Thursday, April 25, 2013

It Took Three Times to Slay the Demon Buffet

I spend part of my day dealing with defiant children.  Not my favorite part of the job but it's necessary.  That's why I love to paint furniture on the weekends.  It's my therapy.  Until I met this buffet.  

She had beautiful lines and was in pretty good shape.
I started by stripping and refinishing the top.
Then I taped it off to protect it while I worked on the base.

I thought I'd try the verdigris technique that I'd see at 
So I started by spray painting the base in copper.

I decided to use Annie Sloan Florence and Provence.  First I smudged on some Florence.

Then I followed by smudging on some Provence.

Can you say "camo?"

But I thought it might improve once I did a wash of white over it all.

Maybe not.

Well that was a disappointing attempt.
Why did this buffet have to be so obstinate?

Ok, on to plan B.
I covered most of the gaps and Provence with more Florence.

Hmmm, guess that's a little better.
I remembered that I had purchased some copper pigment that you could add to wax.  This could be cool with those copper highlights in the crevasses!
So I blended in the pigment into some clear wax and applied it as the vendor had instructed.

Um, NO!
It looked like mud!

So I tried to tone it down by wiping it down with some mineral spirits.

Still gross!
Her defiance was bordering on rebellion!

So I resorted to a proven technique.

I repainted the entire thing in Florence.

Much better!

I distressed her to show some of the copper underneath and gave her a coat of clear wax and dark wax.

Then I tackled the hardware.
I spray painted the pulls in copper and then dry brushed some Florence in spots to make it look like the hardware had verdigris.  This girl was going to wear verdigris if it killed me!

So it's not the best picture.  It was dark when I took these.  She just wasn't going down without a fight!

But she's in the shop now.
The secret to wrangling unruly children is persistence.
Same goes for demon furniture!

PS.  I went today and got some better pictures.

I've also had several comments about painting such a beautiful piece of furniture.  While I agree that it has beautiful characteristics, the "before" pictures don't show the damage.  She had missing trim, large chunks of wood missing, and it looked like a dog had chewed the edge of a door.  Painting her was a way to give her new life in spite of her abuse.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Crazy for Houndstooth

Perhaps it's the math teacher in me.  I love a good geometric pattern.  Houndstooth especially!  I've got more than one piece of houndstooth in my wardrobe and decided it was time to add some to my furniture collection!

I got a great little table at an estate sale recently.  It was already painted turquoise!  Score!  But the top had water damage and the veneer was buckling.  So we stripped off the top layer and I painted the top white.

I used my Silhouette to cut a houndstooth stencil.

My original plan was to paint the houndstooth black and white but I decided to go for a softer look and used Paris Gray.

I just love pulling the stencil off to reveal the pattern!

Two coats of clear wax later it was ready to show off.

I think the gray was the perfect color choice!

She's gone to the shop this week.

Such a pretty pattern, don't you think?

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