Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hand-painted Armoire


A few weeks ago, I did some painting on an old Depression-era armoire. It was very dark stained wood, and we did a fresh, light makeover on it, with some handpainted details.

here is the before photo of it:

and here is the inspiration photo of what we were going for. I didn't want to cover the entire thing with detailing, like this, but we loved the floral detailing.
here is my after:

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it took about 5 coats of paint to get that piece fully white. and that includes 2 coats of oil-based primer! those old stains love coming through paint - they don't want to be squelched. :)

Anyway, after we got it all white, I did the hand-painted detailing, which was really fun. I topped it all off with a wax sealer.

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I think she's going to get some pretty glass knobs for the drawer and door.

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19 comments:

  1. What an outstanding transformation....this is so lovely!
    Cathy

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  2. It is LOVELY- I love the subtly of the pattern!

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  3. Very cute. Love the shape too.

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  4. As always another piece that I covet! What exactly is a wax sealer and where would one get it if they ever got up enough nerve to try to achieve a similar finish? MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  5. omg that is gorgeous!!! I WANT IT! was it for a client or yourself?

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  6. i absolutely love this! i am looking for just the same piece!

    if you shellac the piece with 2 coats first it seals that old stain. it is super easy to put on and it dries really quick.

    great job- love it!

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