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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Before & After French Provincial Buffet and Hutch

Remember these guys?



 They are solid wood but "eh" 
sort of orange in color

My vision?

Creamy white with a grey wash

The orange, however, did NOT want to leave...
it bled through...and bled through...and bled through

It bled through FOUR coats of primer
on the china cabinet...
FOUR!

I know when I'm beat...

Buh-bye dreams of white...

Hello, AHaH's Graphite!



Not to be confused with ASCP's Graphite color...
this version of Graphite is much more brown than grey
a perfectly lovely greige!

I used a creamy white glaze to knock back the brown a bit
and I'm thrilled with the outcome

Light distressing shows off the white beneath

I kept the interior white, but glazed it to disguise any bleed through issues

The buffet, thankfully, had minimal bleed through issues...
and I was able to go with the creamy white

I opted for a warm antique glaze instead of grey
so it would coordinate nicely with the china hutch




I've had these mirrors for awhile...the dresser they went with sold right away,
before I had time to complete the mirrors


Wouldn't this buffet be fabulous re-purposed as a double sink with the mirrors over each side?  
Or what about a changing table...

Love that there are so many options!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Belgian Dining Set Before and After

Talk about STUNNING...

We purchased this dining suite well over a year ago
(maybe two?  Who can keep track?)
and although it's stunningly gorgeous,
it need a LOT of prep work


(the china cabinet is still in the works...coming SOON!)


The enamel (oil paint) was old and chipping away,
so it had to ALL be scrapped off
NOT a fun task on a set this large, and with so many carved details
The cushions were shot
and needed new foam and batting 
before we could even think about fabric


And the tabletop was scratched up pretty badly
(but just look at that marquetry...swoon!)

After two weeks' worth of scrapping
two coats of primer
two coats of Snow White paint
two coats of clear sealant
and a pretty grey glaze...
she's ready to shine again






This one is hard for me to part with...
I love all the carved details
the mitered top
the roomy seats

It's pretty fabulous!

We also scored this amazing farmhouse table
with iron-work underneath
and original paint



we paired the table with these great French Provincial chairs
They were NASTY when we picked them up...
covered in dirt and the cushions were so bad if you touched them,
you were surrounded by a cloud of dust...yuck.

They're much improved now, sporting Java from Amy Howard at Home
The fabric is an uber cool repro European grainsack
(thank you, DecorSteals!) 

That's Linen with a dark glaze on the formerly-ugly-brass lamps...
SO. MUCH. BETTER. NOW.

Both of these sets are available

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele