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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Painted Lady



 Those of you who have been around for a year may remember this piece that I acquired from the same friends that gave me everyone's favorite piece, the giant aqua mirror. The curves, details, and legs had me immediately. Good bones on solid wood make my heart skip a beat.
 Sunday, I summoned my Minions for a massive paint spree and we dragged a few overdue projects outside for a paint-a-palooza! This weighty thing was almost too much for the boys, but we got it out on a tarp and prepared.
 Lift with the legs, not the $3700 shoulder.
 The hardware was discolored and dingy, but the details were too wonderful.
 I gave it a good cleaning and a coat of silver spray paint...no question in my mind, it''s a keeper.
 The rest of it went out on a tarp for a dousing.
 All this carved work deserves some special treatment, don't you think? We lightly sanded the surface and wiped it all clean with a soft cloth.

 The whole affair got three light coats of gloss white paint.
 Here's where the fun starts. I then misted the pieces in small sections with semi-gloss aqua and immediately wiped it off. It clung to the lines.



 Then I misted over that with white and wiped it off. It left me with glimpsed of aqua.  The top was sprayed in aqua without taping it, and the edges were wiped, blurring the lines.
 My favorite part: reassembling!





Fresh, soft color, and a a little surprise in Mom's room when she gets home from rehab Friday.
I think we brought this lady back to life. And for about $15 in paint.
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39 comments:

Mel said...

Oh how pretty. Functional beauty, love it.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Gorgeous....love the silver handles and touches of aqua!

Kim K. said...

Your mom is going to love it.

Olive Cooper said...

Love it! I wish I had some Minions. I was lifting a vanity I painted yesterday. Btw it is pale lavender and you might like it.

Sherri B. said...

Yea, for Mom coming home!! She will love her 'new' piece. I have a horrid dresser at the Vancouver house that I really need but hate looking at, but you have come to the rescue once again. Thanks!

jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

So pretty! That's a great surprise for your mom :)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How pretty! And what a nice surprise for your mother. The hardware on the piece is beautiful and looks even more so sprayed silver. What a good job you did!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That color has my heart a singing! Great job Sonny!

Heather said...

I bet your mom is going to love it!

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Wow!! Ive never seen this technique before but the white and hints of blue are so pretty. Your mama is gonna love it when she returns home :0)

Jennifer said...

GORGEOUS!!!!! My entire bedroom is blues! I love it! =)

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Tiffany said...

So so pretty, your mom will love it! I love the hardware.

Chris said...

Such an amazing piece! I've been looking for something similar on craigslist for months.

Lucy Designs said...

wow, this looks great! that hardware is to die for!!

abeachcottage said...

What a beautiful sight to see when your mum comes home! You did a fantastic job. Love the hints of aqua and of course, all the whiteness!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Beautiful!! I love the paint & spray technique you used.

Cat@BudgetBlonde.com said...

Stunning!!!! This color is soooo amazing. Thanks for sharing your technique! Can't wait to go through your blog and see what else you have up your sleeve!
xoxo
Cat@BudgetBlonde

The Hopeless Romantic said...

What a beautiful piece, and uve really done it justice with ur paint job!........Bonnie

CaraC said...

This is such a beautiful piece of furniture! Great job!

Cara

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Robin said...

I LOVE the after! Thank you for linking up to Ucycled Awesome at www.thetshirtdiaries.com.

Leanne said...

It turned out lovely. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

AllieMakes! said...

Very pretty! I have to say I am surprised it isnt the same color as that awesome mirror from earlier! It looks super fabulous!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Looks lovely!! Thanks for linking Flaunt it Friday. :)

Krafty Kat said...

Great job! Thanks for linking up this week!

Beth@Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Turned out sweet Sunny! I am sure Mom will become attached to this piece of furniture....well not like really "stuck" on it or anything..Oh, you know what I mean!

Terra said...

WOW! Beautiful!

Jen said...

Fabulous! Looks so charming!
I am not so good at seeing the potential in things. You did great!

lissa said...

the finish is gorgeous! I would like to have it in my home. you've picked a good color for it. the blue and white combination is modern but has that old-fashion look.

have a sweet thursday.

Sue said...

That is going to make your mom smile, for sure!

=)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'll bet you get "daughter of the year" for this one!

Elaine said...

the hardware is my absolutely favorite part. beautiful job!!!!

Judie said...

OMG! Your just a genius with paint. Shall we drink to that??? Hahahaha!
xoxo

taylorsoutback said...

Wow! you sure have the touch! The piece turned out beautifully and that hint of aqua is so lovely.

City said...

I always love seeing pieces of furniture transformed. Nice work.

tracy said...

How fabulous is she!!!! I would love to do that more.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Great transformation!

Jingle said...

lovely.

magical job after you are done with painting.

Mari's World said...

What a gorgeous piece, your mum will love it. Thanks for sharing

Jenny said...

I definitely need some minions. Or at least one minion. Or would that a a minii?

What a beautiful makeover. I love your absolutely no fear approach to color and style.

You paint your furniture like you live your life...bright, bold and full of happy!

Thanks for linking.

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