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French Country Armoire ~ includes Video on Wet Distressing

French Country Armoire ~ includes Video on Wet Distressing

I hope you’re all enjoying a picture perfect night like we are here in West Michigan!  The sun is setting as I write this post and I have to tell you ~ I’m so excited to share the pictures of this piece with all of you!

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I loved it when I purchased it, then I got it home and for the life of me, I couldn’t decide what to do with it.  So it sat in my garage until last week.

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I had a general idea of how I wanted to do it but it sure evolved over the course of a couple weeks.   I wanted to create some kind of old world paint finish that would represent years of wear and tear.

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You’re going to think I’m crazy for how I started it, but I wanted to create a colorful base coat that would make it look as though it had been painted many times over the years.  I loved the blue and purple that peaked through on the inspiration piece I had seen online.  It looks nothing like what I ended up with but hey ~ ya gotta start somewhere!

To replicate the undertones I had seen in the photograph, I busted out some Purple Mountain Majesty, Desert Cactus and Blue Jeans from American Paint Company and started slapping it on like a wild woman.

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What can I say?  It was the first week of summer break!

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I have to tell you, I received some pretty interesting comments after I posted this shot on our Shizzle Facebook Page.  That’s ok, I’m used to getting strange looks from neighbors, my husband, my kids….  but stay with me here, this is just my base coat.   I wanted a light neutral and APC’s Rushmore fit the bill!  It’s a beautiful taupe, one of my absolute favorites!!  I poured my paint into a little bowl and diluted it with a little water slapping it on with random brush strokes to cover everything.

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I had already painted the details with Freedom’s Road.  It’s a deep slate color which looks similar to Lincoln’s Hat until it dries.  That’s when you can see Freedom Road is slate and Lincoln’s Hat is black.  Anyway… I painted the crown molding with Freedom Road then dry brushed with a little Desert Cactus.

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Then came the fun part ~ I used a damp rag to wet distress / remove the Rushmore which started revealing some of the initial colors.  Cath taped this video of me while I was distressing.

Click the following link to watch my VIDEO on how to Wet Distress Large Areas to reveal Colors Underneath

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFfW0xW3riU

Just keepin’ it real folks!

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It looked cool but after I had finished the front of it, I stepped back and realized doing the entire piece like this would be WAY too much.

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I had to break it up.

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It was late, dark and I was tired and crabby that it wasn’t turning out how I had planned so I painted over the door inserts with Desert Cactus and after it was dry, did a crazy wet wash using Lincoln’s Hat.

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That’s when my heart skipped a bit.  It was finally starting to take shape and represent my style.

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I worked on it on and off for several more days, tweaking it here and there until I was finally satisfied.  Sit back and enjoy all the close ups.

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The paint we use has both chalk AND clay in the mix!

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 Hope you enjoyed the ride!  It’s already loaded up an will be headed to the store.  For location and availability of this piece, click here.

If it doesn’t turn out how you imagined, just keep working it!

Have a great night!!  Shelly

 

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a hui hou!

Shelly

 

21 Comments
  • deepcreekvintage
    Posted at 07:27h, 14 June Reply

    Gorgeous, Beautiful, Perfect! Love.

  • Kim
    Posted at 07:59h, 14 June Reply

    That is amazing, I so admire your artistry!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 08:03h, 14 June Reply

      Thanks Kim!! I’m pretty geeked over how this piece turned out.

  • betsy
    Posted at 09:29h, 14 June Reply

    That really is stunning. If I lived in Michigan I’d run right over and buy it. Love it!

  • karen@somewhatquirky
    Posted at 14:32h, 14 June Reply

    It looks great Shelly. Another Shizzling design!

  • Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine
    Posted at 15:18h, 14 June Reply

    Oh it’s shizzleishious! You do the most beautiful finishes.. Love!

  • Leslie Willmann
    Posted at 15:38h, 14 June Reply

    Shelly, That is just gorgeous.. You are such an inspiration. I have a couple of gals that are painting with the multi color technique.. I am going to have to try it myself. I just never think to do it.. but I will now. Love, love it.

  • Good Time Charlie
    Posted at 18:58h, 14 June Reply

    This is quintessential Shelly and you are the master!!! It looks like there is texture and years on those door fronts. LOVE!!!!

  • Deborah Witnauer
    Posted at 19:09h, 14 June Reply

    Shelly you are amazing! When I grow up I want to be just like you (I’m older than you)! I have a question. I noticed the back of the armoire was cut out for a tv. Sometimes its a just a small hole for wires. Do you have a secret for dealing with these?

    • Shelly
      Posted at 20:20h, 14 June Reply

      LOL Deborah!! You’re too funny! I was going to add a couple shelves to make the inside more like wardrobe but everyone I asked said to just leave it in case somebody wanted to use it for a tv. The back had been cut out, not just the regular cut out, but they had enlarged it for their tv so it was a goofy shape. I was whining like a little baby because I didn’t feel like running to Home Depot to buy any beadboard and then I found a piece that fit perfectly in my garage ~ lol. I usuallly don’t worry about the back side of armoires. It’s hard to fill in a tiny hole if it’s that thin flexible pressed backing.

  • Patti-Ann
    Posted at 20:02h, 14 June Reply

    Thanks for the “in process” pics. It is an image I have been missing in my mind. I know you changed path but I still appreciate the process you took. It is lovely.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 20:14h, 14 June Reply

      Thanks Patti! At one point, I was SO frustrated with how it looked. So Glad it finally came together.

  • Betsy(@coastal-colors)
    Posted at 20:13h, 16 June Reply

    What a great piece, Shelly! You always blend layers of paint perfectly! They look like they have been painted for years! I love the colors you chose for this piece- awesome!

  • vicky
    Posted at 12:25h, 19 June Reply

    What is the difference between chalk and clay paint. Is it a combination in one product? Can’t wait to make a road trip from Centreville to Holland to see your beautiful furniture. Of course, I should pick up some new colors/paint, right?

  • Donna Hays
    Posted at 10:00h, 20 June Reply

    I too have a difficult time knowing exactly what to do with a piece, even though it’s in my head how I want it to look! Love your work, but this one is one of my favs…glad you kept going because it’s awesome!

  • Danielle Driscoll (@DDSilverPennies)
    Posted at 17:50h, 21 June Reply

    Shelly, LOVE how this one came out! Love the slate and the textured doors. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

    • Shelly
      Posted at 01:44h, 12 July Reply

      Thanks Danielle!

  • French Furniture
    Posted at 06:45h, 25 July Reply

    I love the texture doors. It looks great and also look as of painted for years. Awesome! I really appreciate process that you have followed.

  • Liz
    Posted at 23:52h, 30 November Reply

    Absloutley gorgeous! Did I day GORGEOUS!:)

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