It’s that time of year.  Time for the “layered look”.  When it is chilly in the morning, warms up by afternoon, then chilly again in the afternoon?  My layered look these days is old pants with paint on them.  Worn out, old T-shirt, sweat shirt, old Garden shoes.  Midday when it warms up, old painter pants rolled up, sweatshirt removed, old garden shoes replaced with flip flops.  Nice!  I vary it slightly with decent jeans and J Crew T-shirts if I have to attend sports games or appear in public, other than the gym! I might actually sport a scarf, my version of layering.

This is my work layered look……

I still love to layer clothes, (the real kind, without paint), but these days my layering is mostly done with my Cece Caldwell’s paints.  These paints are so fun to layer!  The color combos are endless.

I found this piece for a bargain (rare thing these days) at my local Goodwill.  Thanks to Shari at Turnstyle Vogue, I learned what a difference it can make to knock that “scrolly thing” off the bottom.  I wanted to get away from this look and go more Industrial.  Next off was the odd looking decorative strip at the top.  Really, why did they bother?

Of course I had to add wheels. This required covering up the bottom wood I added, (plus making the scrolly area missing the scroll look decent).  I used the last of the bed rails Susan Goodman had given me from Paris Flea Market.

(There’s Emma’s disembodied arm again)

I used scrap wood I had on hand to secure the wheels to.  Don’t judge me, I keep a lot of my kids art work, this wasn’t one of them.  Rachel painted this a few weeks ago, then ditched it.  It became part of my furniture makeover and her room will have to remain without a label.    Just gives the piece more character don’t you think? By the way, that’s Blue Montana Sky she used, in case you were wondering…..

Now I was ready to paint! I base coated the entire piece in CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White, then went in with  Mississippi Mud.  LOVE this color.  Once this dried, I went over it with a thin coat of Cinco Bayou Moss, another gorgeous, rich neutral.  When this dried, I sanded the entire piece with a 320 grit sandpaper to really smooth out that finish.

I sealed it with Cece Caldwell’s 100% Natural Wax, and a little bit of Aging Cream.  I used leftover knobs I had on hand and alternated them for a funky finish.

This went into Paris Flea towards the end of the sale, but my friend Dana Moran, (photography) asked if I would be willing to donate a piece of furniture for a charity auction she does every year.  Perfect. The Layered Look is now going to a Loving Fundraiser.

Hope you have beautiful layering weather for the Spring wherever you are!

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  1. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Definitely better without that scrolly thing (the technical term I think)!

    Oh, and you really know how to rock a pair of overalls!

  2. Judy Clark

    What a transformation! Those colors are really nice all together! You did an awesome job and I hope it goes for a lot of money for the fundraiser.

    Oh yes, love your layered look!


  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Love the layered look – in clothes and furniture!!

  4. sumaya

    Layering is the best and u rock it Karen. I love the choice of colors and love thst its going for a good cause. U rock the denims too:)

  5. Heidi @ Decor & More

    Aw, love that this got donated, Karen! Loving the layered look, too. 🙂
    xo Heidi

  6. Jill Flory

    Great job – as always! like your layered look – and the dressers too 😉

  7. debbiedoos

    What a great looking piece Karen. Love your painting clothes. I like the layered look too:)

  8. Fran

    Great redoux. Mississippi Mud is my favorite color of the moment, so I love this piece as well. so very nice of you to donate a piece for the charity auction. I’m sure it will be in a bidding war 🙂

  9. Hetty

    I will be layering with paint soon. A local shop owner started selling Cece’s Caldwell paint!

  10. Cheryl~ZanyMayd

    what a wonderful transformation of that dresser ~ love the knobs, what a clever
    idea….. your daily uniform looks great ~ half my clothing has
    paint on it ~ I’ll never learn!

  11. Danielle

    What a transformation! I wouldn’t have even known it was the same piece. Great work! Thanks for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays. x


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