Sunday, October 19, 2014

French Provincial Bedroom Set

The consignment store, where I sell my furniture, sometimes gives me pieces to paint. It's usually a dresser or table or some chairs. This time it was a whole bedroom set.
An entire French Provincial bedroom set! These pieces are big and heavy but interestingly enough, not actually solid wood.
Above is a view from the back of one of the nightstands. You can see the top is an extremely thin layer of veneer over pressboard and just the edge is wood.
Above is a photo of the underside of one of the drawers. It is molded plastic over pressboard. The head board is also a mix of wood and molded plastic.

The beauty of the homemade chalk paint is that it will stick to anything! So I knew it would be no problem to paint it.

Because of the thin veneer on the tops, I ruled out refinishing them and chose to paint them black. I painted the body of the pieces Valspar Classic Teal. 
Everything got two coats of paint, distressed, glazed with Martha Stewart Metallic glaze in Black Coffee and then finished with wipe on poly. 
Because of the incredible detail in this set, I had to use an artist brush to get the glaze in all the details. It was definitely a labor of love, but totally worth it!


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34 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! What a creative and great idea to use that color!

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  2. Love the color and finish choices! Honestly I think the treatment you used makes the details shine and it looks much more expensive than when you started. Consider me inspired! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! After I painted and before I distressed, I almost didn't distress, because the paint looked so pretty, but in the end the distressing and glaze is what made this set pop and I am so glad I did it!

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  3. Great job! What a transformation! Just discovered wipe on poly! Love it!

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    1. Thank you! I don't use it all the time, but in this case, the pieces were so detailed that wax would have gotten stuck in those details. It also saved the step of not having to buff.

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  4. You did an exceptional job on that bedroom set. Love the silvery look and the teal and how the details really show up now. You are a magician. Good job. Bet the consignment shop was thrilled when they saw it. Love all pretty details on pieces, the hardware and all. That looks like a lot of work but you sure did it up great. Happy week

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    1. Thank you! It really was a lot of work--so many drawers! I thought I would never get done. I was really happy with it and wished I could have gotten better photos because I think it looks so much better in person. The store loved it and priced it pretty high. I wasn't sure it would sell, but it actually did--an hour later!

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  5. Hi from your neighbor at Do Tell Tuesdays! This is such an awesome piece! I have been on the hunt for a set like this to redo. I love the painting technique you used with the glaze. It really does look awesome. Great job!

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  6. Just stunning! You finished these pieces beautifully!

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    1. Thank you!!!
      Even though I didn't clean the hardware on this set, every time I do clean hardware in the ammonia I think of you for letting me know and am so grateful! I can't believe how no matter what, it works wonders.

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  7. Wow Susan, what a big job! But you totally knocked it out of the park with this one!

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  8. Wow. what a gorgeous set! I know that was so much work! Thanks for sharing it at our Get Your DIY On party!! XO

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