It all started with this lovely $499 Bird Chest from HomeDecoratorsCollection.
After seeing it, I began hawking Craigslist for a dresser with similar curves and features, finally landing on this:
It was $90 which is more than I would typically pay, but I needed just the right shape and structure in order to make this work.
First up was removing the knobs and applying several coats of off-white paint.
I switched out the hardware for something more feminine and modern (about $50 total), and then my amazingly talented neighbor Diana brought her free-hand painting skills to create the trees and branches.
I am in LUUV with the finished piece.
You can see that the trees even extend onto the top of the dresser and then subtly fade out.
Here’s the side-by-side before and after comparison.
This piece was for my sweet friend Denielle, designer of The Soulful House website and owner of Green Mango Studio. (Check out the site. Really beautiful stuff!)
Okay last time. (I’m nuts for the before-and-afters.) Here’s the $499 piece:
And here’s my $140 look alike.