So French.......a Reveal

1.24.2011


A few days ago I teased you with some snippets of some projects that I have been working on.
I was supposed to be finishing the guest room and I kind of got off track. When ideas pop in my
head I have to jump on those ideas.

Some of you guessed that one of the pics was my bench. Y'all are too smart. I was afraid to paint this and thought Mr. 
Savvy might get mad, but he wasn't and I love the new look.


Let's take a look at the before. I love the style of this bench and liked the finish o.k., but
thought it could probably look better.



























Very French looking to me now.

So what do you think of the new color?

I hope y'all have a super week.

KIM

Linking to the following:
Between Naps on the Porch for Met. Monday
DIY showoff project parade
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's treasures
Primitive and Proper  for piece of work Wednesday
Restore Interiors  for restored it Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage  for transformation Thursday
Room Remix the blog for paint party 1/28/11
Designer Garden for VIP party
Mural Maker  for passion for paint party

Miss Mustard Seed  Copy Me Challenge

148 comments:

  1. Perfect! What paint color did you use?

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  2. Absolutely beautiful!!! The bench and the paint job both! You are so talented with your painting and I just love this color. Will you give another tutorial on how to achieve this!? Please with a cherry on top :)

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  3. Karen, there are three colors and glaze. I may do another post and tell what I used.

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  4. Kim, your bench is absolutely gorgeous!!! Please do tutorial on each step that you did to achieve this look. I have a 35 yr. old bed that is wood W/ caning. This would be beautiful.

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  5. KIm, I think you made the bench definitely rise up to meet your lovely home and all the changes you have made. You really do have a talent in antiquing/glazing arena, seriously you could do this as a business!! It is hard to get it right and you do, every single time, Kudos to you my friend,Kathysue

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  6. Wow Kim, the bench was already beautiful to begin with...but that paint finish took it up to a whole other level,I love it.You've got mad skills girl!

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  7. Kim, it's amazing how the details in furniture pop out with paint instead of stain. I hope you will tell the process you used. It seems that you have really become an expert at the technique! Linda

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  8. I love how this turned out Kim. Maybe it's time I dig into my SW samples and get some painting done.

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  9. It turned out beautifully Kim! Love it!

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  11. Such a pretty little spot! Love the new color!

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  12. Hi Kim-

    It looks truly like a French antique now. You will have to tell us how you did it. Just beautiful.

    My best- Diane

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  13. Kim... you have been teasing us and it was killing me. I am loving this bench so much. AWESOME. I am thinking you also did the babybed and the guest bed. Am I right? OHHHH... and I loved the mirror. Colors are so perfect.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  14. I liked t before but def love it now

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  15. I love how the bench turned out! I think I am maybe shocked that you did paint it! It is beautiful both ways but does look very French country now!! I have to get moving on my table and desk this week! My interview is tomorrow so maybe I will be motivated after that!!! Have a great day!

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  16. I loved the look of it before, Kim, but you really added some French appeal with the beautiful new paint treatment. Gorgeous!

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  17. You are amazing. You never stop! It looks so good. You should use this for the MMS copycat.

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  18. It looks great!! It was gorgeous to begin with, and now it looks even better!

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  19. I really liked it. Now I love it!

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  20. I LOVE IT! Did you hear me scream that? OMG, you turned that bench into something even better than it was. I liked it before, but love it now! I wish you lived closer, I would seriously pay you to paint a few pieces in my house, like my french dining room chairs! They look exactly like your bench but I want them to be a weathered cream color. Great job.

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  21. It's great. Will you sometime give step by step instructions of what/how you did it? I have a wardroble I'm thinking of painting, but don't have a clue of where to begin.
    Best,
    Susan

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  22. Wow, absolutely love it! Totally gorgeous!!!

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  23. Oh My! How game are you! yes it looks great! but what a risk it is such a beautiful chair ,I am not that brave:)
    ~Sharon~

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  24. I loved it before, but I love even better now! Very Country French! A stunner!!

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  25. Kim,

    You did a great job on the bench. You have such a talent for refinishing furniture. I love it!

    Have a great week!
    Kathy

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  26. It's beautiful! I just came in from priming a table that I am going to paint and glaze and turn into an ottoman! I am so excited to see how it will turn out! I love stuff like this, just wish I could do it more often! But that's where your blog comes in!! I really enjoy seeing all your projects and getting inspired for the times when I can do something of my own!

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  27. Love, love, love it! I love the way the basket next to it and the brown on the pillow tie together more now that they're not competing with the other brown. Nicely done.

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  28. Kim, It was pretty before...but BEAUTIFUL now!

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  29. Oh la la...love the new look!

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  30. To die for! First of all the character of this bench, and then the finish - Gorgeous!

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  31. OOOO MMMMM GEEEEE.... I love it! My friend gave me a settee and I have been debating painting it... I hope we can hear more of the technique and colors you used... I love it!! Great work!

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  32. I love the new look Kim, you have done a great job! ;-)

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  33. And I thought you thought last week you had your best painting project ever. I think maybe this one is THE ONE!
    Brenda

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  34. Love it Kim!! Its gorgeous it makes all of the detail stand out. So pretty. Great job!!

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  35. Kim, this one is PERFECT! IT really is gorgeous and definitely one of my favorites. I'm looking for something similar for our home...wonderful find and treatment! Don't know if you've seen on the blog, but I'm including a reader project gallery in the book...I'd love to include this if you would let me. :-) Let me know what you think, shaunna :)

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  36. Another great transformation, Kim! You have such a talent for refinishing furniture. I think you could start a great business.

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  37. very, very lovely! it was a great piece before ... but now it's fantastic!

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  38. It is gorgeous Kim. You were with me in Lowe's today...I bought Mocha glaze.

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  39. Okay, Kim, I never would have been brave enough to paint that beautiful bench in the first place. However, I love the new look!

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  40. Kim, it's so funny that you posted this today! I just bought an upholstered bench at Goodwill for $39 and plan on doing the very same thing. Yours turned out gorgeous and gives me such inspiration.

    I love anything French looking!

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  41. Your bench looks wonderful, Kimmie! Oh, it matches your mirror you painted too! You're just so good!!
    I love it and I'm glad I could give you a chuckle.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  42. I gotta tell ya Kim, you really know how to use your paint brushes!!! The bench is so lovely and so ooh la la french!

    I absolutely love, love, love it!!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  43. Beautiful - I love the color!

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  44. Kim.....I love, love the bench. The color is just beautiful. You are so good. I just do not have the nerve to do this, lol.

    Roxanna

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  45. Kim, this is beautiful, and it was beautiful in the before shot too! I have a wicker/rattan/willow love seat, waiting for me to paint, and I've debated on weather to paint only the "sagey green" bits white, then leave the rest natural, or paint the entire piece white. I have tons of cushions I've saved up for it, which now resides in my office. I want to bring it out into the living room as extra seating, but this is great inspiration what you've done. It looks amazing. Love the distressing. I'm still debating, xoxo tami

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  46. The paint brings out the design! I love it!! Great job!

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  47. Wow, I just came home from eating out and y'all have left the nicest comments.
    Thanks!!

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  48. I think that this is my favorite piece so far! It looks gorgeous!

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  49. LOVE IT!!!! So pretty! It looks fantastic!

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  50. I have a Mr Grits to meet your Mr Savvy. I have several pieces I would love to paint but he has been having a virtual cow. I may have ton accidentally "spill" some paint on those pieces. OoPs! :D

    I can't tell you how much I love this piece. It truly looks just like something I would see at the Paris Flea Market on any given day. The color is perfect. I agree, you do have a gift for antiquing furniture. Awesome job girl!

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  51. Love that bench, it is such a fabulous piece and the new paint job is just wonderful. You really have perfected the process you use. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  52. I love it! It looks fabulous! You did a fantastic job! It is a beautiful improvement.

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  53. How pretty, Kim! I love it! You asked about the mirror. I got it at the Progressive Lighting Outlet that has since closed. Hope you had a great weekend. I'm hoping this next storm won't amount to much!...hugs...Debbie

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  54. Ohhh, Ahhh - the sounds of great appreciation! Definitely a job well done. I love the new look! liz

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  55. Kim, this is just stunning!! You outdid yourself on this one!!

    It is magazine worthy!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  56. You are the painting queen Kim! Looks FAB!

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  57. Kim,
    This is just beautiful. It is a really gorgeous piece of furniture painted or not, but I do love that color, perfection.
    Sherry

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  58. where did you get the bench and are there more? i LOVE this, perfection.

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  59. So much more personality. I would love to have this and you have made it soooo wonderfully French!

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  60. Wow!!! That is gorgeous Kim. :)

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  61. Kim I love the new finish. It looks so frenchy and pretty~way to go!

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  62. SOOO loving that bench Kim, loved it before, but now, ummmm, YUMMY!

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  63. When I saw the pic, I shouted ,Oh no she didn't! My hubby thought I was crazy. But wow it looks amazing! It can come to my house any day!
    Lacy

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  64. I love it!! You like playing with colours huh! And you're good in it!

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  65. It's gorgeous! Love the color - you need to share! Dropping by from Met Monday.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  66. Perfect, can I say it again...Perfect!!!! I'm in love with this piece and your new finish. I hope you give as a tutorial on the process.

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  67. BRA VO girl! The bench looked beautiful to me before but it has gone WAAAY up in beauty now! YOu do an awesome job!!!!! How could Mr. Savvy be mad when it turned out so beautiful!!!! XO, Pinky

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  68. Gorgeous! She got a fabulous makeover, nice job!

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  69. Kim, you are my painting hero! You whip these projects out like no one's business. Love the new look of the bench. Fabulous job as always :)

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  70. Love the new look of the bench! And I love that large basket too!

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  71. It was a nice bench but now it's a gorgeous bench!
    You did a great job painting it!!

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  72. Love this bench! Amazing!

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  73. love it! I would love to see a tutorial on how you did it...i have painted and disressed a lot of furniture, but i don't know anything about using glaze and would love love love to have some tips!

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  74. This turned out so good. I like so much better painted. Good job!

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  75. So pretty Kim. I wouldn't have believed how lovely your bench would look painted!

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  76. It does look so French. Fantastic job! Love it!

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  77. This gorgeous, Kim~ the paint really brings out the beautiful lines of the piece and the detail!

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  78. I am adding to the many KUDOs. This is a beautiful piece. Love what you have done and I can't wait for the tutorial. I have a dresser I want to convert to a buffet so I am very interested in the process. Hugs, Ginger

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  79. It's perfect...and you ARE brave! But I know you're proud of yourself! And hubby's proud, too! Hugs! ♥

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  80. Dear Painting Madwoman,

    The results of your latest project are beautiful!
    Keep up the great work!

    Signed,
    Jealous in Az.

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  81. Good decision. This looks fabulously Frenchy! I'm amazed that you can take on project after project like this and they all turn out looking terrific. You are one of the most energetic ladies I've ever known. Not only do you get all these projects accomplished, you blog about them too. And your house always looks tip top!
    I can only accomplish such things in my daydreams.
    LOL ~ Sarah

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  82. Love it. Love it. Love it. And I vote with majority...please give us a step by step on this. I have an old desk/vanity and this looks like the exact color I have had in mind.

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  84. Kim, I have always loved this bench and now it is even more beautiful! I love the paint color and distressing.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  85. When I read the title to this post, you have laughed! I was clapping my hands like I was a kid opening a birthday gift! I love it! It's beautiful! Excellant job! It was beautiful to begin with and I can see why you hesitated to paint it, but wow! It turned out absolutely lovely!

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  86. Wow Kim!
    That turned out so good!
    I think you picked the perfect colors and I love the pillows you added too.
    Great Job!
    Cindy

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  87. Kim simply gorgeous... the chair itself is great piece but I appreciate your expertness in choosing the colour, texture, and obviously the choice... Great work...

    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  88. Oh Kim, your bench is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration on this piece. You are one talented lady.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  89. It looks fantastic, Kim! The details seem more front and center now, too.

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  90. Love the new look kim!!! Looks beautiful.

    Kathy

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  91. Just beautiful all your painting. I love green and your decor is just so inviting and fresh but lasting and welcoming. Thank you for your lovely blog.

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  92. Oh my gosh, KIM, I love it! Umm, and that Rooster pillow is calling me. Do you mind me asking where you purchased it? I WANT! XOXO ~Liz

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  93. Now here i have to admit that I absolutely loved the bench as it was - however the paint job you've done is gorgeous. And ask me how I'm coveting those pillows. THe shame of it :-)

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  94. You did such a great job, Kim! You are a very talented decorator. The bench looks so pretty ~ I enjoy seeing all of your projects!

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  95. I love it, Kim! You are just so good at this glazing and antiquiing. It's something I would really be afraid to do but you do it perfectly all the time. I love the color....Chrisine

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  96. Wow Kim, this is definitely an item I would have seen in France, when I was there. I love the first photo and thought, "I would be afraid to paint it", but when I saw the reveal, my jaw dropped :0 I hope you share how you achieved this look, maybe I would get past my fear?
    Thanks for sharing

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  97. Kim, the bench looks wonderful! My husband used to cringe when I told him I wanted to paint a piece of furniture, but now he's used to it! :)

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  98. Wow, that probably took a lot of courage to paint, but it looks fabulous!

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  99. Wowza, Kim. This truly is a fabulous makeover. It was beautiful before, but it's absolutely gorgeous now! You really should start purchasing some inexpensive pieces, transforming and then selling them!

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  100. I'm absolutely in love. The paint gives it such a sense of history. Wish I had one!

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  101. Oh Kim I just LOVE it...you my friend have such vision.

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  102. I have several pieces that could really use this finish. It is the first time I have seen one I think would work.

    So, what is the process? Oh, no...I follow meeeellllions of blogs. I'll never know! Hope you post it next Met Monday.

    Perfect!!!

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  103. Gorgeous! I love the color and you are becoming a pro with the painting.

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  104. love the color beautiful distressing and the carving of the bench... love it

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  105. Simply beautiful work. Makes all details stand out. Love the rooster pillow.

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  106. A 113 comments...buy you struck a cord with this little number....it looks great painted. Shows up better on the wood floors!

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  107. Oh Kim!-Ooh la la-you hit the nail on the head with this masterpiece-the color is divine-the piece is exquisite to begin with but you've added a new life to it!Bravo! Claire

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  108. I so love this bench!!! It was great before but now it's stunning!!

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  109. Did you do that just to send it to me? You shouldn't have! Lol. It's beautiful. I have to say, much as I love my man, I wish he were a bit more flexible on the paint thing!

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  110. Holy moly Kim this is gorgeous! Ok, just tell me one thing...instead of sleepwalking, do you paint in your sleep?! Really, really pretty!

    Kat :)

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  111. Kim-That is a beautiful piece...and it was beautiful BEFORE too! Your paint job is fabulous!!!! I'm with you- I would have bet that Mr.Savvy was gonna chew your head off and leave you on the front porch...but I think you have won him over! You will know the takeover is complete when no matter what you say you are going to do he just nods his head and says, Yes, Dear! Myself & MyHero? We are quite a ways off yet. Hugs- Diana

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  112. I'm in love. This is what I want to do to my french chairs. Please do another post and tell us the colors you used. I still want you to do my chairs for me!
    Lynette in La.

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  113. Hey Kim I remember this on RMS, WOW I love the new look, But I have always loved your style. Have a great week

    Pattie

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  114. Oh my goodness gracious - it is so fabulous!! I've been such a big chicken to redo a buffet I have, with similar details, this totally convinces me I need to 'just do it'!

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  115. Good Lord, Kim... that bench takes my breath away. It was very nice before but you the finish you did makes it seriously gorgeous!

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  116. I forgot to mention in my comment above how much I love the pillows... especially the fringed rooster one!

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  117. I love the new color! It "fits" the piece and the pillows are perfect!

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  118. The bench is awesome! Can you believe it 126 comments. We all really love what you did!

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  119. 110 bazillion times better painted! great call and great job!

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  120. Oh MY HEAVENS!!That is beautiful! GREAT job! I LOVE IT!!!

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  121. Hi Kim--You really inspire! I have several pieces I'm ready to paint but I'm a little nervous. I found a little armless rocking chair for our daughter and it has caining... it was only $17 at a little antique store I found. I love what you did with this piece of furniture! I'd love the rocker to turn out the same!

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  122. Honestly, when I saw the 'before' picture I couldn't imagine it looking better, but you nailed it!! That color is just perfect, and the distressing did bring out its character. Love it!

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  123. Oh, what a beautiful piece made even lovlier! Gorgeous color and distressing! "LOVE LOVE LOVE" it! Nicely done! xo

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  124. This is a beautiful piece of furniture and your paint and glaze brought out so many fabulous details. I am in love. Those accent pillows are fabulous as well. I just found your blog, can't wait to read more!

    LittleMissPennyWenny.blogspot.com

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  125. Wonderful, I love it, absolutely beautiful:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

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  126. Absolutely love it Kim :)

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  127. It looks great. It looks fantastic painted. Glad you went for it!

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  128. I like it so much better painted, and it looks like it was professionally done! Beautiful... You obviously have a gift for painting. Thanks so much for linking up to the party today! Have a good weekend...

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  129. I LOVE this! If you would share this at my VIP party I would be delighted!

    http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/01/vip-party-2.html

    Sommer

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  130. A "new" French masterpiece! franki

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  131. i have a party on wednesdays, i would love you to join it next week. love this project, gorgeous.

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com

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  132. Love it! You definitely captured the french style. Perfect for this piece!

    Would love for you to drop by this weekend and join Passion for Paint!

    http://muralmaker1.blogspot.com

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  133. I almost missed this post! I loved the bench before...but I really love it now. I think this is one of my favorite of your projects and it certainly does have that French look now. Gorgeous!

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  134. Love it! Did you make the French pillow? If so where did you find the design? Thanks

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  135. My heart went all a-flutter looking at this piece. I seriously wanted to pull it out of the computer and plop it in my house. I LOVE THIS!!!

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  136. I love the color. You did great, Kim!

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  137. First time visitor from MMS; your bench is stunning!! Well done!
    Please tell us what you used, I'll be back :)

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  138. Jeannetta, I already did post the tutorial and you can find it up in my tabs. Thanks

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  139. I love it looks so much better. Love the color, perfect job.

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