The very minute I mixed the paint for this small dresser I knew her name was Tuula.
Most of you know Tuula McPhee of The Thrifty Rebel. I have been reading her blog for more than a year now and enjoy every post.
I thought at first she had to be a Southern US girl, but no, Tuula McPhee (probably one of the best Southern names I have ever heard!) is a Canadian of Finnish descent. She has a deep love of color - especially pink.
The small dresser sat in the downstairs foyer for years holding paper supplies. I am moving furniture around to get my craft room organized and she had to go.
No before pic, but she was not in bad shape. The drawer glides had to be reset and the whole dresser needed some serious sanding. The top sported a burn mark.
The hardware just needed to be clean with some white vinegar. The finish was definitely orange, but most of that came off with the sanding.
(If you are looking for the hardware, there is no photo. I forgot!)
I did manage to get a small bit of what was under that finish. Mostly bare wood.
I decided on a strange shade of red from the oops section, but there was not enough. So I threw in some gray-white oops paint and some non-sanded grout and water. There was a beautiful shade of pink chalk paint.
It was Tuula pink!
After painting two coats, I wiped some off for distressing.
Wasn't quite distressed enough for me.
More sanding was needed.
I took her down hard around the edges and the top and the sides.
Okay, so I distressed her quite a bit all over.
After all that
Then I buffed,
and I buffed,
and I buffed
Until she gleamed in the setting sun.
Here she is, folks. Tuula is patiently waiting for someone to take her home.
A funny side note: I asked permission from the real Tuula to name a piece of furniture after her. She agreed. When I posted about how I had cleaned up my booths last week, Tuula commented she loved the pink dresser. I could not hold the surprise any longer and told her it was Tuula, the pink dresser.
A Boast About My Booths here!
One of my customers renamed the paint color to PANK!
I think that says it all.
Now go and visit the real Tuula and see her beautiful creations, her makeovers, and her wonderful garden art. Read The Thrifty Rebel here.
Thank you for allowing me to name a piece of furniture after you, Tuula
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