Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gray Union Jack

So here is the dresser I wish I could have kept. It was perfect. I found it for a great deal on craigslist and it came with a pretty mirror! The condition was great, I only had to make a few minor repairs, it was solid oak, it had keyholes (!) and pretty legs. I knew immediately what I wanted to paint on it... Union Jack Revisited in Gray!!

Here is the before: (notice the gray hardware looks ridiculous with the light oak stain! I hated the hardware at first!)

Like that cute little half-naked baby? That's my youngest, and yes I'm so classy I let me kids run around like that sometimes. Just so you know we live on an acre of land and trees surround our home, so you cannot even see a single neighbor when there is foliage on the trees! It's awesome. 

I did the same technique with the design... I used my projector. I also had to go out and buy 2 quarts of ASCP (ouch!) but I knew they were very neutral colors that I could easily use again and make my money back. Isn't it awesome?! *sigh* The colors I used were French Linen for the body and mirror, and Old White and Country Gray for the Union Jack design. I then distressed it and clear waxed it.  

The hardware looks great with all the gray/neutral tones now!




I actually got two requests to do this same design in the same colors for different dressers! I'm happy I'll be doing this one again (and again)!


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38 comments:

  1. I'm loving this. I recently just did a union jack coffee table with muted colors. I love how this came out.

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    1. Thank you! And your coffee table was so pretty! Love the gray and blue together!

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  2. This is beyond gorgeous! Love it! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com
    It would be a great addition!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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    1. Thank you! I just did, thanks for referring me to your site! It's lovely!

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  3. This turned out SO pretty! I know that feeling of wanting to keep the pieces we do. My girls feel that way a lot too since I do a lot of French pieces. :-) I did a union jack piece once and now wish I would have used a projector!!! Smart thinking!

    ~Anneke at www.thisthatandlife.com

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    1. I know right? But I feel it's probably a good thing you want to keep your work, because then you know you are doing a really good job! Thanks for the positive feedback!

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  4. I love it! I'm curious if you have a tutorial somewhere in the remote chance that I might want to attempt creating a beauty like this for myself.

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    1. I will do a tutorial of sorts soon hopefully. I've been too busy lately to officially put one together, but it's on my to do list for sure! Thanks for the feedback!

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  5. I love, love, love this union jack makeover. Especially with the more muted paint colors! I can see why it will be hard to sell this piece. Great job! -Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

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    1. Thanks so much! You're sweet! Your work is lovely too!

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  6. Hi Rachel! I was browsing CL (I'm in Ofallon, MO) a few weeks ago and I saw this dresser. I was starting to get kinda tired of the Union Jack thing but yours looked sooooo good. I loved the muted colors and how timeless it looks. You took a trend that was getting a little old and made it completly new and trendy again. I saw your link at the MMS party and thought it looked familiar! : )
    I also paint and sale furniture in the STL area. I just wanted to say hi and tell you I think your stuff is great!!!

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    1. Thanks Helen! I appreciate the positive feedback!

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  7. Stop by www.houseontheway.com tomorrow to see your dresser featured! Be sure to grab a "House Featured" button too. Hope you can link up this week.
    Leslie

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    1. Thank you SO much! I'm honored! I will definitely link up again, I just need to finish my latest project! :)

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  8. seriously seriously lovin this one. bravo!

    hope you'll stop by soon.

    michele

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  9. I featured this tonight at Simply Creations Link Party! Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. WOW! Thank you so much! What an honor! I'll be linking up again tomorrow!

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  10. Hi Rachel, You did a beautiful job! The hardware looks great and the colors are perfect.

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  11. I love all things Union Jack and you did a beautiful job!!

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  12. Hi, I'm a new follower! Love the dresser. I saw you at mms. Your dresser was also my favorite post! Beautiful!

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  13. Bravo! love how this turned out... just beautiful. found you on miss mustard seed. thanks so much for sharing your paint choices, i always like to know what colors were used in case i want to try them out. and i also loved the half naked kid in the background... we live out in the country and my kids do naked very well too :)

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    1. Mimi, I did stop by your blog and really like how your home is turning out. A lot of hard work but in the end it will look beautiful and is all yours! Thanks.

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  14. I'm dying! This is absolutely amazing. I am SUCH a sucker for all things Union Jack and grey...both together? swoon!

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  15. Absolutely amazing!
    Love seeing the process of this. The color combination is magnificent!
    Congratulations on being the Furniture Feature Friday on Miss Mustard Seed!!

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  16. beautiful! the colors are just perfection on this piece!

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  17. love your dresser, the colors are so nice together, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren

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    1. Yes and I just posted today a tutorial for this dresser! Http://shadesofblueinteriors.blogspot.com/2013/01/union-jack-tutorial.html

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