Armoire Transformation.....oh so French blue

4.15.2016

 What can I say, but I tend to paint pieces in my home more than once. When a new look is in the works for a room and I don't want to buy something new I just whip out my paints and supplies and change what I have. The armoire in one of the guest rooms is no longer red since this room has been made over to suit my new calmer and lighter style. Now it's a beautiful blue gray or a pretty French blue. Blue is actually my favorite color so it makes since that I am adding more of it in my home.

I'm joining some of my blogger pals to share how we use blue in our homes and the links will be at the end of the post. 



This is another makeover where I used many layers of paints and waxes. I actually had painted the whole piece gray and was planning on leaving it that way, but it was just too plain and well... too gray. 

So I went over the gray with some blue and then I took some back off and rubbed hemp oil all over. 

It still wasn't exactly right so I added some mint green in spots. Those are the lighter spots you see.

I like to make many areas a bit darker since that is how an old painted piece is going to get through time and use.

I mixed my own dark wax by mixing black milk paint and clear wax and applied it mostly all over and then heavier around the knobs and the dark wax settled nicely in the grooves of the piece as I buffed the rest off.








I have read that if you want to know what colors you are really attracted to just look at the clothes in your closet. I had my house filled with red, but in my closet I only had two red shirts and a red sweater. Most of my closet is filled with lots of navy since it is my favorite color to wear. I automatically gravitate to navy whether shopping in a store or on line. I also wear a lot of denim so blue is definitely my go to color.

You can see what the armoire looked like before here.

Full reveal of this room coming soon!

I hope you will check out my talented friends below as they share how they use blue in their homes and have a fabulous weekend!

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61 comments:

  1. you always do such an amazing job on your painted pieces kim.

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  2. The armoire is beautiful...I must say that I love it painted this color!...and of course you worked your magic with the combination of the colors....perfection!...I have to say that I gravitate to navy too...can't tell you how many navy and white striped shirts I have!...Great partying with you today!....Have a great weekend!!!

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    1. Thanks Shirley. Yes, I have so many striped navy tops, too and even have one on now.

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  3. Wow I think you are becoming an expert in faux antiquing for furniture Kim! I think its totally Habershammy!!

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    1. Awe, thanks, Amy. I just start and don't even have a plan.

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  4. It looks beautiful Kim! Hard to believe it ever use to be painted red.

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  5. You do such a beautiful job, Kim! This piece looks wonderful! I went from lots of red in our house to lots of neutrals and blues a few years ago so I am really enjoying all your changes! Have a wonderful weekend!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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    1. Thank you Lynda, I am enjoying the change, too.

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  6. Your painting skills are amazing, the armoire looks FABULOUS! I love it this color. Anxious to see the whole room. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Pinky. You have a super weekend, too!

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  7. I love this soft French blue! Very appropriate for your love of French style. Sheila

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  8. Blue is one of my favorite colors too, Kim. I do mix in a lot of red with it in our home so by no means to we have the soft look though. '-) I like the changes you've made. As I've said many, many times before. I admire your enthusiasm and energy for doing these projects. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I had to get this done before the new carpet went down.

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  9. Kim, the armoire is perfection! It truly looks like a French piece you would see in a Provençal farmhouse! You do magic with a paintbrush! Happy weekend! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  10. Gorgeous! I agree with Laura...you always do amazing work with paint!

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  11. I love all the layers-amazing!

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  12. Hi Kim, I have been laboring to re-paint a bedroom over the past week and I would love to see how you seem to do it so quickly and neatly!!!

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    1. Cyndy, I painted this room before the new carpet was installed. A new white over the old white only took one coat thank goodness so it only took a day to paint this room. Once I start I don't stop till it's done.

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  13. Kim, I love the armoire in it's new finish! What a wonderful transformation! I love, love the layering of the colors, it always results in such an authentic look with lots of depth. And the blues, yes, I am always drawn to those beautiful shades!
    Cindy
    Edith & Evelyn

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    1. Thank you Cindy. I love the transformation you shared today, too!

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  14. Kim, I love everything you paint but I must confess, I love this project the best. It's color and the way you coaxed a warn look out of it is masterful!!! xo

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. It is my fave so far, too.

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  15. Kim,
    This is my favorite look for your armoire. Love the soft variegated colors with their aged patina look, and the dark wax showcases the rope trim.... You have given me some great ideas about how to soften bright colors.

    Judith

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    1. Thank you Judith. I love this new look the best, too.

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  16. I love the new colour(s) of the armoire. I think it's very relaxing to look at blue.

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  17. So pretty Kim- I love it when you paint your pieces- it is always a beautiful transformation.

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  18. This piece is beautiful!!

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  19. Love the way it turned out and I love the pop of red with the flowers. If I looked in my closet I would see every color of the rainbow!

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    1. Thanks Penny and that means you are a very colorful person!

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  20. Kim - I think this is my favorite piece that you have painted! Lovely!

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  21. Holy Cow! I LOVE it!!! You did such a fantastic job, Kim:D If the whole "what's in your closet thing" is true...then maybe that's why I gravitate to blacks and neutrals! I really love this piece and the knobs on it are just perfect!

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  22. Kim, I had to pop over to see more of this beauty after spotting it on your Instagram. I just LOVE it! Turned out beautifully. xoxo

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  23. Love the colour of this armoire, it's really turned out beautifully and living here in SW France, I can tell you it would look very at home here! I may just be copying the colour on an armoire in our guest house over the weekend, thank you!

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    1. Wow, what a nice compliment! Thanks so much!

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  24. What company and shade is the blue? The finished product is lovely!

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    1. Debbie all the layers working together produced the color. One on it's own would not look this way. The blue is Bergere Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

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  25. It's beautiful Kim! Love all of the different layers and the pretty shade of blue.

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  26. What a lovely and calming piece. Thank you for sharing..

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  27. I love the beautiful french blue. Your painting is perfection. I just love all the layers of color. I know this room will be gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  28. I loved the cabinet in red, but the blue you chose is simply stunning!

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  29. Our best pieces are our biggest experiments :)
    I play it by ear when I paint wearing paints off that would have aged through time.
    You did a fabulous job on this piece, I know that painstaking job of removing paint to repaint, and this was a job well worth the effort. Loving that you did red so well, if have ro,say Kim, I'm loving your direction in style so much more.

    Such a peaceful armoire to look at now! And what a dramatic transformation.

    I paint a lot of natural weathered woods for the very reason as to always fitting in with changes I may make to my decor, it's such a laboring job to change a paint colour we once loved to second guess ourselves as to should I or shouldn't I repaint a piece. I bet you are over joyed with the outcome I know I share your joy I'm it's new beautiful look.
    Your red accents now stand out never to feel overly plays again with to much of a good thing.

    See you soon, I have been sewing up grain tones and Bleu tickings, adding French Bleu back into my home, ever so subtlety.

    Xx
    Bisous
    Doré

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  30. I love it! You do such a good job creating layers on a piece. It makes it look so much richer. Looking forward to seeing the full room reveal.

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  31. That armoir is gorgeous! It has such good lines, I don't blame you for keeping it. The color is just beautiful. You did a fabulous job "antiquing" it, if that is the correct word.
    Good work! Could you come over to my house and paint a few things?!

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  32. Gorgeous Kim! I love the soft layers of color on your armoire and the depth you created with your waxing, you're a master!

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  33. You did an AMAZING job Kim! It takes real talent to paint and age something so that it actually looks vintage, and you nailed it. Love the color you picked too; it's the perfect French grey/blue.

    And I'm so fascinated by what you said about fashion. I'm re-doing my family room which has had red as an accent color for years and am about to change to blue. And you know what's interesting? I have ONE red top in my closet - literally one! How funny that I never connected the two before - love that!

    Great post!

    Sheila
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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  34. Love this piece so much. And you know what they say...you can't be too rich....too thin...or have too many layers on your painted piece. :-) Susie from The Chelsea Project

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