Sunday, August 21, 2011

Some Frenchie Flair

I found this chest on Craigslist. 



It was generally in good shape other than missing the pulls, and it had a couple of worn spots.



I loved the little curved legs, and I thought I could do something more interesting with the panels.



First I did a coat of Paris Grey chalk paint all over the piece. Next I added a coat of Old White to the panels and sanded it so the grey shows through. 




To try to "age" it a bit I added some Annie Sloan dark wax.  I've only used this once before, and I knew I had to use a light hand with it.  I put some in the panel crevices and wiped it immediately.  But it still went on heavier than I wanted, so I sanded over it to tone it down. 



The jury's still out for me on the AS dark wax. I've seen it  used beautifully on on pieces the blogging pros such as Miss Mustard Seed have done, but I haven't had that much luck with it.  Maybe I just need more practice! 

Lastly, I added some white fleur de lis knobs I had picked up at Chartreuse & Co. barn sale.



I love its "Frenchy" flair now!




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22 comments:

  1. i'm so glad you found me! love your blog, we must have been seperated at birth! i'm totally addicted to craigslist, i have 14 pieces in my garage that need to be refinished! lol i'm your newest follower!

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  2. How pretty. I love all the detail, then the paint job just made it pop, Great job. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  3. Thank-you both for hosting these parties! I put your buttons on the posts for the 22nd and the 23rd -- I hope that's okay. - Deborah

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  4. i am so with you on the dark wax- i don't like it and am happier using my old ways! :) this piece looks gorgeous and frenchified! that paris gray though i have to say is so beautiful! it's my fave of her colors!

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  5. Cute redo! Love the pulls you added... they're perfect!

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  6. I'm SO glad you said that Cassie, since you're a pro! I thought I was wax-impaired or something since I've seen it used beautifully on other blogs. Thanks for your nice comment!

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  7. Thank-you for stopping by and your nice comment Cynthia!

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  8. What a beautiful makeover! I love the Paris Gray, and love the way you highlighted the panels! Just gorgeous, and the pulls are the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party, and would love for you to come show off something you bought, did, or created Before Blogging. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.

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  9. Deborah,
    Beautiful makeover you did on her. I have been doing some makeovers with the same colors and lovin' how they are looking...keep working with that dark wax and I'm sure you start liking it better. I have a NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY and would love to have you come by and join in...it's still up and running this week...hope to see ya there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. Nice job. Love the pulls and the two tone.

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  11. love it Great job Do you resell what you get off CL or is it just for you? I have tried to convince my huuby to redo pieces from the t.s. to resell but he doesn't want to. Perhaps I should try?

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  12. Love your craigslist find!! I am a craigslistaholic too- some of my absolute best pieces have been found there!! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime!:)

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  13. Beautiful piece and nice job on making her pretty! When I use the dark wax, I dip my finger in it and get just a smidge on it than I put my finger to work. Good Lord, that sounds bad. Anyhoo, found you via Miss Mustard Seed. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-do-you-see.html

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  14. Thank-you Courtney - your blog is one that I check out regularly!

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  15. LOL Kathryb -- I'll try your technique next time!

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  16. Gorgeous makeover! I'm like you with AS Dark Wax the jury is still out but next time I am going to try mixing it with the clear was to tone it down & see if that works.

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  17. With the vignette on top, you've achieved perfection!!

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  18. I love how this turned out. So lovely. Thanks for coming by my party and sharing!

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  19. Love the color combo! Great Job on the beautiful transformation.

    If you get a chance, stop by my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party every Tuesday and Wednesday

    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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  20. Thanks Amber! I'll check it out.

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  21. Looks beautiful! Happy I stopped in!

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