Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stretching Beyond Your Comfort Zone

You are never too old to learn!  I started painting furniture not quite a year ago.  Since then, I have learned what blogs are, joined Facebook (yes, you read that correctly!  I just joined FB in April and have 170 Likes!  Ha!), tried to learn how to use a camera and I just got my first smart phone! WooHoo!  My brain is soooo stretched, but my hubby and two adult children have been amazing support and encouragement. I so appreciate all of their help!

Anyway, moving right along!  While a client was looking through my inventory, she fell in love with this older Thomasville buffet.


I’ve shied away from ‘custom’ work, but when she started discussing her vision for the piece, it was clearly in sync with mine.  She requested a bit of contrast around the doors, which is what took me out of my comfort zone.  I thought “Why not?”  What’s a little more stretching?????

After stripping the top, I could see it was in great shape and would be beautiful with a dark walnut stain.  For the base, I made a custom mix of ASCP Coco, Paris Gray and a smidge of an oops of Graphite and Coco leftover from another project.  Two coats took care of the base.  I used a wash of Old White all over to add a bit of depth and also used Old White in the inset of the doors and carved areas around the legs.  It really wasn’t that difficult painting the contrast.  It is more in the planning than the execution.

A coat of MissMustardSeed Clear Wax (and I’ll say it again…I love this wax!) and then a second coat of clear & dark wax mixed together.










This late 1950s/early 1960s buffet has now started its second life with a great young couple who are expecting their first child in a few months. 

Reloving furniture has brought so many young couples into my life…as they start their families, looking to create their first homes.  It has brought old & tired, classic pieces of furniture into my life…looking for a second start.  And it has brought a lot of new “firsts” into my life over the past year….and hopefully there will be lots more stretching. :)

When I began this journey, my slogan was “Breathing new life into old treasures”.  Little did I know then that I was the old treasure who would get a new life!

Thanks for stopping by!







15 comments:

  1. oh wow! i have told you how much i love these pieces before i know- this one takes the cake! the colors are amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Cassie! It has been easy for me to get into a bit of a rut...lots of Old White and Dark Walnut tops lately. I was so appreciative of the client's vision and encouragement to stretch a bit!

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  2. This is beautiful! Love it!
    Anne

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  3. Beautiful....just did some French pieces too! I love your last comment about breathing new life comment. I feel the exact same way :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I loved the two pieces you showed at MMS party this week. French styles have such lovely curves. We are only limited by our imaginations when it comes to reloving something French. :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Hi,
    I just came upon your blog via Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday and I am so glad I did! First let me say your furniture re-do's are simply beautiful. I can tell that you take great care in planning out your vision and take your time doing everything right. Spectacular results.
    I am happy I found you because I just started using Annie Sloan paint (which is actually why I joined MMS's link party this week!) and I have been so pleased with the results. I am planning my next project and am always looking for helpful resources. Your blog will be added to my collection of 'helpful blogs for painting'.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Fondly-Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Wow! What a nice post! I love Annie Sloan Paint, but have had some interesting 'learnings' with it! If you are only using ASCP wax, I would suggest, trying MMS wax. It changed my painting life. :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by! And good luck with your new venture!
      Robin

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  5. Hi! I came over from MMS FFF. I loved this piece. So pretty with the touch of white. Did you do the white wash before distressing? Looking forward to checking out your blog. I'm new to the blog world and I love the inspiration!!
    Best,
    Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I did the white wash before distressing. Paint, white wash, distress, clear wax & then final step is dark wax mixed with clear wax.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!
      Robin

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  6. I love the buffet, but I love your story even more!

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  7. Robin, this turned out beautifully. I know what you mean about "custom" work. Your story is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  8. Robin, this buffet is AMAAAZING! I love your custom mix and how it created a beautiful marriage of both cool and warm tones. And leaving the top natural wood was an excellent choice. Made it look *that* much richer.

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