22 Aug Antique Vanity Painted in Custom Mixed Creamy White
If you’re subscribed to my blog or follow our daily updates on our Facebook Page, you’ve already seen the first two posts in this series about our Mahogany bedroom Set Makeover. I shared how we used My Favorite Stripper to refinish the beautiful Mahogany tops in the first post…
and in the 2nd post Antique Mahogany bed in Creamy White, I shared Cathy’s custom mixed recipe for the beautiful creamy white paint color we used for this entire set.
Today, I’m sharing some of the struggles I come across during the actual design process. This is where I tend to stumble and fall.
What do I want to draw attention to?
How much distressing will look best?
What overall look am I going for?
I HAD PLANNED to just do a very light distressing on this set because it had such pretty lines to begin with but once I got that damp rag in my hand, I was out of control like some kind of wild woman.
I must have been stressing the night I was experimenting on this. Yes, I try things out on the actual piece even though I always advise my customers to try it on test boards ~ what can I say? I don’t mind painting over something if I don’t like it but I never want to make more work for others. Anyway… I was stressed out that night and the more anxious I am, the more aggressive I am with my artwork.
Well… I got a little carried away with this one.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE how this foot turned out, just not on THIS piece.
Does that make sense?
I loved the two colors together but on this piece, I felt the highly distressed finish clashed with the elegant style of the set. I didn’t like it distressed this much… at all.
It wasn’t just the distressing I didn’t like, one of our favorite whites seemed too white against the highly pigmented finish on our Mahogany tops. That’s where the ease of mixing chalk and clay colors comes in so handy! Cath mixed up a beautiful creamy white which was far better suited for the color of our stained tops.
We new it was right as soon as the first brush stroke went up against the stained tops. It’s so quick once you know what you want.
We ended up LIGHTLY distressing the feet like this
We distressed the other detailed areas like this
Oh Wait!! I almost forgot the chair…
We chose some really nice upholstery fabric we inherited from dad’s workshop to recover the seat ~ thanks dad 😉
Oops! Hope I picked that bristle out of there!!
You’d think that would be natural for me with all the painting I’ve done, but I still don’t know… until I see it all together
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A hui hou!! Shelly
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