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Nautical Curved Top Dresser

I typically get an idea for a piece shortly after it arrives and about 90% of the time I stick with that original plan and see it through.  This wasn’t the case for this antique curved top dresser.  I have been looking for one for ages, similar to our blue curved top dresser we did months ago and shipped to NYC.  You can read about this original curved top dresser here. So many people have asked me for a similar look with this piece and I originally thought, this would be a quick repeat of the first one.  I was so wrong!

At first glance, this ‘new’ curved piece was almost exactly what I worked with on the blue dresser, however as I started to really clean and prep this piece, I soon realized several differences.  One of these differences, which I was really excited about, were the awesome wooden drawer pulls.  I love details like this on vintage pieces and decided I really wanted to highlight this feature – see, already we are veering away from the blue/gold look of the previous curved highboy.  🙂  As I began sanding the pulls and refinishing them, I then decided to go with a lighter color combination – one that would really highlight the wood patina on this piece.  That’s when I grabbed Annie Sloan’s Old White chalk paint.  This is a favorite color of mine – really a staple – and I thought for sure this would be all this vintage beauty needed for a fresh new look on life.  After covering it with a few coats of this color, however, I just wasn’t satisfied.

It looked ok with just the white paint, but for some reason, I just felt like it was missing something.  So, I decided to try out a technique I’ve been thinking about for awhile, but have been too scared to test out on previous pieces of furniture.  I have long loved the look of color dipped furniture and really wanted to try it, but with a bit of a twist, by adding some type of geometric design on the sides.  This was intimidating to start for sure, but I’m really excited with the end result.

I now really love this piece and know it’s finally ready to go to a good home.  This new color combo is such a classic, nautical look.  Check it out today at our shop!


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