Weathered

7.22.2011

I think I told y'all a few weeks ago that I had worked on five paint projects in the course of a few days. Well, I showed you the lamp in the nautical guest room in a weathered finish, but I had actually painted this huge piece first and am just now getting around to sharing it with you. Yes, working backwards here.


Here is a before shot of the armoire. This is the original cherry color. I am so over cherry in this house. I had it in almost every room and I just don't care for it much. Maybe if it was real cherry stained I might like it, but this created cherry color is just not appealing.
This was not an expensive piece since it came from Rooms To Go many years ago so I figured why not paint it.

Here is the new and improved look. I created a weathered look with several layers of Annie Sloan chalk paint and waxes. In fact, I had to improve on this after I thought I was through with it.

The picture on the left shows what it did look like before I toned it down some more. It was just too shiny and there was too much contrast in the dark and white spots so I created a wash and went over it to tone it down.

Here a some shots of the finish.

New knobs from Hobby Lobby.









Oh, and the box on top. Yes, I transformed that, too and will share it in another post on how.

This armoire was painted first with Old Violet and then dry brushed with Old White. I then mixed Chateau Gray and the Old Violet and water to make a muddy looking gray green and that was dry brushed on in places and smeared with my fingers. I then heavily sanded following with clear and brown waxes. Then after not liking the look I brushed more of the Chateau Gray/Old Violet/water mix on in more places to tone down the color and shine.

It goes so much better in the room now.  Mr. Savvy likes it which was a surprise. I was afraid he may not have been pleased with me painting it. For some reason men seem to prefer stained wood. He has learned not to be surprised to come home and find a piece painted. In fact, today I painted his nightstand.

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65 comments:

  1. Kim, that turned out so pretty. The paint technique along with the knobs give a very weathered, beachy feel. I love it! Feel free to link up at my party: www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com.

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  2. This is an awesome piece in the guest bedroom Kim!

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  3. Laughing at the nightstand comment, but loving the cabinet. And doesn't it look amazing near that gorgeous chair?! Good job!

    Mary @ Redo 101

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  4. I love the weathered look. you did such a great job, Kim.

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  5. WOW, Kim! The cherry is totally gone and so it the look it had before. Just amazing how different a piece looks after it is painted!
    I am going to e-mail you with a question!
    Yvonne

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  6. Just Stunning!
    You're so talented!
    xoxo

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  7. Hi Kim,I love the weathered look!You did a fantastic job on it.

    Kathy

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  8. Great job. I love the knobs & have been looking for something similar for a piece in our sunroom.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  9. I love the lighter distressed look! What a job!

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  10. beautiful! you did such a wonderful job. i love it!

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  11. Looks great!! You redeemed this piece and gave it a whole new life!!

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  12. Wow! You painting skill amazes me every time and I have run out of words...This is so beautiful! the finish on it and the transformation is simply marvelous. I love the hardware you chose... and I am looking forward to the post on the box. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great weekend!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  13. Looks great, Kim!
    I love it that Mr. Savvy likes it and your little... oh by the way, I also painted his night stand!!!!
    That made me chuckle.
    :)
    He is ONE lucky guy.
    (Pls tell him I said that!)

    xx
    Alison
    It's gorgeous.

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  14. Good job Kim. It now looks very weathered beachy.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. I love your choice of knobs and the wingback is beautiful!

    ~Amy

    http://thevintagevisionary.blogspot.com/

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  16. I can't wait to get my order of chalk paint so I can try out these transformations too. I'll have to remember how you layered the colours to achieve this look! Beautiful!

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  17. It looks beautiful painted.

    Dee

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  18. Kim, I can't believe that is the same piece of furniture, it looks so different. I love the weathered look and it fits in very well with your decor and style.

    I have a question for you, what does Mr.Savvy think of all the dramatic changes going on throughout the house? You've transformed so many pieces of furniture, I'm just amazed by your stamina. You are SUPER WOMAN! =) Thanks for sharing! XO~LIZ

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  19. it turned out perfect...love it! I can't wait to see how you transformed that box, it is darling!!!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  20. It looks incredible Kim! Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday! :-)
    Vanessa

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  21. Wow, that is a remarkable change, Kim. Your are the expert! Your comment about ment and stained wood is oh-so true!

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  22. Great job Kim, love the new look! Martina

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  23. Oh it looks great! And you're right, men love wood.

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  24. That sounds exactly like what I did with my latest piece. I didn't like the final product, so I just kept layering and sanding and layering some more till I got what I wanted. That is the great thing about that paint. Love you final product. Lori L

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  25. This is gorgeous! Great pictures of all the details!

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  26. This was a big project! You are getting so creative with your color mixing...I'm just not that brave. My husband cringes every time I mention painting anything. He would literally be crazy if he lived with you!!

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  27. It's gorgeous! I love all the layering of the paints and waxes. It really looks lovely!

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  28. Nice! I love weathered finished, and you nailed it.

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  29. Love the paint layering! That hit and miss appearance of the Old Violet is really appealing. Deb

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  30. WOW Kim looks like you a very busy Lady... sure wish I had your energy .. Looks good have a good weekend

    Pattie

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  31. That looks awesome in that room! Kim, you are so good at this! The knobs just top it off!

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  32. UNREAL transformation! It is funny how men like the wood stained. My belief has always been they are just afraid of a "big project" looming out there that they may have to get involved in, if they agree that something may look better painted ; ) Love, Me www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

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  33. I really love painted furniture...and you always do a fantastic job, Kim!

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  34. Wow, what a great transformation! I love that weathered look. I will be painting a hutch soon and am now inspired to try this technique :).

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  35. Wow, that was a big project and the outcome is amazing! Well done. I think men the world over prefer the wood look to the painted one. I always have to do a lot of persuading before painting! x Sharon

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  36. This is beautiful. I'm always amazed at the transforming nature of paint. And the amount of work you put into this was well worth it! Great job!

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  37. It is just lovely! Would you please come to my house?

    Blessings,
    Haven

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  38. Kim , you really transformed the look of the piece for the better. I'm with you on all the cherry. House full here too and my problem is Mister loves it! Your lucky you don't get eye rolls from Mr Savvy when you paint over the stained furniture. I sure enjoy all your projects, you just have an eye for decorating...........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  39. Girl, you will tackle anything! LOL! I love it. blessings ~ tanna

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  40. VERY cool. Love the finish...and it's perfect in that gorgeous room of yours!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  41. Wow Kim! Another amazing piece! I love how it turned out and its weathered look!

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  42. i love it!!! and the knobs are PERFECT!

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  43. I like this. Everyone once in a while my husband will actually like something I painted too.

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  44. Love the new look I want to paint all my living room furniture

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  45. Incredible change Kim! I love the new weathered look, it goes well with the nautical theme. Cute knobs too!

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  46. Yes I love it so much better! Really great job Kim. All the details pop out, like the rope molding etc. Laughing cuz my hubs never knows what I will be painting next...hint: formica countertops!

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  47. Kim, It looks fabulous! I love the finish and the knobs are wonderful. You want to come to my house for a paint party? I have lots of projects waiting to be done.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  48. Looks great. I don't think I would be brave enough to do that. My husband would literally have a cow if he came home and I had painted anything like that. He would accuse me of ruining a nice piece of furniture, lol. Great job!

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  49. Kim, it turned out wonderful! I love, love, love the wingback chair. ;)

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  50. wow this is spectacular.. cheers!

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  51. Another beautiful transformation Kim!

    Kat :)

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  52. love the hardware!!

    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  53. Love it...it looks like a really expensive piece..and it really shines beside that amazing chair.
    xo bj

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  54. Wow - you are brave. The finished product is so chic - but I think I would have been afraid to go for it! I know what you mean about men and wood tones - my husband would have blown a gasket!

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  55. Love the new look....but I think it
    would look good in a medium navy and
    of course distressed !!! The new knobs are perfect !!!

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  56. Really pretty, Kim! What is it with men and having a fear of painting wood?

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  57. I love the weathered look. Good job!

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  58. Wow! What a transformation!

    Love to have you stop by and link up at my weekly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Link Party

    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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  59. So gorgeous! What a huuuuge change! I love seeing before and afters. LOVE it!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my 'Paint, Please' link party.

    Sarahx

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  60. Didn't we all have those cherry armoires!!! I have gotten rid of most of mine [mainly because of space] but they do look so much better painted. You might have to give classes on chalk paint techniques soon :)

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  61. Beautiful job on your armoire (and I love those knobs!!!), I linked this to my post project: armoires today as well!

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  62. no sorry didn't like this one to me it needs something more...but the knobs are great

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