July 19, 2010

Dressed to the nines ....

Well friends, it's done.  The decision has been made.  There is no turning back now.  Months of agonizing indecisiveness is finally over.  Boy - this sounds like a major life decision I've made here, doesn’t it?

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What I've decided on is the paint colour and finish for my dresser project, and in the process I've learned a few things. 


Lesson 1:  Narrow the options.  I had far too many colours to choose from.  I have fan decks from many paint companies in my office, and I was flipping through all of them to help me decide.  There is such a vast selection of colours with just one paint company, so adding another 3 or 4 was NOT helping the decision it was hindering it.  From now on, I pick one company's fan deck for colour selections.


Lesson 2:  Go with your gut.  I am trained to help people pick colours for their home, and although the training helps with the colour selection, there's always a gut instinct I get when I walk into a home or room, even before the client says anything.  Of course, sometimes that instinct is tweaked based on the clients likes and dislikes, but usually we end up in the same place.  In this case I am the client, so I should just stop fighting my gut instinct, and;

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Lesson 3: Nike was right - “JUST DO IT”! I can always repaint!


So now you are probably wondering what colour I've decided for my dresser aren't you? 

    Did she go light?                       Did she go dark?                 Did she go in-between?

Well, you'll just have to have a little more patience :) - isn't this fun???
My last post asked for help in deciding the paint colour for this project and you responded with such great enthusiasm.  I loved all of your suggestions, which covered the gamut of all of my options.  Colour is so definitely a personal choice. 


A couple of your suggestions resonated:

Lisa from Lisa Goulet Designs reminded me that dark furniture is a dust magnet.  Oh boy do I know that.  My computer desk and bookcases in the office are dark laminate.  Let's just say that one of my office supplies is a Swiffer Duster and I'm using that sucker every day!
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Kelly of Design Ties suggested that I close up the existing holes in the middle section of my dresser and replace the pulls with fancy knobs (like the picture below).  I love that idea - perhaps I'll add some shiny crystal knobs to give it glam (which Kelly absolutely rocks at btw)!

And Kathy from Creative Home Expressions suggested that I use the light cream colour and use the caramel/gold as an antiquing glaze.  This idea really appealed to me.  My biggest concern with picking a paint colour was that I would lose the celtic details that drew me to the dresser in the first place. 
So, thank you Kathy, this is what I’ve chosen to do with my dresser.  And these are the colours I’ve chosen to use are Antique White from CIL for the main colour of the dresser and an antique wash of Brown Bag from CIL.
These colours will go quite well with the wall colour and the existing pine bedside tables which will stay for a while (although, --- I’m thinking….. ).  I’ve also added the following gem that I picked up off kijiji for….. $35 ….. yep $35.  I’ve replaced the hardware and it now serves as hubbies dresser.
And this past weekend, I tested out the new paint sprayer on a couple of unfinished pine shelves that I’ve had hanging around the house for years, so there are NO excuses now friends.
Stay tuned…


  1. Oooh! I can't wait to see the results, I love this post, the anticipation is building! I think it is going to turn out stunning. And it's awesome that you have a sprayer, I want one! Have fun with this project, it's going to be fab!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out :-)

    I'm excited to see how your dresser turns out. I'm sure it's going to look fab!! The Celtic knot detailing is so great, and I think the finish you've decided to go with will really make it stand out.

    Hurry up and paint!!


  3. Oh! Can't wait to see the results! I'm sure it's going to be gorgeous! My dresser rehab is almost finished just trying to get hubby to drill holes for the knobs and handles. Thanks for the mention - I don't even take my own advice I have lots of dark coloured furniture and suffer with always having to dust....LOL!

  4. How did I not see this, Donna?? Wonderful and I can't wait to see how it turns out! It's great to bounce these ideas off other people because you get some really valuable insight. I wish I had really thought about the dark furniture and dust in my house. Meanwhile, I have both in different rooms and I know which one shows the dust more and also pretty quickly after just dusting!

  5. wow - that Toby Fairley piece is gorgeous.. and I know what you mean about too many color choices - we are our own worst clients :)


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