Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Miss Isobel

Miss Isobel may be a vintage reproduction, but she is all french!
I generally get so excited to start something that I take really bad before pics.  Clearly I've pulled the drawers out and started taking the hardware off when I realized I should snap a picture.  But this is pretty standard 70s-ish awesomeness, check out that gold!!
I decided I would go back to my "roots" and use chalk paint on this one.  Mostly because the top is that crazy high gloss finish and I didn't want to experiment with milk paint and make myself totally crazy.
Off I went...
This is just one coat, but it covers pretty well, can't even see that gold anymore!
And a 2nd coat and it's completely transformed!  I did end up doing 3 coats total and a few touch ups.  I really only wanted minimal distressing on the edges.  I also decided where that once gold detailing was needed some attention.  Since I was doing the drawers in white, I wanted those areas to pop in white as well.
Just a quick tip....after trying to use a kid's paint brush with major error...think trying to stay inside the lines using your non-dominant hand with your eyes closed.  I discovered a Q-tip fit perfectly and my stress decreased 100 fold :) 
Love the contrast between the slate grey and creamy white drawers.  I did paint the hardware too, just one quick coat of the grey. 
Isobel is now down at Persnickety's, go check her out!!

She really is so pretty, and all her drawers glide like butter!!
Isobel has a sister, a long 6 drawer french inspired dresser that I will be working on soon.
Stay tuned!!