David lucked into a project for us at the thrift store. Initially disappointed by the lackluster selection, he headed to the exit, empty handed. There he stumbled upon the thrift store truck returning from a pick-up. Holding the door for them, he noticed a solid looking dresser among the items the men were carrying in. After a quick exam, David bought it on the spot.

She was sturdier — and dirtier — then we thought. We scrubbed her down until she was spotless and sweet smelling. It was no picnic. I’m telling you, I think somebody had eaten lunch in one of the drawers.

David did some repairs but I forgot to take any pictures in her unpainted state. Oops. I can describe her, though: heavy, well-built and plain.

We hatched a plan to dress her up. I sketched out some ideas and this is the winner:

Nursery Dresser Sketch

Stripes along the two upper shelves, with the remaining shelves a solid color. You can read about my stripe-painting technique here.

I experimented combining ASCP Arles with different amounts of Old White but decided to stay with uncut Arles. By itself, Arles is a rich, yellow ochre with hints of orange. I toned down the vibrancy of Antibes Green with Old White and covered the body of the dresser with it.

Nursery Dresser Detail 1

We painted the inside drawers to match the light green outside.

Nursery Dresser Drawer Inside

I had a goal: I wanted this dresser to appeal to a diverse audience. On the one hand, she is perfect for the nursery, as an all-in-one changing table and diaper storage unit. As the infant grows, the changing table transitions into a child’s dresser.

Nursery Dresser with Gown

On the other hand, I wanted her to have a boho chic vibe to appeal to artsy, adventurous adults interested in unconventional furniture. You’ll have to tell me if I’ve achieved my goal.

Nursery Dresser 3

We don’t have room at Avonlea Antique Mall right now to show her off — the holidays are underway. We may try to post her on Craigslist, which I’ve never done.

Nursery Dresser 2She’s a charmer and I so hope she finds a great home.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ann Marie and David

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4 Comments on Boho Chic or Nursery Lullaby?

  1. Hetty
    December 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh, what a beauty Ann Marie! I love your color choices, it is spot on!

    • irisabbey
      December 7, 2014 at 4:19 am (5 years ago)

      Sweet Hetty, what a lovely comment to read before I head for bed. Thank you so much. Hope all is well.

  2. Sherry
    December 10, 2014 at 5:05 am (5 years ago)

    Cute look for a nursery! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

    • irisabbey
      December 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Sherry. I always enjoy your party.


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