Today I am stepping out of my traditional white painted furniture! I can easily live in an "all white world", but living in a house with three sons and a husband who are not always big fans of "all white", I decided to have a little fun with colour. This armoire which holds a small TV sits in our family room situated towards the back of our house and so it is not a formal room. We have had this armoire for at least 15 years. It was purchased at Pier 1 Imports and it was originally "Forest Green". At some point, it was later painted a different shade of green, more of a duller green and distressed. I am now punching it up a notch and giving it a whole different look by painting it a second time in Luscious Lime by Country Chic Paint.
This is how it started: -
Sorry for the blurred image! As you can see, it was looking pretty dull and that is not real wood peaking through, but merely brown paint.
So I was determined to finish this project in one day. I had started early morning. I wanted to clean up the back by adding slats of wood without having to do too much carpentry. I had been keeping this broken wood blind and knew that it could be recycled somehow. The slats were just the right width and just a few cuts need.
So I removed all the strings and just hot glued the slats in place. I left a little space for venting. The bright green colour is the actual original colour of this armoire.
You have to sand lightly before applying this paint to make sure it adheres well on an already painted surface. It resembles more like a latex paint than a chalk paint but has great coverage and levels off really well with no odor.
I wanted all the edges distressed and so I used Vaseline which I applied on all the edges to act as a resist. After the paint dried, I wiped the Vaseline off carefully and it looked like random chipping over time.
After it was dried I applied some Country Chic Natural wax to seal the exterior. To add some depth, I also applied some Antiquing Wax along all the perimeter and edges. I am in love with their Antiquing Wax. It goes on much more subtle than some of the other dark waxes.
The interior doors and shelves, where it was painted grey, were alternatively sealed with the Country Chic Satin Topcoat.
This room has no morning sun, only afternoon, and since it opens onto our kitchen (which is to the left), I now find this bright colour is very pleasant to look at sitting down at breakfast. The Antiquing Wax helped to tone down the colour just slightly without looking "dirty". I'm in love with it!
Here is a picture of the interior, which holds a small TV, CD's and my cookbooks.
Some green accents were added.
I guess I can live with some colour! How about you?
Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of products from Country Chic Paint in exchange for writing this review. All opinions are my own.
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