Transform a tired dresser with a smooth blending of shades from light to dark.
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) DD2’s house. When I first saw this vintage dresser Korrie from Red Hen Home painted in gradient colors, I was disappointed DD2 had already purchased a dresser for her eclectic gender-neutral nursery. The process is simple – using a fan deck or the paint strip display at a local paint store, select a strip and purchase a sample pot of paint for each drawer color. The top drawer along with the dresser top, sides and feet are usually painted the same (lightest) color. Gradient color painting is a fun and easy way to update a piece that has seen better days.
This smaller piece from a Norwegian website is a favorite, not only due to its interesting shape but the soft colors selected. 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 turned 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.