Color Change to a Chest and Boring to Better Party #12

1.26.2011



This is a teaser picture I gave you last week.
Did you guess what it is? A couple of you did.



Here it is. This is the before shot of the chest in the foyer. I decided I didn't want it green anymore.
I have the green chest behind the sofa in the great room and the coffee table is green, too.


So out came the paint. First I was going to paint it white and distress it.


Then I decided I wanted the blue gray color instead so I used Silvermist by SW.


Then I sanded away. I like to sand in typical spots that will be worn over time such as
the handles


and around key holes





along the legs that may get bumped



Then I brushed on my mocha glaze and took some back off. Love how it stays around the detail of this door.


Then I did an extra step and pulled out my rub n buff and rubbed it on in spots to make
it look like this is another layer of color coming through.





Here they are side by side so you can see the change.



Loving the new color. Wish it was sunny like this today, but no, it is cold and raining.
I am working on another little change to this chest if it works.

Do you like the new color or did you prefer the green?

Now let's see what you have transformed from boring to better!

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97 comments:

  1. Kim,
    It is just gorgeous. I really think it looks nice both ways. The aging technique is wonderful. Love the way it turned out.

    Sherry

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  2. I definitely like the new color! I love that the top is dark too. Finally, I have something to link up! Thanks for hosting!!

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  3. I love it! I LOVE the Silver Mist...so pretty! Where do you find the rub n buff? The green was pretty but it is wonderful the way it looks now!

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  4. Love the new color! It looks awesome!

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  5. Love the chest...before AND after. Your little distressing around the pulls, etc. really adds a nice touch to it.

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  6. Love the new color, it is so pretty. You have really been a painting whiz. Wow. Beautiful chest. Hugs, Marty

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  7. It looks fantastic Kim! I love the new finish!

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  8. I love the new finish, Kim! Beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  9. Boy, Kim! You ask the hardest questions. I really like it BOTH ways. I love the new look with the grey/blue but I also really loved the warmth of the green/gold. Are you glad you did it?

    I think it looks really good and I think the detail shows better this way. Hugs- Diana

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  10. I love the new color - gorgeous! I am just loving all the recent paint projects you have done! Great job!

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  11. How pretty, Kim! What a difference! I loved it before...but now...WOW! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  12. Another GORGEOUS transformation Kim! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Vanessa

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  13. It is crazy how you made this piece look even better! I adore the color and love the use of rub n buff. That is some fun stuff!
    Lacy

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  14. Kim, I really like the new color! I might even try this myself. Thanks for hosting.

    -Rene

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  15. I do like the new color, Kim. It's very pretty and as usual your distressing is gorgeous...Christine

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  16. Nice Kim...I like it both ways to be honest. Nice to have the diversity.

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  17. I think the new color is just gorgeous. The silver mist is really a pretty color and love the distressing.

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  18. It looks great Kim! I am thinking of repainting something I have recently painted as well.

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  19. Well I love them both but I think I'm most drawn to the new look. You did a fantastic job of making over the piece to look like it's just had years of love and use. Sure wish I had something to contribute this week but its been a bummer week here at the old homestead as far as decorating. Maybe next week will be better.

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  20. Another WOW piece, Kim! Are you every going to run out of furniture?!! :)
    Really enjoying your weekly party. Thank you for hosting us!
    xo, Andrea

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  21. Thanks everyone and the rub n buff was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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  22. This is a beautiful piece of furniture and I think the new color just enhances all the pretty details even more. Great job!

    Many thanks for the opportunity to participate in the party this week. :)

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  23. Looks good, Kim! I saw at furniture market last fall that neutral paint finishes were going to be more of a trend than the colored finishes. You're fitting right in. :-)
    ~Sue

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  24. Well it's just a great looking piece--what can I say. But I do love the new color!

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  25. Oh Kim, what a gorgeous transformation! I loved the before just as much as I love the after. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. You sure are one busy lady.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful evening.
    Gail

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  26. The chest looks great both colors! The silver blue will be a nice change since you said you have so much green!

    I linked up a vignette I have been working on! Thanks for hosting!

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  27. You're getting me more and more in the mood to try painting and aging a piece of furniture! How many coats of silvermist did you brush on? Did you sand with paper or steel wool? And, what is "rub n buff"? Sorry for so many questions, but I am a novice. Also, sometime could you address your thought process in choosing a color for a piece of funiture. Any insights you can give would be helpful. You're the best!
    Susan

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  28. It looks great!! I love both the before and the after! I'm with you, I'm ready for some sun too!

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  29. Love it both ways Kim, it's seems the gray is the new white right now..How fun you made this piece..I bet your nails need to be done now ha ha!! I have the rub-n-buff in antique gold and love that stuff..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  30. Kim you amaze me with your painting skills. It is stunning!

    Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party. I always enjoy the inspiration. ~Melissa :)

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  31. Oh my gosh that finish is absolutely GORGEOUS! I can't tell you how much I love it... really truly - beautiful!

    Michelle
    New England Style

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  32. Your buffet is stunning. Just beautful!

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  33. It looks great in the silver mist! It was very pretty before as well.
    You do a wonderful job on all your furniture.

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  34. I like the new color Kim. You did a great job!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  35. All these paint, distress and glaze projects you've been doing lately are amazing! I beleive i'm going to try and tackle my first distress project soon.
    Thanks for hosting such a great party...so many cook ideas out there :)

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  36. Kim - the chest is beautiful! I loved it the other way also. I love the "worn" areas and the different colors that come through! You do amazing work, a wonderful transformed piece ~ simply beautiful! Tammy

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  37. Hi Kimmie! Oh, it's beautiful! I love your changes. You're so very good at glazing and distressing! I think I like this color better.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  38. Thanks again everyone. Susan, I use sandpaper and rub n buff is a tube of colored ointment that you rub on with your finger. This one I used turns turquoise when you rub it. They also have gold, silver, bronze and other colors. I try to paint colors that go with the colors in my house.

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  39. Kim, Your buffet really looks nice...it looked nice to begin with but I'm just loving the techniques you used and the overall outcome. I love that you sanded the most obvious areas of wear. Really beautiful!

    Nancy

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  40. I didn't think twice about this one...the NEW color ROCKS!!!! Thanks for hosting:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  41. Kim...this is amaaaaaaaazing!!! I love what you did, and it's sooooooo beautiful, very very high end too! Wow! It's very easy to simply paint things one color, but this is an entirely new painted finish, and it looks very very expensive, well done, xoxo tami

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  42. Kim I am so serious, with your ability to paint and your energy you really need to open a shop in your garage and make a business of this!!! I am soooo serious,Kathysue

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  43. Love the new color! Very very nice. I just won't link my blog just because I haven't transformed anything special these days. Blah. But I looove your blog so much!
    Your newest follower,
    lula

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  44. Your chest looks wonderful Kim! Thank you for hosting! Your home is so beautiful! Thanks for the tip on the lamp shades but I have looked every where and havent been able to find any to fit it. I thought about going to a lighting store maybe they would have some, til then my balls will work and not have to look at naked bulbs..lol

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  45. Mmmmmmmm that is delicious !
    I love it soooo much - great job !
    Kammy

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  46. Oh, I love this color so much better!!! That looks beautiful!

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  47. Annette Tracy1/25/11, 10:39 PM

    Kim, the buffet is just gorgeous. I've never used rub n buff either, but I'm loving the turquoise coming through. Is it available at Lowe's or Home Depot?

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  48. Hi Kim
    Your buffet looks great, but I thought it looked great before too! You do a great job on your refinishing. Thank you once again for hosting!
    Blessings
    Sue

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  49. Annette, rub n buff is sold in hobby and craft stores. It comes in a tiny tube.

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  50. Hi Kim! I joined your link party. Thanks for hosting! Love your buffet table. You sure do have a talent for painting furniture. Everything you do is beautiful!

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  51. Hi Kim, it turned out just lovely and you sure have the distressing down to a T!
    I'm in a slump with doing anything that's why I haven't been joining your party, hopefully by next week I can get my hutch done:)
    Have a great evening!

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  52. I adore the new look, it is so fresh and it looks fabulous! I have never heard of rub and buff. I love how that adds a little extra. How fun to get to change the color. Paint is a wonderful thing isn't it! And you really know how to use it! Have a great day!

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  53. I adore the new look, it is so fresh and it looks fabulous! I have never heard of rub and buff. I love how that adds a little extra. How fun to get to change the color. Paint is a wonderful thing isn't it! And you really know how to use it! Have a great day!

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  54. This turned out beautifully, Kim! Everything you do turns out great~ you have a great sense of style and the skill to make it happen!

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  55. Love the change!!! It looks beautiful!!!!

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  56. LOVE the color change Kim!!

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  57. Thanks for hosting. off to look at some projects!

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  58. Awesome Paint job. I love the new color. I want to try and do this technique on some of my furniture. It changes things so drastically! I just have to slow down from making slipcovers and give it a shot! Your work is beautiful.

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  59. Love this color, Kim! It looks like it goes so well with your mirror {which I covet}! : )

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  60. Kim, you are just getting better and better at this furniture painting; and I thought it couldn't get any better! I do love that silver mist color! Looks fantastic!

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  61. Nice changes and great piece. Good job!

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  62. I love the new color...it really changes the piece. Thanks for hosting the party.

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  63. OMG, Kim you have such a HUGE talent with this sort of thing. I absolutely LOVE the colors you pulled out of this one... gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!... I wonder what you'de create with a blank canvas and oil paints... truly, this is like a european masterpiece with the colors.

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  64. Kim, I love the new color, it's perfect. You are making me tired just reading your blog. Where do you get your energy? So many projects! I know, I know, being stuck inside, you have to do something. I need to get on the bandwagon and use my time more wisely.

    Blessings to you!

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  65. Kim,
    I love what you did! Love the color too. Great job.

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  66. It looks great both ways, you make it look so easy and I know it is not. Your just keep perfecting your skill.

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  67. Oh Kim you do the most creative things. It looked great both ways, but love the technique you used. I joined the party today, finally. Hopefully next week I can come up with different things for parties. My husband said "I make things to difficult, just join the party already."
    Thanks for hosting.

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  68. Kim.. the new chest finish is just FLAT OUT GORGEOUS!!!! U R sooo very talented and thx for sharing your treasure with us

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  69. Looks like a million bucks! Great job!!

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  70. Love it!!! I love the new color!
    I want one!!! Ha

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  71. Pretty, pretty, pretty... love the new color!

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  72. Hi there Kim- That piece of furniture is one of my favorites of yours! I love it! I absolutely love the finishes you put on your pieces too- so beautiful! I linked up an old post to the party this time... just haven't gotten much B&A done and blogged about recently! Thanks for hosting!!! :)

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  73. What is this "buffing" color you speak of?? I use glaze all the time, but have not seen a way to add color "on top" other than just swiping a new color of paint, or drybrushing it on. That may have been what you meant, but I had to ask. It looks wonderful!! Good job!!!

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  74. Kim, it's gorgeous!!! I liked it before but I really like the new color.

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  75. Hi Kim, Both paint jobs look great. It's hard to pick a favorite, so I won't! Phew, didn't think I'd make B2B party today.

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  76. Oh, I like this color! I loved it the other color and didn't think I could like it any better. But here I am saying that I do!
    Brenda

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  77. Love the new look of your cupboard, it looks gorgeous. Love the colours that show through. You're very talented!

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  78. I love it! It's gorgeous. I'm drooling here. :)

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  79. I just love the chest!!!! Both ways look great but I do like the new look! You are SO good at this painting stuff!!! I know you will enjoy this....for awhile, LOL! XO, Pinky

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  80. Kim- The chest is gorgoeus!Wish it was in my house! lol

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  81. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and sponsoring this link party - I love it! By the way, this buffet looks fantastic!

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  82. The new color is gorgeous!

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  83. I've been stuck in the bedroom painting and a just making my blog rounds tonight. You rock! I love how you repainted the chest. Wish I was farther along on the room to join the party, but I'll have to wait :)
    Wendy

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  84. Hey Kim, OK, I just have to say it...FABULOUS!! I adore the new paint on the sideboard, love all the layers of painty goodness. Just what I love!
    xo,
    Debra

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  85. You did an amazing job, what an awesome transformation! I want my kitchen cabinets to look just like this!

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  86. I love your buffet! It is just beautiful, and you do such an amazing job on the distressing and aging! BTW, I saw your yellow table and chairs on someone else's blog~ LOVE them!!!!

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  87. I stink at glazing, distressing, aging furniture. But thank you for your close-ups and descriptions of how you do it--it is fabulosa!
    I think I can, I think I can.
    I have a hutch that needs some, uh, shall we say, "improvement".
    Thank you for the fun party!
    ~me

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  88. I love the new color over the green You are very brave. Someday I'm going to do something similar to my Ethan Allen dining room set. I'll have to plan that while hubby is out of town. The pine look has to go.

    Love your blog.. I stumbled onto it a few weeks ago. Very cool stuff.. fabulous pictures. I joined the B2B party. If you have more of these I might actually get a lot done this year.

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  89. i love it both ways you are a pro at this .i would never do the top i love the real surface .I just did an end table in a green and left the top alone great work Kim

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  90. Your chest looks so pretty - I love it! What exactly is rub n buff? I love the little bits of blue showing through - my favorite color. BTW - I originally saw your home on Rate My Space a long time ago and I just recently rediscovered your blog. It's great and your home is beautiful - so warm and inviting!

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  91. What a great looking piece! Love your refinish and what a good job on the antiquing!

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  92. Thanks for your comment on my chair. Sorry I linked up twice, feel free to delete one. I really like the fabric added to your piece. It has a very old world and custom look. Great job!

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  93. I love that hint of robins egg blue! Your blog is fantastic! I think I found you through Remix. Just clicked to follow!!!! You are so talented!!!

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