I have been on the hunt for a statement piece for our family room for quite a while now. I have been looking for something that was different from the other furniture in the room.
Something like this.
I saw this gorgeous dresser right as I was leaving the Liberty Antique Festival back in September. As soon as I finished paying for some dishes, I turned to look for my husband and there it was. It was perfect, exactly what I was looking for, but sadly it didn’t come home with us. My shopping budget had run out and there was no convincing my husband that we needed it. From that day on I have been searching for a piece that I would love just as much, but so far with no luck. I wanted something wood, not painted, old, and with a bit of history. It clearly was a tall order and made me regret not buying that piece that I first fell in love with. Everything I have ended up finding since, has been either too expensive, too big, too small or not in great shape.
After months of searching I finally gave up, well at least for now. Instead I decided to give the dresser I was hoping to replace a new look. The problem is I didn’t really want to invest any money into something I didn’t plan to keep. So I looked in my garage and found a few leftover cans of paint from other projects, but unfortunately the colors I had were just not right for the piece or the room.
So, despite my thrifty efforts I realized I was going to not only have to buy a new can of paint, but also decide on a color that I was clearly not having much luck with. I wanted a color that would really stand out in the room, but I did not want to regret my choice or the expense. I ended up picking a color that I had my eye on for a while, but never had the right piece to try it out on until now. I have been craving a bit of color in the room so I went with Annie Sloan Olive. It was hard to really capture the color in my photos, but it is a beautiful deep green.
Here’s a close up of the dresser to see the color better. You will notice a touch of black that shows through. In my attempt to use paint I already had, I first painted it black. It was too dark and not right for the room, but it ended up working out nicely to add a hint of distressing. After I finished painting and sealing with clear wax, I realized the knobs were also not going to work, so I found these vintage brass handles on Etsy for $24.00.
I still have my eye out for that statement piece I have been searching for, but for now I am really loving the new look of something I already had. Although I was not crazy about having to invest in this furniture makeover, it was a fun project to work on and it really helped to add some color and interest to the room until I can find that perfect piece. If you would like to see what this dresser originally looked like you can click here.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!