Tuesday, November 20

Dresser DIY.

I've been wanting to paint this dresser for like ever now, but was torn about the color...white? Charcoal grey? Black? Something to compliment the old grey tile. But then a hint from my friend Leigh inspired me to paint it 'succulent green'. She basically suggested I paint it the color of the soft undercoating of one of the prehistoric looking succulent plants I have growing in my loo. Ahhh, at last the answer to my color conundrum! So I went to my favorite hardware store (in this case, should you be in San Francisco, Brownies is the end-all hardware shop for me!) and hunted down the perfect succulent green/grey I needed. Not your typical G.I. Jane green - oh no. A lovely foggy morning kind of hue called Shady Cove. So, here she is in all her grey glory. And I'm quite happy with it, which is a rare occurrence in my paint it-DIY world!



26 comments:

Beautymist said...

Great choice of color. I've been obsessed with green-greys and succulents lately, so I can relate. ;-)

BM

P.S. congrats on your blog! it's my fave daily read.

Liz said...

I love painted furniture, and your bathroom looks very lovely, very European vintage.

Moira said...

Ooooo...It looks lovely. Great choice! And your colors of your youth post is brilliant : )

Deepa said...

Fantastic color choice!

Anonymous said...

Great color!! I love the mirror on top of the dresser (the panels, with the rounded tops)! Where did you find such a pretty row of mirrors?

Anonymous said...

Hi. Pretty! What company makes the color?

Uncle Beefy said...

Ugh...I can barely stand how great it all looks, V! What is it with the greys lately? I'm seriously loving them and I live in a pretty grey place. You nailed it on the color...perfection! Sigh.

sfgirlbybay said...

thanks guys!!

anon - i get the paint mixed at the hardware stoe and it's just Ace Hardware's 'generic' brand of semi-gloss. i'll take a peak when i get home and see if there's more info.

beefy - i know - lots of greys. when i was in amsterdam i picked up a great design magazine and it ws filled with grey rooms. that was my other inspiration for this color. it's nice to soak in the big tub in such a peaceful environment.

Anonymous said...

Nice!


I've been wanting to paint a few pieces of mine, but, considering my utter lack of any DIY experience whatsoever, I'm too scared to do antyhing. How did you go about painting it? Do the drawers stick (because of the glossy paint)?

Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

dig it!

AngieMontreal said...

I liked the wood as well, but the paint just looks so fresh and relaxing. Way to be brave! It turned out great!

Anonymous said...

That folding mirror makes me swoon! I can't find one anywhere. Also, the color is lovely!

sfgirlbybay said...

Thanks again everyone!

That mirror is original from Pottery Barn, but it is about 5 years old. It is a unique mirror that I love. Thanks!

j said...

beautiful color.

Cher Ami said...

the color of the dresser and the towel basket look great together!

decor8 said...

You are inspired by grey too I see from your recent trip to Amsterdam. It's all I saw over there for 2 months so I came back and changed by header - and you changed your dresser - yeah to us!!!

sfgirlbybay said...

thanks! and i love your new banner holly - i've been meaning to let you know!

Alyssa Coberly said...

oh so pretty ... i painted our dressables (thats what i call them because they are dressers that we are using for side tables - hehe) and i love how they turned out ... something about painting furniture and then it looking good is very fulfilling isnt it?

Anonymous said...

Is it wrong to love your bathroom so much?

*christie* said...

beautiful. I love the idea of getting colors from nature, I'll have to remember that for my next painting project.

Heather said...

I love that color!! very pretty!

Lori Pickert said...

love the grey! :^)

lsaspacey said...

Guess what I found out?! I plugged "Shady Cove" and Paint into Google and this link came up. It seems that the color you chose, Ace Hardware's Shady Cove is thought to be the same color as the original Star Trek Enterprise. Someone actually collected paint swatches and compared. They described the color as "a light grey color with a light tint of green." You can see the swatch halfway down the page.

Wow, more useless information for me to have in my head. Whoopee!

lsaspacey said...

It's Ace Hardware color 193-D Shady Cove.

nina said...

It has become so beautiful! Sometimes it can be really hard to find the right color. I'm always attached to bold colors, so sometimes I forget the great effect you can have with a more subtle, less striking color. This one is a great example, thanks!

danielle said...

i am absolutely in love with that room. wow. you are officially my hero.