Traditional Navy Dresser

These past two weeks have been busy busy in the studio. We've had a lot of custom pieces for clients that have taken up a good portion of our time, however have managed to squeeze out a couple pieces that have actually made their way into my Etsy shop. This dresser is the latter of the two...for now anyways. 

But I'm not going to lie, that traditional style, bold color, and gold lion head hardware is calling my name.

Maybe, just maybe, I redid this piece in a color scheme that paired perfectly with my design style. And just maybe, in the back of my head, I'm still contemplating how I can squeeze one more dresser into our home. But for now, I'll resist the temptation.

Apparently I was so excited to work on this piece that I forgot to take a Before picture, however, here is a picture of the matching chest. It has a great shape, but the blonde wood is just blah and boring. 

When I spotted this set in the store I was immediately drawn to it. And once I saw it was manufactured by Rway, it was a done deal. If you browse through 1stDibs you can find Rway bedroom sets going for thousands of dollars. You know you're getting a high quality product when you see their name.

The dresser first got a good cleaning. I was recently introduced to a new product, TSP Powder, which does a great job at prepping a piece for painting. It helps not only to remove the grime but also to help the paint adhere. You can find it at your local home improvement store.

Next came a light sand scuff over the entire piece, patching some dings with Bondo wood filler, sanding down the areas that were repaired, taping up the drawers, and then finally moving the piece down to the spray booth to be painted. Since I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to the spray booth, this task was passed onto another guy on my team. After a coat of primer, several coats of paint, and a coat of polyurethane, the dresser was complete!

I chose a deep navy color by Sherwin Williams called Naval. I then sprayed the hardware with gold to make it really stand out against the navy background.

I don't think you can get much more classic and timeless than this. 

I know you traditionally think of a dresser going in a bedroom, but I'm picturing this dresser as an accent piece for a living room or foyer. Maybe a really cool mirror or piece of art above it. Are you visualizing it yet?! 

If you look at the original photo, you can see there was a lot of gold detail to highlight the carvings. I keep going back and forth whether or not I want to add gold gilding wax to highlight some of those details.

What do you think? Too much? Leave it as is? Or in the famous words of renowned interior decorator, Charles Faudree, "Too much is never enough". I'm still on the fence, but would love to get your feedback. 

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