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Using Classic Colors on Timeless Pieces: Annie Sloan's Old White

I've been painting in all sorts of colors recently, but sometimes it can be nice to return to something more traditional for a spell. 

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This Thomasville dresser had such great dimensional details, and I knew those would come through with a few coats of Annie Sloan's Old White and a good bit of distressing.

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It always helps to start with a piece that was solidly made, and by a furniture maker whose pieces withstand the test of time.  Thomasville pieces can look beautiful refinished, but I really feel this piece benefited from some paint.

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Sometimes the sides of a dresser can feel neglected and are more of an afterthought, but this piece has great inset panel details.

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I also love when a dresser still has the original built ins and dividers. It makes it feel all the more custom.

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It's great to have a little spot to throw jewelry or other trinkets [trinkets is my other word for my astute hoarding capabilities...]. 

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Here's a great example of where distressing makes a big difference. These details along the outside edges of the dresser would hardly be distinguishable if not for the distressing work I did. I'm not one to do a lot of heavy distressing, but when I see a piece like this, it's really brought to life with this technique.

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The other thing I love about this particular dresser is the varying drawer pulls. These are great quality iron pulls, and their weight and scale work beautifully with this dresser.

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I also like that the drawers are different sizes. The top three are all on the smaller side, with the center one being the most petite. Then, there are two double wide drawers that just appear to be smaller by the way the front was designed. 

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I'm all for using color and creating unique pieces, but having something timeless like this in your home that can be used in virtually any room of your house is worth the investment!

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