Monday, January 23, 2012

gray-dient dresser


This week I worked on transforming some yard sale finds that I got for my daughter's room.  I've been loving the gradient paint schemes that are making the rounds on Pinterest, so I wanted to give that a try.  I started with this:


BEFORE
Being in a gray stage right now, I chose a gray family of Behr paint: 780F-4, 5, 6, & 7 (Sparrow, Anonymous, Dark Granite, and Stealth Jet).  (Is it ultimately going to work with the green walls?  I just don't know...)

I bought a quart of the second color and painted a couple of coats of that on the entire dresser.  Then I bought small sample pots of the other three colors and used those for the drawers.  Next, I roughed it up a bit with my orbital sander and added a little fresh stain on the bare wood with a teeny tiny artist's paint brush.  Lastly, some new hardware, also from Home Depot, and I couldn't be more excited about the result!


Linking up with some of my favorite parties:
Fox Hollow Cottage
 

42 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW what a fabulous makeover! LOVE IT!! Stopped over from Met.Mon. Martina

Abbie said...

I've seen these ombre dressers all over the place recently, it seems like, but I reeeeally love yours. The colors you chose are so fresh and different, and the bright silver hardware really pops!

Great job!


I would absolutely love it if you would link this up at my FREE-FOR-ALL linky party going on right now!

http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-friday-free-for-all-3-50.html
So looking forward to seeing you there!

P.S. I'm a new follower. : )

P.P.S. (: )) Every link counts as an entry into my Cutting Edge ($50) stencil giveaway!

~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

Patti said...

What a bright and cheery room! I am having a giveaway of a scrapbook software program, if interested, please stop by

mrshinesclass said...

Love that paint effect! The dresser looks AWESOME!! Can't wait to see more of your creativity...I'm a new follower.

Sharon

Rhonda said...

That dresser turned out amazing - I am going to have to try doing this! Visiting from AtoZ...

Rhonda @ home.made.

Gina said...

I just found your blog today! This is a little scary, because I too have wanted to try this painting technique, and was thinking on the way home I was going to use grey. Your piece turned out wonderful!
Gina
www.backporchroots.blogspot.com

the cape on the corner said...

that looks great and yay for word play!

Sarah said...

Great job!Come share at my first ever party: http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/01/first-ever-dwell-on-friday.html

Have a great week!

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

fantastic! so smart to change that hardware, too!!

and, yes, it's going to be just fine with those green walls!

Beth said...

that was brilliant! I love it and I love using all the colors on the paint chip! I am in!

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

Wow! It looks completely different (in a good way!). Great color choice! I'm stopping by from Someday Crafts.

Rachel said...

Great idea. Love the grey's. The distressing is beautiful too. I'm visiting from My Vintage Verve.

The Southern Product Queen said...

Love the dresser! So chic! This is a great post! I'm having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-s... Thanks for sharing!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!!! I pinned it AND featured it on my blog today: http://inside-outdesign.blogspot.com/2012/01/before-after-thursday-last-one.html

I love painting furniture (or, actually to be more exact, I hate PAINTING furniture, but I LOVE the awesome results, so I'm kind of addicted to it!) I always get excited to see cool new painting ideas and this is amazing! Way to go girl!!

Shannon said...

I really love the way this turned out! I think the gradient coloring and the distressing look awesome together!

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

What an awesome change!! I love the gradient. And, gray is one of my favs. Thanks SO much for linking up and inspiring! I may have to try this out on an old dresser in my bedroom. Hmmm....now the wheels are turning.

fiona anderson said...

Beautifully finished, great colours and very de-lec-ta-ble !!!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love how this turned out ant the different colors of grey, beautiful!

Joan V said...

This is fantastic. Thanks

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Absolutely love it!! I am your newest follower :-)

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Wow, this is an amazing transformation! I love the gradient colors!

Would love for you to post your project at my website www.ohmy-creative.com

Susan,
http://www.ohmy-creative.com/
A community to Create - Share - Inspire

Toodie said...

I love how you chose to do the gradient colors. Really adds some great personality to your piece!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

I love this idea. It is a great looking dresser.

Samantha said...

That is awesome!!! I love the gradient colors! So much better than the original!

Karin said...

Love It, just might have to try this, I have aching for grey right now too!

pjflem said...

Absolutely stunning! I've repinned, and will be using it as inspiration for a future project myself.

pjflem said...

Oh, and as to the green walls, you might consider a pale yellow. Grays and yellows seem to be a very popular combination

Katie said...

I LOVE this dresser and this idea... we are actually getting ready to paint our room anonymous!

Abbie said...

You did SUCH a great job!

Just letting you know that I'm featuring this tomorrow for Feature Friday Free-for-All!

~Abbie

Amanda said...

Love this, very cool :) I have featured it on Craft Gossip today http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/paint-chip-dresser/

Anonymous said...

I love the way you painted the dresser - the various colors add interest and harmony.

But the grey would depress me! I was raised by a color-tan-obsessed mother, The Queen of Neutrals, and I need color in my life! My dresser has been painted many times - yellows, and some sweet shades of purple. Next up, either fire-engine red and bright yellow, or several colors of Key West-inspired turquoisey/greens. :)

Tisha said...

You can do it, Gina! I would love to do another gray piece with white to light gray shades too. Can't wait to see yours!

Tisha said...

Thanks for the feature, Brooke!

Tisha said...

Thanks for sharing this, Abbie!

Tisha said...

Wow, thanks Amanda!

Tisha said...

It's so funny - I've been doing a lot of grays lately, and I've been wondering if I'm becoming a bit like Dorothy before she found the yellow brick road :) But I also love color and do it in punches. Keep watching, because that bedroom is going to have lots of green and turquoise accents too. I like your idea of purple! It's one of my favorite colors to wear, but I haven't brought it into my decorating yet. Off to Pinterest to find some inspiration! Next time, be sure to link back - I'd love to see the colorful projects you are working on!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

Thanks for linking up to Cowgirl Up! The dresser looks awesome!
Newest follower...
♥Linsey

Leslie said...

This is so cute. You did an awesome job.

Becca said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job ... it looks wonderful !! *Becca (new follower by way of TDC).

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

Amanda Dale said...

Genius! Absolute genius! And I am a huge fan of gray! Thanks for linking up at Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you next week!
Thanks,
Amanda

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love it! so sleek and masculine and ombre dressers are one of my favorites!

Diana @ Boy + Girl said...

This looks great! I love grey!