Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Color by Pantone dresser tutorial

Good morning everyone!

Going back to last weeks My Color paint party HERE - one of the makeovers I chose to do was this

sorry but the only " befores " I have are these

a very simple vintage mid century small dresser - but I thought it had potential to be so much more,
after painting the entire piece in Medieval Blue - by MyColor paint -

I decided it needed even more work to make it " special " so if you notice in the photo above the drawer edges are beveled - making it easy to paint the edges a different color -
I taped the edges

and painted the perimeters - as well as the black plates and knobs I had chosen - the knobs are IKEA knobs and were originally on our kitchen cupboards when we bought this place

Then I decided that the blue was so rich that it would great with some kind of " overlay " work done on it -
and this is where I usually start running around the house looking for ideas or ahem " inspiration " lol -
I feel like such a fake every time I say the word " inspiration " I am by no means an " artist ", but I AM resourceful and so usually can find something laying around to help me with my transformations..............

We live in the city - in a Victorian Row House - privacy is a major issue - and I came up with a solution once when at the dollar store I came across these ( and it DOES relate to the dresser at the end lol )

these panels sell for 1.25 I believe a package - and you get 2 square panels in each pack - so the window above cost 5.00 - excellent value for a privacy screen that still allows light to come in,  there are several options - the above are in my kitchen - these are in my office

I had a couple of extra panels of a different design and thought that perhaps they would make a perfect stencil -

like so.................................

and voila - I ended up with this
now 100% I know this is not a look for everyone - but that's ok because I've decided I'm keeping this one for now ( wink wink nudge )

It's different - it's unique - and it's mine - all mine LOL
Get yourself to the dollar store - you can't find a better stencil than this for the price - and it'll last forever because it's a thick plastic.....................
I could even imagine a Chinoiserie styled wall painted like this somewhere - oh oh - somebody stop me........
can you just imagine THAT conversation in our house tee hee..............................


So where's the Party?

Debbie Doo's
The Rustic Pig
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Adventures of a DIY Mom
Kathe with an E
Knick of Time
Kammy's Korner
Home Stories A to Z
Cedar Hill Ranch
PJH Designs
Not Just a Housewife
A Diamond in the Stuff
The DIY Dreamer
Savvy Southern Style
DIY By Design
Uncommon Designs
Clean & Scentsible
Nutmeg Place
Domestically Speaking
We like to learn as we go
The Ironstone Nest
The Life of Jennifer Dawn
No Minimalist Here
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
52 Mantels
The Vintage Farmhouse
I Gotta Create
Beyond the Picket Fence
Embracing Change
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Katherine's Corner
Joyful Homemaking
Common Ground
Shabby Art Boutique
At the Picket Fence
French Country Cottage
The Charm of Home
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
My Romantic Home
It's Overflowing
Coastal Charm
House on the Way


  1. OOOOOH this is so unique and super cool! Shes a beauty!

  2. Oh that is one beautiful dresser! The stencils for a song?....genius! I love it girl!

  3. that is a super cool top. I have never seen those at the dollar store...but I will look for it!

  4. I just saw those at the dollarama, too. I love how you hung them in your windows. You've got me thinking!

  5. Man, where was this post two days ago, when I went and bought some expensive Martha Stewart stencils, lol?

  6. Suzan - I saw these also in the dollarama and thought about how to use them - thank you for the inspiration! Brilliant,

  7. Great inspiration post! You've got me thinking!

  8. You are so ambitious! This looks great! Love the navy and gold combo. The stencil was really clever! You are very inspiring!


  9. You are just FILLED to the brim with creativity, girl! (and don't let anyone tell you any different, either.) lol! Love this!! :)

    xoxo laurie

    PS Am I supposed to remind you about the winner of your giveaway....? Or am I late to the party again...? lol!

  10. Hi Suzan!!

    What a great idea and the price is right. I love the gold drawer handles. The color combination is so rich!!

    LOVE your creations!!!!


    1. thanks again Pam!!! I love the blue and gold too - totally out of my comfort zone but ended up really liking it!

  11. I'm a Dollarama queen and I haven't seen these panels! I'd better get back there and check them out. The dresser turned out great! ~ Maureen

  12. I'm in Dollarama all the time, and I've never noticed these either. I guess I'll have to keep my eyes open, 'cause what a neat idea for windows! These would really look great in the workshop/games room. And fantastic use for the stencilling! Love the dresser.
    Debbie :)

  13. This is beautiful. Navy is a tough color because it often takes so many coats. I painted my husband's desk navy, and it took four coats. The gold really adds that special pop of attitude.

    1. Thanks so much - it only took 2 coats - this was a great paint for coverage, I have to say

  14. FABULOUS!!! You are so creative! I love all the special and unique touches you gave this piece to make her so pretty! Great job! :)

  15. love the wonderful creativity of this piece. Well done xo

  16. Love the dresser! You make it look so easy. And love your window privacy panel idea too. I'm going to have to check them out for sure!

  17. I'm loving navy and gold right now. Anything and gold, surprisingly! Beautiful job!

    1. Thanks so much Ansley - I'm loving gold too - I think it's my new
      " silver " lol

  18. Fantastic. I've got to do something in this color scheme.

    1. thanks - I'm just loving it! I always stick with silvers and pewters but this is so warm looking

  19. Wow! Knock out, love the colours :o)
    Rose H

  20. Very cool! The colors are gorgeous together!

  21. LOVE IT SUZY!!!!!! Totally diggin' your window too!!! So pretty!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  22. That is simply stunning. I applaud you for being original. This is a very elegant dresser.

    1. thanks SO much - have a wonderful wknd

  23. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing your wonderful blog at Thursday Favorite Things xo

  24. Gorgeous! I love the colors of the dresser and the stencil on the top - super original.

  25. Beautiful! Love the blue! I'd like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at I hope you can join in the fun!

  26. Suzan this is just beautiful! You are most certainly an artist! Thanks for sharing at Totally Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

  27. beautiful! great job!

    Linking back from Carolyns Homework

  28.'s fantastic! I love the blue and gold together and the 'inspired' top. I would keep it too!

    1. Thanks so much Arli - why can't I sell it lol?

  29. This turned out beautifully. I love how detailed it all is.

  30. Susan this piece is amazing! Don't blame you one little bit for wanting to keep it. You're right, it may not work in everyone's home, but if you have a place I think it is fab! I have never seen anything like that at the dollar store. Obviously I'm not looking hard enough. lol! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  31. Hello, I love the stencil on top of the dresser. I have to ask you when you went to the dollar store where in the store did you find the stencil that you used. I am dying to go get them. Are they in a piticular section? I want to run out right now and go get them. There are many different dollar stores can you also tell me the exact name of the one that you went to. Sorry to be such a bother about this but I need to know exactly so that I am not driving around and walking all over looking for these. Your dresser is really really nice. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

    1. Hi Debra - I'm in Montreal ( Canada ) so don't think it will help you with which one I went to - but these are dollar store items and I think the bigger dollar stores across North America would most likely have them!
      So for not being able to help you more than that - I'm afraid you'll have to get in your car after all!!!


Due to a large amount of spam ( that I'm tired of going back to posts and deleting ) I'll be using comment moderation from now on !!!
Can I beat these spammers at their own game? Probably not - but I'm going
to try my damnedest !!!