Saturday, November 2, 2013

Armoire makeover......................

Good Saturday morning.
The rains of yesterday have blown out, it's a real 'Fallish' morning......
damp, grey, with leaves starting to pile up here and there, 
but some sunshine promised for later, then the trees will 
be more colorful hopefully.

Today will be another busy one......first an early stop at 
SuzAnna's Antiques to take granddaughter to work, and you 
just know I'll be looking around the shop.

The armoire is finished and standing empty, must work 
on re-stocking with contents of several boxes of decorating 
books, English china, French linens, Scotch whiskey,
Grand Marnier, Spanish sherry........crystal glasses 
and get the picture. 
The lower region is 'the bar', doors kept closed, 
the upper - the pretty part for all to see.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. 
I found the waxing part somewhat harder and more 
time-consuming than the painting.......
but it's the waxed finish which brings out the beauty, 
protects the paint, and gives a large piece like 
this 'life'. 
I distressed prominent edges very lightly, no beating with 
chains or marring with screwdrivers.......was not 
going for that rustic look.

Now I have several other painting projects in mind.
How about you? Anything planned requiring a pot of paint, 
a brush, and a few spare hours days!


  1. Dear Mary, your new/old Armoire looks fabulous. So beautifully painted. I agree with you not everything needs to be "destroyed" to give an interesting patina.
    Have you thought of placing your Armoire kitty corner? A suggestion my Father made, for a similar piece, that I have not forgotten.

  2. Oh my goodness, that looks just perfect now! What a transformation. I love that look.

  3. Oh, how I love this! Not only nice lines, but the color suits it perfectly. Yes, waxing is much, much harder than most would expect, but the results are worth it. Thank you for the lovely comment about Lulu - and I am so glad you had a chance to meet her. Wishing you all the best, my friend.

    Big hugs

  4. The waxing on the armoire is beautiful!
    You did a lovely job. No plans for paint
    right now. Oh making a Christmas book
    for the littlest in the family and there will
    be some stenciling, does that count?
    Happy weekend and have fun browsing.

  5. That looks great. Annie Sloan paint is so good!

  6. You must be feeling a tremendous sense of satisfaction Mary, the amore looks gorgeous standing on the new flooring.

  7. That is an amazing transformation. Great job!

  8. It looks spectacular! I don't plan any projects like that for the foreseeable future. I'm nursing a pinched nerve in my right shoulder, so just the thought of waxing a big piece of furniture makes me wince, LOL. I do need to buy some pray paint for a craft project, however.

  9. A very elegant transformation Mary!
    I wondered what the process was - the waxing part is interesting.
    Oh yes I've got many projects lined up for next year.....
    I'm spending every spare minute finishing my littlest granddaughters embroidered Christmas stocking.
    Then her Christmas present of a sweet hand made rabbit!
    It all has to be in the post by 20th November...YIKES!!!
    Now I must close my computer and do some stitching!
    Much love

  10. It turned out beautifully, Mary! It looks great with the new floors too.

  11. It turned out fabulous! And I would love a glass of Grand Marnier please! I am looking forward to seeing it all decked out with your gorgeous pieces. Yes, there is some painting planned for my future. I have a grand Swedish Mora style reproduction clock that we bought several years ago. It was black at the time and I had a lot of black painted furniture, so it fit in nicely. Now I am planning on painting it. Stay tuned!

  12. Mary, what a beautiful piece!! Awesome job my friend!

  13. this turned out just awsome. Beautiful ~

  14. What a terrific looking armoire! You have done well. I do have a lot to paint, but should let a professional do it – it is the whole interior of our house.

  15. Beautiful dear! I knew you would love it painted! Looks so French, so you... Love your decorating taste... It makes me think this was the reason that brought our friendship together. Thank you for you have taught me all these years when it comes to decor. I can definitely tell you had a huge influence in the way I decor too. Much love, Vanessa

  16. It looks lovely, my friend. You did a great job.


  17. It really looks like a new piece of furniture now. I've never tried the Annie Sloan paint but everyone loves it. We're spending the Fall in the sure has been beautiful! Sweet hugs, Diane

  18. hi mary... your armoire looks beautiful.... we recently got an annie sloan vendor in the area and i've really been wanting to give it a try... is the paint/process as forgiving as everyone says it is?


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