She's Got a New Do

10.21.2011

When I started using the new Annie Sloan chalk paint color, French Linen, I just knew it would be perfect on my bench. It only took me less than two hours to transform it.

I think the new color plus Old White on the details and the addition of the clear and dark waxes has given this bench more of an old French antique look.

This is the sneak peek picture again. This is before adding the waxes. Now take a look at the next picture.

You can see the difference the waxes make plus I added just a few spots of gold with rub n buff here and there.


Here you can see the gold added on the white.








Just playing with pillows.


 So do you like her new do?



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101 comments:

  1. Beautiful new do Kim and the pillows look great!

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  2. I've got to try that AS paint...your bench turned out great. You always inspire me with your projects!

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  3. Kim, your bench is exquisite! I never thought this sort of treatment would work in my home....but I think you have just changed my mind! Your blog is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing your home. Cathie

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  4. Beautiful!!!! The gold really brings out those details; what a great piece!!!

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  5. Very french ! I love it !

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  6. What a gorgeous piece! And the perfect color! I'm green... errr gray with envy *winks* Vanna

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  7. Her new do is wonderful. Love the different colors. The details really pop! (I never say pop) But they do! I need some of the new colors!
    Debbie

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  8. The most beautiful French Bench/Settee. love the cane back the detail the pretty colors..
    Love it...
    Karryann

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  9. It looks very frenchy chic! Of course, I love that type of style and colorscheme. It's just a subtle differnce, but enough to see that you changed it.

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  10. Yes, I loooove her new do! You have the touch, Kim!

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  11. I like your bench and it looks great painted. Great job and sounds like it was easy. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  12. It looks gorgeous Kim. I love me some Frenchy la~la ;) I was thinking of getting the new linen. You might have cinched it! Stunning. The rub&buff was the perfect little detail.

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  13. She has a beautiful new "do", Kim!

    Thank you for linking this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday. You are appreciated, my friend!

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  14. You did a beautiful job. Such talent! I love the new French Linen.

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  15. Gorgeous!! I love that you highlighted the applique parts with the white....and the touch of gold is just perfect :o)
    ~Des

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  16. Just amazing, your bench transformation, and I love the lighter details, they stand out.
    Hugs,
    Angela.

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  17. YOU are a true artisan with this chalk paint and your vision of what will look stunning. Oh and can I borrow your bench, like forever? LOL

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  18. Hi Kim,

    That girl has some style!!
    What a beauty...
    Another great makeover, you sure know what your doing when it comes to painting furniture!
    Have a great weekend!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  19. I am screaming!! I love this!!! I want to have this piece at my dining room table instead of my wire bench!!! Please tell me where you found it~and I will try to do a knock off of your most excellent paint job!

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  20. Mmmmmmm. She looks so beautiful! A real grande dame.
    -Revi

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  21. I do, I do, like her new do, Kim! The French Linen is a nice color, but I really love how the Old White brings out the details.

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  22. Stunning Kim. I wish you could come and paint some of my pieces. When I sew I know exactly what I'm doing but give me a paint brush and I'm lost. You should go into business. You've got an eye for doing just the right thing. Love the pillows too...

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  23. The new treatment kicks it up a notch, Kim. I love it.

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  24. beautiful! I just found another piece on Kijiji, and nearly jumped for joy....a settee, just like yours! It's 2 hours away, so I may have some convincing to do with Hubs =) I love your chair!

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  25. Her new do is really pretty. Such a lovely bench and the two tone color is very chic. Looks like a time worn antique. Hugs, Marty

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  26. Gotta get me some chalk paint!! Your bench looks so FAB!

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  27. gorgeous Kim! love the white highlights with the gold, really beautiful! thanks for linking up to the party, xoxo

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  28. Thanks everyone. Y'all are too kind.

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  29. She looks very pretty Kim. Loved her before and still do.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  30. What a gorgeous piece and I love that you painted the cane! This has convinced me that I am painting the top cabinets white and bottom the linen color. Love it!

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  31. Beautiful bench. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

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  32. I think it is much "richer" looking, Kim. It really made quite a difference in the way it looks~xo Diana

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  33. Absolutely love it! I have to try Annie Sloan soon and it is amazing what a little Rub 'n' Buff will do - I like the silver & gold combination effect, brings out the details even more.

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  34. So pretty! I love that ASCP! Like the hints of gold from the Rub n Buff too! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Kim, this is a gorgeous beanch. Looks like it should have always been that gorgeous shade!
    You are the paint queen!
    Yvonne

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  36. Kim I always loved this bench and you definitely made it look like and old French antique! It looks beautiful!! Martina

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  37. I don't like her new do...I LOVE her new do!!!

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  38. Looks great :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  39. Kim, I love her new do! Actually I've been in love with this beauty since you first shared her. I think every home should have such a bench for special pillows. Ours isn't nearly this attractive, but it does hold a few seasonal pillows. ;-)
    Love the stencil pillows! Is the rooster one new?
    ~ Sarah

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  40. I do like it! You're getting to be a painting pro!

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  41. The bench came out amazing. You did such a good job...

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  42. Love it! Can I have it for my house?

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  43. Kim, I have always loved your bench and if you ever get tired of it please send it my way. She looks great with the new color.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  44. THAT is one stunning bench, Kim! You did an amazing job with the chalk paint. Two questions for you: When you did the embossed parts with white paint, did you have to paint those separately from rest of the bench with a tiny brush...? And: I'm having issues with blending the dark wax correctly. Any tips? Thanks!

    xoxo laurie

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  45. Kim,
    Her new do is fabulous. What a beautiful bench. I love how the wax really changed the look.

    Great job,
    Melissa

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  46. Kim, you are really getting good at your chalk paint technique. You should teach classes, seriously. Maybe you could get your local paint store to let you use their space and they could become a retailer.

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  47. Kim your bench really looks like a priceless antique. Bravo!!

    I can see you would have many bidders if you ever sell! (including me)

    Do come and enter my Designer Pillow Giveaway!! (Also a great resource)

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  48. I love it! She looks gorgeous!

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  49. Beautiful! I will have to try that color scheme on something.

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  50. Wow Kim. You could make a serious living painting furniture. I love the look you gave that bench. Great job. Patty

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  51. Just Fabulous Kim!

    I've got to place an order for the new color right away. That bench is really pretty, especially with it's new customized paint finish.

    You've got such a great eye for design,.

    Cori

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  52. Gorgeous Bench! I Love French Linen, you did a fabulous job making it look authentic, which can sometimes be hard to achieve.

    Simply Beautiful.

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  53. Okay, I have some questions. You say this took two hours. I'm wondering what it looked like before? Was it already painted? When I'm using the chalk paint on varnished furniture, it's taking me 3-4 coats minimum to get good coverage. How many coats did you use? It sure looks lovely -- maybe I'm being too picky about the finish? I love the details you enhanced with the gold and the dark wax too!

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  54. Her new do is perfect! I need some of that rub-n-buff it adds so much!

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  55. Love the new do! A very pretty " painted lady " indeed!
    That's what I call my painted furniture pieces! I'm inspired by this color combination for a victorian chair and a dining chair I have " in waiting " in the studio! Thanks for this... the gold is a fun touch too!
    Deb

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  56. That is beautiful!
    The first set of pillows are my fav's.
    Great job!

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  57. drooling on the keyboard! this piece is incredible, adn the color is perfection.

    michele

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  58. I looks wonderful in the French linen! I have a sample of that shade and need to find the perfect piece to use it on. I like how it give the weathered wood look. Just what I was hoping it would.

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  59. Yes!! I Love it! I haven't been paying the best of attention to all the tutorials on the chalk paint because I thought I had noting to paint... but I have a bench like this and could really use this makeover. Now I feel like I am completely behind on all this... It has a rush seat and wonder how hard it is to cover that... I need to figure out the supply list. Sounds like you used two colors of paint, two waxes and the rub and buff.. and I guess I need brushes too... I'm so behind!

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  60. I love it! You've done an absolutely beautiful job!

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  61. Another masterpiece I found in your blog. Just now I was just searching for this type of piece at my dining room table instead of my wire bench. your bench transformation is gorgeous.
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  62. YES, love the new do ... looks wonderful !!

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  63. Like her and like the zebra pillow too.

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  64. Oh my goodness! I am in love. It is gorgeous!

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  65. Kim, great job. I love the touches of gold you added with the wax. I love the first pic with one pillow. I have the same pillow and love it. I think it looks great here, just the perfect accent with the jugs on the floor. Beautiful........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  66. It turned out beautiful! Before beautiful, after even more beautiful.

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  67. You have the most beautiful pieces. It turned out lovely. I really like the french linen color.

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  68. Beautiful as always.......wish you lived nearer so I could come and watch!! Just so afraid of painting furniture!!!

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  69. Absolutely beautiful (again)! I'm in love with that bench regardless of what the color of the week is:) They are all beautiful.

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  70. Her new do is wonderful Kim! I am looking forward to seeing you today for lunch!

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  71. Hi Kim, your bench itself is gorgeous, her redo makes her shine even more. hugs ~lynne~

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  72. Is old white the accent color? I think that this is your best yet! You've become quite the ASCP expert! Please tell me what you use to buff. Rags, cheesecloth? Thanks!,
    The ASCP novice.

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  73. I know you get a millions comments, but I just had to say.. this took my breath away!

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  74. Oh this came out fabulous and I love the pillows. I want to get some of that paint to do my dining room table. I am wondering if it is durable enough the top. Now I just have to figure out where to order some. Weekend project I think getting me some of that wonderful stuff.

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  75. Bittersweet...on the one hand, you so inspire me to get up off my behind and paint my black hutch with this awesome paint...on the OTHER hand, I know I can't do it like you do and I'm gonna be LOST...Oh, I can paint..it's the waxes and golds and the beautiful finished look you always get. Maybe I'll start on a smaller piece and THEN do my hutch.:)
    Your bench is breathtaking..I just pinned it.:)

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  76. WOW!!!!!! It looks fabulous! LOve the script pillows too! GORGEOUS! XO, Pinky

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  77. Sure do. It looks fabulous.

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  78. I love your bench! I was wondering if you paint the whole bench French Linen, then go back and paint over the details with old white. Or, do you paint around the details and then just paint them white. You must have a very steady hand - it is just beautiful!

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  79. Kim, me gusta mucho como se ve el banco, con esos colores. Saludos

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  80. Beautiful! Kim you have such a an eye for the right spots to highlight. BTW, what is the paint color on the wall behind the bench?

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  81. Kim, You did a fabulous job on your bench! What a fun project to do with all those beautiful curves and details to highlight. Awesome! Just beautiful!

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  82. Gorgeous vintage re-do - BRAVO!

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  83. Kim that bench is gorgeous. I was just in a store yesterday full of expensive french antiques, and your bench would have felt right at home there!

    Kat :)

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  84. I love your beautiful wicker bench!!

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  85. So gorgeous Kim!! I love the new look on your bench and am even more excited to transform my pieces with French Linen now! Thanks for sharing at my party! :)

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  86. Oh Kim, she's just heavenly! Seriously gorgeous...I'm coveting her. ;) Great job...as always!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Inspiration Friday!

    Heather

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  87. Beautiful!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

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  88. This bench is sooo beautiful! I love all the pillows too. I just love your blog!

    Kristen
    http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com

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  89. Absolutely gorgeous!

    If this was mine, I'd have to tell the boys to stay off and treat it like it was my own little throne.

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  90. What a find! You finished it so beautifully.

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  91. OMG! Love this! I just bought a can of French Linen and can't wait to try it.

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  92. Love the bench and the blog. Now I know what to do with that chair I bought 3 years ago and a bench I want to buy.
    I'm working on making a blog, but haven't as of yet got the hang of it.
    Thanks for the wonderful ideas
    Mary

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  93. Kim, adding the black to the bench really gave it the character it needed. Very clever of you!!...Rebecca

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