Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Blessed Dresser

I had no intention of painting today, but there was an overcast sky ...
and a cool breeze...and it was only around 85 degrees!  

Which compared to how hot it's been in Texas this summer that is 
pretty much like heaven!  I even saw a little rain today.  
A blessing indeed.

So I thought to myself, "What should I do to enjoy this great weather?" 

Back in the day, before Chronic Fatigue Syndrome entered my life, 
the answer would have been running fer sure 
(More on CFS another's close to being a part of my past and not my present!  
So another blessing!)
But now, the answer was painting, of course!!

I can't tell you what a blessing it has been to find a new 
passion in my life.  Painting furniture for me is something that 
compares to that runner's high I used to get when I ran.  

Now, if I don't paint every few days or so I get 
that itch...that craving...that longing...for my painter's high!
And no, I'm not being literal on that.  
Since I use only Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint there is virtually no odor.
So no huffing for me!  
(Isn't that what they call it?  I don't know!)

And, I had the perfect dresser to work on I headed to the GARAGE!  
And because it was such a blessing to paint it, I decided to name it 
"The Blessed Dresser".

Oh, look at her.  I think she is blessed too.  
I mean sure, she's a little boxy on the outside, but just look at 
those great curves and details inside.  
Her inner beauty! What girl doesn't want some great curves?

It started out that she was going to be very simple...all Old White.  

But as I was painting I realized I didn't have quite enough Old White 
to finish her.  And...I really wanted to just keep enjoying my painting 
instead of running out to buy some more paint.

So Plan B was formed.  

I tried several colors before I decided on using Louis Blue.  
I purchased Louis Blue the other week because everyone in the 
blogging world kept raving about this color!  

I brought it home, tried it out, and no disrespect to Annie Sloan, 
I didn't get what all the hoopla was about.

Oh was I wrong though!
I tried Louis Blue on one of the drawers 
and then added clear and dark wax 
and voila...I was in love!

And I also had planned to leave the hardware as is, 
but with the breeze in the air I was feeling a little frisky.  

So Old White and I developed a battle plan.  
I would hold down the hardware while Old White attacked!
But then Dark Wax wanted in on the action too!

I think we won the battle...

Oh that is some yummy goodness right there!
 Don't deny it.  You think it's yummy too!

So it was a blessed day with a blessed dresser.  
Hope you all had a blessed day too!

I am planning to take "The Blessed Dresser" to the Frisco Mercantile 
on Friday so you can check her out there.  

I think I am going to swap her out and with "Behind Closed Drawers", 
bring BCD home and make a fun little change on her, 
but that's for another blessed day.

"Don't live with ugly furniture!"


  1. Paula ~
    Your Blessed Dresser came out just beautiful!!!
    Since ASCP came into my life too I just love painting! I used to be a paint booth painter with an air compressor but am really loving brush painting ~ Did you brush paint this ?
    How fun!!


  2. I was surfing around today and found you. Darling dresser. ASCP is amazing. Keep making it all pretty one peice at time =)

    LOVE IT!!!!
    Old white on the hardware?? Amazing!

  4. Thank you all so much!!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. BEAUTIFULLY done Paula!! I know what you mean about finding your passion...isn't it just so WONDERFUL!? Following you now...sure hope you can visit my little space in the blogosphere and follow me back...

    Deborah (happily visiting from

  6. Paula, that is just gorgeous. I love the color combination and the hardware treatment. I'm inspired! :)

  7. This dresser is stunning! I love the color combo. Glad you have found a new passion and although I've never been a runner (I wish) I completely understand the painter's high :-) Great job!

  8. Superb Paula, as usual. Thank you for asking where I have been - well a 2 week visit to UK to see my family and returned home to complete a commission to paint 9 pieces of pine bedroom furniture. So very busy but will be glad to just paint what I want to in the colour I want rather than the same over and over again! Carry on the good work.