17 Jan 2013

Emerald Green and Gold Dresser

Her name is Megan.  As in Megan Draper from Mad Men.  She's mod and hip, but with a slight throwback to a classic style.  And watch out, because she may just get up and sing a crazy version of  Zou Bisou Bisou in your living room (Mad Men fans out there - I know you totally get it!).


Maybe I'm getting a little too into naming my furniture?  Mr. Swell already thinks I'm nuts, so it's ok if you do too.  Just go with it.

Here she is before.


I've actually had this dresser for years.  It was my first big purchase after I graduated from University.  It came as a set with a mirror, a bed frame, a high dresser and 2 night stands.  The mirror is still up in our entryway, the bed frame is long gone and the high dresser and night stands are in our master bedroom. This dresser was in Fin's room until a few weeks ago when we made a little switcheroo (more on that coming up soon).

I considered just selling it as it was, but figured with a little paint I could sell it for much more.

I filled all of the gouges with wood filler and sanded them smooth, then scuffed the whole thing up a bit with a sanding block and then gave it coat of primer (Zinsser 1-2-3 latex).  Once the primer was dry, I gave it 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in Emerald Isle.


I added liquid gold gilding around the outer frame.  I've used Liquid Leaf in the past, but this time I used Martha Stewart brand in Brass. I couldn't tell a difference between the 2 brands. The instructions always recommend using a brush, but I prefer to use a rag wrapped around my finger to apply the gilding (tip - wrap your finger in plastic wrap first to prevent having a completely gold finger).


It's not perfect and some of the green shows through, but that just gives it character.


I kept the same hardware, just changed it from silver to gold by using the same gilding.


I normally prefer to spray paint hardware, but this time I wanted it to be an exact match to the gold around the frame, so gilding it was.

I am completely in love with the colour.  It's the perfect green.  It's bright and bold but not obnoxious.  A win in my books. 


If it wasn't for Mr. Swell continually reminding me that I started this project to sell it, I probably would have redecorated our master bedroom to make this work in it.  I was tempted....believe me. 


Megan is now reluctantly for sale, so as always, if you live in the Edmonton area and want Megan in your life please drop me a line.  ****Update: Sold****


***not really my choice to photograph this in front of a window, but it was the only wall in our house that was big enough with any decent light!  It challenged what little photography skills I have - that's for sure!

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21 comments:

  1. Kelly, it turned out beautifully. I simply love it!

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    1. Thanks Erica! I am quite smitten with it. It's been in our living room since I took the photos and I am actually quite reluctant to move it. I love the colour that it brings to the room.

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  2. oh wow, kelly!! that is STUNNING!!! love it!

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  3. Megan is one sexy dresser! Love the combination of emerald and gold/brass. Are you SURE you don't want to redecorate you bedroom so you can keep her? Not that I'm trying to be and enabler or anything... ;-)

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  4. Oh, and it's not weird that you name your furniture. I name my cars :-)

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  5. It looks beautiful. I am sitting on a dresser that I am tempted to do in emerald. This is helping to convince me it's a good way to go....

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    1. Go for it! i bet you won't regret it.

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  6. It's gorgeous, Kelly! I just finished one in Precious Emerald, very similar ~ wonderful job, I love the gold accents!

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  7. Stunning!! I'm in looove with emerald and gold right now! You did a great job! And I'm totally cool with naming your furniture.....we all have our little quirks, right?!?

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  8. Yep I love it too! The colour is gorgeous, it makes such a statement!

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  9. Well hellooooo Megan. That looks lovely. The brass plays up the green nicely.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous! I've just finished a china cabinet very similar to this color. Go Green! Very cool pinterest feature-do you use wordpress or is that a feature I could add through blogger? I would love to see a tutorial for that.

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  11. What a great colour, the dresser looks fabulous!

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  12. Gorgeous! I think I need to get on the green bandwagon! I might have redecorated my bedroom for it too...!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  13. This is amazing! I love the color. Just came over from Pam's blog and happy to follow alaong. Great job!

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  14. I couldn't let her go, nope, not at all! Beautiful, especially with the gold touches.

    Do you mind sharing the "how" of adding the Pinterest feature?

    Glad I found your blog!
    Pat

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  15. So eye catching... I adore green! So happy to have found you... new follower!
    melinda

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    1. Thanks so much Melinda! Welcome!

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  16. The emerald color is lovely, I agree. The gold is a good choice to go with it, too!

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  17. The dresser looks fabulous! Great choice of colors.

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