Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Longest Before & After

Once in a while you have a project that you feel as if you will NEVER EVER EVER finish.  This is one of those projects.  Yes these "before" pictures are taken sometime during the summer.  Note the sunshine and dry grass.  To start with this chifforobe was not easy to move around.  I'm embarrassed to say it sat on my front porch (yes hill billie style) for longer than I or my neighbors care to talk about. Secondly, I just wasn't sure how to finish it.  I saw it as fun piece with different rough finishes and crazy hardware.  What I ended up with was a little bit away from the first idea, but ultimately a better idea.   

A Better Picture was not to be had, this baby is tough to move.

The finish was really rough, but that was a lot of the charm for me.  There were pieces and parts missing.  I decided to cannibalize one other piece and just attach it on the bottom of this piece

The white trim on the bottom came off of a book case that didn't make it.  I played Taps in the background, so it's okay. 

We took the front door off and had glass put in.  I actually bought this piece just for the door at an auction.  I had not previewed it and knew it was rough.  I wanted to just mount a mirror in the door and lean it against a wall in my house.  Once I got it home, I realized it was worth saving.

Laying on it's side waiting for the makeover
  I decided I wanted to keep as much character as possible without letting the piece look too sloppy.  I left the bowed wood in the back.

Bowed wood in the back. 

Wasn't sure if I should paint this great detailing.

The front

From the top

  Once I got the glass in and the drawers out, I decided to go with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a Paris Grey wash.  I wanted the rough wood to show through and use a white washed or limed finish.

One light coat of Paris Grey

Once I got the whole outside painted, I decided to go with a pop of color on the inside.  I didn't want it to be too boring.  I painted the inside with a wash of Provence.  When it was done I just waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, buffed it up a little and it was done.

Fun Camera display on the top

Some rich turquoise items to play off of the Provence

Rough inside before and after

A little more Turquoise

The big picture in all of her glory

It looks rougher in the picture than it does in person.  I think its a interesting addition to the booth at Well Worn.

I hope you like it.

Be Merry,


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  1. Amazing! I paint a lot of furniture - a lot, and this paint is AMAZING! Can't wait to get some other colors. I painted two mirrors, two chairs, and an old 70s cradenza (some wood and some plastic), and it is amazing the coverage and ease of painting with Annie Sloan's paint. Wow - totally hooked. Waxed or unwaxed - both look great. I even used an old brush that had been used with oil-based paint, and the Annie Sloan paint rehydrated the brush to like-new. Amazing.

  2. Yep, in a nutshell, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ROCKS. I would love to share photos of your projects if you 'd like to share.