how fitting the color of the paint i used on this dresser is called paris grey. the brown colored wood gave it a hick chic vibe minus the chic. but with a couple of coats of annie sloan paint, matte white hardware, clear wax on the finished product, i rather fancy it paris chic. a large glossy white baroque style mirror resting on the top and the look is complete.
Granny B. , my 101 year old Grandmother gave me this dresser almost 30 years ago. It was the first piece of furniture I ever attempted to restore. Scott and I had it in each apartment when we lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, Raleigh and Wake Forest, N.C, then clear out to Chicago, Illinois where we lived a short 14 months. As I recall, it was one of t w o pieces of “bedroom” furniture we owned. Fast forward to Greensboro, N.C. (with a brief one year stay in Elkin, N.C.), Lane Scott came home for Thanksgiving break to find this dresser, which she claimed about 10 years ago, bright red.
One night, a dear friend visited my home to see a few pieces of furniture I had finished . When she spotted the dark wood buffet I have had for years, she asked me if I would also paint that. I never thought about painting a piece I adored in it’s original “form”. I am not sure what my reply to Dorothy was that night, but within 45 minutes of her leaving, I pulled out the Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint and finished painting the buffet/sideboard in less than 2 hours. The following week I tweaked the hardware (from gold to silver to antique gold to black to….old white), and played around with clear and dark wax until I found it’s best look . The new paint transformed this sideboard from average to chic.
Paint it! I saw a cover of “House Beautiful” a couple months ago with a dining table very similar to mine, painted charcoal grey. I saved the picture and decided to try and replicate the color and finish on my table. After several different shades of grey, I finally manipulated blending a couple of different grey colors and then blending with clear and dark wax. I hand sanded between every single layer. I do not recommend doing this inside of your house (like i did)….especially if you have light cabinets, carpet, walls and trim (like I do.) I accrued quite a bit of dark grey dust which turns black when trying to clean up (like i have).
I sold off the-matching-typical-suburbia-cherry-finish-queen-anne-style-dining-chairs at my yard sale a few weeks back. Last year, I found two club chairs on Craigslist, purchased two dark brown wicker chairs from Pier One, and also found two Hollywood-glam type chairs I had reupholstered (red chair project).
S l o w l y . The dining room is coming together. What I liked yesterday, I probably won’t care for tomorrow….eventually, it will evolve into a space I love. For years, I played by decorating rules. I was too insecure as I was finding “MY” particular style. But now, I go with my gut. if I like something, I will make it work….somewhere.
i love this table. i have no place in my home for another piece of furniture but that has not kept me from cramming it into my very small foyer. i thrifted this table for a pittance. the owner said he thought the table had been in a fire (it did smell a little bit like cookout drive thru). the unattractive linoleum glued to the top almost made me change my mind. but after a few hours of power sanding, a few coats of paint and wax, it is one of my favorite pieces.
a friend of mine , holly, asked if i could take this buffet from white (still looking for the “before” picture) to an antique look black finish. holly has a beautiful home, exquisitely good taste in all-things-fashion-and-anything-for-that-matter, so i wanted to morph a fairly new piece into a buffet with old southern charm. i painted several coats of antique black, clear waxing between each coat, hand-distressing, antique black rubbing with brown undertones, dark waxed, then clear coated and poly’ed for a worn feel. i changed out the hardware finishing it with a gold leaf, then distressed and clear waxed …again.
This gallery contains 6 photos.
My latest restoration. See. I have been busy.
…apparently, the best part of looking at restored furniture is seeing the “before” shot . although i hold bachelors of science degree in the School of Cinematography, apparently the digital age ensued the day i graduated. thus and so, i have been intimidated by words such as “pixel” , “jpegs” and “image sensor chips”. in other words, i have not picked up a camera in YEARS , that was until i was FORCED to do so, by one, very digitally aged, techno geek hubby . he assures me, “even a five year old can take a picture”….and so i do. in fact, i stage. i boutique. i even straightened up. i used sunlight, moonlight, fluorescent light and natural light. only to discover from hubby, out of all those pictures i staged, only 10 or 12 were “acceptable”. sighhhh’ how i can take blurry pictures with a a Fuji Fine Pix S1500 auto focus still haunts me. but in the words of Jodee Messina, ” i’m not gonna let it get me down”, i am gonna figure it out. so, if you don”t mind blurry “before” pictures, i will be sure to have crisp clear “after” photos. Here are the “Afters”.