My client was inspired by an ombre painted desk that she had seen on this cute furniture blog.
As soon as we knew that we wanted a 6 drawer double sided desk, I began to scour all of my favorite vintage locations around Los Angeles. This desk was in good condition, all the drawers worked properly and ended up being the perfect fit for the space at a little less than 42″ wide.
Admittedly, I like white furniture, but this piece had a few quirks, bumps and scratches in the surface and a less than smooth paint job with drips!
I spent a lot of time just sanding it down, filling dents with wood filler and priming it. Then, I would go back and repeat the sanding step between coats of white paint.
The colors on the desk are completely hand-mixed except for the darkest color, Guava Jam by Benjamin Moore. You can find out more about this process that I did on my Ombre Dresser DIY.
Also, the lighting in the photo is making the base color Guava appear more orangey and darker than it really is…the outdoor studio picture in daylight is the most accurate.
After completing this, I can not wait to sand down my own desk in my office…I am considering a 2 tone gray desks with shiny new knobs…I will be sure to post pictures of the process.
Later this week, I will share photos of a mosaic table that I designed with an artist friend, Edy Pickens over the weekend. We were art-making by the poolside and making summer last!
This week, I thought I could share with you a few process pictures on how I create my custom Ombre Dressers. This dresser was created for a woman in Louisiana.
I will admit that the before picture of the dresser in green came out rather funky and charming making the original look cooler than it actually was. In reality, it has good bones, with a handful of chips and scratches on the body of the piece.
It seems I’m not the only one admiring the ombre trends this summer from everything to dip-dyed clothing to ombre hair coloring. This picture shows the 4 main steps that I take in recreating a vintage piece to an ombre dresser.
Step 1: Sanding and removing extra paint knicks and scrapes
Step 2: I prime the dresser with plenty of white to overpower the funky green shade. I use a smooth foam roller like the kind use for cabinets. Then, I sand and fill-in dents with a wood filler in between coats.
Step 3: I repair the bottom of a damaged drawer by having new piece of masonite cut to fit and securing it with wood glue and my staple gun.
Step 4: The dresser is ready for paint.
I enjoy painting wood as much as I love to paint on paper. I relish hand mixing all the peachy shades of paint for this dresser. Once a hue has been hand-mixed, it is virtually impossible to recreate the exact color. I store leftovers in airtight containers for touch-ups before shipping the piece.
The finishing touch are the dainty silver mercury glass knobs which make the drawers look elegant. You can view my Ocean Waves Ombre dresser in my shop! I can’t decide which palette, I like the best Guava Jam or Peacock Jade.
Is there anything that you are dying to try this trend out on this Summer?
Last weekend, I installed the guest bedroom in Burbank and I have some initial pictures that I am ready to share soon!
Today, I am back from my trip to Cancun and feeling refreshed. There is an abundance of fantastic work around my studio to dive into. One piece that I recently finished re-imagining, is the Ocean Waves Ombre Teal Dresser. I chose the original vintage piece for the solid structure and unique mid-century style slant of the drawers.
I created this piece through gentle sanding, painting and restoration. I have perfected the art of finishing furniture through experience and over time. I always use a basic primer and generally 3-4 coats of paint, so that the surface is protected.
The colors are hand mixed paints in gradient that was partly inspired by our recent trip to Cancun, the clear blue waters and the waves. Can you believe the depth of those blue green hues!?!
After this vacation, I finally felt free from stress and relaxed! I vowed to visit Cancun (or Hawaii:) more often.
In the same spirit of summer, I have created a white belt wrapped mirror. It is beachy and mid century and touch of vintage, mostly modern, simply how I like my decor to be.
I get a thrill out of looking for the perfect vintage belts to accent these pieces. I like the texture and age of the brass studs on this one, along with the way that white and gold look when paired together.
Lastly, I discovered this neat European publication called Re.flect magazine, for those of you overseas. I am really proud to have my ombre dresser alongside many cool products featured here this season.
Do you have any vacations on the horizons this Summer? What summer trends inspire you? Please share!