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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Audrey Hepburn Dresser






Why can't there be more people like Audrey Hepburn in the world? She was beautiful inside and out!


She is inspiring too! With times changing, she was an image not to be forgotten. One word....CLASS!



I thought of her the day I bought this dresser and brought it into my home.


It had a 1950's feel with the square, flat look and peg legs.

But I was perplexed with how I would transform this piece. As an artist, I don't really like doing things the same. It gets hard when you are painting a lot of furniture. I sometimes ponder at it way too long.


This was one of those times...

I decided to go with a chevron print since I hadn't done that yet but it seemed like so many have, so I started thinking outside the box again.


If you follow me I tend to stray away from the norm. Sometimes good Sometimes bad I don't know.
What I do know is I have to feel it! My art is all about the way I feel at the moment.


So when I decided to go with color, I thought Tiffany Blue and Black.

The colors are striking together. It also keeps the 50"s feel I was going for.


I sat in my living room staring at it for a day and decided to hand paint a figure on it. It couldn't be any figure. It had to go with the feel of the piece.


I thought of the movie Breakfast at Tiffanys. I guess because of the color. Audrey Hepburn had to be the one I painted.


This decision wasn't easy. Painting a face of someone popular is hard because it has to be just right.
So I chickened out. I did. I am not proud of that. Till the next day.


I waited till the next morning and jumped into it thinking I could always paint over it.


I have to say it was hard to do. I think it was because I wanted it to look perfect.

It wasn't perfect but I loved the way it came out. No painting over it! Yipee!



It was hard to paint the image with the drawers at a curve. I don't think it mattered because you are drawn into her eyes.

It changed it from an ugly before.... to a 50's Mod after!

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I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment!





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104 comments:

Carol said...

OH!!!!!! I love it!!!! It's the perfect piece to do that way too :) To bad you live so far away!

Scarlett said...

oh my its amazing!! You are so talented! Im sure someone will snap it up :o) Scarlett x

laurie said...

ooo, well done,, I have painted this image on a board for a friend once and I still love it!This is so beautiful colors,, cool,

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh...I beg to disagree...I think it IS perfect!! It just screams '50's!!! Wouldn't go in my house, but it doesn't stop me from loving it! Happy Sunday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

sissie said...

This little chest is absolutely charming. I love the look and the artwork is perfect.

hugs
Sissie

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Very awesome and creative...your artwork is fantastic!! Excellent change up on this one.

Mary said...

Fabulous idea. I love it. Don't dare change it. The Audrey Hepburn silouette makes it! I just became a follower . Please follow me at http:encorehomestagingredesign.blogspot.com. Also a Jersey girl living in Jacksonville, Florida. Found you on Blogaholics Social site

Rose Petal Hollow said...

Wow I love what you did with it. It's not my style but it's perfect. Someone is going to just love having it.
MaryAnn

Emily said...

Loving the colors and Miss Hepburn on the front.

Katie said...

Awesome!! Audrey is beautiful! I love the tiffany blue with black - it looks perfect on this style dresser!!

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

This is SOOOO gorgeous! I love love LOVE that it's the Tiffany teal/light blue color with Audrey... and I can't believe you just painted her face and that's not vinyl or a stencil or something... it's amazing! : )

Heather said...

I am impressed, this is beautiful!

dogsmom said...

I think you are wrong.
I think it turned out PERFECT.

It is AMAZING.

Devon Esqué said...

WOW! I love this! I've been meaning to re-do an old dresser from my parent's house. And wanting to do it in a 50's style. Beautiful work!

the junk in our trunks said...

Awesome, I love Audrey Hepburn and you captures her perfect. I too love doing something out of the norm. Great dresser and great art work.

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness, this is wonderful! It looks so impressive!

Erin said...

You are SO talented--she looks amazing!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Wow, no foolin' you're an artist. I've looked around and like all of your redone items. :) Hugs, Kim

Neha @ All things beautiful... said...

It looks stunning! You've done a wonderful job on it...!

Cass @ That Old House said...

You did a splendiferous job on this old chest! Beautiful.

I have a niece who would LOVE this piece ... unfortunately she lives in NYC. But I'm sure someone will fall in love with it!
Cass

Cindy said...

Absolutely stunning!!!
Cindy

Building It On Pennies said...

LOVE THIS!!!
Jeanne
www.buildingitonpennies.com

Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...

I love it! The colors and the subject are perfect for that piece.

Deneen said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I am so glad you stopped by to view this!

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

I LOVE this!! What a before and after! It looks Amazing!!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Adore it. The color. The pop art factor. Pinning you, because I don't want to forget this piece...

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Just PERFECT! Oh, I love it so. You have some talent, my friend!

Christine said...

That dresser is so cute! I love the painting, I am so glad that you didn't have to paint over it.

Jennifer Dawn said...

This really caught my eye. I just adore Audrey. Great job!

Patti said...

Very clever idea...I am sure we will see this idea popping up all over blogland in different forms! I am sure this piece will sell quickly - well done!
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Jacque said...

I love, love, love this!!! I hope you will stop by Jacque's Soda Parlor and share this on the "Sundae Shake Up" link party because it is a vintage based themed party. I'm sure all of the ladies there would love to see this!!!

Thanks for sharing

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

It's chic and modern! Fantastic color choice :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

All I can say is WOW! I am totally surprised by the transformation. Great job ;D

Rachael@LovelyCraftyHome said...

Wow it's stunning!! Outside the box paid off this time for sure!

Deborah March said...

This is BEYOND FABULOUS!!!! WOW!!!

Elle The Heiress said...

I know so many people who would love this dresser.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

That's incredible! I can't believe you hand-painted the image; it looks perfect to me! Love the colors.

Jenna said...

Who doesn't love Audrey? This is a fabulous piece... great job!

2027

TisforTonya said...

oooh, obviously I'm gonna love this one!!!!

wish we lived nearer - and that ManOfTheHouse wasn't such a stickler about our furniture all matching - because I'd totally go snatch this up for my room :)

Claire said...

Wow- what an incredible job you did and the Tiffany blue is the perfect backdrop to your artistry-love it-I'm following!

Lucy's Photography said...

I absolutely LOVE this!!! I am now a follower. I found you through "my uncommon slice of suburbia" blog. So amazing!...what kind of paint did you use for the base color blue?

Deneen said...

I had a Tiffany's box with me and matched the color to it.

liZ evans said...

Wow! That is such a great make over. I love it!
liZ
(simplesimonandco)

lsotoleal said...

I LOVE it! You are so very talented.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

holy freaking moly!!!! that is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!

Twice Nice said...

This dresser is simply STUNNING...just like Audrey Hepburn! You have a gift.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love Audrey, love this piece!

Coley said...

WOW, I LOVE that. I am re-doing my studio in teal and black and white and it has a very Breakfast at Tiffany's feel to it.

Jann Olson said...

I love Audrey Hepburn! What an amazing piece. You have got some talent girl. The only way I could have done that is with a pattern to follow and then fill it in. Even then, it wouldn't be as stunning as yours. Love the colors! I am now following you.

KAT said...

fab color and I love Audrey!

Meredith said...

Gorgeous job Deneen! You nailed it! :)
Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love Audrey and I simply adore this project.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

Fabulous!!! I adore everything about it! Fantastic job!

Pam said...

Definitely not the normal. I see those types of dressers all the time at thrift stores, but never thought of a good way to paint them. Great idea to put Audrey on it.

very merry vintage style said...

Beautiful--you did a great job painting her likeness and I love the color choice. I'm sure it won't last long & will sell fast! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--!
Mary

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! I wish I knew how to do that! It came out beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I am your newest follower. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Maureen said...

THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!

Mel said...

Your vision turned this into a masterpiece. Love it.

DearHelenHartman said...

Stunning! So creative, fun and well done. Happy to have found your blog and now following you!

DearHelenHartman said...

That should have read and LOVE following you.

laxsupermom said...

Wow! What an unexpected makeover! Love everything about this! The Tiffany blue is so bright and fun, and the Audrey pic is just perfect! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing.

Monica and Elaine said...

Amazing. Would love if you shared it here:
http://decoratinginsanity.com/category/show-off-sundays/

Carolyn said...

It's AMAZING!! Great colors, beautiful artwork! Simply a stunning statement piece. Too bad I live across the country. :(

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

This is gorgeous!!!

The Tootsie Wootsie said...

defenetly gives it a modern look!

I love the dresser!

Come link it up at WOOT WOOT WEDNESDAYS!

http://tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-official-every-wednesday-i-am-doing.html

Elena said...

That is adorable. The Audrey caught my eye. DD loves Audrey and she has her all over her room! I could never do something like that!!

c.w.frosting said...

I love Audrey & Breakfast at Tiffanys! This came out beautifully!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Tami said...

Very cool. I have a fun, upcoming project on my blog. Stay tuned.
Fondly, Tami
www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Absolutely incredible! You are so so so talented:) Thanks for sharing!

Caroline (Piorra Maison) said...

It's great to see something different. You did a great job
Caroline

Yadira said...

Gorgeous! I love the color combinations and the Audrey Hepburn portrait.

Lola said...

Oh my gosh. How can you sell it? It is such a beautiful dresser! I know part of the joy in creating art is releasing it out into the world, but I think I'd have to keep this one for myself. Lola from Buddhatropolis.com

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Wow, I mean wow. Beautiful job!! Loving it :)

Come see me at http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/

Miss Charming said...

You did such a wonderful job on this. Magazine worthy for sure!

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

I featured this here at my blog Coffee and their Kisses. Please stop by and grab a button!

Anonymous said...

You did a lovely job with this dresser. Be proud of your rendering of Ms. Hepburn's image.
~C8>

Deneen said...

You are all amazing leaving such wonderful comments! I am blessed by you friendship!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my! This is the best "after" I have seen in a long while. Well done!

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

Amazing. You're such a talented painter. I think Audrey looks perfect and the color you chose for the dresser is, well...perfect too! Let us know how fast it sells :).

I'm a new follower. Stop by my blog if you get a chance! http://lovelybeasts.blogspot.com/

Emily

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Your dresser makeover is amazing!!! I'm also a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, so I might be a little bias, but I love everything about this dresser, the colors you used, the painted graphic. You did such a good job!

Jayna Rae said...

I LOVELOVELOVE this dresser. Audrey is my favorite. I have a painting of this pose in my office. My brother's friend painted it for me while in prison (yeah, I know. Weird). Anyway, I think that the dresser is phenomenal. I may have to have my husband do something like this for me since I cannot paint but he can.


Oh yes, and the colors . . . PHENOMENAL!!!!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

this is beyond amazing!!!! I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan!!
ladeedacreations.com
featuring this on my FB page today!
i have to share this!!!
ladeedacreations.com

mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings said...

WOWZA.
what an incredible piece of art! I would buy this in a heartbeat if I lived in TN. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm visiting from Whipperberry's Friday Flair.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love your dresser , i love audrey hepburn and id love to feature it on my next revival monday, if thats ok with you please let me know.
lauren

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How incredible!! What a gorgeous dresser! I love the color and love the design!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

The Revamped Soul said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! You did an incredible job and I love the way it turned out, you're amazing!

Kim from Maiden D'Shade said...

That dresser is amazing! And I can't believe you hand painted her face! You did such a great job! Is there a term for that kind of look, like is it a silhouette of some sort?

Chrissie said...

I adore this dresser. I would love to be able to paint that kind of detail! You do amazing work :)

Becky@Organizing Made Fun said...

Gorgeous! I love the idea of painting the top of it with a different color and then using that for her face! I am trying to come up with ideas for my daughter's nighstand and I may do something similar!

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.com
Organizing Made Fun

Ashley@EisyMorgan said...

So cute, great job! Thanks for linking it up:) I am going to be featuring you at my party tonight:)

Kristin said...

Do you happen to have a space at the Roost in Nolensville? I just saw this dresser there and saw that it had sold! I love it!

Deneen said...

Kristen I couldn't reply to you because your email is set to a no reply but yes I have a spot at The Roost. Please come visit often! Thanks for the comment!

Kristin said...

Just realized that! I go to the Roost quite a bit. Love your stuff! :)

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elizabeth embracing life said...

Stunning piece. I love how you think. I often go into projects in the same way, and end up liking the results. Good work.

Tina said...

AHH it is fantastic!! You are so talented! Love Audrey :)
Tina

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

O.M.G!!! I looooove this. I want this in my house!! Pinning it!

Corinna said...

This is spectacular!~

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Are you kidding me with this? It is freakin awesome beyond words! I would love for you to link up this weekend!

http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-schooled-saturday-5.html

Sumaya Warwick said...

Iconic, awesome, fabulous. I am glad I stumbled onto your blog!!!

Kathryn J Cain said...

I still think this is my all time favorite makeover on a dresser..I have one..that does not have the flat flat surface...I do know I planned immediatly on a Tiffany Blue...and I might do some quotes of Audreys...and thinking of a bow ...for the idea of a Tiffany box...someday I will find a flat front dresser...Or I amy go the other way and do a Celtic knot...have not seen that yet

Brenda Nonamaker said...

Did you paint this free handed or did you transfer the image and then painted it? It is really pretty and you did a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Brenda it is freehand...can't you tell? Her eyes are a little wonky! lol

Laurie said...

You are SO TALENTED!! And creative!