Wednesday, August 22, 2012

my own inspiration

I have been enjoying the heck out of my summer, hanging out with my 2 kiddos, jumping in the pool, bbq'ing with friends.  But alas, a little work should get done, and I recently finished something worthy of a few words.
This is his before state.  Not sure why I always have to make the furniture have a gender, but I guess they just speak to me, and this one definitely said boy.
Not a bad looking guy at all.  Has the fun curvy bottom, nice detailing on the drawer fronts, and all of his original hardware in tact.  OF COURSE I hemmed and hawed over the color.....and used this as my inspiration.
This is my buffet in my dining room and one of my very first "real" makeover pieces.  I still get compliments on this one and figured, why not give it a shot and see how it turns out.  Who knew it would be so easy to find inspiration in myself??  So everybody got a coat of paint.  Used my handy homemade chalk paint recipe on Sherwin Williams Reliable White, and Vaslpar's Desert Hot Springs.

  Then I came down with the worst cold I've had in forever. In the summer even, SO lame.  I literally got one coat on this project and had instant headache and chills.  Boo to that!!  Enough with the sob story though.  After about a week when I felt like a human again, I headed back out to see where we were.  To me the yellow looked too light, and the drawers were a little too shabby chic.  So a second coat, and then a third coat, and that seemed to do the trick!
The hardware got 2 coats of Vaslpar's Cottage black.  I did a light sanding between each coat, some very light distressing, and sealed the whole thing a soft wax.
What do you think??
Not exactly like the inspiration piece, but a nice tribute!  This guy is now down at Persnickety's.  You should head down there and see all the other amazing things they have in stock!!!