So there I was, feeling pretty accomplished after taking care of my annual vehicle registration and headed back to the office. Then I spotted it. The Salvation Army sign. It was like a gambler seeing the neon lights on the strip again...I had to pull over. As I parked right in front, I saw that they weren't due to open for another 15 minutes, I was going to have to leave and head to work or else I would be late...but wait! Some wonderful soul had opened early! How often does THAT happen?!
There she was....I spotted her through the glass doors, like she was waiting for me. I walked up, checked the price tag and announced...ok, maybe yelled out of excitement..."SOLD!". In less than 5 minutes I had that baby loaded and I was on my way to work, I even got there early! That, my friends, is what is known as the best way to start a day.
Anyone that knows anything about me knows I have an addiction to the color blue. It's almost unhealthy. I love it, though, so it is my main go-to hue. I've also been hankering to give another piece a jeweled finish like my "Isabella" desk with a peacock finish. For some insight into that eye candy click here.
I hit my paint stash and came out holding these babies:
Miss Lillian's No Wax Chock Paint in "Ocean Depths", CeCe Caldwell's Emerald Isle and Modern Masters Metallic Paint in "Warm Silver". I also used a dark blue acrylic paint (not pictured) to highlight...or rather, lowlight some areas.
As far as technique, the best I can describe my method is "layer upon layer upon layer". I can't really describe that any other way! I layered until I liked what I saw...!
I also decided to try my hand at adding wallpaper to the sides. I have a fabulously talented and dear friend, Lori Preece who is the creative genius/artist behind Thee Velvet Glove and she inspired me with a gorgeous red dresser, adorned with wallpaper. She was kind enough to give me some advice and I am thoroughly hooked on the look and feel of it now! Look at that dimension!
As her colors and details came together, I didn't see a "glamour girl" emerging. Rather, I saw the allure and beauty of some old painting of gypsies I saw a few years ago. So that's what she was named. "The French Gypsy". I can't get over the depth and colors of the top, it looks like the ocean to me.
Finally, I sealed the paint with General Finishes "Enduro-Var" in Semi-Gloss. I can't sing it's praises enough. It goes on so smoothly and levels out any imperfections as it dries. It isn't a sealer you'd want to use with light colors or whites, as it darkens with time but I was ok with this because my colors are dark and would only be enhanced further.
When all was said and done, I decided I needed to pull my "good" camera out because cellphone pictures were just not going to do. I have a Canon 7D that pretty much scares me, but I was determined to do this piece justice. I spent HOURS taking pictures and working with all the settings. I have a long way to go, but I am quite pleased with what I ended up with. I'll leave y'all with the glamour shots of The French Gypsy, I hope you enjoy looking at her as much as I do! I have also listed this dresser on my etsy page, she is my very first piece of furniture ever! To check her out, or if you're interested in purchasing please visit my etsy page here.