My Glamourous Metallic Silver Dresser

by | Jul 14, 2016

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What girl doesn’t appreciate a little GLAM in their life???

After a day of carpooling, baby spit-up, traffic, going head to head with the boss…..whatever it is that you do on a daily basis….a LITTLE GLAM could go a LONG way in this world we live in! Especially if it’s a slam of glam with a illustrious  silver dresser.

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My client asked me to recreate a piece that caught her eye in my portfolio.  You can see that metallic dresser below and in my gallery here.

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The original dresser was made for a client in Staten Island, NY and was done several years ago when browns and golds were the IN THING (still are in my house….shhhhh!).  She wanted me to recreate this piece in a cool tones that have now become the IN THING….greys and silvers.  So I did just that with a silver dresser!


The french provincial style dressers have become nearly EXTINCT here in south Texas with the DIY wave and everyone in the world deciding they want to be a furniture painter and leaving me with absolutely nothing to source from and have to fight like a dog to get my hands on!!!!  BUT I FOUND ONE!  I may have had to drive 3 hours round trip to get it…..but SCORE!

 Silver Dresser Before | Tracey's Fancy
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For the body of this piece I chose Yankee Blue, which is a nice blue/gray color for the undercoat and topped this with a creamy ivory called Fluff. I then used silver leafing for the drawer fronts.  This technique is so easy and makes such a huge impact! The metallic silver dresser is stunning!

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I did a short “how to” video of the silver leafing process for you here.

For all the products I used for silver leaf, look at the SHOP section below!

I finished off the hardware and nail heads with my favorite silver metallic spray paint before putting them in place.

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This gorgeous silver dresser with its multi-tonal softly distressed shimmering front finish is now on its way to sunny Florida…..where it will add a little GLAM to the life of a busy girl!

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For your shopping convenience, here are the products I used in this silver metallic finish.

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You can get this same look using these Dixie Belle Paint products. You can also find my favorite products and tools in my Amazon influencer list here.

Silver Furniture Tutorial

If you’re ready to create a metallic leafing finish yourself… I’m the girl to help you! This Rose Gold tutorial is the same process… I’ll take you through it step by step.

If you would like to paint your own furniture ….but lack confidence with where to start….try my introductory furniture basics course!

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See you next week!

XOXO,

Tracey

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44 Comments

  1. Heather K Tracy

    I’m so glad you found the time to write a post on this latest creation. Thank you! My world just wasn’t complete until I could Pin and Share about this magical transformation. xoxo

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    • Tracey Bellion

      LOLOL! Well gooness Heather! I feel better knowing I helped your world to be complete! Thank you friend for your unwavering enthusisam over my work! XOXO, T

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    • Tmara

      Hi Ms. Tracy,
      I have a nine drawer dresser, a hope chest or storage chest, a 5 or 6 drawer
      tall chester and a night stand. I would love to have this look with them. They are now creamy white with gold edges. I am not sure where you are located. Do you do this for people? I would be interested in what it would cost to have it done. I am from West Memphis, Arkansas right across the bridge from Memphis, Tennessee. I am scared but I might could do it with your video.

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  2. Angela

    I LOVE IT!!! I can’t WAIT to do this on my daughters furniture!!! Right now it’s ugly stain….that orangey look…..and I’m ready to change it. It’ll probably be white and gold.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Angela!!! White and gold will be gorgeous!!!! Let me know if you need have any quesitons before you get started! And send pics please when you are done! I’d love to see the end result!!!

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  3. Demetra

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
    I have a very similar nightstand and tons of silver leaf but…

    I’ve been itching to try mercury glass spray paint on something.
    Do you think subbing it for the silver leaf would result in a nice finish?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Demetra! To be honest I have never tried Mercury Glass spray paint. I’ve never even heard of it! But I love mercury glass and would love to see your results if you choose to go that direction! So far….I’ve not found another product that offers the same brillaince as actual silver or gold leafing!

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  4. Lauren

    Gorgeous!! What stain did you use over the silver leaf? Did you do any distressing to it?

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  5. Z

    Beautiful work!

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    • Carol

      Love this look, would like to recreate this look for my bedroom

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      • Tracey Bellion

        Thanks Carol! I think you should try it in your room. I just love the dramatic effect.

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  6. Antonia klip

    Thanks for the video greetings out of Holland alkmaar

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  7. Lyn

    You are talented ?

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  8. Adair

    Love this look. I’ve never seen anyone do this before. I’m looking to redo a french provincial dresser I picked up at a flea market last week, and I want to do this. I’m looking on amazon at silver leaf sheets. Do you recommend a brand? What are your thoughts on the aluminum?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello…I apologize for the delay in my answer. I actually use this silver leaf…and I order through amazon…here is the link http://amzn.to/2lKnTvH
      You will need the adhesive and sealer also….I use the same brand as the leafing.
      If you have never used silver leaf….you will love it! It can be addicting! Have fun and let me know if you have any more questions!
      Tracey

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  9. Adair

    Also, how durable is the finish?

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  10. Marilyn Proctor Walker

    Is the finished product all silver? One looked all silver and the other looked blueish gray in places with blue in the cracks and silver other places. I liked the blueish gray with silver one. How do you get the blueish gray effect? What paints and when do you apply?
    Also how do you distress without ruining the metallic silver applied?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello Marilyn,
      There are two dressers photographed with silver leaf on the drawer fronts. One dresser has the blue-ish gray tones under the ivory and also under the silver leafing. I used Heirloom Traditions Paint. You can order directily from there website…and be sure to use my coupon code FANCY for a discount. I believe I listed the paints in the “shop now” section at the end of the blog. You can actually just click on the pictures of the product and it will take you directly to their site. I painted the drawers in the Moody Blue before I applied the silver leaf…so when the leaf cracked you would see the blue underneath. I did not distress the silver leaf and really don’t ever. I did paint the moody blue under the Irish Cream White also…so when I distressed the white…the blue would peak through. I hope this helps!

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  11. Shelley

    Tracey, I did the Silver Leaf on a dresser and once completed I sprayed the Sealer on! Now it has a tacky feel to it! How can I get the sticky feel gone?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Shelley! I’ve never had the silver leaf be tack AFTER I applied the sealer. I know this sounds crazy….but is there any chance you accidentally sprayed the adhesive as the sealer instead? I only ask…becuause I have done this very thing! They make the cans identical…and I have mixed them up. I had to lay down more silver leaf….and then re-seal. The sealer should dry within an hour at most…and not be tacky at all. I hope this helps!

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  12. Marylin H

    I love! Love! This piece. Thanks for sharing I have a dresser very similar like that one I would like to try to do it. Question: do you prime before applying the gold or silver? And one question: I love your backdrop where can I find one like that one if you don’t mind to share

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello Marylin,
      I do not prime before leafing….the leaf adhesive is like cement! My backdrops were ordered from a company on Etsy….and I swear the name has just left my brain. I will see if there is a label on the container that I store it in and send that to you! THanks so much for your comments…and for being here!

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  13. Diane Holland

    Hello I love it thanks so much , seen your work now I’m going to do my home in it lol love from Diane

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Diane! Enjoy the process!!!! It is addicting!

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  14. Cindy

    How much paint do I need to buy for a queen headboard

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  15. Diena Cameron

    Hey Tracey, loved watching your video, you’re too funny .) Painting with a glass of Merlot in the other hand is the best thing !! Love, love, love this dresser ! Reminds me of old Hollywood and those beautiful actresses of the 20’s. I am so glad you did a tutorial on silver leafing, i have been so intimidated by it. Don’t know why, i do just about everything else as far as painting and lots of crafts and building some things ( might not be perfsct ) but i did it ! Anyway, i now think i can handle the silver leafing, it’s so pretty that i just have to try it. I mean how bad could it turn out….right ? I Pinned and subscribed so can’t wait to see hat other things you have done .) Have wonderful week !

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  16. Christine

    This is such a beautiful piece. How much of the moody paint did you use?

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  17. Tess

    Hi, silly question, but what do I do if I don’t like it? Is easy to remove or pretty permanent? I am going to recreate the look on 2 end tables and a coffee table.

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  18. Mary Murphy

    Hi, Tracey! Love, love, love this, and can’t wait to try it!!! Thank you SO much for sharing your technique and info with us! You’re a doll!

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  19. Debby baker

    Tracey!! I have found my people!!! Yay!! I am going to redo my Gramdma’s ancient maple bedroom set. I dislike dark wood sooo much! I’m beachy – and now impractical and glam n glittery!! I’ll take pics before and after. During if I have a question, but the artsy me will just go with it..

    Thanks for your great tips. And, wine is for women ??

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  20. Tess

    Tracey, I saw this in June and bought the paints and silverleaf. I just did the silverleaf on and end table. On dealing it right now, then going to do the top with the white. I want to seal the table top with a gloddt finish. Do have one you recommend?

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  21. Jolleen

    Did you sand the dresser down first? Or just paint over it? I think you did an amazing job!! Love the finished look!

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  22. Ivory

    I just found and signup on your site. I would have never thought in a million years to paint this gorgeous piece of furniture metallic, but after seeing yours, wow, how fabulous. Thank you for helping me to go outside my box. I am loving your designs. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Lira Horne

    Hi Tracey, u r so sweet, thank u for sharing. One question. I probably already know the answer but I’m hoping you have a different answer, did you prime or sand the piece before you applied the first layer of paint? Thank you.

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  24. Ashley Hasna

    Hello,

    This transformation is truly incredible. Thank you for sharing. I’m looking to redo a wardrobe, and I’m trying to decide which method to use. The wardrobe currently has a layer of paint on it, and I have never used chalk paint before. Does it really work without stripping the original piece? Also, I understand how you did the leafing, but how did you achieve the layered look between the blue and the white colors? Did you cover all in blue, wait for it to totally dry and then dry brush the white on, or did you dilute the white? Not only have I never worked with chalk paint, but I’ve also never layered paint before, so I would be very interested to hear more about the process. Thank you so much again.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello Ashley…

      It really does work without stripping! However….you many need to prime. Your questions are good ones…and I have addressed them all in my painting tutorials. I actually have a tutorial that covers what you are asking…it is my Rose Gold “old world” finish tutorial….here is the link….https://traceysfancy.com/store/Old-World-Rose-Gold-Tutorial-p104238184

      As for “just layering” and I have the “farmhouse finish” which demonstrates color washing. Here is the link to it:https://traceysfancy.com/store/Old-World-Rose-Gold-Tutorial-p104238184

      But honestly….the rose gold tutorial is by far the better lesson….it is all encompassing and full of great info!

      I hope this helps!

      Feel free to check out my online painting courses too! We will be learning color blending in July…and metal leafing in August!

      Happy Painting,
      Tracey

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  25. Bushra

    Hi Tracy,
    I am new to blogging and one of your new fan as well. Wow, how amazingly you have transformed those dressers. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I would love to have you on my site and would appreciate if any advice you have for a new blogger like myself. Tomorrow would be a month of blogging for me!

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  26. Denise Robinson

    Hi, my name is Denise. I love everything you did to your bathroom. The hanging globe lights are what caught my attention, but then I saw everything else and now I can’t stop looking at your beautiful work. I found a beautiful vanity I was going to put in my master bathroom, but it only has one sink and my husband has convinced me I won’t be happy with that. I have decided to somehow remove the marble top and sink then buy a piece of either new marble or wood and cut it the same shape for a new top so I can use it in my living room or dinning room. I need to watch your tutorials because I have never used chalk paint either. I really just wanted to let you know I am totally in love with your work. I love the silver leaf dresser. I turned the first dresser my husband an I bought 45 years ago when we got married into a huge desk for my girl room. It was a triple dresser. It’s big enough to sew on and spread out the fabric. My room is painted a pale pink. I’ve Incorporated green, navy blue, gray and some other soft colors but my favorite color with pale pink is a pale green. Can I do the silver using a pale green as my first color? My husband keeps telling me “you can’t do that ” so I have convinced myself I can’t do it. It has been setting in my girl room untouched for over a year now. I sure could use your advice. Sincerely a new huge fan, Denise ?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Denise!!! Thanks so much for your heartfelt message!!! I appreciate you taking the time to enjoy my work and to comment as well! Absolutely you can use a pale green with the silver! Dixie Belle has a light green called Farmhouse Green that I just love!! You can order your Dixie Belle Paint from my main page…just click the link and choose your colors! You show your husband who the decorating boss is! LOL!

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  27. Ashlie

    This is to die for! I am definitely going to try this. Never leafed furniture but I am so excited to try, your video was very easy to follow. What do you suggest color wise to replace fluff?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Oh I’m so glad you are inspired to try something new!!

      Reply
  28. Valerie

    This is so beautiful! I totally want to do this!!

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