Never Say Never

4.27.2012

At least I better never say never when it comes to painting something. When I found my plate shelf last year I had said I wasn't going to paint it. Well, I lied. Not exactly lied. I just changed my mind. The plain cheap pine wood was not working for me anymore. Then I had to figure out what color to paint it. Finally a few weeks ago I figured out what to do to it. For those of you new here this is in a little hallway that connects the front sitting room and the great room with the powder room and master off of it.


I wanted it to go with the piece below it, but have more of a vibrant color.

First I painted it all over with Paris Gray Annie Sloan chalk paint. Then I went over some of it with Country Gray. I then waxed it and thought I was finished.

But after living with it for a couple of weeks it was just blending into the wall color so I grabbed another can of chalk paint that I have had for a long time. I used Old Violet which is really more of a blue.

Now it was looking much better and was not blending with the wall anymore.

I distressed it and added gold rub n buff here and there to make it look like it had some gilding at one time.





I found this blue and white transferware bowl last week and had intended on using it somewhere else, but it didn't work out and ended up here.

I was cleaning out some junk stuff the other day and found this little framed water color that I have had for many years and decided to hang it here.

Always fun to find something stashed away that can be used again.

The shelf is filled with plates and pitchers collected over time.





Here is a reminder of the way it looked before. It really was just plain cheap pine boards with a lot of bad places on them so I am liking the painted version much better.

I still have not heard from PATRICIA who WON the Annie Sloan book the other day.
Patricia, where are you??
I will choose a new winner soon if I don't hear from her.

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73 comments:

  1. I only thought I loved your plate shelf before. I adore it now! The way you blended the colors and gold and sanding is just perfect. You really do have Savvy Southern Style.

    Gretchen

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  2. Kim I LOVE it painted and love the pretty display too!!

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  3. It looks so much better now! The plates and bowls are perfect there.

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  4. Love your display. The shelf looks good both ways. I also really like it natural with the pine. Great piece. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Yes, the blue iced the cake Kim. Oh dear me I saw olive buckets in the Ballards catalog, I am doomed.

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  6. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!
    toko busana muslim

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  7. Wow! I am soooo jealous! Your plate rack looks like it's right out of Southen Living. Very pretty enjoy.

    Susanne

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  8. The new finish on your plate rack is amazing Kim! You do such a great job!

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  9. Hi, Kim!!!
    Again, GREAT job! I never used violet, you are making me want to try it! Funny how you make me want to try new colors, I believe you did that with a green frame you painted. Kim,
    what is the "Gold Rub" you used? Can you tell me how, and the name of the product?
    Thanks!!!

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  10. Thats a very unique plate rack! But i do like it a lot better painted!

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  11. It's such a great focal point on that wall now in its painted form, Kim.

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  12. Love, love, love the change. What an incredible difference.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  13. Kim, I love everything about this little hallway! What an amazing make-over.

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  14. Kim I love the new life you gave it. I am so excited as I bought two new cans of Chalk paint today. I am going to use them both on a project and am so excited. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. I have not painted anything BIG in a long time.

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  15. This blue makes the green and blue china really work together. Beautiful!

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  16. Very well done. Very pretty. And I love all the transferware on display too.

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  17. Kim it looks great, love all your pretties on it.

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  18. Love it you are so good with the chalk paint. Layering I must practice more... The rub and buff is a really nice touch as well. It looks amazing.

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  19. Beautiful makeover! Love the power of paint!

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  20. How to fun to see the Violet -- I've been pondering getting a sample and I think you've sealed the deal!
    Love it ~ xo Heidi

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  21. Oh I like it so much better! You are really talented! Love the addition of the blue-ish color and the highlights of gold.. Transformation complete? Yes! For now...

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  22. Kim,
    I really love this painted.I think you made the right decision.Yes there are pieces I said I would never paint.But I guess you never know.A girl can change her mind can't she.
    Anne

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  23. I love it Kim, the shelves are totally gorgeous :o) I'm still trying to pluck up courage to paint some of my pine furniture...maybe soon...
    Rose H

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  24. Love the new look Kim, I think what really makes it all pop is the green items you have displayed. Great contrast to the violet shade:)

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  25. Wow, Kim. I love your painting technique. Looks like it really has been worn with time. I would never have guessed you just painted it. Fabulous!

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  26. I really like how you made it match the piece of furniture beneath it. It looks like they go together now. That is a great color you selected for it. I liked the way it was before too, but since it's hanging over the grey cabinet, it looks even better now! I never realized you had so many of the same style pitchers too. You've got a nice collection going.

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  27. So pretty -- I love the way the lamp light goes up and makes it all pop!

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  28. that looks so good! I love the 3 color blend. I am looking for a dark blue to paint an armoire, i think i will try the old violet, it looks really pretty!

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  29. Hi Kim,
    I just love your enthusiasm for making things prettier and for finding what works right for your home!
    The shelf looks really great painted in its new color.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  30. It looks great painted Kim. You put your magic touch on it and it turned out beautiful.

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  31. Love it, Kim! The display is beautiful too. Hugs, Sherry

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  32. I really think you should you should have Annie Sloan paints as a sponsor. So many people have used them because they saw your blog. I love what you have done. I actually got one peice painted and on to my dinning room chairs. hopefully next week.

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  33. Oh I figured you painted over something you said was perfect and you wouldn't touch it! I have to say it looks marvelous Kim!!!

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  34. It looks great Kim! I love the Rub N Buff you added as well. I just ordered some AS gilding Wax and am interested in seeing how it is different from Rub N Buff.

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  35. It really does look a lot better painted, Kim! I think you did a great job on it! xo Diana

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  36. I remember seeing your shelf when you first bought it and loved it. But, I have to say it looks even better painted and aged to perfection.

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  37. Love how this turned out, Kim! The dishes really are enhanced with this color as compared to the wood! Your technique looks so great, too!

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  38. Great new look and color, Kim. love those Majolica plates!

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  39. It looks beautiful, I really like it. I like this color better than the natural pine...and the green dishes etc. look great on it...

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  40. I love the layers of paint - really makes it look old. Everything's better with a little gold rub n buff. ;)

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  41. Very pretty! Love the bit of gold you added. Especially love the pitchers...really charming.

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  42. I really like it, cute stuff too

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  43. Hi Kim,

    I love the update and all your beautiful dishes.

    Dee

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  44. I'm with the others Kim, the "new" improved plate rack looks fabulous. The combination of colors gave the piece just the right instant patina. The colorful dishware you've displayed give the piece a spring pick me up for sure.

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  45. Ha...Kim you make me smile every time! Love the painted shelf and you have such a good eye for color and what will work in your home.

    Well done!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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  46. LOL! I KNEW that little pine shelf was destined to find some Annie Sloan! LOL! Looks GREAT, Kim. Oh, have I mentioned my other name is Patricia. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  47. Hi kim, I'm loving those two pieces used together! Beautiful color. You are giving me ideas here……..

    Have a lovely weekend.
    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  48. Kim, I think the plate rack looks so wonderful.. Well done. I love all the pieces you paint you have a great eye!

    Have a great day.
    Susan

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  49. Oh my gosh that looks so much better. Your little bits of gold rub/buff are perfect too! The watercolor adds just the right amount of brightness to this area! Great job!

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  50. I do love the painted version, Kim. You did a wonderful job.
    It is so interesting to watch how your taste and skill are evolving through this blog - always something beautiful to look at here!

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  51. Wow I am so impressed! I really want to do this with some of my pieces. I am pinning this and bookmarking this post now so I can come back to it when i start my project. Thanks and have a blessed day!
    Heather
    WWW.livingonloveandcents.com
    WWW.Pinterest.com/hbrummett

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  52. Kim, what an outstanding shelf redo! You did it again, it's just a winner! Have missed you, I'm back, finally!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  53. This is one of those times where the paint really made such a huge difference. I like it so much better painted...it is really a wonderful piece. Love the color.

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  54. Fantastic as always! It looks so pretty that color. You do such a nice job layering on paint, and distressing it down.
    I really love the collected look to all of your vignettes.
    Fabulous! Nothing more to say!
    xo-Lisa

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  55. Hi Kim
    Really Lovley job :)
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  56. We are painting the dining room...yes, no more blue walls. I'd love to find a shelf like yours. It is gorgeous and I like it painted.

    Happy Weekend!

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  57. Love it! Nothing is safe from a blogger and her paint:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  58. Hi Kimmie! Oh, love your blue plates and they do look so pretty! I have the same pattern in the red. Love it! I used to have so much blue in my house, not so much anymore.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  59. We know you better than to think furniture in your home will go untainted! :). I love the violet and gold together! Great layering and distressing!

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  60. Kim...the hutch turned out fabulous!!!...Love the technique you used...you always seem to transform pieces into masterful works of art!...Loved that you added the blue...I think it really made a beautiful difference...

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  61. Looks great, Kim. I love that plate rack AND your plates and pitchers on it. XO, Pinky

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  62. Great looking plate rack in pine or the newly painted version. ;-)

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  63. Holy Cow....I have a post in draft about a shelf but it is sooo humdrum compared to THIS beauty, I think I will just scrap the post.
    Your shelf is MARILYN MONROE
    My shelf is LUCILLE BALL

    bwaaaaaaaaaaa

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  64. Looks great! Like the paint treatment. Love the blue and white bowl. Hugs,

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  65. Quite nice. I bet adding that last color made a world of difference. Your displays on the shelves and on the cabinet top are picture perfect.

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  66. Love your plate shelf very much. I have a plate shelf too. Or rather maybe a plate shelf and a teacup shelf. Come say hi if you have the time and see my dining room shelf done up for summer.

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  67. You did good changing your mind, it looks amazing! I love that aged blue specially, even more than the white I've seen. Perfect SAVVY SOUTHERN Style! I also love all you have in your plate shelf, so pretty.
    FABBY

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  68. Lovely display!
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  69. My eye just went to your seltzer bottle. I love bottles of all kinds but the seltzers are special. Good work on your plate rack.

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  70. Love your shelf. It's just the right size to fit in so many places. I line the paint job too. The little painting and blue plate finish it all off. It's so much fun to rearrange and play house isn't it?

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  71. Pinned it!
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

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