It was less than 10 years ago that this exact dresser was sold here locally in a high end furniture store.
The old world Tuscan Villa furniture was huge here in San Antonio….heavy and dark….solid with curves and carvings.
It is still beautiful today….but the “dark orangey” color of the wood has lost its appeal to many….which means I was able to purchase it for just $100!
It was exactly what I needed for my upcoming furniture painting course……where I planned an eye-catching whimsical furniture finish….with a BIG personality!
And this……is the result!
I realize purple is not for everyone……but hopefully you can still recognize its beauty!
I toned down the purple by color blending a deep Aubergine with a Soft Pink and mid-tone Manatee Gray. Yep….the dresser has pink on it…..you just cant see it! By blending three different colors freely while directly on the surface of the dresser…..it offers a gentle movement between the colors and they actually melt into a multi-tonal finish. Dixie Belle Paints are the best color blending chalk paints that I have ever used! I am so lucky to have a full stock of their fabulous colors! (I have an entire blog post of color blended furniture for you to see here.)
I love using the side panels and legs of a dresser for accents and elements of surprise…..and I do believe that is executed well here!
The checkerboard finish is not for just anyone…but those of us who appreciate it…..sort of see it as a neutral….and use it often! It keeps things light! Not so serious! I like that….a lot!
And thank you Lord for metallic gold! Seriously!!! What would life be like without metallic gold??? There is no better place to add gold accents than on carved areas!
Love the Whimsy Wonderland?
I really do wish I could paint this style dresser every single week! What is not to love about its shape and style? It was beautiful before….but now it is just plain bold!
I am very pleased with the outcome and final finish. People refer to it as my Alice in Wonderland dresser…which was not my intention….but I have to agree it is very AIW!!! And that is totally fine with me…..
Furniture Painting Basics
If you are a beginner….I now offer my Furniture Painting Basics Course via a pre-recorded tutorial! It is a full two hours of instruction complete with a supply list and a few bonus lists too! You can purchase that right here!
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