FRENCH CHEST

I had a lot of fun with this piece. I fell in love with its petite, feminine shape when I saw it on craigslist. I was able to get this piece along with its matching night stand and dresser. I played around with layering again using not only annie sloan chalk paint but with craft paint as well. I used a turquoise craft paint and watered it down really well making a wash. I also used the new crackle tex I have been telling you about that Stacey is carrying now in her studio. I love that stuff. It really ads another dimension of believability when it comes to making something look aged and worn.

The top is just a layer of coco chalk paint with dark wax and a good sanding to bring some of the old color through. The hardware was too “new” looking so I dry brushed them with a little french linen and then gave them a good dark wax. I love the way this turned out! I think this would be precious in a bathroom, I wish I had room in mine. This piece went to Homewood today along with some vintage gym locker baskets I found while antiquing in Roanoke,VA.
Have a great weekend! We are off to the lake to celebrate Fathers Day.

Linking to Miss Mustard Seeds FFF who just helped me with my camera settings for these shots.

Thanks girl for the advice!

Comments

  1. This came out beautiful! Love the color and I too like the effects crackle finish does!

  2. This came out beautiful! Love the color and I too like the effects crackle finish does!

  3. Very pretty. Reminds me of a Monet water lily painting.

  4. Very pretty. Reminds me of a Monet water lily painting.

  5. Came over from Miss Mustard to see this beautiful chest. The above comment is correct – it does look like a Monet!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. Came over from Miss Mustard to see this beautiful chest. The above comment is correct – it does look like a Monet!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  7. Denise T. says:

    What a gorgeous French chest. Love the color, too

  8. Denise T. says:

    What a gorgeous French chest. Love the color, too

  9. Sweet size wonderful job!..CRAZY for it!

  10. Sweet size wonderful job!..CRAZY for it!

  11. Beautiful finish, as always!

  12. Beautiful finish, as always!

  13. DebbieG says:

    You did a WONDERFUL job! I would buy this in a heartbeat! Just gorgeous!!!!

  14. DebbieG says:

    You did a WONDERFUL job! I would buy this in a heartbeat! Just gorgeous!!!!

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  17. Brandi says:

    This is a beautiful dresser. You did such an amazing job. Love the flowers in the pitcher too.

  18. Brandi says:

    This is a beautiful dresser. You did such an amazing job. Love the flowers in the pitcher too.

  19. That is just beautiful! I'd love to hear more about the camera settings if you could share them.

  20. That is just beautiful! I'd love to hear more about the camera settings if you could share them.

  21. brandy says:

    Yor blog is so beautiful. I love this dresser and I haven’t seen this finish before.

    • restore says:

      Thank you Brandy! I am about to post another dresser with a really unique finish such as this one. Hoping to finish a video tutorial soon:)

  22. Lovely patina! Such soft colours. Just lovely:-)

  23. Cortney Emerson says:

    Love love love the dresser! What colors did you use on the body? If you don’t mind me asking.

  24. Shayla McLaughlin says:

    This is just beautiful– did you just put the paint on in layers? Or did you make a mixture of some sort? Did you paint the base one solid color before adding in all the layers of coco, old white, french linen and dark wax (and the turquoise latex… which you could use florence ASCP)? Thank you! I’d love to reproduce this finish on my kitchen table which I just did in ASCP florence with a limed effect of old white over it…. it needs to be toned down to something like this.