I’m super excited to share with all of you, my favorite piece to date!
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m about as scattered as they come. I drive myself bonkers on most days because my mind is always going in a million different directions. I’m REALLY good at starting projects and can multi-task with the best of them, problem is… I’m HORRIBLE at getting it all finished. Maybe I fuss with stuff too much and maybe if I didn’t have so many things to work on all at once, I could do better.
They all get finished eventually, what can I say?
Anyway… this antique buffet is one of those projects. During the holidays, we were asked to be one of the key speakers at the West Michigan Women’s Expo in downtown Grand Rapids. I did enough work on it to have it “camera ready” for our press release photo ~ which we shot out in the parking lot while huge snowflakes dropped on our head ~ literally!
I had enough worked on it enough to pull off the photo shoot but it still needed some fine tuning before it was ready for a price tag. Lets back up to the beginning so I can explain all the steps from start to finish.
This is how she looked when I bought her
I didn’t have enough time to start and finish a piece the way I like, so I had to just make her “camera ready”. It already had great bones, just needed some color. Hmmm, what would David Bromstad from HGTV do? I bet he’d slap some color on it! With that in mind I layered on my first coat.
Let me tell you, I got some pretty funny comments when I posted this picture earlier on our Facebook Page. One lady was like “OMG, where did you find THAT?” I laughed and said “I JUST painted this!” lol
I thought that was funny, but I had a vision in my mind on how I wanted it to turn out.
Cathy had just finished painting a highboy with American Paint Company’s new Peacock from their Limited Edition Ellis Collection which is sold in pints. You can see the post on her Retro Highboy here. There was still about 1/3 of the pint left in the jar so I took it and diluted it with water.
ps – there’s a giveaway to win a pint of this. Click HERE to see how. Update… Congratulations going out to Karen Claussen who won this giveaway!! Thank you to all those who entered and for all our loyal followers!!
The paint was still thick so I added more water, and More Water, and MORE WATER until it was almost the consistency of milk.
Even with the small amount of paint I started with, I was able to cover this entire piece! How cool is that?
I love how thoroughly it covered using such a thin coat because that meant I didn’t have to do much distressing to reveal all those colors underneath!
I love distressing, that’s where I feel most creative, but why put on more just to take more back off?
Remember the goofy array of colors I slapped on for my base coat?
I simply grabbed a damp rag and started wet distressing until I liked how the other colors pulled through.
It’s always a bit of surprise when I do this, but I’m pretty geeked with how it turned out.
What do you think?
Wet distressing makes everything feel oh so nice!
I sealed everything with the best dark wax eva ~ American Paint Company’s Dark Wax.
All natural, no pre-mixing, buffs up to a breathtaking finish! I wish you could all see it and feel it in person!
Oh wait, you can ~ well, some of you can. It’s one of many new pieces available now in our Shizzle Design booth at Not So Shabby in Holland, MI. Update: sold
You will also be able to see this piece on Channel 13’s Take Five. We’re filming a segment Monday morning on re-purposing furniture and this piece is coming with us. Hope to see you all at the show! If you missed that post, you can find out more here.
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a hui hou ~ Shelly