has a purpose. I love working with clients to help develop a design that fits with their decor, ideas, and also my own painting and furniture style. I love getting to suggest colors and styles that open new doors of inspiration.

But sometimes I hate the process of working on a custom piece. Will they like this color? Is this distressed too much? Too little? Are they going to hate the end product and make me do it over?

But you know what? That’s never happened. I love the look, after much anticipation, when my client is happy with their piece. It makes it all worth it.

And it’s taught me that I should trust my instincts. That people hire me because of my style. Thankfully my husband reminds me of this when I come in from the garage frustrated and scared that my investment in the piece will be for nothing.

This dresser was no different. My client had come to look at other furniture I had for sale, and ended up leaving this lovely dresser for me (before I started priming it of course).

photo 3 (10)photo 2 (10)She wanted it to match the rest of her furniture so after some repairs and priming, it was painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore.

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It took 2 cans to cover this dresser! I chose oil-based because you can paint over it faster. I used a spray because cleaning up oil-based paint is a PAIN!

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Then I used a stencil from Hobby Lobby and Old Ochre chalk paint from Annie Sloan for these lovely birds.

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I lightly distressed the edges with a sanding block and finished her off with Polycrylic. We both loved the patina of the original hardware, so it was just cleaned up a bit.

photo 3 (20) photo 4 (15)And when I was done, I was pleased. I was excited for my client to see it, knowing she would be too.

IMG_8619 IMG_8611 IMG_8613 IMG_8615 IMG_8610And I had the excitement of experiencing that joy again when someone else is thrilled with your hard work. And I can’t wait to do it again.

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7 thoughts on “A Little Birdie Dresser

  1. I love this dresser so much. The style and simplicity you enhanced on the piece are perfect. You are very talented and so good that you care how your clients feel about what you do. That makes such a difference. Keep up the good work and caring. Happy weekend.
    I have that same stencil and use it often as I’m a bird coocoo. lol.

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