Vintage Dressing Table and Mirror Loved Again!

One of my clients is in love with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint finishes.  She was determined to find something for me to paint with Duck Egg Blue. This sweet dressing table and mirror was in her garage gathering dust.  Her daughter had used it as a teenager and now has a daughter of her own.  This was the perfect piece for this color and pass it on to another member of the family!

I changed the color of the hardware and trimmed the drawer designs with a touch of silver wax to accent the detail.

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This is the picture they sent me with the happy little girl in her bedroom! So Sweet.  

Black and Distressed Chest in a Ballard Design Style

This 3 drawer chest was beautiful in its original state but my client is redecorating and wanted a new look.  She sent me a sample of a similar piece at Ballard Designs.  It was black with subtle distressing.  

After sanding and priming, it was painted basic black and distressed, followed by two coats of polyurethane topcoat.  I achieved exactly what she had in mind.  Nothing makes me happier than a happy client!!

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A Painted Cedar Chest

This Lane cedar chest (about 40 years old ) had been painted before but the color and finish was too strong for the calm bedroom it was moved to.

I painted it a soft blue/grey and re-upholstered it to fit the surroundings.  There is a lot of detail in this piece but it wasn't necessary to accent the carving.  Lighting in the room takes care of that.  I always paint the back of a piece like this in case it will be used as a coffee table in the future.

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Dark Red Dresser = TV Console

This maple dresser has served time in childhood bedrooms, first apartments and guest rooms.  It was bought in 1960 and is very well made.  Unlike today's furniture, there is no particle board!  The finish was perfect and the construction is solid but it screamed "old Early American"!

The new version is painted a dark red.  First, a coat of primer, then I mixed a little black to darken the red and found that it gave me just the right level of interest.  Since the black didn't mix thoroughly, it gave it shading that I thought I would have to do with glazing.  I wasn't going for a perfect finish.  I wanted it to have a little depth.  The final step was a satin topcoat and then new cup handle pulls. 

Looks like new!  Another reason to use what you already own.

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1960's Dining Room Set - New Again!

I love the new look of this old dining set!  The old finish was very dry, scratched and faded.  My client inherited it but really didn't like it at all.  But the set fits perfectly in her dining room and the table is big with 3 leafs.  She didn't have a budget for a new set so she contacted me to give it a new look.

The table and buffet tops were sanded, re stained and finished with two coats of durable topcoat.  The chairs were painted and recovered along with the bottom of the table and the buffet.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then hand waxed for a soft, elegant finish.  I get more and more requests for this type of paint finish.  Amazingly, it is very scratch resistant.

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