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DIY Ombre trend: 3 favorite ombre furniture pieces

The ombre furniture trend is something that I have covered here in the past. I have been commissioned to paint a number of pieces in ombre. Everything from dressers to vintage desks can have potential. I look for pieces in good vintage condition that have more than 4 drawers. I like this look for guest rooms and kids spaces, anywhere you want that statement piece or pop of color.

Today, I would like to share with you my 3 favorite ombre furniture pieces that I have painted over the years. As I experimented with this technique, 2 dressers and 1 nightstand ended up being my favorites.

Ombre Dresser in Guava

For the dresser below, I used the color Guava by Benjamin Moore. For the full tutorial, please see all the steps here.

Ombre Nightstand in Blue Lagoon

Later, I resurfaced an ombre nightstand and it came out wonderfully. As you know, I love all shades of turquoise and blue. This project took an afternoon, maybe 2-3 hours, and was an easy way to update an older wooden piece.

For this nightstand tutorial, please see the full directions here.

Modern Dresser in Naples Blue

Additionally, I used a similar palette from Benjamin Moore to update this modern dresser with ombre paint. It sold right away! For this modern dresser painted below, I went one shade darker by painting the bottom drawer Naples Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Here is a guide to the paint names for the drawer colors listed below:

  • Drawer #1: Peacock Blue + Simply White by BM
  • Drawer #2: Peacock Blue by BM
  • Drawer #3: Naples Blue + Simply White by BM
  • Drawer #4: Naples Blue by BM

Are you considering updating a piece that you currently own with paint? Some of my favorite ombre combinations include, grays, blues and corals shades. I also love this serape ombre that I pinned to my ombre inspiration board here!

If you try this at home, I would love to hear about your project and the outcome. Please share your thoughts and comments below.

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Ombre Dresser DIY

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!

 

 

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Ocean Waves Ombre Dresser: Before and After

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!

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