New French Look

11.07.2011

I am at it again. I have taken a piece that I painted a few months ago and painted it again. Y'all are used to me doing this, right? Well, you should be by now.  This is the project I did at the same time as my sister's mirror. This is the little chest that I moved from the master bathroom to this little hallway that runs between the great room and sitting room that just needed a little revamping.


Here is a reminder of what it looked like when I painted it with ASCP in Old White and Paris Gray and then distressed and waxed it. It was just fine, BUT it spoke to me again and asked for a change.

Now it looks like this. See the wood decorative appliques I added to the doors? Not sure I added them the right way. What do you think? This way or turn them the other way? I just wasn't sure. I don't guess it really matters. They might be too hard to change, too.

Here is a closer look. I bought these at the antique mall. They were unfinished wood that I added layers of color to. I did the base color of Coco and then added a little Old White. I then brushed some rub n buff in gold leaf here and there on them. Little sanding and waxing with clear and dark waxes and it looks like layers of old worn off paint.

Let's back up a little. Here is the chest after painting the door panels with French Linen and the outer areas with Coco. I left the old white border around the door and drawer panels.

Here is another shot before I started sanding and waxing.


This is after sanding and waxing with clear and dark waxes. I painted the knobs with rub n buff in gold leaf.

Coco has the most wonderful patina after waxing.


You will notice that I didn't show you what is above the chest. You will have to wait. I have a new surprise hanging over this chest.

I will be getting back to my other paint project tomorrow. Mr. Savvy has some trim to add before I can finish painting.
I can't have this mess in the house much longer or I will go bonkers.


71 comments:

  1. I love the new colors on this little chest! Glad you had fun at the bloggers get together. I sure hated to miss it! hugs, Linda

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  2. I absolutely love the transformation. The little chest was right when it whispered in your ear!

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  3. I love the appliques, Kim--you're so funny, I'll bet your paint brushes never even have a chance to dry out! :)

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  4. I really like the Coco, Kim! Love the added appliques! It looks like you did them right to me, but I turned appliques around once because it looked better to me that way {and who knows if that was how they were meant to be anyway}.

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  5. Loving the redo Kim. Not sure if those appliques are the right way or not...I don't think there is a wrong or right with those. Glad you enjoyed the day.

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  6. Great new look Kim, I like this look better for its more formal feeling.

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  7. So pretty, Kim. You are so, so, so inspiring me. Yikes!

    Barb

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  8. Kim, another awesome piece that you turned into a beautiful treasure! I love the Coco, the old White and the gold leaf! Just terrific! Again, you amaze me with your talent. Kim, have to ask, do you paint in your house?

    Hope you are having a great Sunday!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  9. It looks fabulous, Kim...like a whole new piece of furniture! Love the colors! Today was fun...so nice to finally meet you and your sister in person! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  10. Kim, you have been a painting whirling dervish! It looks fantastic, as usual! :)

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  11. I really like it in its newest version. looks classy

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  12. That Coco is beautiful and so are your wooden details. I think they look perfect the way you have them! I love that you keep us in suspense!
    Debbie

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  13. Kim, I like the new look much better....very classy! The trim you added is perfect! Linda (Wish I could have joined the group today, but we were out of town!)

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  14. Love the new colors Kim. You are getting to be a master of the ASCP. My hat it off to you and your skill. The chest looks great and the sanding really brings out all the colors underneath to perfection.

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  15. I like it much better now. You did a good job.

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  16. ASCP should surely hire you. This is lovely.

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  17. Hi Kim,

    Great re-makeover!
    Love the gold hardware with the new paint colours...
    The applique looks perfect!
    Great texture...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  18. Another beautiful makeover! I love the added appliques (and I think you put them on the right way)!

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  19. Love the new colors. That's a great little chest. Do you ever rest??
    Jane

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  20. I love how that cabinet turned out! I think my two new favorite chalk paint colors are now French Linen and Coco. I'm just going to have try it for myself one day! Had a lot of fun today. I will be putting my post together tomorrow. I'm too beat to do it tonight.

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  21. It looks great! I love the new color & the appliques really add to it.

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  22. The appliques gives the piece so much character. Love it. Great color too. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Kim, that piece turned out great. I really like the decorative added wood applique. I would say you can place them any way you want. I love the size of that piece, no so thick that it sticks out into the traffic flow.

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  24. I love the appliques on it, remember the little chest I did not to long ago? My daughter has one just like it and painted hers too, bought an applique just like mine but she thought her husband had put it on upside down. When I saw it, it looked great so I don't think it really matters which way you apply them! Your piece looks just beautiful, I love that shade of paint!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  25. Great transformation, and I love the added appliques! :)

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  26. Kim, this may be my favorite look on the chest so far. I wish I could sand my pieces and have the same look that you achieve. Very frenchy pretty!

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  27. Kim,
    This piece of furniture is gorgeous! I adore the added embellishments!!! You took a great piece and made it magnificient!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  28. I think I like the chest better this way than before. And I would have added those decorative pieces that way,too. I think the fan part is supposed to go up like that..but then, what do I know?

    Glad you had a good time at the luncheon and that you have a great week! xo Diana

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  29. I love the look you achieved with the layers of colour and the sanding & waxing. And I think the decorative appliques look fine the way you have them. You've created a really nice cabinet :-)

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  30. Oh wow I love it. It turned out fabulous.

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  31. Kim I love the appliques you added to the doors, it gave it a whole new look! I just painted another piece in Coco that I'll be posting about tomorrow.I think that's my new favorite color. Martina

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  32. It looks really pretty Kim! Coco looks like a really nice warm color. I think the appliques could go either way - they look nice the way they are!

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  33. The appliques add so much interest to the doors of your piece. And the new color(s) are just gorgeous.

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  34. Gorgeous Kim! I love the new color and the appliques are darling! That Coco looks like it is an amazing color!! I just might have to get some! :)

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  35. That new color is perfect! I can't wait to see what you have above it. You are the best vignetter out there! Yes... that is my word! Ha! How long does it take you to do a piece like this?

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  36. I REALLY like this color! It is beautiful and so are the wooden embellishments. Either way they face seems OK to me! Good job. XO, Pinky

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  37. Very pretty! I am so impressed with all of your paint jobs! It takes me forever to finish projects like that. Of course my kids always want to get involved so that could be part of the problem...yes I will blame them! Anyway you did a great job again!
    -Shelley

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  38. LOVE it! That color is really great. Can't wait to see what is above it!

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  39. It looks great Kim. I really like the addition of the scrolly thingies. Beautiful job.

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  40. I think I like this colour better...more French/Swedish looking and love the added detail!!
    And my mother calls me crazy for constantly repainting things! I should email her your blog lol!!

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  41. Wow, I have been wanting to see the coco, looks fantastic!

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  42. Ooh...that turned out beautifully, Kim! And I love the decorative wood accents you added!

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  43. I have to say, even though I'm a Carolina Girl and love some blue and white, it looks much better in the grayer tones. Like the wooden appliques too. That's the way I would have put them, but I don't think it matters either way.

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  44. Nice work! It looks much better now.

    Elna

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  45. Looks fantastic, Kim! I love that you listen when your pieces speak to you for a little change ... love the appliques, too!

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  46. Another BEAUTIFUL job, Kim!! I like the little additions just the way you did them. I am curious, does the wax make it hard to go back and put the second round of colors? I may have missed your telling about that. Sorry if I did. I was just wondering (you know I am too busy painting walls to have any fun with furniture). Have a great day! blessings ~ tanna

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  47. I am catching up on this bright and early morning. Love the new look and can't wait to see what is above!

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  48. I really, really love the new, new look. Isn't it fun to do things our "real-life" friends think are nuts, but our blogger friends understand? I totally understand the second redo, just because!!

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  49. I love this one better. i bought the chalk paint in coco, and linen and now cant wait to get started on my project.the added detail to the front is perfect.

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  50. Hey Kim,

    Yes...I adore the finish you get with Coco....really buffs to such a rich glow.

    Your repainted piece is fabulous and I love that it shows users (and doubters) how versatile this paint is. So easy to change your mind if you decide to repaint.

    Also, I have to tell you I LOVED your response to the 'make your own chalk paint post' I just read on another blog. Very well said.

    Enjoy the week

    Janet xox

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  51. Kim, I really love the new look, great color. I think it looks fabulous. Can't wait to see what you've done above.
    Great tea towels. I love the way you displayed them.
    Have a great week.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  52. It looks richer this way I think Kim. Very nice! Love the added detail of the appliques too.

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  53. It looks fabulous (so did the last time =0) Can I please have some of your energy and zeel. I love that ASCP. It makes painting so much more fun. More of an art. You inspire. Have a great week. Wanda

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  54. I love the new color and applique's Kim! It looks great. I have that exact same piece of furniture in my dining room, when I bought it, it was green with a wood stained top. It still is that way, because it looks great with my dining chairs, but it is fun seeing how different it could look!

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  55. It looks great! You always do a great job on painting! ASCP is so much fun!

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  56. Pretty! You are a painting pro! Loving that picture over the chest.

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  57. Me again Kim,
    I just linked to this post...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  58. I'm giving you a standing ovation on this one. Love the appliques and they look like they were meant to be on this piece. Coco...humm, I was pondering my next purchase of ASCP and was serious thinking about the French Linen, but now the Coco in intriguing me.

    I like this latest redo on this pretty little cabinet the best. Love it!!!

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  59. This is my favorite look! Love the appliques, they look correct to me. I think any direction is correct. Hugs, Ginger

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  60. Ooooo, I love the new look Kim. The appliques are a great addition. I do the same thing. Constantly changing and making over. It keeps the decor fresh. I always enjoy seeing your latest projects.

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  61. I love the new finish.

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  62. This new finish is beautiful, Kim..love the appliques and I would have put them the same way...
    beautiful little chest.

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  63. Annie Sloan's Coco and French Linen are a fabulous combination. That's what I'm using on my next project.
    Summer for Swede

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  64. I liked it before, but I LOVE it now! Great job :)

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  65. The little chest looks great in the new color and with the wood details. I can't decide which is right side up. If I HAD to choose, I probably say the other way, but who knows and if you like it that way that's all that matters. Looks good to me.

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  66. As always, I love what you've done. Can't wait to see what's hanging up there!

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  67. I like it better now Kim...that color of chalk paint is wonderful...I might have to get me some! Love the appliqués added to the chest.

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