Installing a dresser with the drawers used as planters (a ‘flower drawer dresser’) was high up on my agenda since years. I never had a balcony or a covered deck and lived in a very rainy country so I postponed the whole idea. Since we live in Sweden we have a covered balcony and deck. Perfect!
The hunt for a good dresser for all my flowers took some time. I’m picky and I wanted to use milk paint on raw wood, because the paint soaks into the wood and will never peel. The dresser had to be raw wood, no varnish, no previous paint and that made the hunt a bit harder. Yes, I could have bought a varnished or painted dresser and sand it down, but I wanted to skip that time-consuming step ha! There are so many raw wood pine pieces in this country that it was just a matter of patience.
Just when Spring was about to start I found this cute piece tucked away in a corner of a local thrift shop. I went for a colour scheme in bright blue and purple. A blue dresser with purple-blue flowers. A mixture of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Ironstone, Flow Blue and Mustard Seed Yellow was the perfect choice.
I also found a beautiful basket, which had some country charm. Our cat thought so too and slept in it for days until I brought the basket outside. I bought some lobelia, verbena at our local flower shop Lilla Wextverk, which is actually in the same building as my new workspace Kraftcentralen1911. It has never been easier to shop for plants and flowers! I also picked some lupine flowers yesterday evening. The evenings are so light right now!
Lupine flowers have an overwhelming beauty. I wrote a post about it two years ago, an interview with photographer Kristin Vald, who happens to use a lot of lupine flowers in her photography.
While I was taking photos our cat showed up again. She has a thing with this dresser!
I wanted to have this dresser ready right in time for Midsummer, a time of abundancy in nature. Abundant light, abundant growth, abundant colours! The abundancy of this flower drawer dresser suits the season!