Most of you know I am a custom gal. Folks bring me their tired, worn furniture and I give it new life! Sometimes, my client has a color picked out but most often, I get to participate in the decision making and I love that part! While it’s very easy for me to choose colors for other people and their furniture, it’s often very difficult to choose a finish for a piece I purchase to sell. When I am consulting with a client, I ask:
1. What’s your style, your personality?
2.. What’s the general vibe of your room?
3. Do you want this piece to stand out or blend in with your decor?
I also have things like fabric and wall colors to go by. That’s not the case when I paint something to sell. Because I am creating it for an unknown personality, it’s hard to gauge what will be considered too bold or boring! I know many painters struggle with this. My answer? I paint to keep! Meaning, I look to my own home for color inspiration. I usually don’t buy furniture I wouldn’t love to have in my own home so, this way, if a piece doesn’t sell, it will fit in perfectly with my decor!
Which leads me to this piece! I could see this piece sitting pretty in my back entry for gloves, keys, etc. I could also see it in my dressing area for scarves, jewelry and extra storage. I fell hard for the curved front and gold accents! Oh, and let’s not forget about the legs! I love legs on furniture! I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
The beautiful gold hardware reminded me of this painting I almost wrecked my car to get to last year! It was leaning against a fence at a yard sale, along with several other frames, like this blue one I turned into a chalkboard.
Can you believe I got it for $15? Another lady actually had it in her hands when I pulled up and was trying to talk the owner down! I was praying with all my might she wouldn’t do it!! What a steal! I love the soft colors and the way the artist blended the paint but what draws me in and keeps me focused are the pops of blues and oranges! I absolutely love them! I wanted to mimic some of that texture on the lingerie chest knew I had to have a pop of color against the gold accents!
Once I got started, I quickly named this piece Sassy Pants. It was like everything I tried to do, she wanted it done differently. Initially, I wanted to paint the drawers. She said “I don’t think so”, but I had my mind made up! I started removing the accents first and realized they were all attached with nails! I had to pry the accents off and left several scratches along the way. No way I was gonna try that on the drawers…I could almost hear laughter coming from the piece!
TIP: I always mark accents like this! These guys have settled into their spot and already have the perfect holes. Marking them will make putting them back much easier later!
I used Websters Chalk Paint Powder and Benjamin Moore’s Venezuelan Blue for the base coat. I mixed it thick and let it sit out for a bit because I wanted to add some texture to the slick surface. I came back with a color wash in Skydive. You can see how I mix my color washes here. Now, I had every intention of sealing it with Hazelnut Vax at this point and being done, but Sassy Pants was screaming for more glam! So, I repainted the top with the deep blue color then added a few layers of Modern Masters Shimmer Metallic Paint in Champagne. Normally, I like my metallic paint to be smooth but I LOVE the way it looked over the textured surface! I actually painted it on in different directions and really played around with it! I went back and distressed it then sealed the whole thing with Clear Vax. The Hazelnut Vax accented textured areas. L.O.V.E.