We're pleased to welcome Sheila from Furniture Alchemy to the blog today! She created this beautiful vintage dresser with Vanilla Frosting and a stenciled design in Pebble Beach .
I picked up this little dresser for a client who wanted a new entryway piece. It needed a bit of work on the inside of the drawers, but it was the perfect size for her space and I knew it had tons of potential!
My client wanted white, but not a bright shade, so I chose to use “Vanilla Frosting” for the outside of the piece, which turned out just right. As soon as I put on my first few strokes, I knew I would love this paint! You can see from the picture I did no prep work, except for a coat of clear shellac over the wood. I almost always do this when painting older pieces a lighter shade, to help stop any bleed through from the original finish- it really can prevent a lot of headaches later!
Here she is in “process”; the coverage on this paint is amazing!
After all of the “Vanilla Frosting” was done, I used “Pebble Beach” to stencil a large brocade on the front of the piece. The texture of the paint worked really well for stenciling; it went on smoothly and took only one coat.
After some light distressing, I used the “Tough Coat” to seal the paint and, once again, loved it! The brush strokes were minimal, it went on smoothly, and there was no yellowing to the white paint.
Here she is all finished and ready for her new home! (Minus the knobs, which are going to be added later by the client.)
I am a middle school teacher and a full time “Furniture Alchemist”! I absolutely love the process of taking ordinary or forgotten furniture and turning it into a special piece to continue to be passed down for generations to come. I opened my first Etsy shop, Furniture Alchemy, in the fall of 2012 and have just started my second Etsy shop, Alchemy Home Decor. On my blog, I love to share my process of creating and some tricks that I’ve learned along the way. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Hometalk!