Oh, So Blue

5.01.2011

I finally painted a piece on Friday that I had put off for a while. I wasn't sure if I wanted this painted and then I couldn't decide on a color. After chalk paint came into my life I knew the painting part would be much easier, but the color part still made me crazy. I finally jumped in and ordered a color I hoped would be right.


This is the color I chose. It is called Old Violet, but as you will see it is a beautiful French blue.


I was going to paint the top, but after trying to get some of the shine to tone down with krud kutter and it didn't budge I decided to just leave it.














Here is an old before photo with my old camera. I can see a big difference with the new camera.
Practice practice.

I painted two coats of paint and then applied Annie Sloan soft wax in clear. Then I distressed the piece with sandpaper and a sanding block. I then applied some rugger brown Fiddes & Sons wax in places and more clear wax and then buffed to a shine.  I am loving the new look.


I know some of you have jumped on the chalk paint band wagon. Have you and do you like it?

Hope you have a wonderful week,

KIM

Joining the following:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  for Tuesdays Treasures
Elements Interiors  for whassup Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed  for Furniture Fridays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Funky Junk Interiors  for SNS

94 comments:

  1. Hi Kim,
    I really like how your cabinet turned out. You are getting really good with the chalk paint.
    I'm going to have to get on board.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. It's beautiful! I have not used the chalk paint, but I'm thinking I may want to give it a try.

    Ann-Marie

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  3. I am on the band wagon and I love chalk paint! This piece turned out beautifully! Love the color!
    Debbie

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  4. I was wondering when you would paint that piece! I love the new color, it is totally unexpected and looks great Kim!

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  5. What a pretty color! Well done!

    Pam

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  6. I'm going to have to try it...love the color and how it turned out, beautiful job!

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  7. That color is gorgeous...such a pretty blue. What a difference between the before and after...it's stunning! :)

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  8. I love your cabinet Kim! What a gorgeous piece of furniture! The color you chose is beautiful!

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  9. What a difference! It feels like a totally different piece! I have not yet tried Chalk paint, but perhaps am going to have to with all these great projects I'm seeing!

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  10. I love that color! It came out fantastic!

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  11. Your cabinet is stunning! Love it.
    I will have to check to see if we carry chalk paint here in Canada.

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  12. What a gorgeous piece of furniture...I'm DYING to use Chalk Paint...as soon as the budget allows...;)

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  13. Lookin good my friend,I love the color and I love how you left the top dark. I haven't tried chalk paint yet but I plan too just trying to figure out what I want to use it on. Martina

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  14. That certainly is a beautiful blue...lovely job...don't you just love using the wax???
    Have a beautiful week!!!

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  15. You are a painting machine girlfriend! I haven't painted anything recently. Guess I'm out of the loop or lazy one. But I'm enjoying all your pretty pieces. Looks great!

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  16. Hi Kim...can you point me in the direction of your post where you talked about your new camera? I would like to read again about exactly what you purchased...hope it's not too much trouble. Thanks, Ann

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  17. My very FAVORITE shade of blue!!

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  18. Definitely beautiful and totally worth the work!

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  19. It is beautiful!!! I haven't tried Old Violet yet...thanks for the visual; can't wait to try it now!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  20. Kim, it's beautiful I think when you get done with all of your stuff, Maybe you would like to come visit me and help me out.. God knows I need it...LOL...

    Pattie

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  21. The top looks fabulous with that vibrant color. This dresser certainly has the WOW factor.

    I have not used chalk paint, but I think I just migt have to! I have a cupboard in my family room that I would love to give a coat of chalk paint!
    Wonderful
    Yvonne

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  22. Just love this color and the piece looks beautiful. Isn't chalk paint the best. So easy to use. I'm going to have to try this color next!
    Marianne :)

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  23. love the piece...great choice of color...thanx for the info on the products that you use. Tiffany

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  24. Love, love, love this color! I adore painted furniture and this is an example of why... so pretty. I have not jumped on the chalk paint band wagon. It's just so hard to me to believe that applying it without sanding first will still give a permanent finish. Plus so many times when you paint something there is something wrong with the old finish. I know when I painted my dining room furniture, it had to be sanded because the old finish was in such poor shape. If I had not sanded...the new paint would have been flaking off.

    Love this piece of furniture!

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  25. Ok..I knew you were up to this, and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stand to see such a beautiful piece of furniture changed...keeping the top the old stain turned out perfect...the blue is just stunning and what an unexpected pop to that room, I loved it and didn't think I would, you know me afraid to be out of my traditional world myself but sure do enjoy what you do. Gives me inspiration to try something and jump out of this square ole box I'm in!

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  26. From regal to royal! Stunning

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  27. So, so pretty, Kim!! Love the distressing!

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  28. It's gorgeous! What a beautiful accent piece. I haven't jumped on the chalk-paint wagon, but I *want* to!

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  29. I'm convinced chalk paint is the way to go - I just need a piece to work the magic on. :) Your piece looks great!

    I'm a new follower - found you at Met Monday. ~Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse on Windmill Hill

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  30. Such a pretty colour, Kim. I love the details on that great piece, and the distressing and waxing really accented it. I have not tried Chalk Paint, but I'm seeing some great inspiration. I have an old old sideboard that we are currently using as a tv stand in our family room. I'm thinking it needs a treatment like that. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. This is so lovely. I can't believe I haven't tried chalk paint yet.
    Hey, I haven't even spray painted anything with the blackboard spray paint yet!!!

    Rhonda

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  32. Kim, I think I love it painted better, although it was a a beautiful piece. I too have plans to try that paint soon, now to figure out what color!

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  33. Really gorgeous! I haven't tried the chalk paint yet, but I'd sure like to.

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  34. Oh Kim, you've done it again! You've created yet another beautiful piece of furniture by transforming it with your wonderful painting skills. Are you sure you weren't an artist at some point? I love, love, love the blue. Your luncheon looked like it was great fun too! Have a wonderful week!

    Kat :)

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  35. Kim- It looks beautiful. I can see why you were a bit hesitant to paint it-it was beautiful in the before too! But it is gorgeous now. I haven't tried the chalk paint yet but I will be trying it one of these days. I LOVE that color..it doesn't look Old Violet at all-looks perfectly blue to me!

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  36. You're a brave girl, this was a gorgeous cabinet, but I have to say it's just stunning with the blue paint! I think I'm the only one in blogdom that hasn't tried this paint!! xoxo Debra

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  37. Kim that was a beautiful piece of furniture before,but it is gorgeous in that beautiful color. I love it.

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  38. Kim, your chest is gorgeous. Old Violet is perfect! Don't you think it looks nice against your creamy walls? I really need to try the chalk paint.

    xoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  39. It's gorgeous! I'll have to put chalk paint on my list of things to try. Love it!

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  40. I love the top left like that with this color, it is perfect! Great job, Kim, I love it!!!! So much better! XO, Pinky

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  41. Oh Kim, that is so pretty! It is unexpected and makes such a beautiful impact!

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  42. Love it! I'm ordering some chalk paint tomorrow!!!

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  43. Wow, I love this piece.. French blue's a beautiful color to go with a white background wall. This must be a treasured piece at your home!

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  44. I think this is my favorite piece that you have done, Kim. I like all of your pieces but this color is fun and unexpected and I think has a touch of whimsy to it. I love it!

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  45. What a difference! Kim, this looks gorgeous. I love the French blue color. I hope to paint a piece with chalk paint in green if I can get one that will work for me. It needs to work with woodwork of a deep forest green. I plan to leave the top a wood tone. Any suggestions?
    ~ Sarah

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  46. Long time stalker, first time commenting ..... I think I am in lurve, that is a gorgeous piece! Shame we can't get that paint here in Australia or I would be painting everything in sight.

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  47. WOW Kim, that looks great!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  48. It looks great. What a difference the color makes - makes it a statement piece now. Really nice job.

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  49. Beautiful color, Kim! Don't know how, but I missed all the info on "chalk paint". I've got some research to do.

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  50. Love that color so vibrant!

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  51. Hi kim! Oh my gosh, your piece turned out awesome! I love the old violet! I'm sitting here with my nose pressed up to the front window waiting for my chalk paint, wax and brushes to arrive.

    It' been over a week since I placed my order and I can't even remember which colors I decided on:) I'm so excited to get started. So much to do since I'm just starting out with my new business; so many things to learn, so many choices to make.

    Anyway... hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures soon.

    A hui hou - Shelly

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  52. It's lovely Kim! The color is a beautiful shade of blue. I like the top the way you left it. It turned out so pretty!

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  53. Girl- you are on a painting frenzy! Love the periwinkle blue that this chest turned out. Nice, unexpected accent to the colors that are already in the room. ~ Sue

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  54. When can you come to TX and paint something for me? You are getting so good at this....you should hire out!! Loved the before of the chest but the after is just stunning!!

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  55. Love the look! I have never tried the chalk paint , but I think I will. That color is perfect
    KAT

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  56. Wow, Kim - you are an expert with the whole paint & distress technique. It is gorgeous! Love it. Linda

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  57. Holy crap...that turned out fabulous! I LOVE the color Kim.....I am going to have to try some of that paint after seeing such good results!

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  58. In love! Hey, sweetie! How are you? Hi, It's Meme from Screaming Meme. I am back to blogging...:) I wanted to personally invite you to my Giveaway Series. My first giveaway is beautiful slipcover. If you get the chance stop in and remember to check back and see what I am giving away next. :) Hope to you see there!

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  59. Wow!Gorgeous Kim! I love what you've been doing with chalk paint.

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  60. Hi Kim,
    This is my fist visit and its been a pleasure. I love how your cabinet turned out. The color is beautiful. I have not used the Chalk paint yet. I have a 1970's hutch I want to paint and I think chalk paint just might be the ticket...
    I have become a follower and I look forward to reading more posts.
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

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  61. I love that color!! I have jumped on the band wagon but I couldn't commit to a color any bolder than white!! They did send me a sample of Louis blue that I am excited to try. You are so fearless with color and everything you touch becomes perfection. I would love if you would offer your opinion of my latest project. I want to go bold but am scared!!!! Please give me some input at toileinthefamily.blogspot.com. I may have to get myself a quart of that blue.... Well done Kim!

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  62. Wow, Kim ... I love it !! That is such a fun pop of color in your dining room. You are truly becoming a chalk paint queen !!

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  63. Wow! Beautiful!! I am going to try the Old Violet because this color looks perfect!

    Nice job!

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  64. Kim, well done, it's lovely. I feel inspired! Hugs

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  65. That's an absolutely scrumptious color, Kim, the chest looks wonderful!

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  66. Oh my Kim, this is fabulous, I have no words...the color the distressing, everything is just gorgeous, I must buy some :)
    XO

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  67. Gorgeous color!! And that distressing is great... you're a pro! :)

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  68. I am definitely on the band wagon with the Chalk Paint. I have ordered three different times in the past three weeks! I am ordering colors I don't have anything to paint them in yet! I have not ordered Old Violet yet but from looking at this piece of yours it is exquisite. I have also just discovered using the dark wax and love it. I will be posting another dresser I did next week. I have posted a dresser and end table, a wicker cabinet and a dining table was posted for this link, all painted with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. I even ordered both her books... I am an adict right now! Smile... Oh, and I am glad you left the top stained! Looks great!

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  69. CeCe, you name is not connected to your blog. What is your blog called?

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  70. Great job with "Old Violet"....I love her! Yes, I refer to my Chalk Paint as her and hims.....
    Tampa was awesome and now I'm gearing up for The Three Speckled Hens Event in Paso Robles, CA on May 21 - 22. I wished you'd get yourself out here so we could meet and I could show you some "tricks" with the Chalk Paint and Waxes. Keep up the good work.
    Cheers
    Anne
    U.S.A. Stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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  71. I actually love that the top was kept wood I love the two tone look. Your dresser is beautiful!
    Sherry

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  72. Oh, I love the color, Kim! Violet was my grandmother's name.
    Brenda

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  73. Hey Kim, The new color is beautiful! You did a great job on the distressing too. Love it.

    I would love for you to stop by and enter my newest giveaway.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  74. lovely!! Can you do a repost showing the piece within the context of the room?

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  75. I just wish you could decorate my house. Your work and your talent is sooooooooooooo. . . yeah, if only there were one word to capture it.

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  76. Oh its just gorgeous! I'm going to have to investigate chalk paint. I've only heard of chalk board paint. Great job!

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  77. This is spectacular. Love it. You did an amazing job. If you get a chance - can you shoot me an email on where you bought this paint? I love this. WOW!!

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  78. Good golly miz molly...this is awesome, Kim. I missed this post and am so glad you mentioned it in your latest post.
    I am about to have a hissy fit to try the chalk paint. Miss Mustard likes leaving the top natural and yours looks fantastic.
    Do I go to anniesloan.com to order?

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  79. This is gorgeous. I really love the color. It wouldn't work in my house, but it makes me want to change everything so it would:)

    This really turned out beautifully...aren't you excited?

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  80. Great job, Kim. Love the pretty color you chose!

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  81. Kim, love love this color it looks amazing what a great pop of color!! Great job as always!!! Kathysue

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  82. Kim,

    Love the color! Such a gorgeous piece of furniture!

    Warm Wishes,
    Jodie

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  83. I love that color! Now I have a problem. I'm too busy to take on another project, but I keep thinking, "what can I paint that gorgeous blue?". Thanks for posting, Kim.

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  84. I love it..... I wonder what it would look like for kitchen cabinets! :)

    ~Liz

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  85. What a gorgeous color that turned out to be! Love the makeover!

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  86. So pretty! The blue is beautiful. Such a lovely makeover.

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  87. I love the look and would love to try it but right now it is just too much cost wise for me. Love how your piece turned out.

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  88. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous all of the piece you have done have been fab but this one is over the top for me.. I am having a ball playing with this paint..
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  89. I love this color blue! I am using chalk paint on cabinets for the first time tomorrow. Can't wait. I do a link up party every Friday - Sunday too. I would love it if you would stop by and link this up. Usualy we have a bunch, I don't know where everyone went this week! redoux.blogspot.com

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