Monday, March 19, 2012

Rustic Orange Dresser

I've been working on this dresser for a client for about a month. 

That's way longer than I normally take to finish a piece, but the first redo didn't go quite the way we planned so the redo ended up being redone. 

Here's the before.


The redo.

(Cringe)


And the redo, redone. 



So much better!

The major problem I ran into was finding the right orange paint. 

The original color was Masada by Benjamin Moore, a very rustic orange. 

The problem with it was that since the paint already had a lot of brown in it, the dark wax and stain I used over the distressing just made it look dirty. 

So we chose a new orange, Marquis Orange, by Sherwin Williams.

At first I was concerned that it would be a little to bright, but once the stain and dark wax were put on it darkened it enough to give it the rustic look we wanted. 

Third times a charm right? :)

PS The stuffed animals used to stage the dresser where donated by Rhett. Meet Bruce the moose, Bear the bear and Tornado the horse.  They are beloved toys around our home. :)


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53 comments:

  1. Oh I love it! I have been thinking about putting an orange piece in our house! We have dark green and khaki walls so I think it would really make a statement! Thanks for sharing, it really looks great!

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  2. I have almost the exact same dresser! I love the orange! Julia - you are quickly becoming my main inspiration! I am doing a similar design as your polka dotted beauty now and now I wanna try this. Hope that is ok with you? When you got it girl, you got it. And YOU GOT IT! PLease link this up this week for my Thursday party - I just adore it!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  3. it looks awesome! i think the color really suits the style, too. and i love the knobs with it!

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  4. OK...so what exactly was your process on the finish...would love this on a piece I am doing now. Of course I am Facebooking you today - see my page and pinning it as well!
    Stacey

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  5. What a pretty color and I love the shape and style of that dresser!

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  6. It's beautiful! Love the orange! You did a great job, Julia! I also love that Rhett is helping you stage your pieces! So cute.

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  7. You definitely got it right the second time! Gorgeous!!

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  8. Looks great girl! Much better the second time around....hope your client appreciates it! :)

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  9. oh yes. much better the third time around. i really like the color.

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  10. Love the color and staging! Thanks for the reminder that if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

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  11. Great makeover! I love it painted orange!

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  12. Sweet! I love this you put a twist on the color orange very nice :)

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  13. Wow, that is one gorgeous dresser Julia! Gorgeous color and the knobs really set it off!

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  14. My family lovingly refers to my retakes on the remakes as "Redone-modeled". Good redone-modelin' there, girl!

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  15. This is just beautiful!! I'm so glad that I found your blog via Becolourful!

    Chrystal
    www.adornonashoestring.com

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  16. I love this piece! What a perfect shade of orange!

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  17. It turned out great! I love the color.

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  18. Love this!! I'm trying some orange right now on the inside of a hutch. Oranges can be tricky, as you pointed out. Thanks for sharing both versions so we could learn from your experiences!

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  19. Love the redo. I know you worried about this one. WOW! Did it come out gorgeous. What a great piece for anyone's home. Love your instinct about pieces. Keep following it! You are so talented.

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  20. Very cool makeover. It turned out great! Well done!

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  21. Absolutely LOVE how this turned out. Great job! I'm your newest follower. Hope you'll do the same.

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  22. Sweet dresser! Love that color and what a trooper for the redo! Officially a follower...can't wait to see more!

    Hopping over from PRIMP,
    Kennesha
    Www.restorationhouseinteriors.blogspot.com

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  23. Pretty pretty!!! Love orange! ~Lori

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  24. Wow that is gorgeous! I love the shade of orange it ended up!

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  25. Love it! I am such an orange fan! Pinning this one for sure :-)

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  26. Great Piece....I love the Orange!
    ~Heidi

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  27. Marquis was the ticket- PERFECT shade! Fantastic job as always!

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  28. I love this very rustic dresser. There are so many fun rustic furniture pieces that can be a excellent focal point in any room.

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  29. What a beautiful job! That color is lovely. Megan

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  30. Awesome dresser!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  31. Well hello there Bruce the moose, Bear the bear and Tornado the horse:) Julia, I love the color / stain finish on this piece; great job!

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  32. I really liked the stuffed animals on it! I just thought they were part of the "rustic charm"!! :) This is beautiful by the way!

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  33. I am featuring you tomorrow... Thank you so much for sharing your dreasser over at my party!

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  34. You did such a great job! I love the rustic orange you chose. I would have never thought to just get a different shade. Brilliant!

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  35. I think it looks fabulous! Great job! Glad I'm not the only one that has to have do-overs! :) Thanks for showing off at my place!
    Melody
    One Chatty Chic

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  36. that looks so good! i bet your client love it. i'd love an orange piece of furniture, but would end up messing it up. i love the new look of your blog! thanks so much for linking up!

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  37. Oh Julia!
    You did it again! Can you do no wrong?
    I adore this one...the color is perfect! And the stain technique is such a great addition - used that on the buffet I just posted just like you said and it was JUST what it needed! Thanks for the tip, girlfriend! AS of today, this is my most clicked link so you better come back tomorrow morning as you will be featured!
    Stacey

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  38. Awesome! Orange is my favorite color and I've been trying to figure out what to do with an old dresser for my son's room. I'm putting Sherwin Williams on my list of errands today to get some paint!

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  39. Wow! What a great makeover! I think the orange turned out awesome! Great job!

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  40. i've been wanting to do an orange desk and i've had trouble picking a shade. maybe you just solved my problem. love your piece.

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  41. Beautiful work! I'm starting my first project and have looked at many of your pieces for inspiration. What brand dark wax do you use? Annie Sloan seems to be the favorite brand amongst professionals, but are there any other good alternatives that I could find at local hardware stores? Gotta keep a modest budget. For a first project (that may be my only project), it just doesn't make sense to incur a bunch of big costs on items I might never use again. Also, how do you apply your wax? Many people use the Annie Sloan wax brush, but those are pretty pricey. Is that needed or could I get by with using a rag? Obviously I want my project to look good in the end, so I don't want to sacrifice that, but if there is a way to get a good finished project on a budget that would be really fantastic. Thanks for your help!

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  42. I love the colour. Orange is a hot colour right now and gives a piece a contemporary look. Love the Stained Ombre as well-that is really terrific and a new take on a look. I have just sold an orange waterfall dresser that you can see here http://upwithfurniture.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/waterfall-dressers/

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  44. What stain did you use over top of the orange?

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