Monday, May 11, 2015

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Last summer I picked up this waterfall dresser from a local Facebook sales group. Now, when I think waterfall furniture, the first thing that comes to mind is it being fairly lightweight furniture due to the woods generally used to create the dresser. Nope, not this one! I'm pretty sure it was make with a brick interior! Thank goodness that the sweet gentleman who sold this to me also loaded it for me! :)


This '60's chic waterfall had lived a little in it's time. It had some pretty long scratches in the side, some deep dents and a couple of chips in the veneer. It also had some seriously jammed drawers due to friction and the time worn wooden drawer runners. It was no match for Mr. PPS and his stellar handyman skills - it also helps a little when the drawers are placed in their correct slots ;)


One of the very few rarities for my furniture is that I almost never end up with a piece that has all of the original hardware. Most of the time it's missing almost all of it so I really lucked out with this one! When I first looked at them I had decided to switch them out for something a little nicer. These pulls were dirty and even after cleaning they still have a patina on them. But after taking into consideration that the dresser itself leaned more towards masculine lines, having a mostly full tin of Annie Sloan Aubusson Chalk Paint and using a little imagination, this octopus dresser was born! Don't the knobs remind you of buttons on a naval dress uniform and the pulls kind of like rope?


I definitely got a little crazy with this piece! I love to have fun when painting and who wants a generic looking dresser anyway? This baby is perfect for the beach house or the man in your life whether he be adult sized or pint sized ;)


I was pretty pleased with how this turned out and I love how the tentacles wrap around the side of the dresser. It's almost like it needs a drum roll for the side alone...almost. This definitely isn't your everyday dresser that's what makes it awesome! Chippy paint also makes it awesome ;)

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14 comments:

  1. Love this dresser and the octopus!

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  2. Kim, you do amazing work! I was always amazed by your cards & sad that you left that world .... but WOW your furniture is beyond incredible!! So happy for you :)

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    1. You are awesome my dear friend! I miss the card world too and have recently thought about inking up some of my stamps. I may just do that when the my market is over :)

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  3. Hi Kim, We just met and I signed up for email. I am in love with this dresser and the transfer. I mean really in love. Would you share where you got the image of the octopus? I especially like this one. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Linda! Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you! I wish that I had bookmarked the site! I initially saw the image come up when I googled "octopus clip art" and it came up on shuttersock. But I kept searching and found a larger and un-watermarked version by accident while following another octopus picture link. If I remember correctly it came up in an online tattoo magazine under the headline of Japanese Tattoo Designs. I wish that I could remember where it came from (I've just been drinking my coffee and trying to retrace my steps to find it again). Maybe you will have better luck finding it. I do remember seeing similar versions done in different "poses" and they are just as awesome :)

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  4. Just beautiful! Love the octopus, and the colour is perfect!

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  5. Amazing! LOVE the octopus and the color. x

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  6. this is absolutely stunning! beautiful work!

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  7. Love the dresser. How did you transfer the online octopus image onto your piece? I've been researching different options. Yours looks perfect!

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    1. Hi there! I actually made a stencil of the octopus and then painted it on the dresser. It was very time consuming but worth it :)

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  8. This is incredible! I actually saw that you had linked to Miss Mustard Seed right before me and I had no doubt you would be a feature the next week. Sure enough. This is creative and beautifully executed, as is all your work. This is a stand out for sure! Well done.

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  9. Beautiful project! So creative and well done. I LOVE it!!!

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