This summer, my daughter and I hosted a bridal shower. The original plan was for the shower to be outside by the pool under the pergola. And one of the items I wanted to find for the shower was an old piece of furniture at a yard sale to use as the lemonade stand.
I found a dresser for $5! JACKPOT!! And it had wheels. For $5, I could let it sit outside all summer as a serving buffet and at the end of the summer, dispose of it and no guilt.
So I painted the piece with Annie Sloan Arlis. A beautiful Sunflower yellow that would be perfect for the lemonade stand but also for the summer. After the piece was painted, I color washed it with Old White. To color wash it, you water down the paint with a third of the paint with water. Brush on and wipe off with cheese cloth. It gives the piece a beautiful softening. Lastly, I clear waxed the chest.
I lightly sanded the edges to distress it but also to let the former green color of the piece to peak through the yellow.
Well, at that point in the process, I fell in love and decided immediately that I would have to find room in the house for this lovely dresser. I knew my country guest room would be perfect..
And now it has a new home and new drawer pulls…. It is so lovely that I spent the rest of the summer looking for another piece to use as a serving buffet but never found anything as pretty as this piece. Oh well, I will keep looking!!!