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Nautical-inspired DIY dresser

Cookie expert, stylist & artist, Dani Fiori spent several seasons fine tuning her skills working on The Martha Show before pursuing her dream of owning a couture cookie and event design company.

As we are basking in the sunshine of summer, our beach house is coming along room by room. Like most houses near the ocean, we can't help but have a bit of a nautical theme going on, but we are trying our best not to be too corny with it.

The guest room is lovely and spacious and set at the front of the house with a view of the lake. With the light that comes in and the view at sunset, I loved the idea of painting this room a darker color. We had saved this "surfer's quilt" from years ago hoping one day we'd put it to good use, and once we picked up this super fun "waves rug," Navy seemed to be the perfect choice for the wall color.

A chest of drawers was the perfect fit for this wall, and to save money we went with the Tarva from Ikea which is a great piece for a very affordable price. It comes in raw wood which I loved even more.

This piece would look great painted in a solid color, but we wanted to have a little fun with it. Looking at the Glidden Premium paint, I loved the combo of Peacock Blue with Rich Navy and thought it would be fun to create an ombre effect by mixing white into the Peacock to create new shades on each row of drawers.

Suggested Paint Palettes

I used a mini roller to make the painting process go quicker. In the end I think the assembly of this project might have taken longer than the paint process.

For smaller paint jobs like this one, I line my paint tray with a garbage bag rather than a liner. It makes for a quick and easy cleanup.

I painted the top, sides and legs in Glidden Premium White on White... it's one of those perfect whites that would look good just about anywhere.

Use a small brush for corners and seams.

For the drawer paint I requested sample-size cans and had the paint experts at The Home Depot mix in one part white in one can and two parts white in the other can which made for the perfect gradation. This would also be easy to DIY; just make sure to mix them very well.

For small jobs, inexpensive paper plates are another great substitute for paint tray liners.

What a fabulous Peacock Blue ombre.

To add some additional visual interest, we decided to forgo the knobs that come with the Tarva. I ordered these amazing knot drawer pulls from Olio Designs on Etsy.

The knobs were super easy to screw in; this is such a fun way to customize a chest of drawers or a side table. There are so many great knob options out there.

Now for the super fun part, I tried a few different configurations of drawers; dark to light...

mixed configuration...

or light to dark... which is what I settled on for now.

I'm so happy with the way this project turned out. I hope it inspires you. Thanks to Glidden Premium, for the perfect paint palette for this project. XO Dani

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Glidden Premium and SheKnows.

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