Strickland Dressers-Part 2: Neutral & Timeless (and a couple surprise features)

This is the final post on a two-part series featuring the Strickland Dressers....I love featuring pieces in a "Series"  because it's just plain fun.  But not only do I do it for the mere pleasure and fun of it, I also do it because I believe every piece of furniture tells a story and I want each piece to leave my workshop looking great and reminding its owner of that story and meaning.   Most importantly, I want the owner to feel excited about their new piece!  With a new home on the horizon and a new set of dressers, I think Jen and Jim will feel that excitement! 

Both dressers are now a smooth, distressed surface.   I decided to paint the interior drawer dividers a bold turquoise.   Since the dividers are inside the drawers, I knew I could maintain the exterior neutral request, but still add a little pop of color.     I also lined each drawer with some fun contact paper for an added touch.   (I may enjoy adding a little surprise to each of my pieces).    

Using contact paper can refresh a piece all on it own.  But paired with a fresh coat of paint it can totally transform and update a piece!    And it's easily interchangeable so if at some point the chevron overstays its welcome, it can be replaced!   

A look at the painted drawer dividers.  Who wouldn't love to see this upon opening their drawer?   I know I would.  Hmmm....I'll have to get on that.   

A look at the painted drawer dividers.  Who wouldn't love to see this upon opening their drawer?   I know I would.  Hmmm....I'll have to get on that.   

Above is a close-up of the distressed finish.  There are many different levels of distressing, and with these pieces I went a bit more on the conservative side....not too crazy but just enough to achieve the look.   

Of course what would a finished piece be without some type of accessory on top?   I have to include an accessory in my "after photos"!   

And below, the final product....only one dresser is pictured here as I ran out of room and couldn't arrange both dressers side by side.   But you get the idea!  

From a tired piece in need of rescue.....

to a fresh and updated piece that will look fabulous in its new home......

Thank you Stricklands  for allowing me to update your pieces!  I hope you like them and enjoy them in your freshly painted master bedroom.    

Signing off of this series.....and ready to launch the next!