This poor little sideboard has gone through a couple transformations.
One not so good…and one SO good. ;)
Typically I will sit with a piece until it “talks” to me.
I suppose this one spoke a foreign language the first go ’round.
Because clearly I was misunderstanding what it was trying to tell me!
(Be sure to follow me on Instagram…. I post most projects there long before I get to writing the posts about them. Plus a bit of random thrown in for a little fun & whimsy! )
My husband and I were out one Saturday morning hitting garage sales as we
often do. We came across an Estate sale and I found this sideboard-
It was a little “rustic” to say the least. It needed something. And I
really wanted to do something fun and funky with it! Or so I thought.
So yes, it sat for a bit…but clearly not long enough.
Because this is what I came up with for the first go ’round….
(this is Primer Red & Old White Chalk Paint )
“Fun & Funky” is one way to describe it. But I knew almost immediately I didn’t like it.
It was just ….too much. But I went ahead and finished it anyway.
I was unsure of what I wanted to do with it so it stayed this way for about
Part of the problem was it was in the wrong room. Once I decided where it
needed to go all was clear!
And then it turned into this….
YES. I hear you agreeing with me! Right?? Yes.
Much better. So much better. It finally spoke to me in English!
Which is funny, I know, since there is now French writing on the front of it. ;)
And just for fun, here’s what used to be in this spot…
This is a dresser I’ve had for 10 years (refinished twice by me…I painted over the “pretty, blue metallic” paint someone had chosen to paint it with an off white. Last year I decided to strip all 3 paint layers down to the wood and start over –there were two different yellows under that metallic blue and my off white topcoat–). It was really a little too large for the space so this worked out well. It is now in my family room. And I love it there…funny how things work out!
*You can see more about it in this post here.
Now lets take a look at the process….
One of the great things about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is you can paint
right over the wax of a finished piece! Love that. I mean I really love that because my creative moods change with the wind!
I mixed up some Graphite & Coco Chalk Paint and came up with a really
great color for the top. (if you didn’t already figure it out, I am a mixer)
I also painted the inside this color.
I painted everything else “Old White“.
Much better already, right?
She has a plethora of graphics that she so graciously offers for free!
Please go visit her site and take a look at them…there are so many!
I was going to use this little sideboard cabinet as a “bar cabinet” so chose
this graphic…which means:
“Wine & Liquor”
I moved the projector around until I got the graphic where I wanted it
positioned onto the cabinet.
And then I started working…..
And then “painting in the lines”…..the grapes and leaves in the middle were
a little bit of a bugger.
I had to actually paint some of that part freehand as I thought they
should look because it had gotten a bit muddled up.
Sort of therapeutic, quiet minded work. Many would think this is tedious.
And it is but I like it!
The knobs were only on so I could open and close the doors as I was working. (they are not staying that color)
A bit of distressing with sandpaper……
The hardware I chose were a perfect heavy rustic metal. But I chose to
paint it to match the cabinet.
Distressed and waxed….
Aren’t they lovely like this?? I love painted hardware…on the right piece, of course!
I used a good amount of Annie Sloan Dark Wax on the top. I wanted that varied look as you see here.
And mostly clear with only a touch of dark on the rest.
Aren’t those graphics great?
Close up of the knobs on….
I really think this is the ONE.
….and it is finally finished being transformed.
And will stay this way forev….for now anyway! ;)
You never really know with me but I do love this piece quite a lot!
I have to say this was a fun one to watch transform in front of me.
And it makes me smile every time I see it!
That’s how I know I got it right this time.
Are you a (re) painter like me? Painting things several
times until you get it right?
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