Hello friends.....it's very early Sunday morning
and I am sitting in my favorite chair (Salvation Macy's)
and quietly enjoying a hot cup of coffee.
Miss Carmen has developed
a habit of nudging me in the face every morning at 4:45 am.
Don't adjust your screen....
I did say 4:45 am.....Sheesh!
And you wonder how I manage to snap so many gorgeous Virginia
|Orange juice anyone?|
This week end I hid myself in my basement while working on
my newest dresser restyle.
Pardon the photo quality..these were taken in a basement with a cell phone.
I found this little children's armoir
at my Salvation Macy's.
It is solid maple from the 1960's.
I know that because someone wrote on the inside door:
"Solid Maple from the 1960's"
I am such an astute detective...I see clues others miss.
Love the little pull out clothes hanger rack....too cute and very functional.
This is a great piece, just very ....bland and very orange.
My inspiration for the color came from one of my students at my Annie Sloan workshop last week.
She had painted a sample board in Coco and Duck Egg Blue.
When the piece was distressed, the two colors were so beautiful layered.
I knew that was going to be my next color combo.
so I took her from this....
What do you think?
I knew right away that I wanted to paint something on the door.
It was a blank canvas in my eyes.
While trying to decide what to paint, I remembered seeing a simple, but beautiful design that
Annie Sloan had demonstrated in her book,
Annie called it "cow parsley" but we in America know it as
Queen Anne's Lace.
It was so easy...I'll show you how I did it.
I took a cut piece of cereal box and tipped the edge into some Old White.
Then I simply made long loose stems..no perfection here please!
Rustic charm is the goal..keep it loose.
I made the dots with the end of a match stick.
After my cow parsley dried thoroughly..the dots might take a little longer, so don't rush, I lightly sanded to make it appear worn.
Nice touch...don't you think.
Anyone can do this and you don't even need a paint brush!
I did the same design on the large wooden knobs,
but I used Coco instead of Old White.
The old knobs looked chunky and dated
now they look stylish.
I love the Coco peaking through the Duck Egg
and the patina of the clear and dark wax.
I painted the drawer sides in Coco
for a nice visual when you open one.
Love it when I can salvage the original knobs.
See the subtle Coco underneath?
I am really happy with the pretty simplicity of this piece.
So that's my latest.
I can see this armoire in a child's room or maybe a farmhouse kitchen.
You could hang your vintage linens and dish towels on the pull out rack.
Thanks for the inspiration Annie!
I will be sharing my little dresser with these lovely blogs:
Stay tuned my friends...I have a fabulous
planned for this week.
You are going to love it!!
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.