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A Handpainted Dresser by Somewhat Quirky Design

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I think from the moment I found this dresser on the curb with a "FREE" sign on it I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. My inspiration photo had been on my Pinterest board for 2 years.
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I used a bone inlay piece being sold online for $2700 to inspire the pattern. After I painted the entire piece in two coats of Chalk Paint(R) in Paloma. I made a mix of 3 Chalk Paint(R) to do the hand painting with.
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I measured to find the center of each drawer and drew in the design with chalk.
  • how to0design a pearl inlay inspired dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
Then I slowly, but surely, painted the whole thing.
  • how to0design a pearl inlay inspired dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
I used three coats of wax. I wanted it to be shiny like real inlay furniture is.
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I think it's beautiful!
  • how to0design a pearl inlay inspired dresser, chalk paint, painted furniture
If you have questions regarding this project. it is a good idea to read the blog post for more specific information. Then you can contact me in the comments section of the blog post. The link for the post is just below.

To see more: http://www.somewhatquirkydesign.com/2014/10/painted-inlay-dresser.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Peggy Johnson
    Peggy Johnson Lewiston, ID

    Very nice, what a lot of work and detail. You might give latex paint with a polyurethane finish the next time you have a piece with so much love and work into it. That would give you a finish that would be more resistant to scratches and dings. But

    • Angel View Cottage
      Angel View Cottage Matthews, NC

      I agree Peggy. I've been painting for 30 years and you are right on about latex. I've used CP a few times just to see what the rave is about. I don't care for it at all. I don't like having to wax or poly anything and CP seems to be soft unless you

  • Marion Nesbitt

    Have exactly the same dresser in cherry. Use it in the bathroom for towel storage, etc. Wouldn't suit my home style, but very, very imaginative treatment.

  • Maureen Macdonald

    awesome job!! so pretty!

  • Denise Hardy
    Denise Hardy Ireland

    An amazing job - you didn't use a stencil then @somewhatquirky :) I could never get a pattern like this freehand - mores the pity :( it looks beautiful and I like the colour you have chosen :) I just might think I will see if I can get a stencil

    • Somewhat Quirky
      Somewhat Quirky Grosse Pointe, MI

      @Denise Hardy Thanks Denise! No stencil - to use a stencil all over would require too much discipline for me! And my best guess would be that it would take about 10 different stencils to fill the space. That's a lot of work!

  • Denise Hardy
    Denise Hardy Ireland

    Yes, I would say your right @SomewhatQuirky :) after looking at it again, there are many different patterns on it - - I would have to do a 'simpler' pattern - lol - with say, just 2 or 3 - your very clever and artistic :) I paint furniture but it

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