This is one of those pieces that really had me torn as to whether I should paint it or leave it as is. Well, as you can see I took the plunge and painted it. I loved it in wood but in today's home decor it just does not seem to fit in many homes and since I did purchase it to re-sell it, to leave it as is does not have any resale value. But having said that, after I painted it, I loved it so much that I am debating whether I should keep it. It is now sitting in my living room and with my recent purchase of a new sofa, it blends very well with my other greys and blues. (I will eventually show a picture of my whole living room when it is more complete. I still need to sew some new pillows and accent the walls). The only problem is that it is much too high in proportion with my other furniture and I would have to cut off a few inches on the bottom legs.
I painted this sideboard with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. I painted the first coat with "Paris Grey". On the second coat, I added a little bit of "Graphite" to my "Paris Grey" to give it a bit of layering.
I sealed the entire piece (inside and out with Hemp Oil) and then I went back and applied one coat of clear wax for extra durability and more sheen. (Note: You can apply wax after using Hemp Oil; but NEVER wax and then oil!)
I also painted the interior of the drawers and the cabinets with Chalk Paint®. I used "Louis Blue" and added a bit of "Old White" for a lighter shade.
I did not go crazy with the distressing, just enough to bring out some of the pretty features.
I replaced all the hardware with brushed nickel hardware which I purchased at Réno-Dépot Hardware. I always love the look of grey and silver metal together. I had to make new holes for the hardware as the original hardware had only one and these required 2 holes. I will eventually do a post on how I do this.
The blanket you see at the right in the picture above was hand-crocheted by my mom. It is truly a work of art. It is a whole bunch of crocheted small squares and then joined together to form the blanket and a fringe with pom poms at the edge. It is definitely something I would love to learn to do. She made this blanket so many years ago and if she can remember how to do this, I will do a tutorial.
So here is the "Before" picture. It actually is a really good "Before" picture. It really did not look as nice in person.
The snow is finally melting and it is finally beginning to feel like SPRING is here……...
Have a good day.
- Mary -
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