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On Trend Color of 2015: Coral Mid Century Dresser

I know, I know, I KNOW...I could potentially get a lot of flack for this [haters gonna hate, I'm over it]. BUT I spent a full day attempting to salvage it and after heavy deliberation, I decided to paint my recently acquired mid century dresser. [and after seeing the finished product, I have NO regrets!] Normally I wouldn't paint a piece like this [of course], but I picked up this guy off a Craigslist ad, and the photos looked A LOT better than its in person interview. But I had driven ALL that way, and so I just had to take it. 

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To be more specific on its state of disrepair: the veneers were chipped on every drawer front as well as parts of the top [among a sea of pretty gnarly scratches]. Also, the structural integrity of the dresser's base is slightly compromised, though not enough for it to fall apart on anyone, but just enough to give me #furniturestress. Whoever designed this back in the 60s REALLY needed to add a third leg to the center of the dresser, since it does sag a bit and though most people wouldn't notice it or mind, I do, and really, didn't they think a SIX foot long dresser may need some extra support? [rant over.] 

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Since I was now committed to painting this mid century masterpiece [okay, it's not a collectors item by any means, just a run of the mill factory dresser, so please note my sarcasm] I wanted to go full throttle with it.  This one was going to have serious impact and make a statement.  I wanted to take a departure from my usual color palette, try out something that's on trend for 2015 rather than what might simply be neutral or popular or generic.

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And boy does she! I have to say, I don't care if the color is polarizing or too feminine, IT IS AMAZING! In person, this coral dresser is a showstopper. I created it using a combination of Annie Sloan's Emperor's Silk, English Yellow and Old White. Coral is Sherwin Williams 2015 color of the year, and though I'm still hesitant to paint it on a wall, I can't believe how well it translated to furniture!

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I was inspired by some photos I had taken in Puerto Rico [if I could paint a dresser for every color building I photographed, I would]. The photos do a great job of explaining how coral works. In bright, natural light, coral reads more peach, and the orange and yellow tones come through [note the top half of the building]. 

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But in shade or in a darker space, coral can take on a much richer, deeper raspberry pink tone [bottom half of the building]. This is something I always remind clients of mine: you want to make sure you love the dresser at different parts of the day and under varied lighting treatments. Even just switching out a lightbulb from incandescent to compact fluorescent can dramatically alter the way colors read in a room. 

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Lucky for me I adore this coral dresser in EVERY light I've put it in.  Yes, it's a feminine color, but I like how it adds a sense of fun and playfulness to any space. My plan for this dresser is to put it in my master bedroom, which I've been finally working on after living with it almost entirely in tones of blah. 

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The coral would look insane [good insane] against the navy pattern on my curtains, and it would be a great balance to my much more traditional weathered gray oak bed and nightstands. Eclectic spaces are the most interesting ones, so this mid century burst of color would completely transform my room. 

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The only slight caveat is this guy is LARGE, which means I need to get a couple friends over here to help me hoist her upstairs. I also have this problem where I can't seem to paint things solely for my own enjoyment. 

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So I figured I'd test the waters, post it for sale, maybe just for a week or so and see if there are any takers, and if I still have it after that, then I'll get some friends over here and buy them some obligatory 'thank you for being awesome' pizza. Speaking of pizza, it's Friday, and Fridays should mean buying and consuming pizza. Who's with me?! Happy Friday! -Jo

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