I’m so happy to sharShabby Nest Logo | Hazel & Verdie'se this little furniture re-do with you all, because I’m actually featuring one of the many talented artists who purchased her furniture from us!

Traci Gyles owns The Shabby Nest, a furniture and décor restyling business with a retail location in The Picker Knows Antique Mall in West Des Moines and a shop that she operates in St. Charles, Iowa. Traci says she’s been selling her painted pieces for about six years, including furniture and smaller home décor items.

She recently purchased this beautiful “gentleman’s dresser” from us and transformed it, so I wanted to show you the before-and-afters. Here’s the piece she purchased:

Shabby Nest Re-Do | Hazel & Verdie's
Traci said she was originally drawn to this piece because she loves to find pieces that are unique, and the ornate details of this dresser – and its size – caught her eye. Although she originally envisioned the dresser in a lighter, brighter shade, she wanted it to have a more masculine look because of its history as a “gentleman’s dresser.”

“I usually do light or bright colors,” she said, “… (but) I really wanted to play up all the amazing details.”

Here is the after!

Shabby Nest Re-Do | Hazel & Verdie's

Traci’s go-to paint brand is Wise Owl Synthesis chalk paint, which she used on this project. She’s a retailer for this brand because of its great coverage and range of colors. For this dresser she used Peppercorn, Gray Linen and Snow Owl. This understated palette really brought out the details while also being a bit neutral, so the piece will work with a variety of décor styles and color themes.

Shabby Nest Re-Do | Hazel & Verdie's

Shabby Nest Re-Do | Hazel & Verdie's

Shabby Nest Re-Do | Hazel & Verdie's


While Traci’s favored color palette has evolved over time from the white and pale pastels of “Shabby Chic” style to the brighter colors available in so many of the paint products these days, she has consistently loved vintage pieces from the beginning.

“I think I’m drawn to it because vintage has a story,” she said. “Sometimes pieces have been neglected and I just love bringing them back to life.”

Shabby Nest Re-do | Hazel & Verdie's

We’re thrilled with Traci’s results on this piece and we thank her for contributing to our success at The Picker Knows. You can purchase Wise Owl Synthesis chalk paints and supplies, and many of Traci’s fabulous pieces, in her booth #402 at The Picker Knows! You can also find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TraciTheshabbynest/ !


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    2 Comments on Restylist feature: Furniture re-do with Traci of The Shabby Nest

    1. Wow! What a beautiful piece. The paint job enhanced al the details perfectly and the color scheme is lovely. It will look beautiful in most any room. Hope you had a nice weekend and have a lovely week!

      • Vicky, I wish you could see Traci’s booth with all her pieces – she does really lovely work! Thank you so much for visiting!

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