Hey there! How are you doing? We had a lovely weekend. We traveled back to Texas to see family and then attended (the first half) of our college alma mater’s first home football game in its new stadium! It was so fun! The days are getting shorter and a little cooler. Leaves have started falling from our trees in the backyard, despite not changing colors. However, I did spy a few trees with red leaves around town. I’m ecstatic. I plan to decorate for fall this week!
On to the furniture. We found this lovely highboy dresser and vanity set at a garage sale several weeks ago. I loved the art deco details. I couldn’t decide for a few weeks ago what to do with them. Do I paint them to match? What color? How do I make them stand out?
Well remember how I said I was on an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen kick lately? I’ve recently done an end table and a coffee table. Well I just kept going. I was wary after some troublesome white lately (remember The Little Vanity That Could?) but wanted a nice neutral for these large pieces. Enter French Linen. It’s neutral for sure and warm. I went straight to town and painted (one coat on the edges/details, two on the long sides) them (besides the drawers) on a whim. And loved it.
Then I pondered the drawers for a few days. I wanted these pieces to be special. And when you are talking about a vanity, I wanted something feminine. Not like bright pink or aqua feminine, but elegant.
After some Pinteresting and talking to a friend of mine who also paints furniture, I decided to mix my own lighter grey for the drawers. I was looking for contrast, but not as much as most of the other colors (i.e. Old White) give. I didn’t want the French Linen to look muddy.
I started with the French Linen in a plastic cup and added the Old White until I liked the result, stirring with a plastic spoon.
A little bit of ASCP goes a long way, so I didn’t need much!I painted it on and loved it. I lightly wet distressed the entire piece carefully (I’m writing a blog post about what I’ve learned about distressing that will be up soon).
The original hardware was terrible, and I was so looking forward to replacing it! I went to Hobby Lobby knowing all knobs are always 50% off with an idea in mind of what I wanted.
Beautiful clear knobs!
The last thing was to repair the bottom of one drawer. We went to Home Depot and got a sheet of fiberboard cut to fit, which I then secured with wood glue.
Let’s take a look at the before again.
But there’s not. So they are for sale! Check the store page to see if they are still available!
I just realized I didn’t say anything about their casters! How about that. :)
Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday