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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.

Annie Sloan Old Ochre and Old White Painted Base


Number One! The Best of 2015!

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.

Using the original green finish as the base color, I went to town!

For the outside and base, I used washes of Annie Sloan’s Aubusson, Florence and Provence.  I then sanded back to reveal the lovely painted details on the drawers.  The washes allowed the original beautiful painted details to pop through.

For the interior, I applied a first coat of Aubusson.  I then added a coat of Florence and back to another coat of Aubusson.  It was lightly sanded for a smooth finish.  This gave the interior a subtle, deeper hue than the outside.

I even had fun waxing this piece (not typical)!  It was waxed in Annie Sloan clear wax and after it cured, I added Provence into the clear wax and applied it over sections.  The was the first time I have added color to the wax and I loved the result.  I also added touches of gold using Martha Stewart Antique Gold decorative paint.  This was a piece that I was really proud of 🙂

Top of 2015!!!Burlina-Cabinet-768x1024 Shell Cabinet3 Shell Cabinet4 Shell Cabinet16 Shell Cabinet7 Hand Painted Details

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I hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve and wish you all the best for 2016!


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!IMG_0659Here is the after!Vintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue thepainteddrawer.comI used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue to achieve this finish.  This was quite the process so here goes!

I  applied a coat of Annie Sloan Old White as a base.  I first used a combo of basically half Duck Egg to half Old White.  However, once applied it was just too light.  I added more Duck Egg into the mixture to make it about 3 parts Duck Egg to 1 part Old White – ah, perfect!  I also added a wash of straight Duck Egg to give it more depth.  The white peeks out in places to add to its lightness.

I hope you don’t mind but I took a lot of pictures of the detail to share with you all.Vintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold Vintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comFor the gold, I hand painted along the bits and pieces I wanted to highlight.  I then sanded back and distressed the entire piece.  After distressing and waxing in clear wax, I went back over some of the gold once again. The vintage pulls were given a quick brush over to brighten them up and add yet another pop of gold on this pretty piece.I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue with gold highlights to achieve this finish.  The Duck Egg appears more blue or green depending on the light. Lovely!Vintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comVintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comVintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comVintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold
Vintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comVintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comVintage Dresser in Duck Egg Blue and Gold thepainteddrawer.comI am almost finished with the other piece for Homa.  I am kind of like Edward Scissorhands when I get going on a piece and just go with it.  When there is a set to finish, I have to remember each step carefully so I can repeat it on the next piece and it makes it a little tedious.  I’ll share tomorrow!

The Painted Drawer Link Party

What have I been up to this week? The Vintage Wardrobe, Tips on Refinishing Wood Tops and Chateau Grey.July 7

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!TPD-mediadivider

Lost in the Found found a discarded and very rusty library cart in an alley way and (of course!) brought it home.  With elbow grease and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, she transformed it.  You really need to see the “before” in her post!Lost in the FoundJamie at Anderson and Grant took an old globe from Goodwill and yes – made this dough bowl out of it.  This is like a great magic trick!Anderson and GrantMary at Orphans with Makeup shared this gorgeous highboy in a great post on layering with paint.  Wow.Orphans with MakeupIris Abbey transformed a piano with paint.  What a huge endeavor and the result is stunning!Iris AbbeyHoney and Roses painted an old wicker chair in a mix of Annie Sloan Henrietta and Pure White.  Lovely!Honey and Roses


Time for The Painted Drawer Link Party!

Link Up!

You are welcome to share from your website, Facebook page or other social media sites. Please don’t forget to leave a link back to The Painted Drawer – cheers!

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Paint Color Highlight – Annie Sloan Chateau Grey

Book beautiful, affordable interior design by the hour from Homepolish!

Annie Sloan Chateau Grey is a very interesting color.  It has a greenish hue and pairs really well with dark, rich wood.chateau grey  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. Diamond Table Before 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.Annie Sloan Chateau Grey table
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The second set are the Diamond Nesting Tables.  For these, I used a cutout stencil and different colored stains to create a diamond in the center of each top.  I then used Chateau Grey on the base.  They have a more beach or cottage vibe than the more traditional Diamond in the Rough table above and yet the color still works.  20141103_091135 Annie Sloan Chateau Grey table Annie Sloan Chateau Grey table Annie Sloan Chateau Grey table www.thepainteddrawer.comAnnie Sloan Chateau Grey – give it a try 🙂

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.

I knew I was beat.IMG_0668I took the door off its hinges and brought it to my local Woodworkers Club.  IMG_0666They are fantastic and the kind man who took pity on me brought it into the back and made the opening larger so he could bang the screw through.

Then I applied my paint.  I am using Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige and love the color.  To create a chalk paint, I broke out my Vintage Storehouse Restoration Co. chalky paint powder and mixed it in.  IMG_0677The first coat went on well.  However, because of the heat in my garage, it didn’t cure properly.  I only realized this when I went to apply the second coat and it basically started taking off the first.  Yuck.

I just had my kids help and we moved it indoors where it remains for now.  I will let it cure completely, go over it with a sanding sponge and start again.  Oh, joy!IMG_0691

Lucky is actually the perfect shade of Greige 😉 and is looking smart with his new summer cut!Lucky the Schnauzer

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