Check Mate!

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I have been holding on this really cool mid-century piece for quite some time, and I knew I wanted to make it unique.  The actual wood had some unique lines.

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The hardware was also unique, so I didn’t want to spray them.  All I did was shine them up!  I decided to use two Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors Coco & Versailles, pictured below.  However, the colors depicted on the website look NOTHING like in real life.

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I liked the grain of the wood on the drawers that looked like a checkerboard pattern.  I taped it off, and alternated the colors.

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The top also had some unique outlining.  I painted the outside Versailles, and the inside Coco, I hand painted over the black outline that was originally there so it could be seen better.

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After I painted all of it, I sealed it with poly acrylic.  I have to say it is so much easier and has a much better sheen that putting on the wax and buffing it.  I slapped on the hardware again, and here was the finished product!

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Chew on this!

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One night on my way home from grabbing some drinks with friends, I come across this gorgeous piece of furniture on the side of the road.  I immediately brake, and get out of the car to see it.  The drawers looked to have been gnawed on by a dog or something, and were pretty rough.  I thought free is free, and I could fix it. So what did I do? I called my friend Angelina who was a few minutes behind me, and asked her to help me load it up.  By load it up I mean heavy lifting into her car, god bless her, she went along with it.  I honestly don’t know how we managed to get it in, because it was the tightest fit EVER.  The next day, in natural light I asked myself “what have I gotten myself into?”  I would have to reshape the drawers where it had been previously chewed, and so began the process.

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Overall, the piece was really cool, and I love how the doors in the front opened to gorgeous drawers for clothes.

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I felt the piece really could be jazzed up, and I went with a color I don’t see often.  It is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint “Scandinavian Pink,” and then highlighted the drawer fronts, elevated pieces on the doors and the interior drawers in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint “Old White.”

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I’m looking at these colors, and they look nothing like that in real life.  Anyway.  The piece is finished, and I put on new hardware.  All in all, I think it came out great, and it’s totally different than the plain old painted neutral piece.  Let me know what you think!

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LIGHT @ the end of the tunnel

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FINALLY.  I finished the lamps for my family room.  I purchased the lamps for my old house.  They worked really well there, but don’t quite fit in my French country cottage themed family room in my new house.  Theywere a deep red, here they were before:

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All of the colors in my family room now are creams, beiges, soft blues, soft yellows… you know, all those shabby colors.  I really was torn on color.  I wanted to paint these lamps, because they are almost new, and I’m trying to design on a dime!  Waste not want not, right?  I was torn between three colors:

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I immediately eliminated “Provence” it was just too bright.  I was worried the “French Linen” wouldn’t come out right- it tends to look different when paired with certain colors.  So there you have it, I was going with “Paris Grey.”

The lamps covered really well, and two coats later- BAM here’s what I got:

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But I’m a pain in the a$$ and something just wasn’t working for me.  I wasn’t “feeling it” as I always say.  I felt that the burlap shades (which I wanted to keep) was fighting the grey blue of the lamps.  I think it was too much of a contrast.  So I debated what to do…. dry brush with “Old White,” “Antique Glaze,” “Dark Wax,” or distressing.  I really waited almost two weeks because I was afraid to make a move.  Well, today I decided I need to man-up and do something so I could get some damn light in my family room.  I feel like Helen Keller feeling my way in the dark.  Sorry for those of you who find that comment offensive, but it’s true.

So today I kind came up with my own little experiment.  I took Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in “Coco” and sort of dry brushed it on.  I would put a bit on, and then wipe it off.  I kind of shrugged my shoulders, and thought to myself “eh, I’ll keep going.”  I figured if it was a total disaster I could always just repaint it and start over.  Once it dried, I liked it, but again it felt like it was missing something.  I know, like I said, I’m a pain in the ass!  I decided to mess around with dark wax, and diligently worked quickly so it wouldn’t set in too much.  I loved the way it came out.  I took a total chance, and it paid off.  The “Coco” and the dark wax completely tamed down the dusty blue, and the lamps now compliment the burlap shades.  Checked that off my list!

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Just to give you an idea of what the “Paris Grey” looked like alone compared to the finished product, here you go:

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Lastly, here are more pictures of the finished product:

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