Antique Waterfall Wardrobe ~ 350 {and a note on the color}

Remember when I said that I had big plans for this one? Well, 24 hours in the backyard yielded this transformation.

        

A couple of notes: first, she’s not completely finished (there are no hinges in the doors right now and she’s down one knob). Second, despite my best photographic efforts, the color in the picture is not true to the wardrobe at all. The actual color is a gorgeous shade of peacock blue identical to the swatch seen here:

 

The inside of the wardrobe as well as the inside of the doors were refinished with black chalkboard paint and seasoned. I do this often in my own decor and furnishings. Whether or not you choose to use the chalkboard is completely up to you, but the look of a seasoned chalkboard is striking in itself.

She has a bar for hanging garments inside the piece as well as a bar spanning the width of one of the doors. Later this evening, Mr. 2+Hue will come to my rescue and help me attach the doors and hardware. Then, she’ll get a few coats of sealant and she’ll be all set for a new home.

Don’t forget your coat…all eight of them!

A customer of mine, who also happens to be one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met, scored the antiqued white dresser from 2+Hue a couple of months ago. After getting it home and situated in her bedroom, she hunted down these two beauties:

and delivered them to me along with some artwork as inspiration to coordinate – not match – the dresser. Yep, she’s my kind of girl! So, after stripping then applying eight coats of wonderful, here are her end tables today:

 

This color is a pale blue which has been antiqued. Pictures do not do this combo justice but clicking on the pic and seeing it enlarged does help a little.  And, while on the subject of pictures, I realize that only one end table shows up in the after shots; but alas, I only had time for one quick post-paint pic since I am in the middle of building some of my own truly custom pieces of furniture (get excited!). More on that in the coming weeks…

How does a furniture refinishing girl spend a rainy day?

Upholstering! I snagged this sad lady from a thrift store about three months ago.

I knew that someday she would be amazing with perfectly intact caning and lovely curvy legs. Since then, she has sat, even more sad and partially dismantled in my garage. Yesterday’s rain and suffocating humidity gave me the kick in the pants I needed to finish off the latest addition to my sitting room. So, I busted out my staple gun and got busy. Here she is today:

  

I chose Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey as the color and a vintage, neutral fabric for the upholstery. I decided at the last minute to add a custom skirt to the front for no other reason besides, I love custom a ruffled skirt. This is just one more example of what can be done with hideous outdated pieces of furniture. Now all she needs is a throw pillow. And, with more rain on tap for today, my sewing machine beckons…

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend, everyone!