Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Birthplace Subway Art Dresser



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!

Thanks to the following for featuring this dresser on their websites!

Too Much Time On My Hands

Fox Hollow Cottage

therusticpig
Linking up to Miss Mustard SeedToo Much Time On My HandsThe Rustic Pig, Redoux Interiors, Three Mango Seeds, Fox Hollow Cottage, Debbiedoo's.

38 comments:

  1. GIRL!!!!!! You have outdone yourself!! So proud of you!

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    1. Thanks, Minnie! Your support means the world to me!

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  2. I seriously love it Beja! I'm adding you to my blogroll so I can keep up with your awesome blog! {HUGS} Clydia

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    1. I'm so flattered! I love your site! Hugs back, Clydia!

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  3. love this...I have done 5 subway pieces...and did one for my son...the names of his kids...and since history is so big in their family I did words of journey and travel..
    the kids...Roman so I did a couple other citys of that era and Britton so a London and Alexandria so did another Egyptian....love my grandkids name...

    You did a great job on this and congrats...this one caught my eye

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    1. Thank you! 5 subway pieces- HOW amazing! I am headed over to see if I can catch a glimpse on your blog.

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  4. Fabulous work!! So gorgeously graphic - love it :)

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I went to school for graphic design, so I was lining up the letters for hours. =D When I type in PHOTOSHOP, it's auto-aligned! Doing it by hand is a little more AAAAA! ;D, but worth it!

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  5. I'm guessin' you might be a Texas girl...so I'm following!
    Found you via MMS. :)
    -Revi

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  6. LOVE YOUR DRESSER AND I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT,IF THAT WOULD BE OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW
    LAUREN

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  7. This dresser freakin rocks! Seriously girl, I may copy your idea on an old guy I got sitting in my garage waiting for a facelift.

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    1. Thanks! You totally should, Kim! Can't wait to see it!

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  8. So cool, your one creative gal. Great job! Thank you for your kind comment you leave on my blog, so happy to have found you! Jen

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    1. The feeling is mutual! ;D Thanks for stopping in!

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  9. I LOVE this!!! I know I've told you before, but I must tell you again! This is great!!! So happy to see you around the blogoshere again!!! Love ya girl! Hugs!! Claire

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    1. Thanks, Sweetness! HUGS! I wish I could squeeze you in person. It WOULD be fun to craft it up together!

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  10. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous! This is awesome. You are such a creative woman.

    Jen @ Noting Grace

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    1. Thank you, Jen! You are so sweet! I sent an add on FB so I can keep up with your wonderful creations!

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  11. This looks awesome. I've lived in Keller and Houston also, so I had to come and read the story behind this dresser. Great job!

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    1. It's a small world! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. This looks so awesome! Just hopping over from a link party where I saw this featured! What color did you use on the dresser? I love the dark contrast! Love it!!

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    1. This is Annie Sloan in Graphite with Old White. I did clear wax for the finish. I'm so glad we found each other! Love your yellow TV stand.

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  13. This is turned out so lovely! I'm sure your clients were thrilled ... and I love how it tells their love story! Pinning from Fox Hollow Cottage!

    :) Linda

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    1. Such kind words! Thank you! They were very thrilled! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I LOVE this dresser! Such a cool touch to add the dates and to continue the paint on the drawer edges! Oh how I wish I could stage my pieces like you. I'll just have to keep collecting your tips until I can figure it all out, so thanks for sharing them. :) This is SO beautiful I honestly think I've come back to look at it like 4 times! Pinned. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Your words are like honey!!! Thanks for your kindness! Have a wonderful one yourself!!!

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  15. Did you hand-paint your typography - or did you use vinyl and peel off after you painted the black? Appreciate more details on the painting process for the letters.
    Michael
    recreatedesigncompany.com
    Sweden

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    1. I just sent an email to you about the in's and outs, Michael!

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  16. Love it and your blog! I am your newest follower and your neighbor -- I'm in Grapevine :) Swing by and say HOWDY when you get a sec! http://VHumblenest.Blogspot.com

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS! I'm so glad to meet you! I will swing by and give a Howdy-do!

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  17. I saw the dresser via MMS - seeing it said "Lubbock" I had to pop over! My husband and I are both from Lubbock. Now living in AZ. I miss TX but AZ is where God has us for now.
    Cool dresser! :)

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