Let me introduce you to the Birthplace Subway Art Dresser. As the name might suggest, the places and dates you see hand-painted here are the birthplaces of my client's family as well as the birthdays. For added sentimental value I added a few more significant places: Lisa met Mike in Lubbock at Texas Tech and married him in Houston. It's a dresser that tells their story.
It was all Lisa's genius idea. She already owned this waterfall dresser which was painted pink for her daughter's room, and she wanted to repurpose it for storage in another room. It had great oversized knobs that I only replaced so that the wording could be better seen.
The inside of the drawers are painted black, and I painted a peek of white on the side which makes for added style while it's open. I love how Keller ended up sharing two drawers. Check out how I painted the top of the drawer for continuity. It's not perfect, but it keeps the color flow correct.
The typography should be the focus of a dresser like this, so when you consider how to accessorize, keep it simple. Even a simple photograph might look like clutter and cramp the style here. I chose distressed statuette, a clock, and greenery.
Since I was in a crunch for time, I trimmed pieces of my boxwoods in my front yard and stuffed them inside two mason jars which I placed inside this wire basket. Wouldn't that look great on the center of a dining table? Note to self for my next party! In the meantime, I need to find some faux boxwoods so I don't make my real ones bald.
I am so pleased with how this dresser turned out! It really is my favorite piece I have ever done. I'm going to miss her, but I have a garage FULL of other furniture dying for new life. Can't wait to show you what I resurrect next! Time to get busy. TOODLES!
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