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paris grey dresser/buffet

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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.ImageImageImage

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Red Dresser

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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.

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” Something old, something new….”

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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.

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What-to-do-when-you-despise-your-current-typical-suburbia-cherry-finish-queen-anne-style-dining-table…..

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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.

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Henrietta Table

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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.

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A Labor of Love

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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.

I must remember to get “Before” pictures

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…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”.