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Duncan Phyfe Dining Table in Progress

I have been so busy all week working on the Duncan Phyfe Dining Table.  I took a few pics to share (I apologize if the quality isn’t tops but I took them with my phone).  The table base is done!  I used Annie Sloan Old Ochre as a base coat and then applied a wash of Old White.  It was distressed and waxed and now its fabulous detail really pops.  The feet were lightly brushed with paint and then distressed. I happen to love how the metal is peeking through.  I hope you can see the variant of color in the pictures.

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Number One! The Best of 2015!

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All week I have shared my top ten from 2015: The Best of 2015 Countdown Begins, The Countdown Continues, The 2015 Countdown Continues

We finally have arrived!

Drum roll, please…

Number One for 2015

French Drexel Shell Cabinet

This is such a beautiful, unusual and gorgeous piece.  I knew when I first saw it that it would be spectacular.  I fell in love with the shell top and the sweet painted details on the drawers.  It had an original greenish stain on it and someone had drilled a hole in its back (likely for a tv cable).  I shored it up and filled in the hole prior to painting.

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Vintage Dresser in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue – Before and After

Yesterday’s favorite find is finished!

Here is the before and you can see that it was in great condition but dark and drab.  My client wanted a pale blue with green undertones and gold highlights – yum!Here is the after!I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue to achieve this finish.  This was quite the process so here goes!

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The Painted Drawer Link Party

What have I been up to this week? The Vintage Wardrobe, Tips on Refinishing Wood Tops and Chateau Grey.

What have you been up to?

Welcome to The Painted Drawer Link Party!

We all love the true “before and after” on this blog and last week’s features won’t let you down! They epitomize what talent, creativity and vision can do. Let’s party!

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Paint Color Highlight – Annie Sloan Chateau Grey

Annie Sloan Chateau Grey is a very interesting color.  It has a greenish hue and pairs really well with dark, rich wood.  I have used it a few times and surprisingly, I just realized that both projects have a “diamond” theme!

First up is the Diamond in the Rough table.  This piece was found in terrible condition with holes drilled through its top.  It wasn’t until I sanded it back that the lovely diamond inlay appeared.  Chateau Grey was used for its base and Annie Sloan clear wax applied as the sealer.  The color transformed the table from trash to true treasure.

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A Greige Headache

My Greige Cabinet is giving me a headache.  It doesn’t help that it is 98 degrees outside and I am driving to swim meets, laser tag, baseball games, the mall and the movies (I complain but I actually really love summer and Jurassic World was pretty good :))

Back to the cabinet…I decided to remove the old hardware to make room for new.  However, as is the case every time you remove old hardware, it was the very last screw that decided it would not budge.  Nope, it had been there for at least 60 years and was not moving.  The old hardware was stuck on one end of the door and the screw head on the other and it would not screw off.  After an hour, I was covered in sweat and muttering, “bastard screw” under my breath.

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Transforming Old Concrete Planters and a Feature!

This week seems to be taking the outdoor living theme!  First with painted wicker and now with planters.  In particular, these old, concrete planters that my mother gave me years ago.  They are extremely heavy and well, pretty old and dirty looking.

I actually really like the shape, design and size and even the broken off bits and pieces – they are perfectly imperfect!  I knew that paint could give them new life.

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