One Of My Favorites

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Today on Hometalk I posted one of my favorite projects. 

It has to be this…

Annie Sloan Paris Gray

I knew I had to have this piece the moment I saw it on Craigslist.

Craigslist Find

In it’s unfinished state I knew it could be something special. 

It’s almost as if it spoke to me

– it had me at “hello”. 

🙂

It was my first “Big” furniture makeover and it scared me,

but I was determined and dove right in.

French Wardrobe Makeover

I wasn’t going to let my big, huge “FEAR” step in the way.

I am so glad I said, “I can do this”!

French Wardrobe Redo

(Did I say… YOU can too!)?

It was actually easier than I thought.

French Armoire Makeover

Do you want to know how I did it so you can do it too?

Seriously…

Easy!

Just a little investment of time and then YOU will have a masterpiece too!

French Wardrobe Makeover

Have I convinced you?

You CAN do it!

Here’s an open invitation

Open Wardrobe

to open your doors,

muster up some courage,

and give it a shot.

What do you have to lose?

Let’s gather our supplies and get the show on the road!

Annie Sloan – Paris Gray

Creamy – Sherwin Williams

Annie Sloan – Clear Wax

Sheet Music

Mod Podge

Paint supplies… Brushes, Tape, Tarps, Cleaning Supplies etc.

You can see my previous post about this piece by clicking here,

or follow this step by step guide.

(Since this was my first big piece, I do not have tutorial pic’s,

but I think you will get the gist).

  1. Prep, prep, prep.  This means clean, clean, clean.  We want the paint to adhere without any grease or grime.
  2. Paint with Annie Sloan – Paris Gray.  This is one of my favorite colors, and I am still in love with using Annie Sloan paints.  It is worth every penny indeed.  I decided on 2 coats for excellent coverage.
  3. Once dry, I used a dry brush technique with Sherwin Williams, Creamy.  I dry brush by taking a pretty worn brush and dabbing it in the paint.  Then use a paper towel or cloth to dab the paint off of the brush.  Then brush and wipe quickly with a scrunched up paper towel.  I know there are several clever ways of doing this online.  This is what I find works best for me.
  4. I also painted the hardware with Creamy, not too heavy.  I liked the original hardware color coming through.  This is up to you, go with your gut.  I know it will be beautiful.
  5. I painted the accents in Creamy and the inside of the wardrobe drawers as well.
  6. Mod Podge was used to adhere the sheet music to the inside of the shelves.
  7. Lastly Annie Sloan Clear wax was applied to the entire piece including hardware.*I did not sand any edges of the drawers etc., I felt it was nice left alone without any extreme distressing.*

I hope to see all of your cool projects!

Most importantly,

remember,

YOU can do it too!

Enjoy!

Angie

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10 Comments

  1. This looks absolutely gorgeous, Angie! I love that you painted the handles, too. I have an armoire that I bought from a thrift store. It is full of curves but I haven’t done anything to the dated brown finish because I just can’t figure out what color/finish to do. (Plus, I’m a little scared.) I love the soft grey you chose for your piece. (Now you have me thinking….)

    1. Thank you! I would love to see what you do with your armoire. Dive in… what do you have to lose? Everything you do turns out beautiful. I can’t wait to see it when you are finished.

  2. This looks absolutely gorgeous, Angie! I love that you painted the handles, too. I have an armoire that I bought from a thrift store. It is full of curves but I haven’t done anything to the dated brown finish because I just can’t figure out what color/finish to do. (Plus, I’m a little scared.) I love the soft grey you chose for your piece. (Now you have me thinking….)

  3. I have a couple issues with instructions 4 and 7. The hardware close-up shows quite clearly that it has been antiqued. Beautiful, but antiqued. Either you used a dark paint to antique it or used a dark wax on that part. Either way the instructions would be nice for what was really done to make it look that good.

    1. Hi Carla, Thanks so much for your comment. The hardware was originally very dark and I literally went over it with paint lightly – almost a dry brush so the dark hardware would show through. The hardware was not antiqued with dark wax or anything other than paint and clear wax. Antiquing the paint with dark wax would’ve made the lighter paint look browner and darken the paint and I wasn’t wanting that look. The instructions are exactly what I did to create this look. I love experimenting and going with my gut on painting furniture. I am so glad you like the piece – it was one of my favorites too!

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