Maple Fleur de lis Dresser

Happy Valentine’s Day! I had a lot of fun making this dresser, even though it took me a loooong time. 

I got stuck on this one. I started and I couldn’t figure out where to go! When that happens I have to put it away and look at it, waiting for it to speak to me 😉 

This dresser came from a home in Mt. Uniacke. It was a beauty of a drive and the home was on a lake. Here it is before:



My partner sanded this for me, and this cute message had a double meaning; there were at least 5 different layers of paint to sand though and it was a LOT of work, but she did it because she loves me ❤️ 

This dresser went through two transformations before it ended up as it did. First, birches in Old White & Graphite: 


I liked it, but didn’t love it. So, I changed the birch colour to Old White and French Linen:


I still wasn’t in love. So…. it sat & sat. 

Christmas came & I got Martha Stewart stencils. Ah-ha! My chance to do something different to this dresser. So, out came my sander & off went the birches! 

And now the challenge: My BFF wanted a gender neutral, grown-up but still baby dresser for their soon-to-be-bundle of joy! She loves fleur de lis, and was sad to have lost the chance to snatch up the fleur de lis dresser I did last year (see that one here). One of my new Christmas stencils had a modern fleur de lis pattern -perfect opportunity 🙂

I used my favourite high end paint, Annie Sloan Chalkpaint. The frame got 2 coats of Old White:


Then I did the drawers in Cream, followed by a textured layer of Old Ochre. I love the look of pairing neutrals with neutrals! 


See the texture? I used Olive for the stencil part. It’s such a classic neutral green. I’m in love 😍 


I stanined the top in Walnut from the Minwax line. Nice, right?


I reused the hardware because it suited a baby dresser. I thoroughly cleaned them with a special brass cleaner to remove grease so the paint would stick, and sealed them with Annie’s floor laquer. 


There is a great amount of room on top for a changing pad for Baby S ❤️ 

Hope you enjoyed this makeover 

XO

Terri ❤️

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