I am ALWAYS open to a new color palette…… and I can say, without a doubt, this color palette is a first for me!
I feel sure that MANY of you have owned or still own one of the traditional American Drew Cherry Grove dressers! While they are top notch in quality and solid wood construction….. they posses a very specific traditional style that is difficult to work into todays trending designs. Repurposing this one with the name “Here Comes The Son”.
This particular dresser update was for a very special friend! A young lady that I know very well….. and one that has spent years praying for a baby! She’s now expecting her first baby….. a little boy….. and is working diligently to prepare a safe and cozy room for him. My friends style is very eclectic. She appreciates the trendy mod farmhouse but also has a funky rustic flair…. all sprinkled with bits of sentimentality. This dresser belonged to her parents….. and then became her own….. and she wanted to use it in her new nursery. She gave me a list of paint colors she was using as well as a few photos (that I’m sharing with you here) of items in the room….. a pillow, a quilt, the forest green shiplap wall, an old rustic metal sign….. and a gorgeous Pottery Barn rug!
I knew almost immediately I’d be using a “Santa Fe” flair sunshine pattern. But I also knew that I’d need to do a little color mixing of my Dixie Belle paints in order to get the colors she sent to me. It was actually very easy to obtain each color and I’ll share that with you below. For now…. let’s get started…. Here Comes The Son
Before I get carried away…
I removed the hardware and washed the dresser using White Lightning followed by a good rinse.
I needed to fill the holes where the original hardware had been as I knew we were adding new hardware and the size of the holes were not the same. I use Dixie Belle Mud and a spatula to do this. It is very easy to work with! Its light and airy…. almost like cake icing. It dries quickly and sands down so easily! I use a Surf Prep Rad Pad in Medium to sand back once its dry…… and a Super Fine pad to finish it off. I prefer Mud as it is also useful in other creative finishes such as adding texture to paint and raised stencils. Once the holes were filled, dry and sanded back, I was ready to paint.
Ready to PAINT!
I coated the entire dresser in a single coat of a darker Antebellum Blue (custom mix below)…. as I originally thought the top and base would be blue. This changed as I created….. that happens a lot!
I then created a pattern for the circle of the sun. I needed a large circle to trace. I VERY often use everyday objects or things I find in my home to trace. I used a mirror that hangs above my shop sink…… and wrapping paper….. to create a pattern. I just pressed the paper against the edge of the circle and made an outline that I could cut with scissors. I then drew around the cut circle with chalk. I used a straightedge to draw the rays of the sun.
I then began painting each ray of the sun using the colors that I had pre-mixed….. the yellow, rust, terracotta, and greens.
Once complete….. I stepped back and it just felt drab! The old rustic sign has a pop of cobalt blue that I really felt it needed a friend in the dresser. While I didn’t choose to use cobalt….. I did use my customized Antebellum Blue. I painted over the Terracotta rays with the custom blue. And while I liked it…… I now felt the dresser top and bottom needed to be the “black-green” which is really straight up Collard Greens! So top, bottom and sides were repainted and I had the colors just where I wanted them. But they needed to be toned down a bit….
Making custom glaze
So I made a custom glaze. I use Dixie Belle’s Glaze in black…… (but it’s never dark enough for me) so I add black to it. Instead of adding Caviar….. I add Anchor from the Silk line…. its an all-in-one paint that doesn’t require a top coat. This adds an added layer of protection to the glaze!!! I use a 1:3 ratio…… 1 part paint to 3 parts glaze. I stir well and apply liberally with a blue sponge. You can see in the photo below the difference in the sun with the glaze and without the glaze. It’s a subtle change…. but just enough to tone down the colors a bit. I let this dry overnight.
I then chose a top coat that I rarely use……. and I’m not sure why….. because its a gorgeous finish! I used Dixie Belle’s Hemp Oil! It all natural….. NO VOC’s (so great for a babies room) and is a great top coat to use when wanting to make colors even MORE rich!! I apply the oil using one of the applicator pads. It just glides on and you can watch your paint come to life immediately! I allow this to soak into the paint for most of the day…. and then return with a clean dry applicator pad (or any lint free cloth or microfiber cloth) and buff away any excess oil. The finish is like butter and has a sheen that is hard to beat! Hemp Oil is also a great top coat for outdoor projects! It protects your paint finish from the elements and resist fading really well!
Quick Hardware Tip
I now drilled the new holes for the new hardware (who am I kidding….I had Matt do this part…but I helped)! We simply made a pattern out of a piece of paper with the two holes….. and used that piece of paper to drill through on each drawer. This keeps you from needing to measure out every hole on every drawer! All holes were drilled and all dust wiped off.
The dresser is now ready for the new hardware! The holes were perfectly drilled with the homemade pattern….. and each handle went on without a hitch!
I am so happy with this piece. I cannot wait to see it in its new space! And I really can’t wait to hold and rock this new baby in his room…. and be able to enjoy looking at the dresser at the same time! It’s always such an honor to create for families that are expecting a baby…… especially when I know and love them!!
Thank you Jess and Micah for trusting me with this project! You are going to be the BEST mommy and daddy!!!! Here Comes The Son!
Custom Color Mixes
For each color used….. I mixed a small amount of Coffee Bean into them for a deeper tone. However…. Antebellum Blue also required a bit of Caviar to finally get the color I was trying to achieve. Collard Greens was not mixed.
1. Antebellum Blue/Coffee Bean 1:1 and then a drop of Caviar
2. Rusty Nail/Coffee Bean 3:1
3. Colonel Mustard 3:1. Terracotta 3:1. Evergreen 3:1
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