Now and then I run across something so creative that I can’t wait to use the idea at my house or –even better — my youngest daughter’s house. These gradient painted dressers qualify. When I first saw the vintage dresser Korrie from Red Hen Home painted in gradient colors [top], I was disappointed. My youngest already purchased a dresser for her eclectic gender-neutral nursery. The gradient painting process is simple: using a fan deck or the paint strip display at a paint store, select a strip and purchase a sample pot of paint of each color for each drawer. The top drawer along with the dresser top, sides and feet are usually painted the same (lightest) color. Colors get darker as they work their way down. Gradient color painted dressers are fun to create and update piece that have seen better days.
This smaller piece from a Norwegian website is a favorite. It has an interesting shape and the soft colors selected are muted and subtle. While many find gradient pieces a tad too cute to use in main areas of the house, they look great in nurseries, children’s and teen’s rooms, even guest rooms. They lend themselves to modern or country, chic or casual, and cottage or beach decorating styles.
Caroline, of The Feminist Housewife, was not feeling this white dresser against her white walls, so she decided to add color by whitewashing and lightly distressing. The whitewashing effect can be achieved by cutting the bottom color paint as many times as needed (number of drawers) in order to finish the project.
After seeing the Norwegian dresser, Cassie, from Primitive & Proper, combined a little elbow grease (aka sanding), priming and painting to turn a $30 Salvation Army find into another inspirational piece.
The blue color family seems to be the popular choice, but I found this bright green version on Flickr.
Maya, of Completely Coastal, discovered this dresser where the owner took it one step further by incorporating a wave-like pattern. Spreading seven colors over four drawers certainly made it a more time consuming project, but perfect for a seaside cottage.
(Sources: Red Hen Home, Norske Interiors, The Feminist Housewife, Primitive & Proper, Flickr, Completely Coastal)
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