CeCe Caldwell Painted Dressers

A client contacted me to refinish 2 dressers she received for FREE from a friend.  These dressers will find a home at her new beach house once its completed this summer. I am disappointed to say that I can't find a before of the first dresser.  This is definitely my favorite.  This dresser had a Cherry Stain with Large wooden knobs.  I sanded the entire piece and painted with CeCe Caldwell's Young Kansas Wheat Paint.  I love CeCe Caldwell's because it is a GREEN paint!  Their website says, there are "no Volatile Organic Compounds, are non-toxic and have no odor. The paint contains NO acrylic co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, ammonia, ethylene glycol or toxic heavy metals.  The minerals are clay, porcelain clay and chalk blended into a water based solution.  The paint is packaged in recycled plastic containers".  I think this paint is a win for everyone!

I switched the hardware out for acrylic knob and I really think this made the transformation.  I gave it a light distressing and am happy with how it turned out.  I'm just upset I wasn't able to get a higher quality photo before my client picked it up. 

This next dresser was a really tricky piece.  Probably one of the toughest piece I've done in the couple years I've been working on furniture.  Here are the before pics--the dresser was covered in black paint with a high gloss finish.

The handles don't come off and made it difficult to give it a true transformation.  I worked with CeCe Caldwell's Cottonwood Sienna for this piece.  Compared to the other CeCe's paint I have worked with, this was by far the most thin and hard to work with.  I coated this dresser with anywhere from 4-6 coats depending on the location--and this is with completely sanding it!  I think it was a combo of the thin paint and the harsh finish that was on the wood before I received it.  Before putting the water based polyurethane the dresser had a very matte/chalkie/dull look to it.  The poly really helped in adding texture to the finished piece and giving it a wood grain look---harder to see in the pics than in person-especially since these were taken quickly with the iphone and not my usual camera.

***Also, the top right hand corner of the bottom drawer is still wet in this pic, so please forgive the slight difference, but I wanted to grab a pic quickly!**

I love redoing furniture for other people.  I hope my client is happy with how they turned out and that they love their new home at the beach!


Trying out CeCe Caldwell's Paints

I love painting furniture.  I love design.  I love being creative.  I can't remember a time when I didn't.  When I was young, I was always trying to make my room look different by changing it around.  I  get that from my mother--every single time I go to her house the furniture in at least one room is different.  I remember lobbying for my own room in the attic when I was a teenager.  I sketched a whole layout including where the outlets should be, the color of the rug, what I'd put on the walls and where I'd put my furniture.  I begged for dark green rugs, white bedding and ivy stenciled on the walls.  After a while of submitting proposal after proposal to my parents, my bid was accepted.  My dad dry walled the walls, had carpet installed and my mom stenciled the ivy along the walls.  I had my own retreat and I loved it!

Thankfully I've come a long way in my design aesthetic!  I strive personally and professionally when I am in an environment that fits me and makes me comfortable.  Since leaving Los Angeles and moving to Nashville I have been incredibly happy.  I love decorating our cabin in the woods (technically we live in the city, but to me a creek on one side, river on the other and 2 neighbors I can see constitutes living in the woods!).  The hubs and I have been working on our master bedroom for a little while trying to decide what to do with it.  Our house was built in the 30's and is part of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  It really is cozy and wonderful, but there is wood everywhere.  The floors, the walls, the doors, the windows...good, solid wood...not cheesy paneling.  Its gorgeous, but we really have to bring in some light colors to brighten the space.

I found this dresser at goodwill for $49.00.  It's more than I usually spend on furniture at the thrift store, but I went for it.  In comparison to what you'd find in the stores, its a steal.  And its wood--solid--not some wobbly, falling apart piece of particle board.  Sturdy and HEAVY! Trust me on that one.  We had to carry it from our basement out and around our house in through the front door because the stairwell in my basement was to tight to fit this.  Here she is before...

And here she is after...

For this project I used CeCe Caldwell's paint in Vintage White.  I recently heard of this paint from Mr. Smith @ TheSmithGarage.  He does a lot of great stuff--check him and his lovely wifey @ The Smith Hotel..
I love trying new paints and I liked this one. It was a little watery at first, but once had it open for a while it got a little thicker.  Cece Caldwell's has no VOC's, no odor and is non-toxic.  It is naturally GREEN and seriously has no smell.  Have any of you used it?  For the handles I sprayed them with Rutsoleum Spray Paint in Copper.  I really wanted to replace them but they are 6 inch handles and I couldn't find any I liked, but its still a possibility. 
Linking up to these fabulous parties!

Frugal Firday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Weekend Wrap Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Fab Not Drab @ Our DIY Diaries
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Free for All @ Young & Crafty
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
Cheap Finds & Transformations @ The Scott's Crib
Just Something I Whipped up @ The Girl Creative
Manic Monday @ Serendipidity & Spice
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Piece of Work Wednesday @ Primitive & Proper
Wow Us Wednesday's @ Savvy Southern Style
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here