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Egyptian Blue Art Deco Dresser

I found this six drawer vintage dresser at the Salvation Army store on Bird Road in Miami at the same time I found the Vintage Turquoise and White dresser. The store offered discounts on furniture on Wednesdays, so I drove down with my brother during our lunch break and threw them in the back of his pick up truck.

Egyptian Blue Art Deco Dresser

Egyptian Blue Art Deco Dresser

Originally, I wanted to give the wood panels a light stain and the vertical Art Deco style pulls a darker stain for a 1970s vibe. But when I took the piece to the warehouse I was working out of, I noticed that only the frame was made of solid wood. I figured it wasn’t worth sanding and staining a piece that wasn’t solid wood, so I went for a more colorful look instead.

Egyptian Blue Art Deco Dresser Before

Egyptian Blue Art Deco Dresser Before

The blue chalk paint I used I believe was called Marine Blue ( I wasn’t able to find the manufacturer online, but I purchased it at Walmart). I started by painting a drawer and presenting it against the gold panel at the bottom. The color combination gave me an ancient Egyptian vibe, which I appreciated. Since I began restoring furniture pieces, I always wanted to create a statement piece, and this ended up being just that.

Even though I love wood stains and a natural aesthetic, the artist in me was dying to give a vintage furniture piece a bold paint job. I tested a vintage red color along with the blue, but the blue made the most sense with this piece. I was happy with the final product and had it on the market for a while, but I formed an attachment to it. I just couldn’t let it go for the lowball offers I was getting. So, I got rid of a few Ikea pieces in my living room made it the focal point of my living room as a TV console and with tons of extra storage.

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Vintage Turquoise and White Shabby Chic Dresser

Photo of Vintage Turquoise and White Shabby Chic Dresser (2015)

Vintage Turquoise and White Shabby Chic Dresser (2015)

In 2015 I decided to apply my painting skills to restoring vintage furniture pieces that I found at various second hand vintage furniture shops. The dresser shown in the photo I found at a Salvation Army store on Bird Road in West Miami. In the before picture below you can see that it was originally green and tan with classical motifs on the drawers and doors. It also came with a couple of mirrors attached to the back which I removed before painting.

After removing the hardware, which I kept in original condition, I painted the white trim on the panels and doors. My original idea was to use painter’s tape to cover the white and add the turquoise over it, but the trim was so thin that it seemed like more work to tape it up than to just be really careful when I got close to the trim. I spent the better part of a day filling in the turquoise around the trim with a small paintbrush, then went over the larger areas with a 2 inch brush.

Vintage Shabby Chic Dresser Before Picture

The new color story was inspired by the movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola. I found a beautiful turquoise chalk paint at the local hardware store that matched the light cream color of the trim perfectly. I was going to paint the hardware white, but when I tested them against the new paint job, I felt that they added a nice rustic element to the piece.

I advertised this piece on Craigslist and it sold within a couple days to a lovely couple that truly appreciated the time I spent hand painting it. The only difficulty I experienced was having it delivered. They lived in a townhouse with a very narrow staircase, so it was a challenge to finally get the piece into their bedroom, but they seemed happy with it and I was happy that it found a wonderful home.

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